Branch Line Society
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Tue 06 Dec 2016
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 Rylstone Cowboy
Sunday 11 December 2016

The Branch Line Society in conjunction with the Penistone Line Partnership (PLP) is delighted to announce two short but exciting loco-hauled reasonably timed charters operated by West Coast Railways Company (WCRC) traversing a much sought after 7-mile long branch line, including the main line connection at Skipton.  The 5-coach train will be powered by a WCRC Class 47/57 ETH locomotive.  With particular thanks to Tarmac and GBRf, the charter will proceed beyond the Network Rail boundary on the picturesque Rylstone branch for the locomotive to run round via the third crossover. Any profits will be donated to the PLP to assist with their ongoing work on the Penistone Line.  As usual, our fund raising activity will be supported by a raffle. There will be a service of seasonal drinks, light refreshments, and real ales will be available for sale.  The first trip is expected to cover No1 Bunker Line whilst the second trip is expected to cover No2 Bunker Line.  It is expected the train will be suitably decorated and there may even be a special visitor undertaking revenue protection!

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

Skipton P4 (PU 11.50) – Dn Shipley (RM) – Rylstone via No 1 Bunker (RM) – Dn Shipley (RM) Skipton P4 (SD 14.18)

Skipton P4 (PU 14.50) – Dn Shipley (RM) – Rylstone via No 2 Bunker (RM) – Dn Shipley (RM) Skipton P4 (SD 17.18)

Additionally, BLS members have the special opportunity to advance purchase a ticket for the PLP Annual Christmas Train from Huddersfield to Skipton via Barnsley, Wakefield Kirkgate and Leeds (return).  The Class 155 powered service operated by Northern Rail connects with the first trip to Rylstone (only).  Departing Huddersfield P4 (PU 08.45) the service calls at all Penistone Line stations to Barnsley where it reverses before arriving at Skipton 10.45.  The return departs Skipton 16.30 arriving back at Huddersfield P4 18.27.  The observant will note the use of the main line connection at Huddersfield by the PLP train.

All timings are provisional.

FARES:

Option A: Rylstone Cowboy Trip One ONLY - BLS member Standard Class (only) fare: £40.00
Option B: Rylstone Cowboy Trip Two ONLY - BLS member Standard Class (only) fare: £40.00
Option C: Rylstone Cowboy Trip One PLUS connecting PLP charter Standard Class (only) fare: £55.00 FULL

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.

The Rylstone Cowboy booking form The Rylstone Cowboy booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

All BOOKINGS using the form overleaf 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 EMAIL TO BOOK A PLACE, JUST POST THE APPLICATION 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.  Note that tickets are NOT transferable and smoking is not permitted on the train.  The Society will not accept any liability arising from changes imposed by any third parties (either before or on the day) or any consequences of any late running that may occur.  Please be cautious about connections and buying advance train tickets.  Please note no refunds will be entertained on cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.  Tickets will be sent out seven days before the tour – where possible this will be an e-ticket with a souvenir ticket being provided on the train.  Standard Branch Line Society Terms and Conditions apply to all participants (available to download on our website or by post with an SAE).



The Vossloh Voyager
Saturday 14 January 2017

The Branch Line Society is delighted to announce an exciting fund raising charter in conjunction with South West Trains (SWT) traversing three much sought after depot / yard lines and other interesting track including East Putney in both directions. The 8-coach train will be formed of the two Class 455 EMUs that have been recently used as the test bed for the new Vossloh Kiepe three phase AC traction motor project – 5732 and 5870. In recognition of the special train, all profits will be donated to SWT's nominated charity, Railway Benefit Fund (RBF). As usual, our fund raising activity will be supported by a raffle. There will be a service of drinks and light refreshments, and comfort breaks will be allowed for within the itinerary.

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

Waterloo P19 (PU anticipated 08.40) – Windsor Reversible – Queenstown Road P2 – Clapham Yard – East Putney – Wimbledon P7 – Surbiton P4 – Flyover to Hampton Court P2 (RM) – Wimbledon Park Depot – Clapham Yard (RM) – Clapham Yard Sidings (RM) – Waterloo P19 (RM) – Wimbledon – Fulwell (RM) – Shacklegate Jn (RM) – Strawberry Hill Depot (RM) – Kingston P1 (Down Bay) (RM) – Shacklegate Jn (RM) – Wimbledon P5 – East Putney – Clapham Junction Signal W1047 (RM) – Barnes – Staines – Windsor & Eton Riverside P1 (RM) – Staines EMU Berthing Sidings (RM) Staines P2 – Addlestone Jn –(then fast to) – Waterloo P14 (SD anticipated 18.42)

All timings are provisional at this stage.

FARES:

BLS Member Standard Class £65.00

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.

The Vossloh Voyager booking form The Vossloh Voyager 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 Kev Adlam, by email kev.adlam@branchline.org.uk THERE IS NO NEED TO EMAIL TO BOOK A PLACE, JUST POST THE APPLICATION 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 has significant experience of travelling in Jordan and there will be other familiar BLS faces on this unique trip. Expressions of interest are requested as soon as possible to ensure viability - more details are available here.

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 http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/trains/jordan01.htm
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: http://uk.visitjordan.com/Wheretogo/wadirum/Accommodation.aspx
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: iain.scotchman@branchline.org.uk

Jordan Railtour 2017  Jordan Railtour Brochure 2017


Planned Future Events
Date Event Visit Type BLN Contact
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Notes
11/12/2016 The Rylstone Cowboy 11:50 & 14:50 branch line tours (option 'C' is full) 1265 Kev Adlam Open
26/12/2016 Boxing Day 10:00 private 10¼" gauge railway in Worcestershire 1261 Paul Stewart Open
07/01/2017 Scunthorpe Steel Works (09:30 - dark) Extensive railtour 1265 Paul Stewart Full
14/01/2017 Vossloh Voyager Railtour 08:40-18:42 London Waterloo 1267 Kev Adlam Open
29/01/2017 Burnley & Pendle MRS 12.00 Comprehensive railtour 1269 Kev Adlam Open
25/02/2017 North Tyneside Steam Railway: 12:30-15:30 Track/Traction TBA TBA Claimed
12/03/2017 Bodmin & Wenford Rly Track & Traction - save the date TBA TBA Claimed
10/05/2017
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15/05/2017
Jordan Hejaz Railway New - Revised dates 1270 Iain Scotchman Notify
18/05/2017 IÉ Service Tracker Rare track by service trains TBA TBA Claimed
18/05/2017
to
21/05/2017
Annual long weekend - Republic of Ireland 'mixed' gauges 1265 Kev Adlam 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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