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#686 Posted on: 07 June 2021 at 18:42 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Gronk and Growler - Sunday 13th June 2021

The Branch Line Society and Telford Steam Railway are delighted to announce their Gronk and Growler event. Featuring 37263 operating in top 'n tail mode with 08757 using Mark 2 coaching stock, three round trips will be undertaken.

10:30 start. Free tea and coffee included. The shop will also be open with items ranging from souvenirs to O gauge model trains (including Class 37s).

Social distancing applies and face coverings must be worn, unless exempt. Advance booking only.

Subject to a minimum of 64 participants (now reached) and a maximum of 128. Opportunity to alight after each trip. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the first working of departmental grey livery 37263 in preservation.



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#685 Posted on: 07 June 2021 at 18:13 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter - Monday 12th July 2021
The East Kent Rods - Monday 12th July 2021


It is with regret that both these fixtures have been cancelled.

At the Kent and East Sussex Railway whilst work was underway to fix a minor fault on 08888 they identified other significant issues including a near collapsed main generator bearing which will necessitate a major dismantling. In addition the Class 14 has recently failed.

At the East Kent Railway, although a substitute 08 for the recently departed 08799 is still expected, there is no guarantee that this would arrive by the date of the charter. As the 08s currently in use are readily available on their normal running days, given the number of people that have booked for the EKR on the back of the K&ESR, it was determined that the fairest thing to do would be to cancel both fixtures.

All those who have booked will be contacted and refunded in full, please allow up to 3 weeks for this to be processed due to the high volume of bookings. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment caused.



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#677 Posted on: 01 June 2021 at 23:36 by Mark HaggasType: Public

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

The route and timing details on the Fixture pages have now been updated to include the below changes which were previously advised on 17/05/21:

We are now in a position to provide a number of important updates from the organising team in respect of our much anticipated July charter, in partnership with DB Cargo. Over the last few weeks, it became clear that engineering work now exists on the weekend of our trip that was not visible to us initially. Regrettably, at Tunstead the private owner site operators advise that they are no longer able to accommodate our charter due to a significant increase in their workload, resulting in additional train movements. We therefore need to defer this location to a future project.

This has led to significant work to find an equally appealing destination for the Sunday train and we are able to advise that we have agreement to visit lines not previously covered within Crewe International Electric Maintenance depot. In addition, we will also now be visiting Attercliffe Sidings. With huge thanks to Freightliner, one of their locomotives will pilot our train between Guide Bridge and Crewe Basford Hall.

The organising team have also decided that Monday’s train from York to Scotland will now include the Stillington branch and Tyne Yard rather than the Durham Coast (but still includes Hartlepool Dock branch), and the train will be renamed “The Zuzzy Syphons” as a mark of respect to the late and much missed John Sandham. We intend to direct the proceeds from Monday’s raffle to a cause that John would have appreciated.



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#671 Posted on: 24 May 2021 at 22:11 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 having processed the waiting list we have a small number of seats left for the Thursday & Friday, and (following a cancellation) just a couple left for all 3 days of this tour.

These can be booked directly from the Fixtures section without going via the waiting list.



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#670 Posted on: 19 May 2021 at 20:57 by Mark HaggasType: Public

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

We are now in a position to provide a number of important updates from the organising team in respect of our much anticipated July charter, in partnership with DB Cargo. Over the last few weeks, it became clear that engineering work now exists on the weekend of our trip that was not visible to us initially. Regrettably, at Tunstead the private owner site operators advise that they are no longer able to accommodate our charter due to a significant increase in their workload, resulting in additional train movements. We therefore need to defer this location to a future project.

This has led to significant work to find an equally appealing destination for the Sunday train and we are able to advise that we have agreement to visit lines not previously covered within Crewe International Electric Maintenance depot. In addition, we will also now be visiting Attercliffe Sidings. With huge thanks to Freightliner, one of their locomotives will pilot our train between Guide Bridge and Crewe Basford Hall.

The organising team have also decided that Monday’s train from York to Scotland will now include the Stillington branch and Tyne Yard rather than the Durham Coast (but still includes Hartlepool Dock branch), and the train will be renamed “The Zuzzy Syphons” as a mark of respect to the late and much missed John Sandham. We intend to direct the proceeds from Monday’s raffle to a cause that John would have appreciated.

In respect of opening further seating capacity to those on the wait list and considering the potential impact of the new strains of Covid 19, we are acting with caution and have made the decision to defer taking any additional bookings at this time. As you will appreciate, the safety of our passengers, traincrews and stewarding team is of paramount importance to us.

There are now conflicting messages regarding changes to social distancing come 21st June, and we need to see some clarity in that regard before we can take any further payments from prospective passengers. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and update those on the wait list by the start of June, or earlier if possible. We know this will come as a disappointment to those on the wait list, but rest assured that nothing would delight us more than to be able to operate this train as fully sold out. We will keep you posted as things progress here on the website.



Cardiff Area Sun 16 May

#668 Posted on: 12 May 2021 at 22:11 by Tim WallisType: Public

As well as the opportunity to cover the Penarth North curve this Sun, the closure of P4 and P6 at Cardiff Central offers the opportunity for wrong-line running / crossover usage on Valley Line Services starting at Central to Caerphilly (Bay P1) from P7 and Rhymney from P7 or P8 (RTT has details).
Cardiff Queen Street Bay P1 is OOU at present so services to/from Cardiff Bay are using P2 (but note the last one on Sun (21.40) goes to Queen St P5.



** FIXTURE UPDATE **

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

The East Midlands 125 Farewell - Thursday 13th May 2021

For details of the amazing raffle prizes please click below:

https://www.branchline.uk/fixtures/docs/EMR-125-Raffle.pdf

Tickets are £2 for one strip, or £10 for FIVE strips of different colours. CASH ONLY please.



   ~ ***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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#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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