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On 9th April 2017, Chiltern Railway's 121034 stands in Bicester MoD Goods Loop
on our Bubble and Squeak Tracker railtour. [© Geoff Plumb]

Fixtures

The Society maintains an active programme of varied outdoor fixtures, and these are run primarily for members. In some cases, especially mainline charter trains, we are pleased to accommodate non-members.

Members receive 24 newsletters per year giving advance notification of events, and benefit from priority booking and discounted fares. You can normally re-coup your membership fee on just one fixture and some fixtures are for members only, so
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If you are not a member and would like to be kept informed about our fixtures, please click here.


Click on a fixture name below for more details, and to book or notify interest.

Please note that although dates are given as far in advance as possible (in order to allow a measure of planning by intending participants to take place), they must be treated as only provisional until an event is actually open for bookings, as changes can and do occur.


Monday
26th August 2019


Full

Scunthorpe Steeler No.19 railtour

With over 100 miles of standard gauge track to choose from; a great way to see an operating integrated steel works and 24-hour industrial railway at close quarters set in 200 acres (totally unspoilt by tourism). An extensive full day summer railtour, and it is hoped to include the new line and realignments of its junctions at either end.

This fixture is for members only.

This fixture has now reached capacity and regrettably, no more bookings can be taken.


Saturday
14th September 2019


Open for booking

The Bow Bells

A ''Classic'' BLS loco-hauled railtour from Nottingham to Norwich, offering a great selection of requested freight branches, many not done before, and goods loops. Highlights include BOW PLASMOR TERMINAL, JOHNSTON LOGISTICS GRAIN TERMINAL, BRANDON DB CARGO and NORWICH RIVERSIDE FREIGHT DEPOT. DB Cargo Class 66s rare for passenger haulage will be requested as motive power.


Saturday
21st September 2019


Open for booking

The Brickies Lament

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust. An all available track tour of the 2ft Light Railway and 7¼" Miniature Railway. Railway operations cease at the end of this season. Then: Bankside Miniature Railway. A 7¼" gauge 100yd ground level line and a most unusual 8¼" gauge trestle system railway. Finally: Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. A special all available track tour after public running at 16.30 on this complex and intricate 7¼/10¼" railway.

This fixture is for members only.


Sunday
22nd September 2019


Open for booking

The Hayling Taxi

All available track tours of: Southampton Society of Model Engineers. 7¼" outer ground level & 3½/5" mixed gauge inner elevated line. Then: Hayling Seaside Railway. A special tour of this one mile long 2ft gauge line. There is time to walk the standard gauge Hayling Island branch.

This fixture is for members only.


Sunday
22nd September 2019


Open for booking

Birmingham Balti Bash

Vintage Trains in conjunction with the Branch Line Society are offering an opportunity to enjoy some rare track, Choppers (Class 20's), and a Curry - all at the same time!

Our route will explore some corners of the railway around the West Midlands not routinely travelled by passengers, including the Ironbridge Branch to the temporary stop block.


Sunday
6th October 2019


Open for booking

Ffarwelio â Phacer Cymoedd Caerdydd

Cardiff Valleys Pacer Farewell featuring 2 x Class 143 "Pacer" units, the private charter will feature a number of unusual lines across the region with the highlights being Treherbert and Rhymney Sidings, along with a wide range of sought after crossovers.

Update 01/08/19: Routing updated to include Cardiff Canton Depot


Saturday
12th October 2019


Save the date

Save the date - main line tour on South East England

No further details are available at present.


Saturday
26th October 2019


Open for booking

The Eastbourne Miniature Magical Mystery (tour)

A visit to the 7¼" gauge Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway. Expected to last about 1½ hours. The Railway (public run 880yds) has offered a chance to travel over the long and rarely used (inner) P2 behind the steam locomotive in use on the day. Additional sections may be available towards the end of their operational day once the more regular clientele complete their visits.


Saturday
26th October 2019


Open for booking

The Isfield Investigator

A private Society Track & Traction Event on the standard gauge Lavender Line. The Railway has been most accommodating offering a chance to travel behind (or inside!) most of their internal combustion fleet and traverse many sections of track never normally available as they are usually full of stock. A variety of motive power is anticipated.


Saturday
2nd November 2019


Notify interest

The Madrid Circumnavigator

The Society presents a rare opportunity to travel on freight, non-passenger lines and curves with a comprehensive tour of the Madrid area from Madrid Chamartin to the Delicias Museum station. The train, hauled by an ALSA-Rail Alco Class 321 diesel, will be the one used on the 'El Tren de Felipe II' tourist train with a restaurant car. The planned route complements the Jan 2019 PTG tour.


Friday
15th November 2019
to Sunday
17th November 2019

Save the date

Provisional Barrow Hill AGM weekend with Sunday railtour

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Thursday
7th May 2020
to Sunday
10th May 2020

Save the date

Island of Ireland V weekend

No further details are available at present.


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