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High Flyers at Derby

#140 Posted on: 26 August 2018 at 12:38 by Paul StewartType: Public

From 27 August to 3 September passenger trains have been authorised to travel between Way & Works Jn and the new Service Platform (P7), via the (NEW) Derby Pilot Siding/Line. Note with renaming it has, correctly, become singular and all you keen members who did it before 27 August now will need to do it again! It is understood that P7 will not normally be used by passenger trains after full commissioning at Derby.


#122 Posted on: 19 July 2018 at 20:43 by Mark HaggasType: Public

A number of new fixtures are now open for booking.

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, there are minor railways in Hertfordshire and Essex 'all available track' fixtures at multiple locations.

Following on from the success of our recent society visit to Hanson Ketton Cement Works, Sunday 30th September is an 'all available track' fixture at Hanson's Ribblesdale Cement Works.

Sunday 24th February 2019 is a key date to save in your diary for a railtour in the north of England.

Also - for members only - on Friday 3rd August there are signal box visits in the Bangor area.

And finally a reminder of the combined BLS/PLEG track/traction tours at Barrow Hill Engine Shed on the evening of Friday 20th July, bookings close at 23:59 on 19th July!

Full details of all these new fixtures can be found on the Fixtures page.


#119 Posted on: 06 July 2018 at 22:00 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Two new minor railway fixtures are now open for booking.

On Saturday 29th September, there is an all running lines tour of the miniature railway at Coate Water Country Park with thanks to the North Wilts Model Engineers Society.

And on Sunday 21st October, there is an all available track tour of the Andover & District Model Engineers Society's track near Wherwell.

Full details of all these new fixtures can be found on the Fixtures page.

Ketton update

#115 Posted on: 29 June 2018 at 16:04 by Kev AdlamType: Public

08580 has now arrived at Ketton and us been unloaded and tested

For those of you who may need a cold drink on Sunday before or after your ride, we are offered a lovely welcome at the appropriately named Railway Inn, Church Street, Ketton, PE9 3TA

300 year old Grade II traditional village local with a beer garden. Choice of ales including local JHB. On Sunday it is renown for parsnips and Yorkshire Pudding nibbles on the bar.


#107 Posted on: 01 June 2018 at 08:53 by Mark HaggasType: Public

A number of new fixtures are now open for booking.

On Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, there is a main line railtour from Crewe along the Welsh Marches featuring two class 33 locos.

On the same day - but only for tour participants - there is a visit to the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway which will include a stretch of line not normally available to the public.

In addition, Saturday 15th September and Saturday 17th November are key dates for your diary.

Also - for members only - on Saturday 18th August, there is another trip round the vast railway complex of Scunthorpe Steel Works, and 16th to 19th May 2019 for a trip to Ireland are dates for your diary.

Full details of all these new fixtures can be found on the Fixtures page.

Nottingham Tram Tour Bank Holiday Monday 7th May

#97 Posted on: 30 April 2018 at 11:24 by Paul StewartType: Public

With thanks to a correspondent, this may be of interest to those unable to go on one of our previous tours and for new members:

Ketton 1st July 2018 - possible fourth trip

#96 Posted on: 29 April 2018 at 16:43 by BLSType: Public

Due to the popularity of the Ketton Osprey Explorer (all three trips are now full with a growing waiting list), we will be exploring the possibility of running a fourth trip at Ketton if there is sufficient interest, and subject to getting agreement. Accordingly, if you are interested, please visit the Fixtures page to register your interest.


#89 Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 08:53 by Paul StewartType: Public

Friday 4 May: With thanks to our member Barney Clark. Short notice visits; meet 10.00 at Hawarden Bridge station for Shotwick ground frame (a panel) which should be working, Dee Marsh, Penyfford, Wrexham & Gobowen boxes. BLS members only, limited numbers; an on the day cash charity donation applies. Hi-viz orange jacket required. All bookings and queries direct to (note underscore). Please advise if you are arriving by car (and how many lifts you can give) or by train - we may need to minimise car use. Due to the short notice the visits were advertised by 'Branch Line' email and our website Forum on 17 April.

The Sussex Salopian

#73 Posted on: 26 March 2018 at 19:13 by Website OfficerType: Public

A non-member has emailed me a link to his comprehensive high-quality video he took "of the great tour [BLS] put together on Saturday" which I am happy to share.

The video includes footage of the rare crossover just south of Coventry as well as numerous other locations the tour passed through. Almost as much planning must have gone in to tracking the tour as the BLS Fixtures Team put in to planning the tour itself! Thank you for sharing, Mike.

Canal Tunnels - 33% more trains!

#67 Posted on: 13 March 2018 at 08:11 by Paul StewartType: Public

The service through the new Canal Tunnels between Finsbury Park and St Pancras International Low Level has seen a big increase this week.

Now, all Mondays to Fridays only (but not Good Friday or Easter Monday):

09.46 & 13.17 Peterborough to Horsham
11.24 & 14.24 Cambridge to Brighton

10.00 & 13.30 Horsham to Peterborough
11.32 & 14.32 Brighton to Cambridge

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