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Latest News from Hadlow Road Station

Author: Hilary Booth Published: 13th January 2020 09:44

Hilary Booth from the Friends of Hadlow Road Station updates AboutMyArea readers on what's been happening at the popular attraction in Willaston recently.

The additional Hadlow Road Station platform sign has been refurbished and work to fit it is well underway; just awaiting the two posts drying out.

A boundary sandstone marker post with the inscription "L and NW joint GWR RWC" has very kindly been donated to the station, and will be fitted by the new fence at the east side of the south platform.

The Hadlow Road Station model railway is being collected from Birkenhead Model Railway Club in a couple of weeks and work is well underway to create a large table (8ft by 2ft) on which this display will sit inside the signal box, against the window by the viewing platform.

At the pop-up-café opening on 26th January there will be a formal handover of two new Hadlow Road Station signal box signs consistent with the original designs. The two signs will be fitted on both the east and west sides of the signal box, and the old sign removed.

Santa's Grotto in December was a huge success. Santa walked down the platform talking to all the waiting children, before entering his Grotto. The steam train traction rides around the car park were very popular once again with a total of 220 children and adults enjoying this ride.

Hadlow Road Station, WillastonThe first time a train has been seen running at Hadlow Road Station in some years!  Visitors enjoyed the mini-steam train rides around the car park at the Christmas event.

In addition, 36 children enjoyed their face painting whilst the balloon man was kept very busy all afternoon creating and giving away balloon animals. The cafe served in excess of 340 customers with drinks and goodies. All this to the accompaniment of music from Simon-le-Barber, Hadlow Green Singers and Riversign Choir.

The next Pop-up-Cafés will be January 26th and February 23rd from 10.30am to 1.30pm followed by two openings per month thereafter starting with March 15th and March 29th.

We look forward to seeing you all back again at the station and may we wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year for 2020.

Hilary Booth

 

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