CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Discover Amazing Women By Rail

Yesterday, 27th March 2018, saw the launch of a new project called Discover Amazing Women by Rail.

Discover Amazing Women by Rail invites you to leave your car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines.

The launch event took place at Elizabeth Gaskell House on Plymouth Grove in the Longsight area of Manchester. The invited guest were first entertained by local women’s music group Herizons singing one of their ‘Strong Manchester Women’ songs. Then Sally Buttifant (Project Co-ordinator) & Richard Lysons (Researcher), gave short speeches about the project.

This was followed by a rousing song by a ‘Votes for Women’ group of suffragettes and then refreshments were served and the guests were able to explore the house and see the fabulous renovations that reflect the house as it would have been in Elizabeth Gaskell’s time.

Full details of the project and to find out which women have been included, visit the website on The project booklet can be found in tourist information offices, in local stations or by downloading the interactive PDF at