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The Waverley Route

#610 Posted on: 23 January 2021 at 11:48 by Paul StewartType: Public

Thanks to Chris Totty and Phil Logie a new BLN PICTORIAL is available to logged in members. It is dated 20th January - the first on the list - with pictures taken on the Waverley Route in 1974 after closure in 1969 and subsequent track lifting.


#605 Posted on: 14 January 2021 at 19:31 by Tim WallisType: Public

We regret that we are experiencing issues with e-mails to some "" addresses at present, with "bouncebacks" not being issued in some cases.

If you have not had any response to your e-mail in reasonable time, please contact Tim Wallis (General Secretary) at and your message will be conveyed to the respective person.

Please accept our apologies for this technical hitch which we are working to correct asap.

Tim Wallis

RbF Online Charity Raffle

#601 Posted on: 11 January 2021 at 18:19 by Paul StewartType: Public Win a weeks stay in Devon for two (plus a small dog - optional) in this ex-railway workers cottage for Brixham's old railway station! The winner will be drawn on 23rd March - tickets only £1 each (£10 for 10). As the prize has been donated all proceeds will go to Railway Benefit Fund charity. Like many charities during the pandemic their services are needed more at a time when funding has declined. Please help - details etc in the link at the start of this post..

Saving railway structures on closed lines

#586 Posted on: 29 December 2020 at 08:54 by Paul StewartType: Public

Please look at this petition and, if you agree, sign and pass it on/publicise it to as many people as possible.

It supports the lead article on the front page of BLN 1367 and also page 15 of the latest issue (Winter, No168) of Railway Ramblings from Railway ramblers.

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#581 Posted on: 17 December 2020 at 14:54 by Tim WallisType: Public

The VoR are holding an online auction of 32 items which includes rare track opportunities:

Steam loco "Margaret" (Quarry Hunslet) Full Line Footplate Trip for One - May & Sept dates - includes temporary connection between VoR main line at Devil's Bridge and the siding - Used just twice a year !

Full Line Return in Permaquip Vehicle for 2 from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge.

Rheidol Tank Footplate Ride Along Day for One

Guard's experience - includes putting carriages to bed at end of day

Bids end 23.45 Fri 18 Dec 2020.

A unique chance to get in rare track and help VoR fund-raising.


#579 Posted on: 05 December 2020 at 08:16 by Paul StewartType: Public

Thanks to our member Greg Beecroft there is a new BLN Pictorial with 35 interesting photos and informative captions of London Underground Workings in the 1970s.

There are three sections: Notable passenger workings, engineering works and railtours.

11 other BLN Pictorials are available to see (go along the top banner of our website home page). Guidelines for submission are provided and the email address to use if you would like to contribute or for advice.

Scunthorpe Steelworks Railtour, Saturday 16 January 2021

#565 Posted on: 07 November 2020 at 08:58 by Paul StewartType: Public

This fixture is now open for bookings for Members only - if fully booked it is well worth going on the waiting list as everyone who did so in August was offered a place on that tour. Full details are in BLN 1364 out this week and on the Fixtures section of our website.

Brockenhurst P4 connections available

#558 Posted on: 14 October 2020 at 19:40 by Tim WallisType: Public

There appears to be a problem with P3 @ Brockenhurst since around 17.15 today (Wed) and services to Bomo are either using P4 (the Lymington branch shuttle platform) or P1.
X/c seem to be best bet for P4.

No gen on how long might last.


#555 Posted on: 27 September 2020 at 12:43 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Kerr's Miniature Railway - Friday 9th October 2020

Update 27/09/20 @ 12:30: We are pleased to announce this fixture is now open to non-members.

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


#554 Posted on: 24 September 2020 at 20:23 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Gronk Chaser - Saturday 26th September 2020

Update 24/09/20 @ 22:30: Due to a loco requiring repair on a commercial contract, 08730 has today left Chasewater Railway. However, with thanks to RSS, Saturdays event will still go ahead using 08939 instead.

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

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