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Scunthorpe Steel Works Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

#338 Posted on: 19 August 2019 at 12:23 by Paul StewartType: Public

Due to the unexpected short term availability of 4 brakevans rather than the expected three, online bookings (only) are now open again for some extra places on our railtour from 09.30 to 18.30. They will close again when it is fully booked or at 23.59 Wednesday (21st August).

Eastleigh DCS

#336 Posted on: 09 August 2019 at 14:34 by Kev AdlamType: Public

After a track inspection, we are sorry to advise that we cannot traverse the Down Carriage Sidings at Eastleigh

Apologies that have to delete this from the programme

Garw Valley Railway, Pontycymer

#335 Posted on: 09 August 2019 at 10:25 by Paul StewartType: Public

Next open day Bank Holiday Monday 26th August - the miniature railway is expected to run and did run on the previous open day (27th May).


#334 Posted on: 05 August 2019 at 08:58 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Isfield Investigator - Saturday 26th October 2019

A private Society Track & Traction Event on the standard gauge Lavender Line. The Railway has been most accommodating offering a chance to travel behind (or inside!) most of their internal combustion fleet and traverse many sections of track never normally available as they are usually full of stock. A variety of motive power is anticipated.

The Eastbourne Miniature Magical Mystery (tour) - Saturday 26th October 2019

A visit to the 7¼" gauge Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway. Expected to last about 1½ hours. The Railway (public run 880yds) has offered a chance to travel over the long and rarely used (inner) P2 behind the steam locomotive in use on the day.


#333 Posted on: 02 August 2019 at 20:50 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Birmingham Balti Bash - Sunday 22nd September 2019

Vintage Trains in conjunction with the Branch Line Society are offering an opportunity to enjoy some rare track, Choppers (Class 20's), and a Curry - all at the same time!

Our route will explore some corners of the railway around the West Midlands not routinely travelled by passengers, including the Ironbridge Branch to the temporary stop block.

New Railway in Cornwall

#332 Posted on: 02 August 2019 at 08:37 by Paul StewartType: Public

Sunday 18th August 2019 will be the first public running day of the new 10¼ inch North Cornwall Miniature Railway at Coldnorthcott, St Teath, Camelford, PL30 3LL. Contact is: Bob Lanaway Tel: 01208 850950. [With thanks to Gary Lonsdale.] Does anyone have any more information please about times, future running dates etc?


#328 Posted on: 01 August 2019 at 11:03 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Ffarwelio â Phacer Cymoedd Caerdydd - Sunday 6th October 2019

We are pleased to announce the addition of Cardiff Canton Depot to this railtour.

Please see our Fixtures page for further details.


#327 Posted on: 30 July 2019 at 16:20 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Cosham Completer (mini-tour) - Saturday 10th August 2019

We are now able to open up bookings on our option fixture Type 3 to the Sea (Option 2 - The Cosham Completer) to those who have not booked on the main railtour, but still wish to join us for this part of the trip only.

Join us for a return journey from Portsmouth to Eastleigh and enjoy some Class 37 mileage.


#323 Posted on: 25 July 2019 at 23:30 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Society is pleased to announce the opening of three new fixtures:

The Brickies Lament - Saturday 21st September 2019

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust. An all available track tour of the 2ft Light Railway and 7¼" Miniature Railway. Railway operations cease at the end of this season. Then: Bankside Miniature Railway. A 7¼" gauge 100yd ground level line and a most unusual 8¼" gauge trestle system railway. Finally: Eastleigh Lakeside Railway. A special all available track tour after public running at 16.30 on this complex and intricate 7¼/10¼" railway.

The Hayling Taxi - Sunday 22nd September 2019

All available track tours of: Southampton Society of Model Engineers. 7¼" outer ground level & 3½/5" mixed gauge inner elevated line. Then: Hayling Seaside Railway. A special tour of this one mile long 2ft gauge line. There is time to walk the standard gauge Hayling Island branch.

Ffarwelio â Phacer Cymoedd Caerdydd - Sunday 6th October 2019

Cardiff Valleys Pacer Farewell featuring 2 x Class 143 "Pacer" units, the private charter will feature a number of unusual lines across the region with the highlights being Treherbert and Rhymney Sidings, along with a wide range of sought after crossovers.


#321 Posted on: 22 July 2019 at 15:19 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Steel City Special - Sunday 28th July 2019

The Society is pleased to announce that due to some late cancellations, a small number of additional seats have been released and are now available for immediate booking.

This tour has proven very popular so we advise booking quickly for these last few seats.

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