Friends of Littleborough Stations

Discover Amazing Women By Rail

Discover Amazing Women By Rail.  The Friends of Littleborough Stations have been instrumental in the production of this guide to some of the amazing women who have helped to shape UK literature, politics and humanities.  Launched at Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester on 27th March 2018, this initiative encourages people to explore the Calder Valley and Mid-Cheshire Rail Lines to discover how women such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Gracie Fields, Elizabeth Raffald, Elizabeth Gaskell, Frances Hodgson Burnett and others made great contributions to society and whose legacies live on today.

Clicking on the above link will take you to the Amazing Women website, where you can view the guide and discover more about the project.  FOLS Chair, Richard Lysons, has been heavily involved in authoring and developing this new guide with the support of rail groups across the area and funding from Northern.

Printed copies of the guide are available, free of charge, from the Coach House on Lodge Street in Littleborough and from the History Centre on the Leeds platform at Littleborough station.

Both Littleborough Station and Smithy Bridge Station are showcased in the guide and on the accompanying website.  


The Princess Royal has asked me to thank you for your letter dated 27th March, enclosing a copy of the tourism booklet, Discover Amazing Women by Rail. Her Royal Highness was pleased to receive this fascinating booklet and hopes it inspires more people to visit the places along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines. Captain Nick Wright CVO Royal Navy, Private Secretary to HRH The Princess Royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge has asked me to write and thank you very much for your letter of 27th March in which you kindly enclosed "Discover Amazing Women by Rail". Natalie Burns, Assistant Private Secretary to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

I was writing to thank you for the copy of Discovering Amazing Women by Rail that you recently sent me. It is a fascinating read. It is a brilliant way to highlight the wonders of our local rail lines, linking it to a mixture of both well-known and less well known local characters. It has certainly got my office talking about it so I hope that it is replicated across the region and people go and do some exploring by rail. The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP (Tatton)

Thank you for kindly sending on a copy of your Amazing Women booklet. It contains some truly interesting stories and I'm really happy that you thought of me to receive one. I wish you the best of luck for the campaign. Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chair Network Rail

Many thanks for your letter and copy of (Discover Amazing Women by Rail) . What a fantastic initiative - I loved it! Makes me wonder whether we should do something similar in Scotland ? Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance

Thank you for the copy of your lovely Amazing Women tourism booklet – what a delight to have received,and how clever to have linked such amazing women with a day out on the railway! Alison Rumsey Group HR Director Network Rail

A very belated thank you for sending the Amazing Women by Rail booklets. I handed these out at our board meeting and have kept a few to show our members at our next event. They were received enthusiastically. We have all found it a really fascinating read. Congratulations on putting together such an interesting and beautifully designed booklet. Christine Hurley, Executive Support, Women in Transport

Wonderful surprise arrived in the post this morning. Inspirational stories and some great ideas for days out. Carl Davies Department for Transport

Newspaper coverage in Hebden Bridge Times & Todmorden News, Chester Chronicle, Knutsford Times and Rochdale Observer. Magazine coverage in RAIL, Burnley Council lifestyle magazine, Cheshire Life, Lancashire & North West magazine and Railwatch.

Shortlisted for Best Marketing or Communications Campaign at the Community Rail Awards 2018. Richard Lysons was shortlisted for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution at the Community Rail Awards 2018.

Stalls have been held at Celebrating 25 Years Of Rail in the Community Conference 2018, University of Huddersfield; Bolton Station Gala 2018 & 2019; Stockport Community Station Day 2018; Women's International Networking Conference 2018, Manchester; International Women's Day 2019, Hebden Bridge Station; Community Rail In The City 2019, Piccadilly Station, Manchester.


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