NORTH WALES COAST RAILWAY: CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Rheilffordd arfordir gogledd Cymru: Calendr

Groups and their meeting places


8E Association

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.

Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society lectures are held at Altrincham Methodist Church Hall, Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1HF. Car park off Springfield Road or short walk from Altrincham Bus/Rail/Metrolink Interchange. Please use the main entrance on Woodlands Road side. Car park Springfield Road or short walk from Altrincham Bus/Rail/Metrolink Interchange. Talks commence at 7.30 p.m. Admission price, £4.00 - Free for AERPS members (Show membership card).

Clwyd Railway Circle

A programme of illustrated talks normally on the first Friday of the month, January to March and September to December. Check Calendar of Events for any changes.
We meet at the Jubilee Community Centre, 45 Seabank Drive, Prestatyn, LL19 7PP.

Visitors Welcome: Admission £3.
Refreshments are available at 10.00 am and the talks commence at 10.30 am.

Anybody requiring information about the programme should contact:
David Jones - Tel: 01244 537440 or email: lindley1944@gmail.com

Ffestiniog Railway Society 

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 jethroo66[at]hotmail.com

Light Rail Transit Association
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. Contact Andrew Macfarlane Email: andrew.macfarlane6851[at]gmail.com

Llandudno 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 John Davies jdavies484[at]gmail.com

Locomotive 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: lcgb.nw[at]blueyonder.co.uk

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 information.

North 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.

Railway 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 expenses. 

For information about the Society or a particular meeting the contact is Roger Brice, NW Group Secretary: email rogerbrice[at]microton.net

RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Cheshire 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) 13.30 - 16.15

Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to attend meetings. A donation of £2.00 is requested.

Because of the uncertainty of any possible future Covid restrictions, plus the facts that Zoom meetings have proven to be very successful and, as we get older, a larger number of people are more reluctant to want to venture out during evenings, especially when the weather is not very good, the Committee has decided to do an equal number of Chester, Liverpool and Zoom meetings for the 2021/22 indoor meeting season.

If anyone wishes to join a Zoom meeting then they should contact Alan Turton - email Merseyside@rcts.org.uk a week or so before the date of the meeting.

Shrewsbury-Chester 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.
Email: shrewsbury.chester[at]@gmail.com
Twitter: @shrewschester

Shropshire Railway Society.

Meetings are held in Shrewsbury at the Gateway Education & Arts Centre, Chester St in the 'Mary Margaret Room'.  usually on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, start at 19:00  and finish at 21:30 hrs. 'Non-members are welcome to a maximum of two meetings, and are asked to make a small voluntary contribution to society funds.'

Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre

Unless otherwise listed, meetings are held on Saturdays at 14:00 in The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Visitors welcome to Saturday meetings. For programme updates, please contact the Manchester Centre Organiser, Alasdair Renfrew,  slsnwsecy@gmail.com, or visit the SLS website

Welsh Highland Railway North Wales Group

Meetings  held at The Mountain Rangers Football Club,Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon LL54 7ET, starting at around 19:30.

Last update 30 January 2023

Contact us

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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 responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained here, or for the cancellation of trains or events.

For a regularly updated calendar of railtours and excursions  around the UK, 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 run!

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 are common.



February 2024


Friday 2 February Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting followed by Chairman’s Choice. David Jones

Friday 9 February.  Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society  John Hooley. "Euston and Destinations: the Potteries and the North West". Steam in action on passengers and freight.

March 2024


Friday 1 March Clwyd Railway Circle The Dockers Umbrella  The History of The Liverpool Overhead Railway. - Ken Pye FLHU

Friday 1 March (note the first Friday of the month). Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society Dennis Flood. "Edge Hill Motive Power Depot". Dennis will entertain us with tales from his career on the footplate in the 1960s.

Saturday 2 March Railway Touring Company The Cheshireman loco 45596 London Euston - Chester

21 March  Statesman Chester - Windsor and Eton Central. Pickups in North Wales borders.


April 2024


Thursday 4 April Pathfinder Reading - Pwllheli via Crewe

Friday 5 April  Clwyd Railway Circle Fond Memories - featuring some of my favourite times on the railway over the last years. - Larry Davies Cancelled

Friday 5 April  Midland Pullman Plymouth to Llandudno

Friday 12 April. Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society David Beilby. "Transport around the World by GEC and its predecessors". A joint meeting with the Irish Railway Record Society Manchester branch.

Thursday 18 April Pathfinder Tours The Cambrian Coast Express East Midlands Parkway - Shrewsbury - Pwllheli

Thursday 18 April Midland Pullman Wolverhampton - Chester - Carlisle - Aviemore

May 2024

6 May  Statesman   Woking - Llandudno  via Bath Spa and Crewe for Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

Thursday 16 May  Pathfinder Tours The Cambrian Coast Express Cardiff - Pwllheli

Saturday 25 May Railway Touring Company     Manchester Piccadilly  -  Llandudno and Holyhead Steam: 5596 Bahamas 


June 2024

8 June Vintage Trains     Dorridge - Blaenau Ffestiniog  Steam and 47 773  via Crewe. Diesel on Blaenau branch

21 June Northern Belle -  Crewe     Two tours - lunch and afternoon tea.  Round trip from Crewe via  pickups at Chester and Wrexham.

Saturday 22 June Midland Pullman Holyhead - Carlisle

Saturday 22 June  North West Rail and Transport Collector's Fair, Crewe Alexandra Football Club 10:00 - 3:30

Thurday 27 June Midland Pullman  Crewe - Chester - Wrexham - Paignton

July 2014

Tuesday 16 July Midland Pullman  Holyhead - Paignton

27 July    Midland Pullman    Crewe -  Paignton      

August 2024

14 August    Statesman    Telford Central - Carlisle
pickups Shrewsbury, Gobowen, Chirk, Wrexham General, Chester, Frodsham, Warrington BQ

September 2024

4 September  Statesman High Wycombe -     Blaenau Ffestiniog

Thursday 5 September Pathfinder Tours The Cambrian Coast Express Bristol - Pwllheli

Friday 6 September Clwyd Railway Circle The Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway in the Vale of Clwyd -  Fiona Gale

12 September   Pathfinder  Cambrian Coast Express Cardiff Central  - Pwllheli

Sunday 15 September Steam Dreams 'Welsh Dragon' steam-hauled London Paddington - Shrewsbury, then diesel through to Pwllheli.  For more on this and this and the next two entries see the Steam Dreams website.
    
Wednesday 18 September  Steam Dreams 'Welsh Dragon' steam hauled Bangor - Crewe, then diesel to Cardiff via the Heart of Wales line
   
Thursday 19 September - Steam Dreams 'Welsh Dragon'  steam hauled Cardiff to London Paddington via Gloucester and the Golden Valley line

21 September - Northern Belle    Telford - Carlisle pickups Shrewsbury,  Wrexham General, Chester.

October 2024

Friday 4 October Clwyd Railway Circle Wrexham’s Second Railway Mania -  David Parry

November 2024

Friday 1 November Clwyd Railway Circle  Chinese Steam in 2001 and 2003  - Phil Thomas


Charter Train Operators

Midland Pullman PO Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 9AD Tel. 0800 038 5320

Northern Belle Bookings: 0845 077 2222

PMR Tours PO Box 6233, The West Shed, Ripley DE5 4AD Tel: 01773-743986

Pathfinder Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook, Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. Bookings: 01453 835414

The Railway Touring Company. PO Box 1012, Kings Lynn PE30 3YN Tel: 01553-661500 Fax: 01553 661800
Email: enquiries[at]railwaytouring.co.uk

Vintage Trains, 670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL Tel:  0121 707 4696

Saphos Trains, PO Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 9AD Tel. 0800 038 5320

Spitfire 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

Steam Dreams  'Bookings 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


West Coast Railway Company Jesson Way, Crag Bank, Carnforth, Lancashire. LA5 9UR Tel: 01524 732100  Fax: 01524 735518  enquiries[at]westcoastrailways.co.uk


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Compiled by Charlie Hulme with help from Gary Thomas.