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#384 Posted on: 05 October 2019 at 18:03 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Roundhouse Rotator - Sunday 17th November 2019

A Track & Traction tour operated by West Coast Railways (WCR) with an ETH Class 47/4 (47828 requested) operating 'top & tail' with BR Blue liveried Class 31 31128, with huge thanks to the locomotive owner. Due to operational constraints it is limited to only four vehicles and will book very rapidly.

Great Northern Class 313 final diagram

#378 Posted on: 29 September 2019 at 11:03 by Paul StewartType: Public

Although these things can change, of course, the final Great Northern Class 313 timetabled diagram is currently expected to be on Tue 1 Oct. 06.24 Welwyn Garden City - Moorgate (07.14/07.20) - Watton-at-Stone (08.13/08.37) - Moorgate (09.39) then ECS at 09.45 to Hornsey Depot (10.25).


#372 Posted on: 23 September 2019 at 22:50 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Kernow Funicular - Wednesday 23rd October 2019

This fixture is now also open to non-members to book.

Birmingham Balti Bash - Sunday 22nd September 2019

#366 Posted on: 16 September 2019 at 21:36 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Please note that E-tickets for this fixture are planned to go out on Tuesday night. We are awaiting confirmation of the final timings which are expected tomorrow.

This tour will have a different coach lettering scheme to our usual tours. Coach A is the outermost First Class coach, and Coach H is the outermost Standard Class coach behind a loco.

British Steel Redcar

#364 Posted on: 15 September 2019 at 14:39 by Paul StewartType: Public

For those that do stations and have not, the last trains call on Saturday 14th December 2019 - there is no service in the new timetable. It is to be officially 'temporarily closed'.

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#356 Posted on: 07 September 2019 at 00:18 by Mark HaggasType: Public

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

Durham Coast conducted signal box visits - Wednesday 9th October 2019

Visits to up to six signal boxes.

The Sandwich Deal - Saturday 12th October 2019

An unusual charity railtour from Ramsgate with Southeastern using a Class 375/6 third rail EMU in Kent.

The Bootle Brush - Sunday 8th December 2019

A Track & Traction tour operated by West Coast Railways (WCR) with two WCR Class 47s 'top & tail' - most unusual on the Merseyrail network.


#355 Posted on: 07 September 2019 at 00:15 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Bow Bells - Saturday 14th September 2019

This tour has been renamed to The Breckland Freighter

Please see our Fixtures page for important details of changes to this tour.

Droitwich Spa Trailing Crossover

#348 Posted on: 28 August 2019 at 12:14 by Paul StewartType: Public

Most unusually, all day on 28th & 29th September and 5th & 6th October, trains from the Kidderminster line are turning back in Droitwich Spa Platform 1 then using the very rare trailing crossover just north of the station on departure. On the Saturdays the minimum required journey is Droitwich to Hartlebury and on Sundays Droitwich to Kidderminster. The railway is closed south of Droitwich and towards Bromsgrove.

On Sunday 6th October the move can be combined with our Ffarwelio â Phacer Cymoedd Caerdydd charity railtour (filling rapidly) with 12 hours on a Pacer for only around £5.45 per hour doing interesting track in the South Wales Valleys including Cardiff Canton Depot.

Ian Allan Birmingham Closing Down Sale

#346 Posted on: 27 August 2019 at 18:06 by Paul StewartType: Public

The interesting Ian Allan Birmingham Book and Model Shop in Ethel Street, Birmingham B2 4BG near to New Street station (shop open 09.00 to 16.00 Mondays to Fridays; Saturdays 09.00 to 16.00; closed Sundays) sadly closes down for good on Saturday 14th September (date confirmed by phone call today). There is now 50% OFF ALL BOOKS, RAILWAY MODELS etc until then, but everything is said to be going fast! NOTE THEY ARE CLOSING AT 16.00 EACH DAY NOW. The London shop will remain open.

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).

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