End of Year Report

We've come to the end of the year so a quick overview of the events of 2017 would seem like a good idea.

Michael Portillo Visit

Back in March we were privileged to have Michael Portillo join us for the announcement of a new, ambitious proposal - the reopening of Cadishead Viaduct.

An Evening of Exotic Delights​

Fatma gave a very interesting and interactive talk on the history and development of Exotic Dance. From it’s origins as a street dance, through to the westernised version we see today.

Queen of the Skies

Paul personalised the Concorde experience by showing us images of the seats that people like the Queen, Pavarotti, and Michael Jackson normally used. He also showed us the complexity operating this plane.

Preparing for War

This is where we put together the finishing touches for our Station at War event. On Saturday 15 July, we went back in time and recreated the wartime years.

The War is Over

Following the above report on getting the station ready for war We have to report that the battle was all too quickly over. Vicky is manager of a number of Northern stations in the area and she officially opened the event.

A Hero's Return

Keith Thompson told us the fascinating story of the Unknown Warrior buried in Westminster Abbey and the connection with the Cenotaph. We heard how the idea of a tomb of an Unknown Warrior was conceived by an army chaplain during the First World War.


Dr. Peter Webb gave an informative fracking presentation to a well-attended meeting. Peter has over 40 years' experience in the oil and petroleum industry.

Our Heritage Day

Mr Geoff Holding displayed a number of great heritage vehicles on the day together with others that provided their own exhibits.

The Daniel Adamson 1903 Steam Ship

The D. A. Preservation Society told the story of the ‘Danny’, a once familiar sight on the Manchester Ship Canal. We were taken through the tug’s early years when, she towed barges along inland waterways

The North West Air Ambulance

Victor Crawford of the North West Air Ambulance told us about the 2 helicopters based at City airport, Barton that we regularly see flying over. It was interesting to hear about the cost of keeping this service going etc.

Irlam Station Christmas Market

The Christmas Market was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the day with lots of stalls, attractions, music, and great food and drink served all day. One of the highlights of the day was Santa’s arrival. Word went round that he was actually coming on the next train!

A real big thank you to all of those that have helped to make 2017 such a great success here at Irlam Station. We are really looking forward to 2018 with all of its challenges and we are hoping to make next year even better!

Thanks also goes to those that have contributed to the pages of this website.

From all of us at FIRST we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!