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A run past on the impressive 'Ten Arch' stone viaduct in the suburbs of Amman
during our Jordan tour 10th to 15th May 2017. [© Iain Scotchman 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
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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.


Saturday
20th July 2019


Closed

The Luca Pezzulo Express

This rather special and unusual Branch Line Society loco hauled charter, operated by West Coast Railways, will be visiting FOUR freight installations in the Network Rail London North East zone. From a traction perspective, we will feature a WCR Class 37 operating in top 'n tail formation with a Colas Rail Class 37.


Friday
26th July 2019
to Sunday
28th July 2019

Open for booking

The Carinthia Explorer - All Three Days

Now taking bookings from non-BLS members too.

Please book this fixture if you wish to participate in ALL THREE DAYS of this long-weekend.


Friday
26th July 2019


Open for booking

The Carinthia Explorer - Day One

Now taking bookings from non-BLS members too.

Motive power steam engine 93.1332. Klagenfurt - Weizelsdorf for museum railway to Ferlach and heritage tram or railcar to Historama, the second largest transport museum in Austria. Ferlach - Klagenfurt - St Veit an de Glan - Launsdorf for the 17km freight only line to Eberstein and Klein St Paul. We expect to continue 2km to the Weitersdorfer Cement Works. Return to Klagenfurt for an evening visit by coach to ride the Lendcanaltramway.


Saturday
27th July 2019


Open for booking

The Carinthia Explorer - Day Two

Now taking bookings from non-BLS members too.

Motive power ex-OBB electric loco 1245.05. Klagenfurt - St Veit an der Glan avoiding line (freight only) - Nostalgiebahnen in Kärnten depot (with two class 2061 diesels) - Feldkirchen – Villach Hauptbahnhof – Rothenthurn - Villach avoiding line - Villach Westbahnhof, then complete circuit(s) of the enormous Villach Süd Yard, including all the freight curves and connections. Further reversals at Arnoldstein and Rosenheim. Return via the Villach High level lines and the Autoverladestelle (vehicle loading) platform to Klagenfurt by the main line.


Saturday
27th July 2019


Open for booking

The Return of Thunder Vac

Updated routing and timings.

A rather special circular tour charter in partnership with Hanson & Hall Rail Services Solutions for the much anticipated return of 50008 (D408) 'Thunderer' to mainline passenger operation, working over the beautiful Hadrian's Wall line AND the scenic and heavily engineered Settle & Carlisle Line. An extended lunch break of around three hours has been requested at Carlisle. Built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry Works, Newton-le-Willows in 1968, 50008 is last recorded as working a mainline passenger charter in November 1991, not long before withdrawal in June 1992.


Sunday
28th July 2019


Waiting List

The Steel City Special

We are delighted to announce a special charity charter exploring the Supertram network and reaching areas not normally accessible to the public, including the limited use tracks of 'The Delta' in both directions and will include a visit to the recently opened Rotherham Parkgate Tram Train extension.

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
28th July 2019


Open for booking

The Carinthia Explorer - Day Three

Now taking bookings from non-BLS members too.

Motive power almost certainly steam at both sites. Coach from Klagenfurt to the Gurktalbahn heritage railway (Triebach-Althofen to Pöckstein Zwischenwässern) for a return charter train, then by coach to Mauterndorf for the Taurachbahn heritage railway; 14.00 departure to St Andra, specially extended for tour passengers only to Tamsweg over a little used 2.1km connecting line. Return to Mauterndorf for coach back to Klagenfurt, or wait at Tamsweg for a service train (at own expense) to Unzmarkt for mainline connections.


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Main Tour)

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce a low flying and highly unusual railtour from Crewe to Portsmouth and return. Our train will be formed of Mark 1 coaching stock from West Coast Railways (WCR) and features a total of three WCR Class 37s! The charter will travel from the North West with pick-ups on the edge of the Midlands and London before heading to Portsmouth Harbour.

In typical style, unusual track has been requested (including the Baker-level Coventry North Yard No 1 Road) along with four hours at our destination. We will offer a number of special off train options, also in our unique style! With one of the options, new water will be available with a Hovercraft charter going off booked service route to provide a connection to Lee-on-the-Solent and the Hovercraft Museum!


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 1 - The Princess Anne)

Travel from Portsmouth Harbour to Southsea Hoverport by bus, then fly to Lee-on-the-Solent by one of the two hovercrafts to the Hovercraft Museum, with two hours on site. The Hovercraft will perform a capability demo en route which is not to be missed!


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 2 - The Cosham Completer)

Join us for the journey to Eastleigh to enjoy additional Class 37 mileage. It is understood that the nearby Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway will be running.


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 3 - Portsmouth Guided Walk)

Gunwharf Premium Outlet / Emirates Spinnaker Tower / Old Portsmouth including the historic harbour. Enjoy a guided walk courtesy of the Visit Portsmouth team.


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 4 - The D-Day Story Museum)

Told through the personal accounts of people who were there and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations alongside iconic objects from the Museum's collection; this is the story of D-Day.


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 5 - Hover to the Island)

Return trip to the Isle of Wight by Hovercraft on the Griffon12000TD hovercrafts. Plan your trip to 'red pen' both crafts!


Saturday
10th August 2019


Open for booking

Type 3 to the Sea (Option 6 - The Underground Flyer)

Take a return flight to the Isle of Wight by Hovercraft and enjoy a return trip on the Island Line, featuring the unique Class 483 EMUs.


Sunday
11th August 2019


Open for booking

The Tri County Triple Tractor

With the availability of Class 37 x 3 and coaching stock at Crewe from the previous days Type 3 to the Sea railtour, the Branch line Society takes great pleasure in announcing a short re-positioning move back to Carnforth, the home of West Coast Railways, where our 3 x Class 37 will lead together from Crewe to Lancaster.


Monday
26th August 2019


Waiting List

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 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.


Friday
6th September 2019
to Sunday
8th September 2019

Save the date

Society Track & Traction railtour in Norway

UPDATE: Postponed to 2020 (some lines not available in 2019).

No further details are available at present.


This fixture is for members only.


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.


Sunday
6th October 2019


Save the date

Llinellau cangen y rheilffordd / Branch line tour

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.


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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