The Branch Line Society


Peckett on freight at Chatham Historic Dockyard where the Society visited on 6th July, 2013.
 [© Jim Sellens]

Branch Line News

The Society's news service is centred on Branch Line News (BLN), a newsletter which by virtue of its twice-monthly publication is able to maintain a high degree of topicality.

BLN covers both the history of, and the current evolution of, railways, especially in Britain, but also around the world. A particular objective in the current climate of increasing investment in new freight and passenger links throughout the world, is the dissemination of accurate and well-informed details about progress with infrastructure projects.

Links to recent samples of e-BLN, BLN International and BLN Pictorial are given below.

Note for BLS members:
In order to view the latest BLN (and access the document archive for all previous issues), you must be logged in as a member for which a password is required - click on Members (top right of the page). If you do not yet have a password, please click here for information on how to obtain one.


 Sample e-BLN  A recent sample of our electronic newsletter 'e-BLN' which includes BLN International (BLNI). A number of additional documents of topical interest are also usually included with a release of e-BLN.
 BLN International  A recent edition of BLN International. And a sample copy of BLNI Extra:    BLNI Extra 
 BLN Pictorial  A recent edition of Branch Line News Pictorial


Logging in as a BLS member

In order to login to the BLS website as a member, you will need a password.

Click on 'Members' on the blue navigation (menu) bar at the top right of the home page. You will then be presented with a login screen. To obtain a password, proceed by clicking on 'Request a new password' at the bottom of the login screen. Enter your email address (which must be the one you previously supplied to us) and then click 'Reset Password'. Your individual password will automatically be sent straight away to the email address you supplied. Be sure to check your Spam folder if you appear not to have received the email !

If you receive the message 'Sorry, we are unable to locate you in our database', please ensure you have entered the email address that you registered with us when you took out or last renewed your membership. If you have not provided us with an email address, you can do so by sending your details (with your membership number) to the Membership Secretary at

Once you have your password - which is case sensitive, and must be entered exactly as shown in the email - return to the website (, click on Members again to bring up the login screen, and enter your email and password to gain access. Confirmation that your are logged in as a member will be given by your membership number appearing at the top of the home page, rather than the word 'Guest'.

Please note that there is no facility for you to choose your own password. This is done specifically to ensure that the BLS password is unique and to discourage the use of the same, often easily-guessed, password across a number of different accounts which is considered bad practice and a security risk. Our system generates a password that is designed to be easy for you to remember (though still secure), but if you do find yours particularly difficult to remember, there is no limit to the number of times you can request a new password to receive one that is more to your liking.