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Sun 25 Jun 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

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 Rothley Rodder
Saturday 22 July 2017

The Branch Line Society and the Preserved Locomotive Enthusiasts Group are delighted to announce this summer's evening charter on the Great Central Railway featuring interesting track and traction. The charter will traverse rare lines in the Swithland and Loughborough areas and visit the full length of the Mountsorrel branch, including the associated connection. Haulage interest is included with no less than three Class 08 locomotives, including the sought after new addition to their fleet; 08907.

Our requested route is as follows:

Loughborough (PU 18.00) – Quorn & Woodhouse – Swithland Up Goods Loop – Rothley Brook (RM) – Rothley (P2) (Change Trains LHCS to DMU) – Rothley (P1) – Mountsorrel branch (End of Line) (RM) – Rothley Brook (RM) – Rothley (P2) – (Change Trains DMU to LHCS) – Rothley (P1) – Swithland Up Main to Dn Main crossover – Quorn & Woodhouse – Loughborough Down Loop – Loughborough Shed Road 1 (RM) - Loughborough (SD 20.30)

Requested Motive Power:  
Loughborough to Rothley: 08907 and 08528 on loco-hauled coaching stock
Rothley to Mountsorrel and Return: DMU
Rothley to Loughborough: 08694 on loco-hauled coaching stock

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

FARES:

BLS/PLEG members £20.00
BLS/PLEG non-members £32.00

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 with the kind support of the GCR you can add a Day Rover to your charter ticket for just £10 extra! On the day of our charter there will be 3 steam and 1 diesel locos in use, plus the DMU and other attractions such as TPO drops and much more. So why not make a day of it? (The £10 Day Rover fare is only available to those holding a charter ticket and is not transferrable, they are not available separately.)

The Rothley Rodder booking formThe Rothley Rodder booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction on the total fare. Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s. All BOOKINGS using this form should be sent to Andrew Wilson, GCR Visit Bookings Officer, 61 Tyersal Park, Tyersal, Bradford 4, West Yorkshire, BD4 8EY. Payment must be via cheque only. You must list the full names of all participants. 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE BOOKING THE DAY ROVER FARE YOU MUST INCLUDE AN SAE, this is because the Day Rovers are card tickets, not e-tickets. All queries should be directed to Andrew Wilson by email pleg-aw@hotmail.co.uk If you do not have email, queries can be made by post (with SAE).



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) – Warrington Bank Quay (SD 21.38) – Wigan North Western (SD 21.54) – Preston (SD 22.24) – Lancaster (SD 22.50) - Carnforth (23.08). 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.



The Greendale Rocket
Saturday 9 September 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce its first charter with the Rail Operations Group (ROG) featuring interesting track and traction. The railtour will traverse rare lines along the way to, and return from, the much requested Royal Mail Princess Royal Distribution Centre at Wembley via Heartlands Park (ex-Metropolitan Cammell works) at Birmingham (believed to be the first railtour to visit that location). Royal Mail has kindly waived private owner access charges in return for a donation to a good cause of their choice. Haulage interest is included with two Class 37/7 ROG locomotives featuring with the addition of A/C Class 86259 'Les Ross' between Birmingham and London. The train will be formed of twelve Mark 2 vehicles. A souvenir map, ticket and tour brochure will aid your enjoyment of the day. There will be an on train raffle with all proceeds going to charity. Passengers will be able to purchase a wide range of hot / cold drinks, snacks and light refreshments from the Buffet and a real ale bar with feature throughout. As usual, a Society Sales Stand will be provided. Our requested route is as follows:

Our requested route is as follows:

Burton-upon-Trent (PU 07.30) – Elford Down Goods Loop – Tamworth (PU 07.41) – Hams Hall Departure Line - Down Derby Goods – Down Washwood Heath Through Sidings – Down Washwood Heath Neck (RM) – Heartlands Park (Network Rail limit requested) (RM) – Washwood Heath West Jn – Down Derby Goods – Down Saltley Goods Loop – Birmingham New Street (PU 09.30) (RM) – Birmingham International (PU 09.45) – Rugby Up Northampton – Hillmorton Jn – Weedon – Milton Keynes (PU 11.00) – Denbigh Hall South Jn – Bletchley Flyover North Jn – Bletchley Relief Line No1 – Tring P4 – Kilburn Up & Down Goods Loop (RM) – Princess Royal Distribution Centre Road 5 (RM) – Railnet Jn (RM) – Princess Royal Distribution Centre Road 1 (RM) – Kilburn Up & Down Goods Loop (RM) – Willesden Down Carriage Line – Milton Keynes (SD 16.00) – Rugby – Up Coventry Flyover (Dn direction) – Birmingham International (SD 17.15) – Birmingham New Street (SD 18.00) (RM) – Landor Street Jn – Up Derby Slow – Water Orton West Jn – Whitacre West Jn – Kingsbury Jn – Tamworth (SD 18.30) – Burton-upon-Trent (SD 18.45).

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

FARES:

Standard Class (BLS members)
£89.00
First Class (BLS members)
£129.00
First Class GUARANTEED TABLE FOR TWO (BLS members)
£299.00

The Greendale Rocket booking-form The Greendale Rocket booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares. Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s. Non-members are subject to a £12 premium on all fares. 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, at jilleverittbls@gmail.com PLEASE DO NOT PHONE OR EMAIL TO BOOK A PLACE, JUST POST THE APPLICATION FORM. If you do not have email, queries can be made by post (with an SAE) or, only if absolutely necessary, by telephone on 01270 662 396 Monday to Friday, between 20.30 and 21.30 only please.



The Southeastern Metrolander
Saturday 23 September 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting charter train offering what we believe to be unprecedented access to Slade Green depot. Operated by Southeastern Trains (SET), the train will be formed of a single Class 465/0 unit. In addition to Slade Green depot we will cover several carriage sidings and many rare turn-backs and cross-overs within the SET suburban network area. All profits from the charter, including an on train raffle and auction, will be donated to Railway Children. The charter has been arranged to support three SET employees participating in the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Railway Children.

The highlights of the tour include a visit to Slade Green depot, Bramdean and St Milldreds EMU sidings, Grove Park carriage service shed, Orpington carriage sidings, Victoria Grosvenor carriage sidings, Dartford carriage sidings and an array of turnback sidings including the very much sought after Sevenoaks Gusset. There will be a Sales Stand provided by the Branch Line Society.

Our route, validated by SET and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:

London Charing Cross (PU 07.30) – Hither Green – Grove Park No 4 Washer LineGrove Park Shed (road 11 or 12 requested) (Reverse) – Grove Park Up Reception SidingsGrove Park Up Headshunt (Reverse)– Grove Park Up Sidings (road 27 or 28 requested) (Reverse) – Grove Park West Washer Line – New Cross (Reverse) – Orpington – Sevenoaks – Sevenoaks Gusset (Reverse) –Orpington Carriage Sidings (road 4 requested) (Reverse) – Orpington (Reverse) – Up fast Tonbridge Loop – New Beckenham (Reverse) – New Beckenham down siding (Reverse) – Lewisham – Nunhead – Cambria Junction (Reverse) – Bellingham (Reverse) – London Victoria (1 hour break) – Victoria Grosvenor Carriage sidings (road 8 or 9 requested) (Reverse) – London Victoria (reverse) – Nunhead – Lewisham – Charlton – Plumstead down sidings (Reverse) – Plumstead (Reverse) – Crayford (Reverse) – Slade Green TR&SMD (road 12 or 13 requested) – Slade Green (Reverse) – Slade Green Headshunt (Reverse) – Barnehurst (Reverse) – Dartford Down Sidings (Reverse) – Dartford (Reverse) – Dartford up sidings (road 4 requested) (Reverse) – Lee Spur – Grove Park EMU berthing Sidings – Grove Park – St Mary Cray – Swanley – Signal VS638 (Reverse) – Chislehurst up spur – Lewisham – London Victoria (SD approx. 20.00).

NOTE: All timings and routing are provisional and subject to clearance and operational constraints on the day.
Note – there is no catering on the train but an extended break is provided at London Victoria.

The Southeastern Metrolander

FARES:

Standard Class (BLS Members and SET employees) £55.00

The Southeastern Metrolander booking form The Southeastern Metrolander booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

All booking 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. All other enquiries should be directed to Darren Garnon by email at darren.garnon@yahoo.co.uk


Planned Future Events
25/06/2017 Middlesbrough Goods, BLS/PLEG track and traction events 1279 Jill Everitt FULL
28/06/2017 Kennet Service Train Tracker, Guided group day out 1275 Tom Gilby Open
15/07/2017 Pickering Paxman; Derby - Whitby & Pickering HST - FIRST CLASS FULL 1281 Kev Adlam Open
22/07/2017 18:00 - 20:30 Loughborough (Great Central Railway) to Mountsorrel and return; track & traction tour with PLEG 1282 Andrew Wilson Open
29/07/2017 Signal box visits, Bury St Edmunds & West Anglia area 1283 Nick Garnham Open
27/07/2017
to
30/07/2017
Scottish Minor Railways Long weekend of Scottish visits 1272 Terry Velvick Enquire
04/08/2017 Northumberland (Park) 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, Heartlands Park (Met-Cam) & Stonebridge Park Royal Mail Depot; track & traction 1282 Jill Everitt Open
22/09/2017 Swindon & Cricklade Railway 12:00 Track & Traction tour TBA TBA Claimed
23/09/2017 The Southeastern Metrolander, Class 465/0 EMU railtour Charing Cross (07.30) - Victoria (20.00), very rare SE track 1283 Jill Everitt Open
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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