Society Tours, Trips and Visits
The Society maintains an active programme of varied outdoor fixtures, and these are run primarily for members. In some cases, especially major train charters we are pleased to accommodate non-members. A summary of planned events can be found at the foot of this page.
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Our Next Railtours
Bubble and Squeak Tracker
THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce a special charter train in conjunction with Chiltern Railways (CR) to enjoy a rather unique journey on a Class 121 Bubble Car. The tour will traverse rare lines in the Chiltern operating area including Aylesbury Carriage Sidings, Oxford Dn Sidings, and the freight only sections between Bicester Gavray Junction, Claydon and Aylesbury Parkway. The train will be formed of one of the two remaining Chiltern operated first generation DMUs, and is strictly limited to just sixty seats. Note there will be no catering or toilet facility on board. A souvenir map, ticket and comprehensive tour brochure will aid your enjoyment of the day. All profits will be donated to the nominated charity, Railway Children. The itinerary includes a 60-minute break at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, for which the entrance fee is included in your fare.
Our ROUTE, validated by CR and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:
Aylesbury P1 (PU 09.42) Princes Risborough High Wycombe Gerrards Cross West Ruislip UPL Marylebone P3 (PU 11.26 break / RM) Princes Risborough Bicester Depot Goods Loop Oxford Parkway Oxford P1 (RM) Oxford Dn Sidings (RM) Oxford P4 (RM) Oxford Parkway Bicester Depot Goods Loop Claydon (RM) Calvert Quainton Road (Buckinghamshire Railway Centre / break) Aylesbury North Goods Loop Aylesbury No 4 Carriage Siding (RM) Aylesbury (RM) Aylesbury No 5 Carriage Siding (RM) Aylesbury P2 (SD 18.00).
NOTE: All timings and routing are provisional and subject to clearance and operational constraints on the day.
Y Triongl Gogledd Cymru
The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting loco hauled charter train in conjunction with Brush Type 4 Fund, operated by West Coast Railway Company (WCRC), traversing much sought after curves, loops and lines in the North West and along the scenic North Wales coast, with a leg stretch break in Holyhead. The nine coach train will be hauled by two Class 47 locomotives operating in top 'n tail formation, with one Class 47/0 requested, subject to availability. As usual, there will be an on train raffle with proceeds donated to Brush Type 4 Fund. There will be a buffet car serving hot food including delicious breakfast rolls, drinks, snacks and light refreshments. At least two real ales are expected to be available for sale. First Class passengers will additionally benefit from complimentary morning tea / coffee with a Danish pastry, and in the afternoon, tea or coffee with savoury of the day and a selection of fine cakes.
Our ROUTE, validated by WCRC and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:
Carnforth P2 (PU 05.40) – Lancaster P3 (PU 05.58) – Preston P7 (Up & Down Goods Loop) (PU 06.25) – Crewe Coal
All timings are provisional.
Y Triongl Gogledd Cymru booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
All BOOKINGS using this form should be sent to Kev Adlam, Fixtures Team, Branch Line Society, 53 Kemble Close, Wistaston, Crewe, CW2 6XN. If you do not have an email address please provide a stamped self-addressed envelope with your booking, and a second if an initial acknowledgment of receipt is required. All queries should be directed to Kev Adlam, by email email@example.com. THERE IS NO NEED TO PHONE OR EMAIL TO BOOK A PLACE, JUST POST THE APPLICATION FORM PLEASE. If you do not have email, queries can be made by post (with an SAE) or if necessary by telephone on 01270 662 396 Monday to Friday between 20.30 and 21.30 only please.
The Vallum Hadriani Tracker
The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting circular charter train, all in daylight, in conjunction with Railway Children. Operated by TransPennine Express (TPE), the tour will travrse unusual lines in the North East and freight lines in the Carlisle area, with a photographic stop in Wetheral. The train will be formed of a 3-car Class 185 Desiro DMU. As usual, there will be an on train raffle with proceeds donated to Railway Children. There will be a trolley service of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light refreshments - complimentary for First Class bookings! A real ale will be available to enjoy, along with a souvenir map, ticket and comprehensive tour brochure.
Our ROUTE, validated by TPE and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:
Manchester Piccadilly P12 (PU 09.00) Stalybridge P3 Diggle Dn Passenger Loop Huddersfield (PU 09.35) Dewsbury Dn Main Leeds P16 (PU 10.00) Church Fenton Dn Normanton York Loco Line Skelton Bridge Jn Dn Slow Northallerton Tunnel Thornaby P2 (RM) Hartburn Jn Dn Cliff House Loop Dn Pelaw Goods Loop St James' Bridge Jn Up Sunderland High Level Bridge Jn Newcastle P7 Ouston Crossover (RM) Low Fell Single Hexham Middle Road Wetheral (photo stop) Currock Jn (RM) Up Through Goods Upperby Jn (RM) Carlisle (break / RM) High Wapping Siding (RM) Carlisle (RM) Plumpton Up Goods Loop Eden Valley Goods Loop Tebay Up & Dn Goods Loop Grayrigg Up Goods Loop Oxenholme Up Goods Loop Carnforth Up Passenger Loop Lancaster Up Main Preston Up & Dn Goods Loop P7 Wigan North Western P6 (SD 18.05) Wigan Up Goods Eccles Manchester Piccadilly (SD 18.49).
All timings and routing are provisional and subject to clearance and operational constraints on the day.
The Vallum Hadriani Tracker booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
All BOOKINGS using this form should be sent to Jill Everitt, Fixtures Team, Branch Line Society, 4 Barnside Way, Moulton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8PT. All queries should be directed to Jill by email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have email, queries can be made by post to the above address, or if necessary, by phone on 01270 662 396 Monday to Friday between 20.30 and 21.30 only please.
Jordan Hedjaz Railway Tour
With thanks to our member Iain Scotchman and with the support of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain, we are delighted to present details of this once in a lifetime BLS five day railtour with many extras. It traverses the full length of Jordan from Al-Mafraq in the north on the Hedjaz railway through Amman, Al-Qatrana and Ma'an to the Port of Aqaba Railway in the south west to the Gulf of Aquaba (Red Sea). Iain is pleased to confirm there are more than enough bookings for our railtour to run. More participants can be taken and this will help reduce the cost per head; there will be quite a few 'familiar faces' on the trip including some experienced at travelling in Jordan. Anyone else interested is encouraged to book.
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Planned Future Events