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#623 Posted on: 24 February 2021 at 08:05 by Paul StewartType: Public

The Bala Lake Railway is trying to extend by ¾ mile from their present terminus into Bala itself.

The town's flood defences are being upgraded at a cost of £6.5M and work for the extension can be incorporated at an addition cost to the railway of £276,000. Well less than £20,000 remains to be raised but the deadline is this Sunday 28th February.

Please see for details and to help.

Railway Cinema Night

#622 Posted on: 22 February 2021 at 17:12 by Paul StewartType: Public

As part of Wales Week London, Railway Benefit Fund is hosting an online Railway Cinema Night. Michael Portillo journalist, broadcaster of the Railway Journeys series and former politician, will discuss historic rail links in Wales and the mainline to London.

Noel Dolphin will discuss the current importance of rail links to Wales and the recent works to improve connections with the rest of the UK.

This will be followed by the historic 1959 British Transport Films short documentary Under the River, which examined the Severn Tunnel's complex construction. A short Q&A session will follow the film.

A unique event to learn about the history and current importance of the railway in the region, as well as the engineering challenges in the Severn Tunnel. See


#620 Posted on: 16 February 2021 at 06:59 by Paul StewartType: Public is an online raffle to support the lovely East Lancashire Railway. The prize is to watch A4 60009 'Union of South Africa' being prepared at the shed then enjoy a footplate ride to Bury Bolton Street station and also a round footplate trip on the whole railway. Think of it as making a donation to help keep the railway going through this difficult time with the possibility of a great prize.

Win a holiday in Brixham....

#614 Posted on: 05 February 2021 at 10:58 by Paul StewartType: Public

Win a week’s stay for 2 (plus a small dog!) in beautiful Brixham, Devon in a railwayman's cottage by the former station. Enter the Railway Benefit Funds online raffle for only £10! Every 7 minutes somebody reaches out to the RBF for help and support - the money raised in this raffle will go towards helping the Railway Family through tough times when the charity's income is reduced..

Draw date: 23rd March; Prize date: 23rd to 30th April 2021 (if Covid restrictions preclude this date, an alternative date will be offered)

Tickets here:

Engineering Works

#613 Posted on: 02 February 2021 at 13:40 by Phil Wieland, Website OfficerType: Public

On Thursday 4 February from 20:00 all services on the Branch Line Society website will be disrupted while a server upgrade is performed.



#611 Posted on: 28 January 2021 at 18:28 by Paul StewartType: Public

The Society's comprehensive list (on this website) of trackbeds that can be walked, compiled by Rhys Ab Elis, has now been updated to January 2021, with thanks to Dave Cromarty. [From now on Neil Lewis is taking over from Dave as our new RROW Coordinator.]

Please sent updates/new route details to:


New features are composite individual PDFs for each country in the British Isles and a document with the whole British Isles. The PDFs are all downloadable, can be searched and printed. They are perfect if you are looking for a railway lockdown walk.

The Waverley Route

#610 Posted on: 23 January 2021 at 11:48 by Paul StewartType: Public

Thanks to Chris Totty and Phil Logie a new BLN PICTORIAL is available to logged in members. It is dated 20th January - the first on the list - with pictures taken on the Waverley Route in 1974 after closure in 1969 and subsequent track lifting.


#605 Posted on: 14 January 2021 at 19:31 by Tim WallisType: Public

We regret that we are experiencing issues with e-mails to some "" addresses at present, with "bouncebacks" not being issued in some cases.

If you have not had any response to your e-mail in reasonable time, please contact Tim Wallis (General Secretary) at and your message will be conveyed to the respective person.

Please accept our apologies for this technical hitch which we are working to correct asap.

Tim Wallis

RbF Online Charity Raffle

#601 Posted on: 11 January 2021 at 18:19 by Paul StewartType: Public Win a weeks stay in Devon for two (plus a small dog - optional) in this ex-railway workers cottage for Brixham's old railway station! The winner will be drawn on 23rd March - tickets only £1 each (£10 for 10). As the prize has been donated all proceeds will go to Railway Benefit Fund charity. Like many charities during the pandemic their services are needed more at a time when funding has declined. Please help - details etc in the link at the start of this post..

Saving railway structures on closed lines

#586 Posted on: 29 December 2020 at 08:54 by Paul StewartType: Public

Please look at this petition and, if you agree, sign and pass it on/publicise it to as many people as possible.

It supports the lead article on the front page of BLN 1367 and also page 15 of the latest issue (Winter, No168) of Railway Ramblings from Railway ramblers.

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