THE 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 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).

Clwyd Railway Circle


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: lindley1944[at]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

Great Western Society North West Branch. Closed, May 2017

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. 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, 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.

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 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 funds.'

The 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.

Wrexham Railway Society

This society disbanded in June 2016.


Last update 4 October 2019

Contact us

To the North Wales Coast main page : To The Noticeboard

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 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 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.


Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | June | JulyAug | Sep | OctNov  | Dec

 October 2019

Monday 21 October RCTS Chester "South Wales Railways since the 1970s " Stuart Warr. Stuart from Cardiff will look back at the changing face of railways across South Wales since 1973, featuring steam and diesels working all manner of services with a few rare views.

 November 2019

Friday 1 November Clwyd Railway Circle  ''Shrewsbury to Holyhead in the 1980s' Geoff Morris

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 rolling stock.

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

 December 2019

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 civil engineer.

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 before.

Thursday 19 December Steam at Chester Railway Touring Company 'The Chester Christmas Express' Stevenage - Chester. Loco 6233.

 January 2020

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 Bailey

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 followed by "The Ffestiniog Railway" Geoff Coward. After 20.15 hrs Geoff will take a look at the steam loco’s of the Ffestiniog Railway, past present and future. Then a trip along the line from Porthmadog to Bleanau Ffestiniog, looking at each station, maintenance facility and scenery

 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 operational status.

February 2020

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.


March 2020

Friday 6 March Clwyd Railway Circle   Annual General Meeting - followed by a Film Show

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 1960’s.


April 2020

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.

May 2020

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)
 
June 2020


July 2020


August 2020
 


Charter Train Operators

Chester Model Railway Club & Ffestiniog Railway Dee & Mersey
Group.

Compass Tours: See West Coast Railway Company

Mid-Cheshire Rail Users' Association

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

Green Express 66 Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey YO14 0PP Tel 01723 891400

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

Kingfisher 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 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


Back to top

Compiled by Charlie Hulme.