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
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.
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 (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
BOOKINGS: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 email@example.com or if unavoidable telephone 01270 662 396 Monday to Friday only between 20.30 and 21.30 only please.
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