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#291 Posted on: 14 May 2019 at 19:18 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Return of Thunder Vac - Saturday 27th July 2019

It has been requested that the tour leave Derby 10 minutes after the planned arrival of 1F02, the 0552 from St Pancras. A pick up stop at Long Eaton has also been requested as a contingency to the late running of 1F02. It is also intended that arrival back at Derby is in time for the last train Leicester, and its connection there for London.

Heeley Loop has been added to itinerary too.

A additional set down at Skipton has been requested for the return, which hopefully will be long enough to make it a photo stop too.

Thank you to all that have booked so far. If you want to go but haven't yet booked, please do so soon. This currently is the only charter planned for 50008, and due to current work demands she is very unlikely to do any others.


#290 Posted on: 11 May 2019 at 16:37 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Seaton Surveyor - Saturday 29th June 2019

With thanks to Simon Mortimer, a summer sojourn by the sea at this 2' 9" gauge, 2¾ mile long, tramway along the lovely River Axe estuary, mostly on the old branch. It follows public service, but in daylight hours, for full operational flexibility.

The comprehensive itinerary includes Colyton Wall Siding, Colyford siding (bay), Riverside Depot Roads 1-4 and the recently completely altered approach to the new Seaton terminus with all FOUR platform roads.


#288 Posted on: 09 May 2019 at 22:09 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Sunday Yicker - Sunday 9th June 2019

This tour is now expected to be hauled by a WCR Class 37 operating in top 'n tail formation with Class 31 31128.

Saturday 29th June, Save the Date!

#287 Posted on: 03 May 2019 at 11:43 by Paul StewartType: Public

Plans are advanced for a comprehensive Society tour of the Seaton tramway (17.30-20.30) - more details in BLN next week.


#284 Posted on: 29 April 2019 at 20:59 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Return of Thunder Vac - Saturday 27th July 2019

The following has now been requested to add to the itinerary, with all the usual caveats applicable:

Up loop at Hellifield, the loop at Kirkstall, and the up Sheffield goods lines at Doncaster.


#283 Posted on: 25 April 2019 at 00:12 by Mark HaggasType: Public

PLEG/BLS The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter, Sat 4th May – POSTPONED – The new date is Saturday 13th July 2019.

Please go to the Fixtures page and click on the fixture for important further information.


#282 Posted on: 16 April 2019 at 00:34 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Cork Stopper - Sunday 19th May 2019

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce its second unusual lines charter train in conjunction with Irish Rail. Traversing unusual lines in County Cork and County Kerry, there will be a leg stretch break in Tralee and a photo stop at Mallow.


#280 Posted on: 12 April 2019 at 22:17 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Luca Pezzulo Express - Saturday 20th July 2019

This rather special and unusual Branch Line Society loco hauled charter, operated by West Coast Railways, will be visiting FOUR freight installations in the Network Rail London North East zone. From a traction perspective, we will feature a WCR Class 37 operating in top 'n tail formation with a Colas Rail Class 37.

The Return of Thunder Vac update

#277 Posted on: 02 April 2019 at 15:43 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Hanson & Hall have been able to identify operating efficiencies after bookings opened, which they are delighted to pass on to participants. The fares are reduced on this Class 50 hauled long all day scenic circular tour: Standard £112; First £175 and First at a table for two £195. Rebates are being arranged to those who have already booked.

Scottish weekend updates

#276 Posted on: 31 March 2019 at 12:47 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Revised timings are now available on the Fixtures page for our 3 day railtour from Friday 26th April 2019 to Sunday 28th April 2019.

We have also added a set down at Lancaster on the Gourock Growler.

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