Branch Line Society
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Wed 24 May 2017
Dullingham 200500. © Tim Whelan EMT 156403 on Peak Rail at Rowsley South with Branch Line Society East Midlands Tracker Railtour from Derby, forming the second passenger train over the connection from Network Rail at Matlock, 26.08.12. (Photograph © Iain Scotchman with permission and trackside escort). 507001 750V Tracker Railtour at Southport 18/01/2015

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

Class 319 Farewell / Cauldwell Depot Salute
Sunday 4 June 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting charter train, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), with a coffee break at St Pancras and an extended seaside refreshment break in Brighton. The train will be formed of a single Class 319/4, and will mark the approaching conclusion of use of the Class 319 on the Thameslink route and the associated closure of Cauldwell depot, which has tirelessly maintained the units since 2004. All profits from the charter, including an on train raffle and auction, will be donated to good causes nominated by GTR including Embrace, Keech Hospice and Epilepsy Action. The highlights of the tour include a visit to the new Cricklewood depot, a turnback in the much sought after St Albans Centre Siding, a trip around the Sutton Loop and Brighton Reception Road. There will be on train Sales Stands provided by Network SouthEast Society and Branch Line Society.

Our ROUTE, validated by GTR and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

Luton P1 (PU 09.40) – Cricklewood Depot Reception Line – Wash Line – Cricklewood Depot Exit Road – West Hampstead Thameslink P1 – Kentish Town P3 – Dock Jn North – Up & Dn Slow – St Pancras International P4 (RM) – West Hampstead Thameslink P2 – Down Carriage Loop – St Albans Centre Siding (RM) – West Hampstead Thameslink P3 – Kentish Town P1 – City Thameslink – Loughborough Jn – Streatham Common – East Croydon – Quarry Line - Gatwick Airport – Preston Park – Brighton Reception Road – Brighton P6 (SD/Break 15.00 – 17.30) – Brighton P7 (PU) – Lewes P5 – Lewes Signal LW58 (RM) – Keymer Jn – Gatwick Airport – Quarry Line – East Croydon – New Cross Gate Up Sussex Loop – London Bridge P11 (RM/SD 19.20) – Peckham Rye – Streatham – Sutton – Wimbledon P9 – Streatham – Loughborough Jn – City Thameslink – St Pancras International B (SD 20.41) – Kentish Town P3 – Luton P5 (SD 21.12).

All timings and routing are provisional and subject to clearance and operational constraints on the day.

FARES:

Standard Class
£49.13
Standard Class (GTR Staff)
£25.00
First Class
£69.13 (note only 12 seats are available)

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares whilst non-members of the respective partners are subject to a £12.00 surcharge.

Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.

Class 319 Farewell booking form Class 319 Farewell 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. 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 Jill Everitt, by email jilleverittbls@gmail.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 Cat and Dock
Thursday 15 June 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting loco hauled charter train in conjunction with Railway Children, operated by Direct Rail Services (DRS), traversing unusual lines in the North West, with a leg stretch break in Ormskirk. The train will have four First Class open coaches available for passenger use and will be hauled by a Class 68 and a Class 66/3 or Class 66/4 operating in top 'n tail formation, subject to availability. As usual, there will be an on train raffle with proceeds donated to Railway Children. There will be a limited buffet service of hot / cold drinks and light snacks. Note the service terminates in Liverpool. It is the intention of DRS to allocate a Class 66 locomotive that has not previously worked a passenger train..

Our ROUTE, validated by DRS and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

Stafford (PU 07.30) – Norton Bridge East Chord – Stone – Stoke-on-Trent – Cliffe Vale Down Goods – Kidsgrove – Alsager Up & Down Goods Loop – Crewe P12 (PU 08.15 / RM) – Down Salop Siding (RM) – Down Salop Independent – Down Manchester Independent – Sandbach – Middlewich – Hartford CLC Junction – Acton Grange – Down Helsby – Warrington Bank Quay P4 – x/o to Down Fast – Earlestown P4 – Wigan Up & Down Passenger Loop – x/o to Wigan North Western P5 – Skew Bridge Junction Down Goods – Preston RES (RM) – Ormskirk (RM / break 12.15 – 12.35) – Preston Dock (RM) – x/o to Up Fast – Wigan North Western – St Helens Central – Thatto Heath Down Goods Loop – Liverpool (SD 15.45).

All timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation through the Network Rail planning process.

FARES:

BLS member - First Class with complimentary hot drink
£66.00

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares whilst non-members of the respective partners are subject to a £12.00 surcharge.

Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.

The Cat and Dock booking formThe Cat and Dock 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 kev.adlam@branchline.org.uk. 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 Pickering Paxman
Saturday 15 July 2017

East Midlands Trains (EMT), in conjunction with the Branch Line Society and 125 Group, is delighted to announce a very special HST charter to enjoy a rather unique journey to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The tour will traverse unusual lines along the way and will be formed of eight Mark 3 vehicles and two EMT Class 43 power cars fitted with VP185 engines, with 43082 Railway Children requested. A souvenir map, ticket and tour brochure will aid your enjoyment of the day. All profits will be donated to the nominated charity, Railway Children. Your NYMR ticket (£29 Standard Class Whitby - Pickering) is included in your fare. There will be a charity raffle and a nameplate auction. There will be a real ale bar, and Standard Class passengers will be able to purchase a wide range of hot / cold drinks, snacks and light refreshments from the trolley service. First Class passengers will enjoy Hot Breakfast Rolls with fresh fruit juice and tea/coffee on the journey to Whitby, followed by a three course meal on the return including cheese and port, fresh fruit juices and a selection of fine wines. There will be a BLS and 125 Group Sales Stand.

Our requested route, bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

Derby (PU 06.30) – Chesterfield Down Barrow Hill (P3) – Down Main – Sheffield (PU 07.05) – Pontefract Baghill – York (PU 08.05) – Darlington (RM) – Thornaby Down Goods – Battersby Loop (RM) – Grosmont – Whitby P2 (RM) – Grosmont – Pickering (RM) – Grosmont Ground Frame (RM) – Battersby (RM) – Northallerton Up Longlands Loop – York (SD 19.10) – Hambleton East Jn – Selby Canal Curve – Doncaster Up Fast – Doncaster St James Jn (Goods) – Sheffield (SD 20.30) – Heeley Up Passenger Loop – Up Main – Chesterfield Up Barrow Hill – Derby (SD 21.00)

NOTE: All timings and routing are provisional and subject to clearance and operational constraints on the day.

FARES:

Standard Class (BLS / 125 Group members / EMT Staff) £69.00
First Class Dining (BLS / 125 Group members / EMT Staff) £125.00

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares whilst non-members of the respective partners are subject to a £12.00 surcharge.

Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.

The Pickering Paxman booking formThe Pickering Paxman 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 kev.adlam@branchline.org.uk. 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 565 Special
Saturday 2 September 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce it is working in partnership with 565 Railtours for an exciting loco hauled charter train, operated by West Coast Railway Company (WCRC), with a lunch break in Carmarthen and a leg stretch break at Llandrindod Wells. The train will be hauled by two Colas Rail Class 37/0 locomotives after Crewe (which, of course, are rare on passenger duties). A WCRC Class 37 has been requested for Lancaster – Crewe and return. All profits from the charter, including an on train raffle, will be donated to Wales Air Ambulance, Wales Cancer Research and Severn Hospice, Shrewsbury. There will be a buffet service of hot / cold drinks, hot breakfast rolls, freshly made sandwiches, snacks and light refreshments for Second Class passengers and a choice of either First Class Plus with complimentary light refreshments or First Class Premier Dining which includes a full Great British Breakfast in the morning and a four-course evening meal on the return. A wide range of real ales will be available.

Our ROUTE, validated by WCRC and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

UPDATE - Now starts at Carnforth 05.35/23.08 and takes the No2 Up & Down Goods Line there. The Carmarthen Avoider (Carmarthen Jn to Carmarthen Bridge Jn; Down direction) is optionally available. Without this the Carmarthen break is about 70 mins, with it 30 mins. On return Llandeilo Jn Up Goods Loop is followed by the Up Loop then the Up Genwen Loop. The Pontarddulais stop is omitted. There is a Fylde Jn to Carnforth line possession from 23.25. As we don't yet have a Society exorcist, the tour changes to a WCRC loco at Chester (dep 21.15), runs direct to Warrington BQ (21.38); [Return to Crewe is by service train] Wigan NW 21.54, Preston 22.24, Lancaster 22.50 & Carnforth arriving 23.08.

Lancaster (PU 05.55) – Preston (PU 06.25) – Wigan North Western (PU 06.40) – Up Goods – Bamfurlong Good Lines – Bamfurlong Jn – Up Slow Line – Golborne Jn – Winwick Jn. – Warrington Bank Quay (PU 07.05) – Crewe (PU 08.10 / RM) – Chester (PU 08.35) – Wrexham General (PU 09.00) – Gobowen (PU 09.20) – Shrewsbury (PU 09.50) – Hereford (centre road requested) – Newport – Cardiff Central (centre road requested) – Pontyclun – Bridgend – Neath – Landore Jn – Cockett Tunnel – Llanelli – Carmarthen (break requested from 13.25 – 14.45) – Llanelli – Morlais Jn – Hendy Jn – Pontarddulais (15 minute photo stop requested) – Llandrindod Wells (leg stretch 17.30 – 18.00) – Craven Arms – Shrewsbury (SD 19.40) – Gobowen (SD 20.05) – Wrexham General (SD 20.25) – Chester (SD 20.55) – Crewe (SD 21.35 / RM / 21.55) – Warrington Bank Quay (SD 22.25) – Wigan North Western (SD 22.45) – Preston (SD 23.05) – Lancaster (SD 23.25). Note: It has been requested that the stock will be turned on the triangle at Carmarthen.

Timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation through the Network Rail planning process, and all locomotives are subject to availability.

FARES:

Second Class
£82.00
Second Class (Inc. Coach A 'behind the locos' supplement)
£89.00 – SOLD OUT
First Class Plus with complimentary light refreshments
£139.00 / Table for Two £295.00 / Table for Four £555.00
First Class Premier Dining
£192.00 / Table for Two £395.00 / Table for Four £750.00

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £19.00 reduction in all fares.

Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.

The 565 Special booking form The 565 Special 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 kev.adlam@branchline.org.uk. 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.


Planned Future Events
03/06/2017 Preston trackbed walk 11.20 Bamber Bridge NEW 1278 Paul Steane Open
04/06/2017 Class 319 Farewell / Cauldwell Depot Salute; Luton 09.40 1281 Jill Everitt Open
14/06/2017 Rudyard Lake Railway 10:30 Track tour - new layout 1276 John Cameron Open
14/06/2017 5½ mile Trackbed Walk 17:30 after Rudyard Lake Railway 1277 John Cameron Open
15/06/2017 Cat & Dock Railtour 07.30 Stafford to Lime Street 15.45 1278 Kev Adlam FULL
17/06/2017 The Anglian Chauffeured Shacker; Ely 06:45 - 17:00 1281 John Cameron Open
25/06/2017 Middlesbrough Goods, BLS/PLEG track and traction events 1279 Jill Everitt FULL
26/06/2016 Guided Signal Box visits North east England TBA TBA Claimed
28/06/2017 Kennet Service Train Tracker, Guided group day out 1275 Tom Gilby Open
15/07/2017 Pickering Paxman HST 1281 Jill Everitt Open
27/07/2017
to
30/07/2017
Scottish Minor Railways Long weekend of Scottish visits 1272 Terry Velvick Enquire
04/08/2017 Northumberland Nocturnal Navigator 23:59 - 05:30 1279 Kev Adlam Open
02/09/2017 The 565 Special, Three Class 37s NW England - SW Wales 1280 Kev Adlam Open
09/09/2017 The Greendale Rocket, track & traction railtour, Heartlands Park (Met-Cam) & Wembley Royal Mail Depot 1281 Jill Everitt Open
22/09/2017 Swindon & Cricklade Railway 12:00 Track & Traction tour TBA TBA Claimed
07/10/2017
and
08/10/2017
BLS Animal Tracker: Minor Railway weekend Beds & Bucks TBA TBA Claimed
14/10/2017 Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, BLS private railtour TBA TBA Claimed
17/11/2017
to
19/11/2017
AGM fixtures - Liverpool Area, long weekend with railtour TBA TBA Claimed

Please note that although dates are given as far in advance as possible, in order to allow a measure of planning by intending participants to take place, they must be treated as only provisional until an event is actually opened for bookings, as changes can and do occur.

Further tours are in the planning stages.

Participation in any Society event is subject to the Society's Standard Booking Terms and Conditions for Fixtures


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