Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Tue 17 Oct 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

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.

The Christmas Brush
Saturday 2 December 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 Thames Valley area, with a brief visit 'down' to Southern metals for added interest!  The nine-coach train will be hauled by two Class 47 locomotives operating in top 'n tail formation, with one Class 47/7 and 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 and Railway Children.  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 Plus 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.  There will be some festive treats available for all passengers!

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

Reading P12 (PU 07.37) – Maidenhead P5 – Slough Up Goods Loop – Iver Up Loop – West Drayton Up Goods Loop –  Dawley Up Goods Loop – Hanwell Dn Goods Loop – Hanwell (PU 08.51) – Down West Loop – Drayton Green Jn – Greenford East Jn – Old Oak Common Reception Line 1– Paddington P12 (PU 09.34) – Old Oak Common Reception Line 1 – Greenford West Jn (reverse) – Drayton Green Jn – Up West Loop – Kennet Bridge Loop – Reading Festival Line – Didcot P3 – Milton Siding (reverse) – Up Goods Loop – Reading West – West Curve – Towney Dn Goods Loop – Newbury Racecourse P3 – Woodborough Dn Loop – Hawkeridge Curve – Bradford Jn (reverse) – Hawkeridge Curve – Woodborough Up Loop – Hungerford Up Loop – Newbury Up Westbury – Newbury Racecourse P1 – Theale Loop – Dn Feeder Relief – Reading P15 – Reading Reversible Single (the east end 'Diveunder') – Ascot – Feltham – Kew East Jn – Acton Canal Wharf – Neasden Curve – South Ruislip (SD 18.42) (reverse) – Greenford East Jn –  Old Oak Common Reception Line 1 – Paddington P8 (SD 19.25)

All timings and routing are provisional and subject to validation by Network Rail.

The Whitechapel Wayfarer


BLS / Brush Type 4 Fund member Standard Class fare £84.00
BLS / Brush Type 4 Fund member First Class Plus fare with complimentary refreshments £129.00
Guaranteed table for two in First Class Plus (total) £21.00

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

The Christmas Brush booking form The Christmas Brush booking form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).


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.  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  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
TBA NEW Saltmarshe - Ferriby, Melton Lane signal box visits 1286 Nick Jones Open
14/10/2017 10:00 Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, BLS private railtour 1286 Jill Everitt Enquire
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 films 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 07.30-19.30: The Christmas Brush, Reading - Paddington etc 1290 Kev Adlam Open
06/01/2018 Scunthorpe Steel Works railtour 09:30 until dark TBA TBA Claimed
April 18? Potential 4 day tour of threatened lines in Finland (below) 1290 Iain Scotchman Open
Island of Ireland four day 'long weekend'; *NOT YET OPEN* 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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