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Electronic Branch Line News & Membership Renewals

#472 Posted on: 31 March 2020 at 19:39 by Paul StewartType: Public

A reminder that e-BLN is now available on our website on the FRIDAY evening before it is dated rather than the Thursday as previously - this week on 3rd April for e-BLN 1349.

Annual membership renewals can be made after 1st April and are due by 1st May please. There has been no increase for the 4th consecutive year. Thank you.



COVID-19 Update 24th March 2020

#453 Posted on: 17 March 2020 at 12:20 by Mark HaggasType: Public

In light of the recent announcement from the UK Government, and as a responsible Society, we have taken the decision to defer a number of our upcoming events. We place the health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, partners and suppliers first. We take the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus very seriously. The situation has recently become more serious and widespread and is expected to significantly increase over coming weeks.

At this stage we are deferring the following events:

• 21st March Kernow Spring Funiculars
• 22nd March North Cornwall Miniature Railway All Liner:
• 2nd April North Stafford Jn – Stoke Jn Signal Box visits
• 18th April The BRCW Bunny railtour
• 19th April The Hot Cross Crompton railtour
• 23rd April The Jurassic Crompton railtour:
• 25th April The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter:
• 25th April The East Kent Rods
• 26th April The return of the Jurassic Crompton railtour
• 30th April to 3rd May Island of Ireland V weekend
• 25th May The Jolly Vacman railtour
• 21st May to 31st May Northern Sweden railtour
• 3rd June Frances Bardsley Academy Railway
• 3rd June to 5th June Tom's Comprehensive Kent Connector
• 26th June to 28th June The Niedersachsen Explorer
• 14th August to 16th August Southern Norway railtour

Every participant will receive an email confirming these changes. All refunds to those who paid by electronic means have now been completed. Cheques to follow.

A decision regarding events due to operate after 15th August will be made in due course in consultation with our partners as the situation develops. We will, of course, keep our members updated, and ensure that everyone’s good health is at the heart of our decision making. We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience this will cause, and trust our members understand our decision in these unusual circumstances.

Please accept our wishes for your good health and all those close to you.

Kev Adlam
Fixtures Secretary
Branch Line Society



Aire weekend traction update

#451 Posted on: 12 March 2020 at 14:58 by Mark HaggasType: Public

We are disappointed to have to advise as of lunch time today a change of traction on this weekends programme. The train will now be operating with West Coast Railways traction. Class 37 706 has been allocated to lead on departure from Carnforth Friday morning. We are extremely grateful to Colas Rail and West Coast Railways who have worked hard together today to attempt to resolve a contractual matter that surfaced this morning, but cannot be resolved in time for this operation. We expect the Class 47 to be 47832. We know many people will have been interested in the unusual traction, but the decision has been made to proceed with the project given the unusual lines on all three days and the fund raising objectives for Martin House Hospice. Please accept our sincere apologies for this necessary change to our traction. Our route on all three days remains as per the issued e-tickets.



IMPORTANT: E-Tickets for 13th, 14th, 15th March

#448 Posted on: 10 March 2020 at 21:56 by Mark HaggasType: Public

There is a delay in issuing the tickets for this weekend due to a high workload on our BLS volunteers.

Please bear with us as we work to finish the seating plans and send out the tickets over the next day or so.

Please do NOT email/phone/text the Bookings Officer/Fixtures Secretary/Editor asking where they are.

Your cooperation with the above is greatly appreciated by your Society volunteers!

Thank you.



Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

#445 Posted on: 01 March 2020 at 09:28 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The C&PRR is delighted to have been offered by the Chawton Junction Railway Company the use of Class 58 freight locomotive No. 58023 which is in Mainline blue livery. It will be accompanied by the companies Class 33 No 33053 which was based at Chinnor 15 years ago but never operated there and will be warmly welcomed back at the railway.

The Class 58 is 35 years old, carries the BR Mainline Blue livery and no member of the class has operated in the UK for 18 years so is expected to attract many enthusiasts to the railway.

Both locomotives will be operating on 27/28/29 March and tickets will be strictly limited to 400 a day so advance booking is strongly recommended as once capacity has been reached no further tickets will be available to be purchased on each operating day at Chinnor or Princes Risborough stations.

Further details can be found here:

https://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/product.php/278/diesel-gala/2532025beac61bd286d45e3b4fa43563



** NEW FIXTURES OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#444 Posted on: 28 February 2020 at 20:48 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Jurassic Crompton - Thursday 23rd April 2020

An easy, low cost day out to reach the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala in style, with a few unusual platform routings requested for added interest along the way.

The Return of the Jurassic Crompton - Sunday 26th April 2020

An easy, low cost day out to return from the Swanage Railway Diesel Gala in style, with a few items of interest to the track enthusiast included.

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



** UPDATED ROUTING **

#442 Posted on: 25 February 2020 at 05:57 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Little North Western Grid - Friday 13th March 2020

We are adding a pick up at Giggleswick at 09.45 on this fixture to give a connection off the first train from Leeds.

Places are still available to book from the Fixtures page.



** 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.




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