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Station's golden era to return?

BEESTON Castle and Tarporley's last station master has spoken fondly of the six years he spent at the rural stop.

BEESTON Castle and Tarporley's last station master has spoken fondly of the six years he spent at the rural stop.

An independent survey commissioned by Cheshire County Council will this week take residents' views on whether the station should be re-opened.

Cyril Airey still lives with his wife Edith in the station master's house next to the Beeston line and ran the station from 1960 until it closed in 1966.

He said: 'I think it would be wonderful if it was open again - I could use my rail pass to go to Chester instead of driving. I could just look out of the window, see the train was coming and go out to catch it.'

Mr Airey, now 76, remembers the station's final years with sad-ness as fewer and fewer passengers used it.

He said: 'A lot of office workers went to Chester on the morning and evening trains, and the factory workers went to Crewe, but during the day you only had one or two shoppers and unfortunately it wasn't enough.'

Mr Airey ran the station and two clerical assistants manned the ticket office.

He said: 'When I came in 1960 there was only one diesel train and the rest of them were steam, but the diesel gradually built up.

'There were around 20 trains a day, one in the morning went from Holyhead direct to London.' Well-known regulars at Beeston included Wirral shipping mogul Sir Harold Bibby who 'put the fear of God in every rail-wayman,' according to Mr Airey.

Other villages with stations include Tattenhall and Calveley.

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