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Folk Train History:

  • 24 April 2001 visit to the Old Nag’s Head 
  • August 2001 Spain
  • 22 January 2002  Ireland
  • September 2005 North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire
  • October 2006 Sheffield Folk Festival
  • June 2007 The Day after the big flood. The Folk Train was cancelled.
  • October 2007 New Mills Town Hall
  • October 2008 The Sheffield Folk Festival   
  • Wessex Folk Festival
  •  ...more

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Folk Train History

Manchester - Hathersage Folk Train

Train departs Manchester Piccadilly at 1145 calling at all stations from Reddish North to Hathersage. The band plays at the Little John Hotel, Hathersage. Return on the 1432 train from Hathersage, calling at all the same stations, except Strines, arriving at Manchester Piccadilly at 1532.

Saturday 11 April 2009 with the Rainy City Bluegrass Band
Traditional bluegrass at its best.

Saturday 2 May 2009 with The Duffers
Lively traditional music plus the Crown Rapper Sword dancers.

Saturday 23 May 2009 community rail month event with Dom Colins
Excellent comedy solo performer

Saturday 6 June 2009 with Blue Heart
Country, blues and bluegrass

Saturday 20 June 2009 with Nelson Peach
Traditional and American folk music.

Train Schedules (coming)

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Past News:

No Folktrain to Nashville

Train to Nashville? You can't get there from here.

Unfortunately and ironically, you can't take a passenger train to Nashville, home of more train songs than just about anywhere else.

To address our Nation's preposterous transportation policy, in which all other modes of transportatyion are heavily subsidized yet Amtrak alone is expected to be "profitable," please consider joining the National Association of Railroad Passengers (

Instead of the FolkTrain,  we'll be concentrating our efforts on ROOTS ON THE RAILS - The Transcontinental Roots Music Festival March 10-14. visit for details

Amtrak does offer "service" to Nashville, in the form of buses that connect to its trains from two directions - Atlanta and Jefforsonville, KY (Louisville).

From the Northeast:

Amtrak train #19(south)/20(north), The Crescent

  • Lv. NY 2:25 pm
  • Lv. Philadelphia 4:35 pm
  • Lv. Wilmington, DE 4:57 pm
  • Lv. Baltimore 5:59 pm
  • Lv. Washington, DC 7:10 pm
  • Ar. Atlanta 8:58 am
  • Lv. Atlanta (bus - leaves from train station) 12:01 pm
  • Ar. Nashville 5:30 pm

returning, lv. Nashville 10 am, arrive Atlanta 5:00 pm,

  • Lv. Atlanta 8:06 pm
  • Ar. DC 10:00 am
  • Ar. Baltimore 10:40 am
  • Ar. Wilmingotn 11:32 am
  • Ar. Philadelphia 12:25 pm
  • Ar. New York 2:12 pm
These trains connect to service from Buffalo, Boston, Hartford, etc.

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From the Midwest:

Amtrak train #850(south)/851(north), The Kentucky Cardinal

  • Lv. Chicago 7:55 pm
  • Ar. Louisville 7:40 am
  • Lv. Louisville (bus - leave from train station) 9:00 am
  • Ar. Nashville 12:45 pm

returning, lv. Nashville 1:40 pm, ar. Louisvile 6:00pm

  • Lv. Louisville 9:20 pm
  • Ar. Chicago 8:37 a.m.
These trains connect to service from LA, San Francisco, Denver, Omaha, Portland, Seattle, etc.


Charlie Hunter (Conductor) is a well-known folk music manager, who, with Carol Young, has run Young/Hunter Management for the last eleven years, managing clients such as Chris Smither, Richard Shindell, Peter Mulvey, Cry Cry Cry and others. Along with the late R. Gilad Schamess he is also the founder of Trains of Thought, which conducted long-distance writing retreats on North American trains. He has traveled the cross-Canada rail route eleven times.

Alan Rowoth (Engineer) is the Godfather of Folk on the Internet. He owns the website and is listmom to the folkmusic and FolkBiz lists on the net. During the summer, you'll often find him sitting under a Big Orange Tarp - .

Sarah Ovenden (Director of On-Board Services & Creature Comforts) is a long-time facilitator with Trains of Thought and a big fan of John Gorka, Fred Eaglesmith and sundry others. She knows her way around a train.

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