The Victorian railway station at Irlam dates from 1893. It went into decline and remained just a shell for 25 years.
Thanks to a £2m revamp though, the station is better than ever. Apart from the free car park and the cycle hub, the station building houses a café bistro, waiting area, toilets and meeting facilities.
I was taken there by BC, father of my son-in-law Dave and treated to a local speciality - meat and potato pie with mushy peas - washed down with two pints of a really tasty beer which I assume was also local.
On the platform is a piece of GCSE Art coursework which is being restored and on the wall opposite the station is a mural by a local artist depicting the local industry that put Irlam on the map.