Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Tue 26 Sep 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 Whitechapel Wayfarer
Sunday 19 November 2017

Using a 6-car Merseyrail Class 507/508 EMU, this exciting and highly unusual charity fund raising railtour, part of our 2017 Liverpool AGM weekend, includes the Stock Interchange Line from James Street to Liverpool Central and BOTH Birkenhead and Kirkdale depotsas its highlights, whilst providing a wide variety of detailed sidings and crossovers not previously visited by the Society. The Stock Interchange Line will be completed in BOTH directions. All proceeds will be donated to Merseyrail's nominated charity for the year, The Whitechapel Centre. As usual, our fund-raising activity will be supported by an on-train raffle, an auction and the opportunity to purchase souvenirs of the day. Catering facilities will be provided on each set including sale of drinks and light refreshments. Remember that Merseyrail EMUs do not have toilets so regular comfort breaks will be included in our schedule. There are 418 car parking spaces at Hooton which also has a good rail service and 24 hours parking is available for only 80p. There is an MtoGo Coffee shop at Hooton that will be opened in the morning especially for our charter.

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

Hooton Bay Platform 1 (Pick Up 09.30) – Ellesmere Port (REV) – Hooton Platform 3 (Pick Up REV) – Chester North Jn to Down Birkenhead – Chester Platform 7 (to end of third rail, REV) – Hooton Platform 2 – Birkenhead Central Platform 1 (REV) – 717 Points (REV) – Birkenhead Central Bay (REV) – Rock Ferry Platform 4 (REV) – Canning St Jn (REV) – Bidston Platform 2  (REV) – Bidston Stabling Siding (the former direct curve from Bidston to Seacombe Jn closed in the 1980s) (REV) – Bidston Platform 2 (REV) – Birkenhead Depot No4 Road (REV) – New Brighton Platform 1 (REV) – Birkenhead North Platform 1 (loop) – Stock Interchange Line – Liverpool Central Reversing Siding (REV) – Hall Road (REV) – Marsh Lane (REV) – Southport Platform 1 (BREAK, REV) – Southport Signal 112 (REV) – Birkdale Sidings No3 Road (REV) – Sandhills Reversing Siding (REV) – Town Green (REV) – Maghull (REV) – Ormskirk (REV) – Kirkdale Depot (No4 Road requested) – Liverpool Central Platform 2 (REV) –  Stock Interchange Line – James Street Platform 2 (Set Down) – Hooton Platform 3 (Set Down 18.30).

Please note all timings and routing are as bid and subject to validation and confirmation.

The Whitechapel Wayfarer


BLS member / Merseyrail staff fare £65.00

Accompanied under 16s benefit from a £5.00 reduction in all fares whilst non-members are subject to a £12.00 surcharge

The Whitechapel Wayfarer booking form The Whitechapel Wayfarer booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).


All bookings using this form should be sent to Bookings Officer: Jill Everitt, BLS, 4 Barnside Way, Moulton, NORTHWICH, 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. Queries, preferably email or if unavoidable telephone 01270 662 396 Monday to Friday only between 20.30 and 21.30 only please.

Planned Future Events
TBA NEW Saltmarshe - Ferriby, Melton Lane signal box visits 1286 Nick Jones Open
28/09/2017 South Wales Valley Service Train Tracker III covering new track installed since Dec 2016 and guided by a local expert. 1285 David Clark Open
30/09/2017 Birmingham New Street PSB visits & possibly other boxes 1286 Jill Everitt Enquire
Minor Railways weekend Beds, Bucks and Northampton 1286 Jill Everitt Open
14/10/2017 10:00 Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, BLS private railtour 1286 Jill Everitt Open
21/10/2017 Morning track & traction tour, Kent & East Sussex Railway TBA TBA Claimed
21/10/2017 Heaton Park Tramway, Manchester - tour with new track 1287 Jill Everitt Open
25/10/2017 Morning & afternoon guided Ashover Light Railway walks 1288 John Cameron Open
17/11/2017 09.00 West Lancashire Light / 14.00 Windmill Farm Railway 1289 Jill Everitt Open
18/11/2017 08.30 Southport Lakeside Miniature Railway 1289 Jill Everitt Open
18/11/2017 13.00 Liverpool, Special & 2017 Annual General Meetings 1289 Tim Wallis Open
18/11/2017 17.00 - 19.30 (approx) Railway film presentation with buffet 1289 Jill Everitt Open
19/11/2017 09.30 - 18.30 Hooton: The Whitechapel Wayfarer railtour 1289 Jill Everitt Open
02/12/2017 Paddington - Westbury WCRC loco-hauled tour TBA TBA Claimed
06/01/2018 Scunthorpe Steel Works railtour 09:30 until dark 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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