Groups and their meeting places
Meetings are held in The Gladstone Club, Station Road,
Northwich, CW9 5RB at 7:45pm prompt on the 2nd Tuesday of
each month - excluding July and August. Admission is free
for first-time visitors.
Electric Railway Preservation Society lectures are
held at Altrincham Methodist Church Hall, Barrington Road,
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1HF. Car park Springfield Road or
short walk from Altrincham Bus/Rail/Metrolink Interchange.
Talks commence at 7.30 p.m.. Refreshments (coffee/tea and
biscuits) are provided inclusive of the admission price,
£3.00 - Free for AERPS members (Show membership card).
A programme of illustrated talks on the first Friday
of the month from September to April at the Jubilee
Community Centre, 45 Seabank Drive, Prestatyn, LL19 7PP.
Visitors Welcome: Admission £2. Anybody requiring
information about the programme should contact: David
Jones Tel: 01244 537440 or email:
The Dee & Mersey Group of the Society holds meetings in
Chester on the last Wednesday of January, February, March,
September, October and November each year starting at 7.40pm
at The Cross Keys at 2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP (on
corner of Lower Bridge Street and Duke Street).
Contact Geoff Lake for further details at
Great Western Society North
West Branch. Closed, May 2017
Light Rail Transit
Manchester Area Meetings are at the Friends’ Meeting House,
6 Mount Street, Manchester. – Doors open at 18.30 for 19.00.
– Visitors are
welcome. A voluntary contribution of £3.00 requested towards
room hire. Andrew Macfarlane Email:
and Conwy Valley Railway Society
All indoor evening meetings will
take place on the Second Thursday of the
Month at The Sport and Social
Club, off Victoria Drive, Llandudno Junction starting
at 19:30. Contact Arthur Jones: mazeppa [at]
Club of Great Britain (North West)
Meetings with speakers
are held monthly from September to May on Thursdays at 19.30
at The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street
Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH.
All meetings commence at 7:30 pm and a donation
towards expenses of £2 would be appreciated. Contact:
Railway History Group
A warm welcome is extended to all visitors at the Group's
meetings, and further information about the Group may be
obtained from the Hon Sec, who may be contacted at
0151-677-6062 or mrhg[at]talktalk.net. Meetings are held at
the United Reform Church Hall, Meols Drive, West Kirby,
Wirral, Merseyside, UK and commence at 7.45 pm.
North Wales N Gauge Group
The model railway group for N Gauge modellers. Meets in St
Michael's Church Hall, Rosemary Lane, Conwy at 7.00pm on the
first and third Monday of each month (December excepted). A
warm welcome awaits novices and experienced N Gauge
modellers alike. Contact 01492 572633 for further
Wales Railway Circle
The North Wales Railway Circle meets on Tuesday evenings,
at 19.30 for a prompt 19:45 start. Meetings are held on on
the first Tuesday of each month, September to June.
Details are on the Circle's website.
Meetings are held at the Victoria Hotel, Telford Road,
Menai Bridge LL59 5DR, a fine establishment that has
plenty of parking space excellent meals and real ale.
and Canal Historical Society North West Group.
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday in the
month at the Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street in
central Manchester (close to St Peter's Square Metrolink)
and normally commence at 14:00. A voluntary £3.50 is
requested from visitors to help to defray the meeting
For information about the Society or a particular meeting
the contact is Roger Brice, NW Group Secretary: email
Railway Correspondence and Travel Society,
Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch
Chester Meetings are held at The "Town Crier",
Station Road/City Road, Chester CH1 3AE, commencing at
19.30. The pub is opposite the railway station. .
Liverpool meetings are at Haig House Social Club
(formerly Royal British Legion), Woolton Road,
Garston, L19 5NQ (approx. 50 metres from South Parkway
station) 14.00 - 16.15
Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to
attend meetings. A donation of £2.00 is requested.
Rail Users' Association
Meetings are held as indicated. At Gobowen at the Railway
station, Chirk in the Royal British Legion Club (The club is
behind the Hand Hotel and car park is accessed off Colliery
Road) and Wrexham in St Marys' Social Club, Regent St.
Meetings are held in Shrewsbury at the Gateway Education
& Arts Centre, Chester St in the 'Mary Margaret
Room'. usually on the second and fourth Friday of each
month, start at 1930 hrs and finish at 2200 hrs.
'Non-members are welcome to a maximum of two meetings, and
are asked to make a small voluntary contribution to society
The Stephenson Locomotive Society.
North Western Area
Meetings held on Saturdays at 14:00 in The Friends’ Meeting
House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Visitors welcome.
Further information from the Meetings Secretary: Mike
Welsh Highland Railway North
Meetings held at The Mountain Rangers Football
Club,Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon LL54 7ET, starting at around
This society disbanded in June 2016.
Last update 18 September 2018
This page is a handy reference for
the dates of coming events, many of which will have been
first mentioned on the Notice Board page. Details of
special or unusual trains, meetings of societies, and
anything else of railway interest in the North Wales
area, will appear here. Organisers, please send in your
details. We will include a website/email address or
telephone number for confirmation wherever possible:
this website takes no responsibilty for the accuracy of
the information contained here, or for the cancellation
of trains or events.
For a regularly updated calendar of steam runs around the
UK, we recommend www.uksteam.info.
Online journal Railway Herald maintains a
comprehensive list of
railtours including both steam and diesel tours.
Note about excursion
trains: the times below are supplied in good
faith from the operators' websites. However, trains
can vanish from the schedules due to engineering works or
lack of bookings, even a few days before the advertised
date, and we may well not get to know about it. Always
check the operator website, and don't plan ahead to fly
across the world confident that a particular train will
Main line excursions are hauled by diesel locos unless
noted as 'steam'.We have refrained from giving details of
the actual locomotive to be used, as last-minute changes
Jan | Feb | Mar
| Apr | May | June
| July | Aug | Sep
| Oct| Nov | Dec
22 September Steam on the Coast Pathfinder Tours
Ynys Mon Express from Bristol. 60103 Flying Scotsman Crewe
- Holyhead - Crewe
22-23 September East
Lancashire Railway Diesel gala
Saturday 29 September Llangollen Railway
Saturday 29 September Steam on the Coast
UK Railtours Leicester to
Holyhead with 60163 Tornado
Wednesday 3 October RCTS
Liverpool "Liverpool Exchange Station" Paul Wright
Friday 5 October Clwyd
Railway Circle “Snowdon Mountain Railway”A
presentation given by Mike Robertshaw Msc IEng MIED,
Senior Engineering Manager of the railway. Mike Robertshaw
Tuesday 2 October North
Wales Railway Circle John Cashen with North
West and North Wales
Reminisences of the 1960s.
Friday 12 October Altrincham
Electric Railway Society Steam archive around Chester
General from 1950 onwards. A digital presentation by Jon
12-14 October Llangollen
Railway Autumn Steam gala
Monday 15 October RCTS
Chester "Rails to Bala" Dave Southern
Friday 19 October Steam on the Coast Golden
Eagle Luxury Tour (Day 5 of 12) (Provisional)
Chester - Blaenau Ffestiniog 46100: Llandudno Juncion -
Blaenau Ffestiniog, Holyhead - Crewe
Friday 2 November Clwyd
Railway Circle “The Development of Railways in the
UK”A look at rail development from Trevithick through to the
23,000 miles of railway in the UK by 1921. Mike
Tuesday 6 November North
Wales Railway Circle Illustrious local photographer
Barry Wynne assisted by Steve Morris.
Friday 9 November Altrincham
Electric Railway Society. Steam through Skelton
Junction and Timperley Junction 1955-1968. A digital
presentation by Tony Martin.
Monday 19 November RCTS
Chester "Through Kirton Tunnel" Stephen Gay
Tuesday 4 December North
Wales Railway Circle Christmas Social & Members'
Wednesday 5 December RCTS
Liverpool "BR in the North West" Tom Heavyside
Friday 7 December Clwyd
Railway Circle “Members Night & Christmas
Celebrations”Members are invited to give a 15 minute
presentation of their choice (any format). FREE tea/coffee
& festive treats during the interval. Contact David
Jones 01244 537440 to book a slot.
Friday 14 December Altrincham
Electric Railway Society. People & Places 3.
images of railway staff, enthusiasts, the general public and
the steam railway. A digital presentation by Paul
Monday 17 December RCTS
Chester "The Fate of The Irish Mail" Tony Griffiths (A
film which relates the story of the Abergele disaster in
Friday 4 January Clwyd
Railway Circle “West Country Memories” An illustrated
talk which includes all the branch lines of Devon and
Cornwall. Dave Southern
Tuesday 8 January North
Wales Railway Circle (Speaker to be announced) The
Bala Lake Railway
Friday 11 January Altrincham
Electric Railway Society. Journeys through Wales
during the 1960s including narrow gauge railways A colour
slide presentation by Bill Chapman.
Monday 21 January RCTS
Chester AGM, followed by "A Photographic Tribute to
Edgar Richards"( Non-members are invited to attend
from 20.00 hours)
Friday 1 February Clwyd
Railway Circle “The Glorious Steam Railways of India”
The images were taken when it was a fully steam worked
system, with a variety of steam across four different
gauges. John Sloane
Tuesday 5 February North
Wales Railway Circle [To be announced]
Friday 8 February Altrincham
Electric Railway Society Steam and Diesel in the
Northern Fells 2010-2016. A digital presentation by Ian
Wednesday 6 February RCTS
Liverpool "North West & North Wales Reminiscences
of the 1960s" John Cashen
Monday 18 February RCTS
Chester "A Taste of Japan" Gordon Davies
Tuesday 5 March North
Wales Railway Circle Humph Davies with mostly
narrow-gauge archive material.
Friday 1 March Clwyd
Railway Circle “Annual General Meeting” followed
by “Chairman’s Choice” A night of self indulgence from the
retiring chairman, David Jones
Friday 8 March Altrincham
Electric Railway Society. The Glorious Steam Railways
of India. Steam across India from 1976 to the early 1980s. A
digital presentation by John Sloane.
Monday 18 March RCTS
Chester "55 Years of Railway Photography, Part 2" Les
Tuesday 2 April North
Wales Railway Circle Gareth Haulfryn Williams,
archivist and author, on 'Rails to/from Bethesda.'
Wednesday 3 April RCTS
Liverpool "Manchester to Liverpool by CLC" Ken
Friday 5 April Clwyd
Railway Circle "Scotland in the 1960s" The talk
covers the whole of Scotland - going up the west side to
Wick and Thurso and returning down the east side from/to
Friday 12 April Altrincham
Electric Railway Society Great Western and Southern
Steam in the West Country. A colour slide presentation by
Monday 15 April RCTS
Chester "Steam on the North Wales Coast" (Video
Presentation) Ron Watson Jones
Tuesday 7 May North
Wales Railway Circle AGM and Members' Photo.
Charter Train Operators
Club & Ffestiniog Railway Dee & Mersey
Compass Tours: See West Coast Railway
Rail Users' Association
Belle Bookings: 0845 077 2222
PMR Tours PO Box 6233, The West Shed, Ripley DE5 4AD
Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester,
Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. Bookings: 01453 835414
Touring Company. PO Box 1012, Kings Lynn PE30 3YN
Tel: 01553-661500 Fax: 01553 661800
Express 66 Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey YO14 0PP Tel
670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL Tel:
0121 707 4696
Railtours, Felmersham, Mills Road, Osmington
Mills, Weymouth, Dorset. DT3 6HE Tel/Fax 0870 747
Trains, PO Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 9AD
Tel. 0800 038 5320
Railtours PO box 824, Taunton TA1 9ET email:
info[at]spitfirerailtours.co.uk Tel: 0870 879 3675
(Mon-Fri 11:00 to 18:00).
Statesman Rail PO
Box 83, St Erth, Hayle Cornwall TR27 9AD Tel 0845
310 2458 and 0845 310 2489
Office is open daily Monday to Friday from 0900hrs to
1730hrs and on Saturday between 0930hrs and 1200hrs,'
Telephone 01483 209888, or email info[at]steamdreams.co.uk
UK Railtours PO
Box 350, Welwyn AL6 0WG Telephone: 01438 715050
Railway Company Jesson Way, Crag Bank, Carnforth,
Lancashire. LA5 9UR Tel: 01524 732100 Fax: 01524
Compiled by Charlie Hulme.