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Christmas tree at Heaton Chapel Station, kindly donated by Rachel of Blaggs.




















ACoRP awards 30 September 2016 - Southport.

Due to our station collapsing and being scaffolded, stopping access to both our storage areas at platform level, FofHCS have been unable to enter for any ACoRP awards this year.

However our chairman and two new deputy chairmen attended. 

We were introduced to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rail Minister Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North & Cleveleys, and he was happy to take one of our HCS membership forms.





















FofHCS volunteers have entered a Stihl Local Community Heros competition, and won a £500 commercial battery operated brushwood cutter.

The station platforms and booking hall have no electricity or water supplies, so to date, all gardening tasks have been  manually undetaken.

This amazing STIHL brushwood cutter will greatly assist the loyal volunteers in our attempts to tame the long platform gardens and embankments.









































































Our next meeting - Monday 2nd November 2015, at 7pm Moor Club Heaton Moor Road - all are welcome.


1. Apologies for absence

2. Review of actions from previous meeting
3. Acceptance of minutes of previous meeting
4. Chair’s Report
5. Secretary’s Report
6. Treasurer’s Report
7. A.O.B.


3rd August 2014 - Union of South Africa 60009 at HTC.

Sir Nigel Gresley's masterpiece 4-6-2  Streak Class A4 engines were introduced in 1937.

This train was running from Crewe to Holyhead, returning later the same night at 22.40.

This is a YouTube video of 60009 taken from platform 2 :


Union of South Africa at Stockport Station


June 2014 - new ramp down to platform 2 raised flower bed 

April 2014 : HTC has a new permanent Station Supervisor, he's called Steve Sharp previously working at Whalley Bridge.
"I have been on the railway for 6 years, starting as a conductor at Manchester Victoria. I then moved in to retail side an.d have worked at Whaley Bridge Station since September 2012.
I have met some of your group when you supported the 150 anniversary of the line extension to Buxton in June of year.
I am a big supporter of 'Friends' so please make yourselves known to me and anything I can do to assist or facilitate your needs just ask!
In my time at Whaley Bridge I won an Acorp Award for 'Passengers Matter' also the National Rail Staff Award Winner for Station Staff last year. I really enjoy my job and I class myself as a 'people person'.
I am relishing taking over at Heaton Chapel and looking after the passengers and keeping the station in pristine condition.
So please pop in and introduce yourselves."

FofHCS welcome him to our Heatons community. 


Steve is an award winning and very popular Station Supervisor at Heaton Chapel Station. He has just been nominated for a Pride of Northern Rail, PEOPLE'S CHOICE 2015 award by Alex Hynes, CEO Northern Rail.

Steve already has many other awards for his excellent service, some of which are on display in an awards cabinet at our station.

Royal visit to Heaton Chapel station 14th November 2013

See Royal visit for more pics and a video  [©John Palmer 2013]