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 John
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:
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) 13.30 - 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
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, email@example.com, or
visit the SLS
Welsh Highland Railway North
Meetings held at The Mountain Rangers Football
Club,Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon LL54 7ET, starting at around
Last update 28 October 2019
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. (The uksteam.info site which has served us
for many years is not at present being updated).
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
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| Oct| Nov | Dec
Friday 1 November Clwyd Railway
Circle ''Shrewsbury to Holyhead in the 1980s'
Saturday 2 November Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Geoff
Stocker ‘Rebuilding the Welsh Highland Railway’ An
illustrated presentation of the stage-wise
re-construction of the WHR (closed 1936) on the
abandoned trackbed, from 1995 to completion in 2010
& subsequent developments - including locos and
Tuesday 5 November North
Wales Railway Circle Dave Rapson. A digital
presentation of all sorts.
Friday 8 November Steam on the Coast Railway Touring Company North Wales
Coast Express London - Holyhead, Flying Scotsman Crewe -
Holyhead - Crewe.
Friday 8 November. Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society Steam in the
1950s and 60s across the UK. a digital presentation by
well-known photographer Martin Welch.
Thursday 14 November Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society Railway
Signalling Gareth Parry
Monday 18 November RCTS
Chester "Railway Safety" David Maidment. David
Maidment will discuss the change in railway safety
management systems and safety culture from his
experience in South Wales in the 1960s, as Regional
Operating Manager of the LMR in the 1980s. Also as Head
of Safety Policy at the BR Headquarters in the 1990s
Tuesday 3 December
North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Bash - as
usual please bring any items of interest with you.
Wednesday 4 December RCTS
Liverpool "Liverpool And Its Railways " John Ryan.
A look at the varied railways of Liverpool and its
surrounding over many decades by former British Rail
Friday 6 December Clwyd Railway
Circle ' Member's Selections & Christmas
Celebrations' Members are invited to give a 15-minute
presentation of their choice (any format). Contact David
Jones 01244 537440 to book a slot.
Saturday 7 December Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. At Sale
United Reformed Church lounge, Montague Road, Sale M33
3BU Including seasonal refreshments! Owen Russell
‘Memories of the Woodhead Line’ The Woodhead line linked
Lancashire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and London. As there
were shorter routes to London, express trains often
comprised only 5 or 6 coaches. The line was a good place
to see a variety of GC and, later, LNER engines, which
had to work hard on the notorious gradients. Like many
steam routes, Woodhead was a line of contrasts.
Thursday 12 December Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society A railway
pictorial of steam Barry Wynne (Special Christmas
meeting with quiz)
Friday 13 December Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society Steam across
South Africa in 1973 Part 1. a digital presentation by
John Sloane, who visited the country when many of the
older classes of steam locomotive were still in service.
Saturday 14 December Steam at Chester UK Railtours 'The Christmas
Chester Chuffer' London - Chester. Steam Bescot -
Chester - Crewe.
Monday 16 December RCTS
Chester "1960s Southern Branch Lines" David
Miller. A 1960s archive of black and white photographs
mainly of Southern branches but also from further north,
with some interesting diversions. Images never seen
Thursday 19 December Steam at Chester Railway
Touring Company 'The Chester Christmas Express'
Stevenage - Chester. Loco 6233.
Tuesday 7 January North
Wales Railway Circle NWRC committee member and
Coast Railway website contributor Peter Basterfield.
Home & Away.
Friday 10 January Clwyd Railway
Circle “Railways Around Holywell Part 1' Ray
Friday 10 January Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society Locomotive
Sheds of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. a
digital presentation by Noel Coates.
Monday 20 January RCTS
Chester AGM .After 20.15 hrs John Cashen "Around
Britain in 80 Minutes" John Cashen will do a whistle
stop tour throughout Britain of photographs he took in
the 1960s and 1970s (Change of speaker)
Saturday 25 January Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Centre AGM
(brief) followed by: Christian Wyatt ‘21st Century
signalling Control Centre – The Manchester Rail
Operations Centre’ Christian Wyatt, a career railwayman
with 38 years’ service, started as a signal box lad at
Manchester Victoria and is now Project Operations
Interface Manager for the London North Western route.
One of his key responsibilities is the development of
the Manchester Rail Operations Centre. Christian will
describe the MROC from its build in 2012 to its present
Tuesday 4 February North
Wales Railway Circle Robin Humphrey-Davies
('Humph'). The route of the Welsh Highland Railway, Part
2, Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog.
Wednesday 5 February RCTS Liverpool "The Black &
White Collection Of Bill Ashcroft " John Sloane. Bill
Ashcroft was a well-known name in Lancashire steam
railway circles and John Sloane from Wigan will present
some of his large collection of monochrome pictures from
the steam era.
Friday 7 February Clwyd Railway
Circle 'Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway' David Murphy
Thursday 13 February Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society Llangollen
Railway Dave Southern
Friday 14 February Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society People and
Places 4. Images of the pre-1968 steam railway including
trains and railway staff, enthusiasts or the general
public. a digital presentation by Paul Shackcloth.
Monday 17 February RCTS
Chester "The Unknown Warrior – The Patriot
Rebuild" John Hastings-Thomson. The LMS Patriot project
are rebuilding a Patriot, ‘The Unknown Warrior’ and this
presentation will describe the huge amount of work and
money involved to build a new steam locomotive.
Saturday 22 February Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Tony Wright
‘Aspects of the Origins & Development of Monorails
including Behr, Lartigue and the Manchester to Liverpool
Lightning Express Railway’ You may remember Tony’s
excellent presentation on Mayfield Station. Don’t miss
this intriguing meeting.
Tuesday 25 February 18:30 Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Joint
meeting with the Newcomen Society, Location to be
confirmed. Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator, National
Railway Museum ‘Sticking with steam – an examination of
why Britain’s railways stuck with steam into the space
age’ This talk examines some of the complex history
behind moving on from the steam age on Britain’s
railways and attempts an answer as to why the UK’s love
affair with the steam hasn’t ended.
Friday 6 March Clwyd Railway
Circle Annual General Meeting - followed by a Film
Thursday 12 March Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society plan to have a
visit from a representative from Transport for Wales.
More details later
Friday 13 March Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society Wheels on
Reels. Transport Films – taken with a cine camera and
shown using a cine projector. Geoff Lomas presents a
selection of his Films in the traditional manner.
Tuesday 3 March North
Wales Railway Circle Barry Wynne and Steve Morris.
Another show from Barry's superb collection.
Monday 16 March RCTS
Chester "The Lever Brothers Railways Of Port
Sunlight" Mike Lister Telling the story of Levers’
railways. The soap factory was constructed in 1888 and
its railways covered 54 track miles and the talk will
describe the railway within the soap factory and other
factories at Bromborough.
Saturday 21 March Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Melvyn
Roberts ‘Indian Summer of the Somerset & Dorset
Railway’ The S & D was (and still is) many
enthusiasts’ favourite cross-country railway. We will
hear about its unusual history, but the main feature
will be a slide show of its operations in the 1950’s and
Wednesday 1 April RCTS
Liverpool "L&Y Engines At Work" Paul
Shackcloth. Paul Shackcloth is the photographic
historian for the Manchester Locomotive Society who have
a large collection. This talk will show Lanky
locomotives at work over the whole of the ex-L&Y
network, including Liverpool Exchange.
Friday 3 April Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society Great Named
Trains. (note: first Friday) featuring postcards of
named trains and video of the engines which hauled them
and survive in preservation. a digital presentation by
Society President Nick Dodson
Tuesday 7 April North
Wales Railway Circle Richard Sant, Secretary of
the LMS Patriot Company. Progress on The Unknown Warrior
Thursday 9 April Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society Trams in
Llandudno (Including L & CBER and Great Orme
Tramway) John Davies
Saturday 18 April Stephenson
Locomotive Society. Manchester Centre. Tim Owen
‘The activities of the Furness Railway Trust’ The
Furness Railway Trust has a collection of six steam
locomotives, including Furness Railway No. 20, plus
historic carriages. The illustrated talk will cover the
work of the Trust over the past 30 years.
Monday 20 April RCTS
Chester "Another Colourail Journey" Paul
Chancellor. A ninth Colour-Rail Journey will again trawl
this vast collection of images for both views from
across the country and through time, so expect both
steam and modern traction to appear with may be the odd
bit of infrastructure thrown in for good measure.
Tuesday 12 May North Wales Railway
Circle AGM and Photo Competition.
Thursday 14 May Llandudno
and Conwy Valley Railway Society Evening Train
Trip to Betws-y-Coed, where we will spend an hour in the
Gwydyr. (Times will be confirmed later)
Charter Train Operators
Club & Ffestiniog Railway Dee & Mersey
Compass Tours: See West Coast
Rail Users' Association
Belle Bookings: 0845 077 2222
PMR Tours PO Box 6233, The West Shed, Ripley DE5 4AD
Tours, Stag House, Gydynap Lane, Inchbrook,
Woodchester, Gloucestershire, GL5 5EZ. Bookings: 01453
Touring Company. PO Box 1012, Kings Lynn PE30
3YN Tel: 01553-661500 Fax: 01553 661800
Express 66 Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey YO14 0PP
Tel 01723 891400
Trains, 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 2983
Saphos Trains, PO
Box 83, St Erth, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 9AD Tel. 0800
Railtours PO box 824, Taunton TA1 9ET email:
info[at]spitfirerailtours.co.uk Tel: 0870 879
3675 (Mon-Fri 11:00 to 18:00).
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
PO Box 350, Welwyn AL6 0WG Telephone: 01438 715050
Coast Railway Company Jesson Way, Crag Bank,
Carnforth, Lancashire. LA5 9UR Tel: 01524 732100
Fax: 01524 735518
Compiled by Charlie Hulme.