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#314 Posted on: 12 July 2019 at 20:22 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Luca Pezzulo Express - Saturday 20th July 2019

The Society is pleased to announce that a small number of additional (standard class) seats have been released and are now available for immediate booking.

We have also been advised that we are expected to reach 60 chains beyond the Network Rail boundary on Stocksbridge Works

This tour has proven very popular so we advise booking quickly for these last few seats.


#313 Posted on: 04 July 2019 at 23:48 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Saturday 14th September 2019 - The Bow Bells

A ''Classic'' BLS loco-hauled railtour from Nottingham to Norwich, offering a great selection of requested freight branches, many not done before, and goods loops. Highlights include BOW PLASMOR TERMINAL, JOHNSTON LOGISTICS GRAIN TERMINAL, BRANDON DB CARGO and NORWICH RIVERSIDE FREIGHT DEPOT. DB Cargo Class 66s rare for passenger haulage will be requested as motive power.


#311 Posted on: 01 July 2019 at 20:41 by Mark HaggasType: Public

The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter Sat 13 July with 08888

At lunch time today (01/07/2019) we received the following e-mail from the K&ESR:

‘Unfortunately our Engineering team have not managed to finish the final riveting on 08888 and although we hoped this would have been done while I was on holiday and the subsequent lift planned they have just conceded defeat today – resulting in us unfortunately not being able to deliver the train on the 13th. I apologise for such late notice. This afternoon we investigated ways of expediting the completion of the work and whether any other traction was available for the charter but unfortunately to no avail.'

Therefore, with regret, this charter on the 13th July is now cancelled. A full refund will be provided to all that have booked but please give us a little time for our Bookings Officer to progress these. Please accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment caused.

Wensleydale Railway Leyburn Loop

#308 Posted on: 23 June 2019 at 06:52 by Paul StewartType: Public

The first passenger carrying train to run via the newly installed Leyburn loop is on Saturday 29th June. The 13.30 short working from Redmire to Leyburn runs via the loop then reverses at the Northallerton end arriving at Leyburn platform 13.56. It returns to Redmire at 14.04. The earlier outward working (to Redmire) picks up at Leyburn at 13.04. This is part of the Armed Forces Day and Diesel Gala. Reports and pictures welcome.

Conwy Cat Update

#303 Posted on: 11 June 2019 at 19:19 by Mark HaggasType: Public

Subject to the usual caveats, and with the conditions that go with advance gen, the currently allocated locos are 66429 and 68027.

The 66 is expected to lead Crewe to Liverpool, and the 68 out of Lime Street. There are a (very) small number of seats remaining - all first class - priced at £59.00

BLS Website

#302 Posted on: 07 June 2019 at 22:30 by Mark HaggasType: Public

We are pleased to advise you that our Branch Line Society Website has now resumed normal service. Logged in members will be able to access BLN and BLNI 1329 and all other documents as normal. You can also make fully secure fixtures bookings including on our 'Type 3 to the Sea' railtour (with six additional options available at Portsmouth) on Saturday 10th August and the Tri County Triple Tractor on Sunday 11th August. Membership renewals and new applications can also be made as normal and PSUL is available to anyone free of charge as usual.

In response to specific queries, our website was NOT 'hacked' and there has been NO security or data breach whatsoever. The problem related to the links with our host server and meant that the website was not functioning correctly over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June. Society Officers are now working hard to update financial transactions including the fixture bookings, membership applications and renewals made then and subsequently by post this week. If there are any specific queries please address them to the appropriate Committee member as on the 'Contacts Page' of our website if necessary, but please allow then some time to sort out the small backlog.

Finally a reminder that due to a Society Committee meeting on Wednesday and our railtour on Thursday, e-BLN 1330 will not be released until Friday evening 14th June.

Wellington Bay Platform 3 and Trailing Crossover

#298 Posted on: 02 June 2019 at 16:32 by Paul StewartType: Public

Next Sunday is Cosford Air Show and there are three extra public services (Air Show ticket or attendance not compulsory!) advertised that start at Cosford at 14.46, 16.12 & 17.20 calling at Telford Central then run to Wellington bay Platform 3 - normal tickets valid.

However there are no trains from Wellington P3, they are all ECS
(it's same unit going backwards and forwards).

The Air Show is very busy - (with long jams on the roads) - and unless anyone is interested in going it would be better to join these trains at Telford Central.

Anyone on the two fully booked Wellington - Ironbridge trips could fit this move in before or afterwards.

These steam trains should go from Wellington P2 (confirmation awaited), which is bidirectional and use the trailing crossover on departure.


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#297 Posted on: 30 May 2019 at 23:46 by Mark HaggasType: Public

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

Type 3 to the Sea - Saturday 10th August 2019

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce a low flying and highly unusual railtour from Crewe to Portsmouth and return. Our train will be formed of Mark 1 coaching stock from West Coast Railways (WCR) and features a total of three WCR Class 37s! The charter will travel from the North West with pick-ups on the edge of the Midlands and London before heading to Portsmouth Harbour.

In typical style, unusual track has been requested (including the Baker-level Coventry North Yard No 1 Road) along with four hours at our destination. We will offer a number of special off train options, also in our unique style! With one of the options, new water will be available with a Hovercraft charter going off booked service route to provide a connection to Lee-on-the-Solent and the Hovercraft Museum!

The Tri County Triple Tractor - Sunday 11th August 2019

With the availability of Class 37 x 3 and coaching stock at Crewe from the previous days Type 3 to the Sea railtour, the Branch line Society takes great pleasure in announcing a short re-positioning move back to Carnforth, the home of West Coast Railways, where our 3 x Class 37 will lead together from Crewe to Lancaster.


#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.

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