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The disused Dundalk Central signal cabin was one of a number of locations visited when 30
members of the Society spent a long weekend in Northern Ireland in May 2016. [© Angus McDougall]

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
join us today!

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.


Saturday
17th November 2018


Waiting List

The Screaming Valentas

A special, low-cost railtour with a difference as we partner with 125 Group and East Midlands Trains (EMT) to take a newly refurbished EMT (ex-Grand Central) six coach HST set from Derby to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), using the connection off the mainline at Loughborough South Jn. Traction is expected to be two EMT buffer fitted powercars as far as Ruddington, where one EMT power car will be removed in favour of 125 Group operated prototype powercar, 41001.

This fixture is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please click on the tour name and click on the "Join waiting list" button - there is no need to send an email.


Sunday
25th November 2018


Full
Pay on the day

Highland Line Signal Box Visits (2)

Thanks to Nick Jones. 09.30 Perth station, for the signalling training school (on P4) then Perth Signal Box followed by the very interesting Hilton Junction Box, two miles south of Perth which has some unusual features. Next is Blair Atholl about 45 mins drive and finally the lovely signal box at Pitlochry early to mid afternoon.

This fixture is for members only.

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


Saturday
8th December 2018


Waiting List

Carnforth Charity Charter Cracker

West Coast Railways (WCR) with BLS and PLEG are delighted to announce a rare Track & Traction event at WCR's Carnforth base. Subject to line availability, (which should be better than usual as three trains are due out)/operational constraints, the train will cover as many tracks as safely available.

This fixture is for BLS and PLEG members only


This fixture is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please click on the tour name and click on the "Join waiting list" button - there is no need to send an email.


Saturday
5th January 2019


Waiting List

Scunthorpe Cold Steel Tracker No.17

Make an early New Year resolution (to go on more BLS fixtures) now and book our first one of 2019. It is a good time to visit as internal traffic is quieter after Christmas with some great photo opportunities. An interesting and unique experience, enjoy it while you still can. Over 100 miles of standard gauge track at one of the UK's last 24 hour integrated steelworks in 200 acres (totally unspoilt by tourism). A great way to see an operating steelworks at close quarters.

This fixture is for members only.

This fixture is now full. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please click on the tour name and click on the "Join waiting list" button - there is no need to send an email.


Sunday
3rd February 2019


Save the date

The Looe Brush Main line railtour to Cornwall

Please note change of date

No further details are available at present.


Sunday
24th February 2019


Save the date

Tyne & Wear Metro railtour Part 2

No further details are available at present.


Wednesday
27th February 2019


Save the date

South coast heritage railway with shunter haulage

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Saturday
23rd March 2019


Save the date

Railtour via the Marches line to Weymouth

No further details are available at present.


Saturday
30th March 2019
to Sunday
31st March 2019

Save the date

North Wales narrow gauge weekend

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Saturday
6th April 2019


Save the date

Provisional track railtour to East Anglia

No further details are available at present.


Saturday
13th April 2019


Save the date

Weston, Nantwich Methodist Church & Willaston Railways

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Thursday
16th May 2019
to Sunday
19th May 2019

Save the date

Island of Ireland IV (2019)

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Thursday
13th June 2019


Save the date

Annual Pre-Peaks Challenge railtour

No further details are available at present.


Sunday
7th July 2019
to Monday
8th July 2019

Save the date

Devon service train tracker

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Friday
26th July 2019
to Saturday
27th July 2019

Save the date

Provisional railtour in southern Austria

No further details are available at present.



This fixture is for members only.


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.


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