Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Tue 21 Feb 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.

Members receive 24 newsletters per year (UK and International versions area available,) priority information, booking preference, lower fares, a free annual copy of Passenger Services Over Unusual Lines and valuable discounts on sales. Some fixtures are 'members only' Join the Society today!

Our Next Railtours

Bound for Craigy
Saturday 18 March 2017

The Branch Line Society, in conjunction with Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), 125 Group and PLEG, is delighted to announce an exciting HST special celebrating 40 years of the iconic train, raising money for Railway Children. Travelling from King's Cross to Edinburgh and return. the nine coach set will be taking an unusual route visting Bounds Green and Craigentinny depots along the way, and cover the Hertford Loop and the Blyth and Tyne route for good measure. To add extra interest, we pay two visits to the Millerhill area, and cover the Edinburgh Suburban too. Then throw in the use of FOUR Class 09 shunting locomotives, two at each of the depots. Also, courtesy of East Midlands Trains, a VP185 Power Car will feature, working with a standard VTEC MTU Power Car.
Free Wi-Fi throughout the train? Of course!
What about food, as it will be a long day? In Standard Class, we will have a trolley service throughout the train of drinks and light refreshments or stretch your legs and pop down to the Cafe-Bar for some hot stuff! Travelling First Class? Then prepare for a full English Breakfast on the way out, a lovely two course light lunch, and an amazing three course dinner on the way home, with complimentary tea, coffee and soft drinks. Real Ale? You bet!

PLEASE NOTE: The train is now full in First Class. Seats are still available in Standard Class.


BLS / PLEG / 125 Group / VTEC Staff member - Standard Class
BLS / PLEG / 125 Group / VTEC Staff member - First Class Dining FULL

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.

Bound for Craigy booking form Bound for Craigy 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 If you don't 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.

Y Triongl Gogledd Cymru
Saturday 22 April 2017

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
Yard – Up Liverpool Independent – Salop Goods Jn – Up Slow Independent – Stafford P6 (PU 08.12 /RM) –Norton Bridge Dn Slow Chord – Crewe Up and Dn Loop – Chester Dn and Up Goods – Dn Goods Loop – Hooton P0 (PU 09.28) – Hooton Long Siding (Run Round side requested) (RM) – Chester North Jn – Chester South Jn – Dn Slow – Holywell Jn Down Goods Loop – Rhyl Dn Main – Abergele and Pensarn Dn Main – Llandudno Junction P4 – Llandudno Town P3 (leg stretch / RM) – Llandudno Jn P1 (RM) – Bangor Down Main – Holyhead P3 (leg stretch / RM) – Bangor Up Main – Llandudno Junction P3 – Holywell Jn Up Goods Loop – Up Fast (Roodee Jn) – Chester West Jn – Chester P3b (SD 16.27) – Dn and Up Main via crossover – Up Chester Independent – Up Through Siding – Up Slow – Stafford P1 (SD 17.59 /RM) – Dn Slow – Norton Bridge Dn Slow Chord – Crewe Dn Fast – Dn Slow (Coal Yard) – Acton Grange Jn – Walton Old Jn – Warrington Bank Quay – Preston P2 (SD 20.11) – Lancaster P5 (SD 20.35)Carnforth P2 (SD 20.57)

All timings are provisional.


BLS member Standard Class fare
BLS member First Class fare with complimentary refreshments (as above)

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

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

Y Triongl Gogledd Cymru booking form 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 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.

Jordan Hedjaz Railway Tour
10-15 May 2017

Jordan Hejaz Railway 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.

Tour Outline
Outline details of the tour are as follows with two sections of the tour operated by British-built steam locos: Details can be found at
Day 1 10 May: Amman station – visit museum and locomotive depot / workshops
Steam-hauled train to Al-Mafraq.
Return steam-hauled train to Amman. Overnight stop. Coach transfer to / from hotel - Amman
Day 2 11 May: Amman station – steam hauled train to Al-Jeza.
Diesel hauled train to Al-Qatrana
Overnight stop - Coach transfer to hotel - Petra
Day 3 12 May: Al-Qatrana station – diesel hauled train to Ma'an Old Jordan-Hejaz Railway station
Including: Visit by train to Phosphate Mines at Wadi Al-Abyad and Al-Hasa
Overnight stop at Ma'an - Coach transfer to hotel - Petra
Day 4 13 May: Ma'an Old Station – diesel hauled train to Wadi Rum.
Including visit to Aqaba Railway Corporation depot at Ma'an and visit by train to Phosphate loading terminal at Aqaba. Overnight stop at Wadi Rum – Coach transfer to Bedouin Camp with all facilities and entertainment -See more at:
Day 5 14 May: Wadi Rum station – diesel hauled train to Aqaba Port – visit.
Train back from port to Aqaba Railway Depot at Aqaba for depot visit.
End of tour.
Overnight stop at Aqaba – coach transfer to hotel.
Day 6 15 May (optional): Coach return to Amman Airport / Amman

Queries and notifications:

Jordan Railtour 2017  Jordan Railtour Brochure 2017

Planned Future Events
Date Event Visit Type BLN Contact
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25/02/2017 North Tyneside Steam Railway: 12:30-15:30 Track/Traction 1272 Kev Adlam Open
10/03/2017 North Norfolk Railway 11:00 Steam-hauled tour & lunch 1275 Kev Adlam Open
12/03/2017 Bodmin & Wenford Rly 12:15-16:30 Track & Traction 1273 Kev Adlam Open

'Bound for Craigy', track and traction, VTEC King's Cross to Edinburgh East Coast HST railtour spectacular

1273 Jill Everitt Open
19/04/2017 Ashover Light Railway 14:00-17:00 Guided walk 1273 John Cameron Open
22/04/2017 Loco-hauled tour Carnforth to Stafford and North Wales 1274 Kev Adlam Open
06/05/2017 Scunthorpe Steel Wks 09:30-18:30 internal railtour 1275 Paul Stewart Open
07/05/2017 TPE Charity Railtour Manchester to the NE TBA TBA Claimed
14/05/2017 Moreton Park Railway 11:00 Track & Traction TBA TBA Claimed
14/05/2017 Titley Junction Railway Afternoon Track & Traction TBA TBA Claimed
Jordan Hejaz Railway 1272 Iain Scotchman Open
Annual long weekend - Republic of Ireland 'mixed' gauges 1265 Kev Adlam Notify
15/06/2017 Stafford - Liverpool DRS locohauled NW mini-railtour TBA TBA Claimed
28/06/2017 Kennet Service Train Tracker, Guided group day out 1275 Tom Gilby Claimed
Scottish Minor Railways Long weekend of Scottish visits 1272 Terry Velvick Notify
18/11/2017 AGM - 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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