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#119 Posted on: 06 July 2018 at 22:00 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Two new minor railway fixtures are now open for booking.

On Saturday 29th September, there is an all running lines tour of the miniature railway at Coate Water Country Park with thanks to the North Wilts Model Engineers Society.

And on Sunday 21st October, there is an all available track tour of the Andover & District Model Engineers Society's track near Wherwell.

Full details of all these new fixtures can be found on the Fixtures page.

Ketton update

#115 Posted on: 29 June 2018 at 16:04 by Kev AdlamType: Public

08580 has now arrived at Ketton and us been unloaded and tested

For those of you who may need a cold drink on Sunday before or after your ride, we are offered a lovely welcome at the appropriately named Railway Inn, Church Street, Ketton, PE9 3TA

300 year old Grade II traditional village local with a beer garden. Choice of ales including local JHB. On Sunday it is renown for parsnips and Yorkshire Pudding nibbles on the bar.


#107 Posted on: 01 June 2018 at 08:53 by Mark HaggasType: Public

A number of new fixtures are now open for booking.

On Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, there is a main line railtour from Crewe along the Welsh Marches featuring two class 33 locos.

On the same day - but only for tour participants - there is a visit to the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway which will include a stretch of line not normally available to the public.

In addition, Saturday 15th September and Saturday 17th November are key dates for your diary.

Also - for members only - on Saturday 18th August, there is another trip round the vast railway complex of Scunthorpe Steel Works, and 16th to 19th May 2019 for a trip to Ireland are dates for your diary.

Full details of all these new fixtures can be found on the Fixtures page.

Nottingham Tram Tour Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

#97 Posted on: 30 April 2018 at 11:24 by Paul StewartType: Public

With thanks to a correspondent, this may be of interest to those unable to go on one of our previous tours and for new members:

Ketton 1st July 2018 - possible fourth trip

#96 Posted on: 29 April 2018 at 16:43 by BLSType: Public

Due to the popularity of the Ketton Osprey Explorer (all three trips are now full with a growing waiting list), we will be exploring the possibility of running a fourth trip at Ketton if there is sufficient interest, and subject to getting agreement. Accordingly, if you are interested, please visit the Fixtures page to register your interest.


#89 Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 08:53 by Paul StewartType: Public

Friday 4 May: With thanks to our member Barney Clark. Short notice visits; meet 10.00 at Hawarden Bridge station for Shotwick ground frame (a panel) which should be working, Dee Marsh, Penyfford, Wrexham & Gobowen boxes. BLS members only, limited numbers; an on the day cash charity donation applies. Hi-viz orange jacket required. All bookings and queries direct to (note underscore). Please advise if you are arriving by car (and how many lifts you can give) or by train - we may need to minimise car use. Due to the short notice the visits were advertised by 'Branch Line' email and our website Forum on 17 April.

The Sussex Salopian

#73 Posted on: 26 March 2018 at 19:13 by Website OfficerType: Public

A non-member has emailed me a link to his comprehensive high-quality video he took "of the great tour [BLS] put together on Saturday" which I am happy to share.

The video includes footage of the rare crossover just south of Coventry as well as numerous other locations the tour passed through. Almost as much planning must have gone in to tracking the tour as the BLS Fixtures Team put in to planning the tour itself! Thank you for sharing, Mike.

Canal Tunnels - 33% more trains!

#67 Posted on: 13 March 2018 at 08:11 by Paul StewartType: Public

The service through the new Canal Tunnels between Finsbury Park and St Pancras International Low Level has seen a big increase this week.

Now, all Mondays to Fridays only (but not Good Friday or Easter Monday):

09.46 & 13.17 Peterborough to Horsham
11.24 & 14.24 Cambridge to Brighton

10.00 & 13.30 Horsham to Peterborough
11.32 & 14.32 Brighton to Cambridge

The Metro Meanderer (Tyne & Wear - 25th February)

#50 Posted on: 17 February 2018 at 10:13 by Kev AdlamType: Public

With only two places now left, we have made these available to non members at a £12 supplement

Click on Fixtures tab for further details

The Inverclyde First Aider Sat 28 April 2018

#48 Posted on: 15 February 2018 at 21:49 by Kev AdlamType: Public


The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce a Class 37 hauled Scottish freight line railtour in conjunction with St John Ambulance, operated by West Coast Railway Company, traversing freight lines in both the Carlisle and Glasgow area, with a leg stretch break at Newton-on-Ayr.

There will be a buffet car serving hot food including delicious breakfast rolls, drinks, snacks and light refreshments. At least two real ales are expected to be available for sale. First Class Plus passengers will additionally benefit from complimentary morning tea / coffee with a Danish pastry, and in the afternoon, tea or coffee with savoury of the day and a selection of fine cakes.

The nine-coach train will be hauled by a Class 37 locomotive, with an ETH Class 47 or 57 assisting as required, subject to availability.

Highlights of this tour include Dallam Yard, Dallam Royal Mail Terminal, Upperby Down Goods, Lockerbie Up Loop (down direction), Sheildmuir Royal Mail Terminal, Down City Union, Arkleston Down Loop, the Newton-on-Ayr to Mauchline branch in the Eastbound direction and the much sought after Kingmoor Up Goods line, in full from Mossband Jn to Caldew Jn.

As usual, there will be an on-train raffle with proceeds donated to St John Ambulance, whose volunteers from the North West will be travelling onboard. A souvenir map, ticket and tour brochure will be provided to all participants.

Our ROUTE, validated and bid by WCRC to Network Rail, is as follows:

Crewe P5 (PU 05.29) - Dn Slow - Dn Helsby - Warrington Bank Quay P3 (PU 06.21) - Dn Main - Dallam Royal Mail P2 (RM) - Dallam Freight Yard Road 1 (RM) - Dallam Royal Mail P1 - Bamfurlong DF to DS - Wigan Dn & Up Passenger Loop - Wigan North Western P5 (PU 07.14) - Preston P7 (PU 07.35) - Penrith P3 (Down Slow) - Upperby Dn Goods - Upperby Jn - Carlisle P3 (PU 09.26) - Lockerbie UP Passenger Loop - Carstairs - Sheildmuir RMT - Motherwell - Mossend Dn Reception - Coatbridge Dn Goods - Gartcosh - Springburn P1 - Eastfield Loop (RM) - Springburn P2 - Down City Union - Shields Jn - Arkleston (Paisley) DGL - Paisley Gilmour Street - Barassie DPL - Falkland DGL - Newton on Ayr (BREAK) - Mauchline Jn - New Cumnock UGL - Mossband Jn Up Goods - Up Avoiding/ Arrival - Up Avoiding - Up Goods - Caldew Jn - Carlisle P1 (SD 18.41) - Tebay Up & Dn Gds - Carnforth No 1 Up & Dn Gds - Preston P3 (SD 20.42) - Wigan North Western P1 (SD 21.07) - Up Goods - Earlestown P5 - Warrington Bank Quay (SD 21.52) - Dn Main - Action Bridge Up Slow - Up Fast - Crewe Coal Yard UF to US - Crewe P5 (SD 22.24).

Timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation through the planning process.

Further details and bookings online

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