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Tram no.69 at the doors of the former Pacific Road depot during our visit to the Merseyside Tram
Preservation Society on the Wirral on Saturday 6th February 2016. [© Howard Everitt 2016]

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
26th January 2019


Open for booking

The Blackpool Balloon

A Blackpool Tramway tour with a balloon double deck tram. It is booked (subject to circumstances on the day) to cover Rigby Road and Starr Gate depots, North Pier centre road, Thornton Gate centre road, Fisherman's Walk X/O, Fleetwood Ferry inner and outer loop, Bispham centre road & Starr Gate wash road/headshunt. At both depots, different roads to our last visit have been requested. In addition, using diesel powered Engineering Tram 754 to pilot, two rare moves on lines not wired are included: Manchester Square crossover and the tracks along Blundell Street, as far as safely possible.


Saturday
2nd February 2019


Open for booking

The Positioning Move

This single journey forms the first part of a rather special weekend of loco-hauled railtouring with West Coast Railways (WCR) in partnership with Brush Type 4 Fund, featuring two Class 47 locomotives to Bristol via The Marches. There are a wide range of hotels (and bars!) in Bristol making this an easy social day out with some unusual routing along the way, and an ideal 'positioning move' for Sunday!


Sunday
3rd February 2019


Open for booking

The Looe Brush

This charter is the second part of a rather special weekend of loco-hauled railtouring with West Coast Railways (WCR) in partnership with Brush Type 4 Fund, featuring two Class 47 locomotives operating top 'n tail from Bristol Temple Meads to lovely Looe and return. This can only be done during the winter Sunday timetable when there is no branch service.


Saturday
23rd February 2019


Waiting List

The Woodhorn Wanderer

With thanks to John Cameron, a limited numbers late afternoon visit to the 1,000yd long, 2ft gauge Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway, QEII Country Park, Ashington, NE63 9YF at the former Woodhorn Colliery, now a museum. Railtouring in three man riding vehicles from Vane Tempest Colliery, it is hoped to have two different locos operating, the round trip takes 20 minutes.

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
24th February 2019


Waiting List

The South Gosforth Avoider

With thanks to John Cameron and Nexus (Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive) a further charity railtour has kindly been arranged which complements our Feb 2018 tour. Details are being finalised but it leaves South Gosforth at 08.41, returning at 16.05

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.


Wednesday
27th February 2019


Waiting List

The Swanage Shunters

With 08436 and 08476 in top 'n tail formation and two Queen Mary Brake Vans, our unusual lines charter reaches parts of the Swanage Railway that other charters cannot reach and is strictly limited to 50 participants.

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.


Saturday
23rd March 2019


Notify interest

The Weymouth Walkabout

Tom Gilby has kindly agreed to lead a leg stretch walk during our Weymouth break via the Weymouth Harbour Tramway to Weymouth Quay station, all disused but intact. Some of the Weymouth & Portland Railway trackbed might be possible too.


Saturday
23rd March 2019


Open for booking

The Marching Crompton II

An exciting 'Track & Traction' loco-hauled railtour with West Coast Railways (WCR) and '84G Railtours' featuring Class 33 haulage on The Marches with a 90 minute (approx) Weymouth lunch break. Highlights include: Up Tunnel Loop, Up Pilning Loop, Rhubarb Curve, Bathampton UPL & Westbury Up Reception feature on the way and Westbury Dn Reception, Oldfield Park DGL, (Bristol) East Depot Goods Loop, Bristol Parkway UPL, Up Charfield Loop, Lydney DGL, Llanwern Service Line, Abergavenny UGL, Pontrilas UGL and Sutton Bridge UGL on the return.

A WCR Class 33 leads to Weymouth with a WCR 47/57 providing heat from the rear. On return, in conjunction with the 71A Locomotive Group, 33012 will double head with the WCR Class 33 to Crewe.


Sunday
24th March 2019


Save the date

The Ruby Vampire - The Second Bite

The second bite at an easy day out 'Track & Traction' loco-hauled railtour with West Coast Railways (WCR) booked to feature two Class 33 locomotives operating top 'n tail exploring the North West and the DC network on Merseyside. Highlights include Chester Goods No 2, Bidston Stabling Siding, Chester Curve, Wrexham Up Bay and the much sought after strategic connections at Bootle Jn AND Southport.

At this stage, the railtour is ONLY open to bookings by those that had previously booked on The Ruby Vampire. These members will see a separate "Priority Booking" fixture to use for booking. IF any places remain unsold after 20:00 on Wednesday 23rd January they will be made available for normal booking at full fares.

For those re-booking, please note that the separate 'Priority Booking' fixture will no longer be visible to you once the Bookings Officer has verified your booking details are correct (this will not be immediate).


This fixture is for members only.


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

Provisional tour from the East Midlands with a difference

No further details are available at present.


Sunday
14th April 2019


Save the date

Weston, Nantwich Methodist Church & Willaston Railways

Note: re-dated from Saturday 13th April

No further details are available at present.


This fixture is for members only.


Thursday
16th May 2019
to Saturday
18th May 2019

Notify interest

Island of Ireland IV (2019)

Expressions of interest are welcomed to our Fixtures Secretary for the Thursday to Saturday part only at this stage.

Please click on this fixture for further details.


This fixture is for members only.


Sunday
19th May 2019


Save the date

Cork - Dublin Heuston rare track tour

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
16th June 2019


Save the date

Fawley Hill Railway

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


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 Sunday
28th July 2019

Save the date

Carinthia Explorer

Negotiations/arrangements for a 3-day visit to the Carinthia area of southern Austria are at an advanced stage. To gauge interest and assist with organisation and pricing, expressions of interest are requested ASAP to confirm viability.

IMPORTANT: The closing date to notify interest (no obligation) was Tuesday 1st January 2019. Please now wait for further details.


Monday
26th August 2019


Save the date

Scunthorpe Steeler No.18 railtour

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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