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** NEW FIXTURES OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#441 Posted on: 20 February 2020 at 22:39 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The BRCW Bunny - Saturday 18th April 2020

With a Class 33 top and tail with a WCR Class 37. Rare track includes Hanson Padeswood Sidings, Warrington Canal Sidings, Wrexham Up Bay 2, Oakleigh Sidings (and triangle), Latchford Sidings and the route from Warrington Arpley past Fiddlers Ferry through to Ditton Reception Sidings.

The Hot Cross Crompton - Sunday 19th April 2020

A Class 33 top & tail with a WCR Class 37 and only four coaches. Rare track includes the Knowsley Freight Terminal branch, Birkdale Sidings and Kirkdale Carriage Sidings.

There is also a combined fixture for the above 2 railtours at a discounted price.

North Stafford Jn - Stoke Jn Signal Box Visits - Thursday 2nd April 2020

A repeat of our oversubscribed 4 Oct 2016 visits to some of the eight boxes between North Stafford Jn and Stoke Jn.

Please view the Fixtures page for more information and to book.



Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS); Thur 6 Feb 19.00

#436 Posted on: 30 January 2020 at 19:51 by Paul StewartType: Public

The Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS); Thursday 6 February 19.00 to 21.00: The Function Room, The English Lounge, 64-66 High Street Manchester, M4 1EA. By Shudehill tram stop see https://adobe.ly/2U5Epdj for location. The bar opens 18.00; the first drink is free, on the IRRS! Dick Fearn will give a presentation about the IRRS and its branches then Tim Morton, London IRRS Branch chair, will explain how an IRRS branch works. There will be a discussion on possibly setting up a Manchester Branch. The bar reopens at 21.00 for informal discussion; free IRRS journal back numbers are available to look at or take away.

You do NOT have to be a member to go, send your email address to irrslondon@hotmail.com with the subject heading 'Manchester'. For all the details of this event see https://adobe.ly/36EN8Wt



** NEW FIXTURES OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#432 Posted on: 10 January 2020 at 00:33 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Little North Western Grid - Friday 13th March 2020

This charter will feature a Colas Class 56 at the sharp end, and a WCR ETH Class 47 for our reversals. Our departure is from Carnforth and is a one-way journey to Doncaster.

The Power of Aire - Saturday 14th March 2020

This charter will feature a much sought-after Colas Class 70 with a WCR ETH Class 47 inside, supported by a Colas Class 56 for our reversals. The rare track highlights include Selby Curve, Ferrybridge Wagon Repair Depot, Drax Power Station, Gascoigne Wood Sidings, Doncaster Carriage Sidings and Sudforth Lane Sidings.

The Eric and Ernie - Sunday 15th March 2020

This charter will feature a Colas Class 56 and a WCR ETH Class 47 for our reversals. Our departure is from Doncaster and is a one-way journey back to Carnforth, via Copy Pit and Morecambe. The rare track highlights include Selby Curve and Whitehall Road Engineers Sidings.

There is also a combined fixture for the above 3 railtours at a discounted price.

North Cornwall Miniature Railway All Liner - Sunday 22nd March 2020

A members only 'all available lines' visit to this new railway which only opened on 18th August 2019 near St Teath, between Wadebridge and Camelford.

Please view the Fixtures page for more information and to book.



** NEW FIXTURE OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#428 Posted on: 28 December 2019 at 22:39 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Boaty McBoatface - Saturday 25th January 2020

The Ashton Packet Boat Company in Greater Manchester benefits from a much sought after 2ft gauge industrial railway, with narrow gauge locos used to transport goods around a working boatyard. By special arrangement, we will cover as much track as safely possible around the site.

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** NEW FIXTURES OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#416 Posted on: 05 December 2019 at 23:16 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Merseyrail Underground & Overground Explorer - Sunday 26th January 2020

The Branch Line Society is delighted to act as booking agent for a low cost, easy day out railtour operated by Merseyrail, featuring a 6-car EMU.

The Fenny Crompton - Saturday 7th March 2020

An easy day out positioning move railtour operated by West Coast Railways (WCR), hauled by a WCR Class 33.

The Devonian Crompton - Sunday 8th March 2020

Operated by West Coast Railways (WCR), this charter will feature a pair of Class 33s at the sharp end, hauled by 71A Locomotive Group’s 33012 and a WCR Class 33.

The Park Royal Parkinson - Monday 9th March 2020

A re-positioning move railtour operated by West Coast Railways (WCR), hauled by a WCR Class 33.

There is also a combined fixture for the above 3 railtours at a discounted price.

Tom's Comprehensive Kent Connector - Wednesday 3rd June 2020 to Friday 5th June 2020

Our latest service train tracker has been carefully planned (subject to checking the May 2020 timetable) and will be led by Tom Gilby to cover all available lines in Kent.

Please view the Fixtures page for more information and to book.



Merseyrail Experience Tours

#412 Posted on: 21 November 2019 at 16:53 by Paul StewartType: Public

Not sure if any rare track is involved, but may be of interest to some and likely to fill quickly - certainly before the next BLN comes out:

http://bit.ly/2rdqntL

If anyone goes on one of these a report/photos for BLN would be appreciated - thanks - Paul.



** UPDATED ROUTING **

#410 Posted on: 13 November 2019 at 01:20 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Roundhouse Rotator - Sunday 17th November 2019

Our route is subject to amendment upon reaching Manton Jn. After months of hard work by many individuals and supporters, a late notice possession by Network Rail is blocking access to both the Corby Automotive and the BSC Corby branch. Significant consultation has followed including final discussions this afternoon, but unfortunately the possession cannot be amended or deferred. Therefore, our charter will proceed to Peterborough, where a short leg stretch and photo stop break has been arranged. However, we have been able to secure a highly unusual alternative element to the programme to offset this unfortunate deletion. After our pick up at Derby, we will now proceed over the link line to Litchurch Lane Works. At Chaddesden Yard, we now expect to use No. 6 Road. A few places remain.

Pick up times are unchanged, but some of the set down stops are now slightly earlier. Timing sheets have been emailed to all who booked.



TRACKmaps Book 5 Southern & Transport for London

#404 Posted on: 05 November 2019 at 09:48 by Paul StewartType: Public

The new fully revised Fourth Edition (August 2019) is now out and will be available at a very advantageous price on our 8th December 'Bootle Brush' railtour (or by post including P&P as advertised in a future BLN). For commercial reasons we are not allowed to discount it before then.

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Kernow Funicular Fixture Wednesday 23rd October

#391 Posted on: 17 October 2019 at 08:19 by Paul StewartType: Public

Due to a cancellation a place has become available on this previously fully-booked fixture. Details and booking are available via the Fixtures Section of our website.



** NEW FIXTURE OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#384 Posted on: 05 October 2019 at 18:03 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Roundhouse Rotator - Sunday 17th November 2019

A Track & Traction tour operated by West Coast Railways (WCR) with an ETH Class 47/4 (47828 requested) operating 'top & tail' with BR Blue liveried Class 31 31128, with huge thanks to the locomotive owner. Due to operational constraints it is limited to only four vehicles and will book very rapidly.




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