Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Branch Line Society
Wed 23 Aug 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 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
TBA NEW Saltmarshe - Ferriby, Melton Lane signal box visits 1286 Nick Jones Open
20/08/2017 Yorkshire Minor Railways visits - 09:00 1284 Alan Sheppard Open
02/09/2017 The 565 Special, Three Class 37s NW England - SW Wales 1280 Kev Adlam Open
03/09/2017 Wolverhampton MES 11:00 & Staffordshire MES 14:00 1286 Simon Mortimer Open
09/09/2017 The Greendale Rocket, Heartlands Park (Met-Cam) & Stonebridge Park Royal Mail Depot; track & traction 1282 Jill Everitt Open
10/09/2017 Lunchtime visit Sandiway Miniature Railway followed by...
1286 John Cameron Open
10/09/2017 ...Sandbach - Alsager railway walk 1286 John Cameron Open
22/09/2017 Swindon & Cricklade Railway 12:00 Track & Traction tour 1286 Kev Adlam Open
22/09/2017 Conducted signal box visit to Liverpool Lime Street 1285 Barney Clark Enquire
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
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 Open
07/10/2017
and
08/10/2017
Minor Railways weekend Beds, Bucks and Northampton 1286 Jill Everitt Open
14/10/2017 Statfold Barn Railway, Tamworth, BLS private railtour 1286 Jill Everitt Open
21/10/2017 Heaton Park Tramway, Manchester - tour with new track TBA TBA Claimed
25/10/2017 Morning & afternoon guided Ashover Light Railway walks TBA TBA Claimed
17/11/2017
to
19/11/2017
AGM fixtures - Liverpool Area, long weekend with railtour TBA TBA Claimed
02/12/2017 Virgin Trains railtour - save the date in your diary TBA TBA Claimed
06/01/2018 NEW 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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