The Branch Line Society

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The unusual is a speciality of the Society - running into the normally-disused depot headshunt
on one of our vists to Crich Tramway Village on 23rd October 2016. [© Simon Mortimer 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
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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
29th September 2018


Full

Llangollen Shunter Shuttle

A joint fixture with Llangollen Diesel Group and PLEG departing at 12.15; an unusual opportunity to enjoy a brakevan ride behind 08195, as part of the Diesel Day. Route: Llangollen station, past Goods Jn ground frame to Pentre Carriage & Wagon Works gates. Then running via Fford Jn up the incline to Llangollen Yard Diesel Road before returning to the station.

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


Saturday
29th September 2018


Open for booking

Coate Water Warbler

Coate Water Country Park, three miles south east of Swindon station.

With thanks to North Wilts MES here since the elevated line began in the 1960s. Simon Mortimer has kindly arranged a special train on a non-public day with a view to covering all the running lines at this 1,400yd long 5"/7¼" line. These include the Old Loop (not used for public running), Inner Loop, Outer Loop and Extension Loop with several scissors crossovers, platform roads and the Richard Jeffries Bypass line (not used for public running). The routes can vary slightly on public days but one visit would not give them all and it would be difficult to cover all the platform lines and crossovers etc. Battery electric and/or internal combustion locos expected, possibly double headed if support permits. The 'normal' public run is over 1,200 yards and does not include many of the elements above. Extra branches and sidings will be sought as practicable.


Sunday
30th September 2018


Open for booking

Ribblesdale Cement Works

Thanks to Hanson Cement Ribblesdale (part of Heidelberg Cement), identical 'all available lines' tours of the branch railway at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00 & 13.00, each limited to 50 participants, in our Society mess van 'Molly' and lasting about 45 minutes.

Using a temporary platform, these cover the entire railway system, to the NR boundary near the Blackburn to Hellifield line, both siding roads and the loco shed road. Operated by volunteers and Hanson staff, the onsite locos 'top & tail'.


Friday
12th October 2018


Full
Pay on the day

Anglesey Signal Boxes & Ground Frames visits

Thanks to Barney Clark, visits to Gaerwen, Valley & Holyhead boxes with Ty Croes crossing box and associated ground frames.

This fixture is for members only.

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


Thursday
18th October 2018


Full
Pay on the day

Derby New Track Tracker

Thanks to Tom Gilby, who will lead the group. All available new track with a Derbyshire Wayfarer day ranger, sure to be an enjoyable and sociable day out. All the extensive new lines are planned (except P7 - no booked use) including the scissors, by three trips to Long Eaton, two to Burton, three to Sheffield and one to Matlock with breaks. Also, to lift your day, the Heights of Abraham Cable Car (special non-alighting fare may be possible), or Tutbury as an alternative.

This fixture is for members only.

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


Sunday
21st October 2018


Open for booking

The Andover Anchovy

Andover & District Model Engineering Soc, about 3¼ miles south of Andover station.

With thanks to Simon Mortimer. Andover MES was founded in 1945 and moved to their current site near Wherwell in 2009. Set in woodland in the Test Valley, it was an old WWII munitions site; original Nissen huts survive including the club house and workshop. The original ground level line was a 430yd dual gauge 5"/7¼" loop; in 2012 a 820yd 7¼" extension opened; in 2016 a further 520yd of 7¼" with yet another extension in 2018 - so new that the exact length is unknown! With passing loops, there are about 1½ miles of ground level track. Also the elevated 2½"/3½"/5" line (extended to 450yd in 2017) should be available. The general public are not admitted to this site.


Friday
26th October 2018


Waiting List

Kirklees Light Railway

With thanks to Gary Lonsdale, all available lines private running with diesel traction (No8 'Jay' at least) on this delightful 15" gauge line, opened in 1991 on almost the entire Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's Clayton West branch, built as a double track main line, a public run of 3¼ miles (The elevated miniature railway is not available and may have been removed by the time of our visit.)

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
26th October 2018


Open for booking

National Coal Mining Museum Mine Train

A 2' 6" gauge, 480yd (public run) line. Thanks to Kev Adlam, private running, important note: this is weather permitting, all available track on the Mine Train hauled by the 1989 Clayton battery locomotive.

This fixture is for members only.


Friday
26th October 2018


Notify interest
Pay on the day

West Yorkshire Service Train Tracker

After our National Coal Mining Museum fixture Mark Haggas is investigating options for unusual routes, crossovers, platforms and stations. A start at Outwood station (free parking) on the 16.59/17.20 to Leeds is envisaged.

Expressions of interest please to confirm viability/numbers ASAP.


This fixture is for members only.


Saturday
27th October 2018


Waiting List

Middleton Railway

Thanks to Kev Adlam, private running, all available lines including a very rare and final chance to travel over the Dartmouth Branch. 'top & tail' with diesels HC D577 'Mary' and HC D1373 'MD&HB 45'.

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
27th October 2018


Details awaited
Pay on the day

Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Society's 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) will be held at the Engine House, Middleton Railway, Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2JQ, commencing at 12.00. Members are invited to attend, express their views on issues discussed, which may include an important resolution sponsored by your Committee, celebrate our wide provision of unique railway infrastructure-related services and look forward to further such opportunities in the future.

Please use this fixture to register your intent to attend or to send your apologies for absence

Please ignore the text about 'pay on the day' or 'details awaited', there is no cost to attend the AGM and you will not be asked for any card details.


This fixture is for members only.


Saturday
27th October 2018


Save the date

Middleton Railway 'Behind the Scenes' tour

A guided tour of the Railway's Workshop and Museum, free of charge for all participants on the earlier railtour.

If you have booked on the morning railtour, you have automatically been allocated a place on this guided tour. You will be contacted nearer the time to confirm if you do or do not wish to undertake the guided tour.


This fixture is for members only.


Saturday
27th October 2018


Open for booking

Railway Film Presentation

Chris Totty, our well known member (since early 1968) is travelling from Jersey to present 'Part 2' of his films after our AGM. This supplements the superb selection Chris showed last year featuring BLS railtours, other UK tours and a 1968 Isle of Man holiday.

This fixture is for members only.


Sunday
28th October 2018


Open for booking

The Ruby Shoesday

Thanks to our Merseyrail friends, a low cost leisurely day complimenting our recent tours, with pick-ups at Hooton P2 and Liverpool Lime Street Low Level and set downs at Liverpool Central Low Level and Hooton P3. It includes James Street Stabling Siding, New Brighton Wall Siding, West Kirkby No2 Siding, Southport No9 Siding, Birkdale No3 Siding, Rock Ferry P3 (bay platform), Hunts Cross P2, Hoylake crossover, the Down Southport in the Up direction from Leeds Street Jn and the customary visits to Birkenhead North Depot (No5 Road requested) and Kirkdale Depot. On the day surprises are possible!


Wednesday
31st October 2018


Open for booking
Pay on the day

Chesterfield Roundabout

A BLS trackbed walk led by our local expert Neil Lewis aided by renowned junior members Ruby and Archie Lewis. Visiting the remains of the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway, Great Central Railway loop, Brampton Branch and existing Midland line.


Sunday
4th November 2018


Full

The Ruby Vampire

An easy day out 'Track & Traction' loco-hauled railtour with West Coast Railways (WCR) booked to feature at least one Class 33 locomotive exploring the North West and the DC network on Merseyside. Highlights include Chester Goods, Dee Marsh Reception, Bidston Stabling Siding, Chester Curve, and the much sought after strategic connections at Bootle Jn and Southport, as well as the goods loop at Croes Newydd.

This fixture is for members only.

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


Sunday
4th November 2018
to Sunday
25th November 2018

Notify interest
Pay on the day

Highland Line Signal Box Visits

Includes at least Perth, the lovely Pitlochry box (which is closing) and Blair Atholl. Also a visit to Perth signal training centre with a fully operational lever frame and NX panel!

Expressions of interest are invited for either Sunday 4th or 25th November.


This fixture is for members only.


Friday
9th November 2018


Open for booking

Grifftonbury 2018

In conjunction with East Midlands Trains, The Branch Line Society are pleased to facilitate the bookings for a (non-rail) musical event.

The event is called Grifftonbury 2018 and will be a musical extravaganza with Cut and Run, a newly formed band (this is their one and only performance) made up entirely of East Midlands Trains employees, led by Jason Ochello (vocals) and Paul Griffin (bass guitar). They will play music from across seven decades, plus support act(s).


Saturday
17th November 2018


Open for booking

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.


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


Save the date

Scunthorpe Steel Works Railtour No. 17

No further details are available at present.

This fixture is for members only.


Sunday
24th February 2019


Save the date

Railtour in the north of England

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.


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