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** FIXTURE UPDATE **

#667 Posted on: 11 May 2021 at 21:42 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The East Midlands 125 Farewell - Thursday 13th May 2021

A couple of seats are now available for this due to a last minute cancellation.



   ~ ***WELLS HARBOUR RAILWAY CLOSURE***

#665 Posted on: 10 May 2021 at 08:00 by Paul StewartType: Public

There is a petition to try to save the railway from closure:

https://bit.ly/3f1JkVo

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** NEW FIXTURE OPEN FOR BOOKING **

#663 Posted on: 07 May 2021 at 13:25 by Kev AdlamType: Public

The East Midlands 125 Farewell - Thursday 13th May 2021

We are delighted to announce, in partnership with East Midlands Railway and 125 Group, The East Midlands 125 Farewell, raising funds for Railway Children and Railway Benefit Fund. Our HST is expected to feature two celebrity EMR Class 43 power cars, 43102 and 43274, of course subject to availability. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the life of the high-speed train on the Midland Mainline.

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



***WELLS HARBOUR RAILWAY CLOSURE***

#662 Posted on: 07 May 2021 at 08:01 by Paul StewartType: Public

The Eastern Daily Press reports that this 1,200yd miniature railway at Wells-next-the-Sea (MR page 21) will close this year as soon as a buyer can be found for its equipment and assets.

Although the website advises it runs Saturdays and Sundays from Pinewood Station 10.30-16.20 (10.50-16.30 from Harbour - times may vary) they have confirmed that they will be running Bank Holiday Monday 31st May too. £1.50 each way cash or contactless payment.

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** FIXTURE UPDATE **

#660 Posted on: 28 April 2021 at 21:30 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Three Peaks from a Seat 2021 - Thursday 10th June 2021 to Saturday 12th June 2021

We are pleased to advise that additional capacity has been added to this train. We will shortly begin to contact those currently on the waiting list to offer them a place.

Once all those on the waiting list have been contacted and subsequently booked, we will make available for sale any seats remaining.



** FIXTURE UPDATE **

#653 Posted on: 18 April 2021 at 14:46 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Summer Syphons - Friday 2nd July 2021 to Monday 5th July 2021 - Important Update

We are delighted to confirm that The Summer Syphons will be opening for Society member bookings on Monday 19th April at 19.00, as previously indicated. A reminder that seating will be allocated in line with Government guidelines in place at the time and our Travel Safe procedures. Where possible, families, household groups and those in ‘social bubbles’ from separate households should make a single booking for their entire party. Please rest assured we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment on board, whilst adhering to all Public Health regulations. Our team will be following an enhanced programme of cleaning for your safety. Of course, if you cannot book as a group but still have seating preferences, then they should be stated in the notes section as normal.

We are delighted to announce a number of important changes, based on input from both our customers and partners.

On Friday, we now expect to run direct from Glasgow to Mauchline Jn via Kilmarnock (Through Road requested) with an additional pick up at Dumfries circa 12.50. At Carlisle, we will say goodbye to one of the DBC Class 66s and 2 x DRS 37 will take us forward from there. On Saturday, we are delighted to add the Mapperley Goods Branch and the former Stanton Works to the specification, with the consequential removal of Belmont Yard (which is deferred to a project later in the year). On Sunday, the pilot loco in the Tunstead area is on track to be a rather special feature! Finally, on Monday, we expect to operate top 'n tail throughout with an additional set down at Metro Centre circa 15.45. We have requested the addition of Greenfoot Goods Loop.

Finally, in response to significant positive feedback, we have made the decision to only open the full four day package on Monday. Single day tickets will be available from Wednesday 21st April, from 19.00. Of course, provision will be made in the seating allocation to provide opportunity for members who can only travel on certain day(s). This will significantly reduce the complexity for members to undertake their bookings next week, and will help ensure an accurate number of seats are made available for single day passengers after we have completed our reconciliation of Monday's sales.

It is important to reiterate that not all seats will be made available for sale next week, as current Government guidelines require our passenger numbers to be reduced. We will continue to monitor the situation with the support of our partners, and expect that as lockdown easing stages progress, that additional capacity will become available for both four-day packages and single days.

We look forward to your support in helping maintain the amazing work of Martin House Hospice, and would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners at DB Cargo, DRS and SRPS for their continued support of this exciting project.



** FIXTURES UPDATE **

#651 Posted on: 12 April 2021 at 18:39 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Monday 12th @ 19.39: Three Peaks from a Seat 2021

We are aware that some people may not have received a confirmation email and there may be a delay in the sending of these while the system catches up. You should still have received your payment confirmation email from WorldPay which shows you have booked and paid.

Please note that the confirmation emails shows Thurs 10th for the date irrespective of which day you have booked. This is only a cosmetic issue and is because we have used one fixture for booking multiple days and the first day is classed as the fixture date by the system. The day shown against the Class/option is the day you have booked.

Tuesday 13th April 17:03: The East Kent Rods

We have moved the fixture opening time of The East Kent Rods from 19.00 to 20.00 on Wednesday 14th April to avoid clashing with bookings for the Andrew Wilson Memorial Charter which will still open at 19.00.

Tuesday 13th April 19:43: The Thanet Thunderer

We are aware that a small number of people may not have received a confirmation email and there may be a delay in the sending of these while the system catches up. You should still have received your payment confirmation email from WorldPay which shows you have booked and paid.

Please note this message was originally posted at 19:39 BST, however the system is currently displaying it as 18:39 GMT due to an issue we are investigating.



** FIXTURES UPDATE **

#649 Posted on: 11 April 2021 at 17:49 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Please accept our apologies for the delay in announcing pricing for our June and July events whilst we awaited the 12th April Government announcement to confirm Stage 2 of lockdown easing has been met, and any impact that may have had on available seating capacity and therefore our fares. If you find an event you wish to participate in is full, please do add yourself to the waiting list to express your interest. Pricing for the following events can now be viewed on the Fixtures page:

- Three Peaks from a Seat.

- The Thanet Thunderer.

- The Summer Syphons.


Although single bookers are welcome, group bookings of 4, 5, 6 or more consisting of your social bubbles will enable us to optimise the safe capacity of these events.



** FIXTURE UPDATE **

#640 Posted on: 05 April 2021 at 17:51 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Further to today’s Government announcement confirming Step 2 of Lockdown easing will proceed Monday 12 April, we are delighted to confirm that bookings will open:

- Three Peaks from a Seat at 19.00 on Monday 12th April.

- The Thanet Thunderer at 19.00 Tuesday 13th April.

- The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter at 19.00 Wednesday 14th April.
- The East Kent Rods at 19.00 Wednesday 14th April.

- Romsey Horticultural Tramway at 19.00 Thursday 15th April.

- The Summer Syphons at 19.00 Monday 19th April.


Please ensure wherever possible you book in groups of family, friends and those in your social bubble to optimise safely the available capacity. Note that The Summer Syphons will open, initially, for members only.



** FIXTURES UPDATE **

#635 Posted on: 29 March 2021 at 19:14 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Society is pleased to announce further details on three new fixtures for your diary allowing you to plan ahead, and where necessary secure (refundable recommended) overnight accommodation:

Three Peaks from a Seat 2021 - Thursday 10th June 2021 to Saturday 12th June 2021

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce a rare opportunity to enjoy over 1200 miles of double-headed LSL Class 37 haulage from the comfort of a Mark III Inter-City liveried first class carriage - covering a wide area of England, Wales and Scotland over three days.

The Summer Syphons - Friday 2nd July 2021 to Monday 5th July 2021

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce The Summer Syphons, a four day event raising funds for Martin House Hospice. Operated by DB Cargo using SRPS Mark One coaching stock, our special train will feature across the weekend Class 66s provided by DB Cargo and Class 37s provided by Direct Rail Services.

The Thanet Thunderer - Saturday 31st July 2021

A rather special Summer outing to the Kent seaside town of Margate with 50008 Thunderer and friend. This charter will feature a mix of top 'n tail and double-headed English Electric Class 50's.

Please view the Fixtures page for more information and details on when bookings are planned to open.




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