Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) is a group of volunteers who aim to improve Goostrey railway station.
"...a real model of constructive joint working on the part of local residents of which this community can be rightly proud".
- Fiona Bruce, MP
The achievements of FOGS since 2012 include:
- Working parties on the second Sunday of each month
- Platforms and steps swept regularly
- Exhibitions of artwork by pupils from Goostrey Community Primary School
- Opportunities for young people to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Beaver challenges
- Mounting the keystone of the old road bridge and a old oil lamp on the Manchester platform in 2014
- Award of most improved Cheshire station in 2014
- Improvements to the car park entrance in 2015
- Water supply reconnected in 2015 so tubs of plants on both platforms can be maintained
We are very proud of our achievements!
However, a major concern remains the former ticket office...
The London Midland Railway Society identified it as a Victorian modular railway building of a type built between 1860 and 1920 and only a handful remain.
A photo from 1891 with the six station staff standing on the platform clearly shows the current building on the Manchester side and a similar one on the Crewe side.
It will require significant funding and more support from our community to ensure that the building survives to give a distinctive character to our Station.
Without it Goostrey Railway Station would become "just another stop" on the line between Manchester and Crewe...