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68026 on our Cat & Dock tour (15th June 2017) on the Ormskirk branch.
[© Mike Birtles 2017]

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
8th December 2018


Closed

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


Saturday
5th January 2019


Full

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


Saturday
26th January 2019


Save the date

Charity railtour West/South Yorkshire

No further details are available at present.


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


Full

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


Wednesday
27th February 2019


Open for booking

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.


Saturday
23rd March 2019


Save the date

Railtour via the Marches line to Weymouth

No further details are available at present.


Sunday
24th March 2019


Save the date

Tentative date for the Ruby Vampire rerun

No further details are available at present.

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

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 Sunday
28th July 2019

Notify interest

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.


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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