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 £3. 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, 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
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.
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 Thursday 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 08 March 2022
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
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
Monday 21 March RCTS
online Zoom Geoff Plumb “The Wrexham &
Saturday 26 March Vintage
Trains Steam (7029) The Chester Venturer
Tyseley - Chester
Saturday 26 March Ffestiniog and
Welsh Highland Railways - start of operating
Friday 1 April Clwyd Railway Circle: “Roaming the Rails of Great Britain” Bill Rogerson
Saturday 23 April Ffestiniog
and Welsh Highland Railways: 'The
Snowdonian' an 80 mile round trip over the whole
railway with a variety of motive power.
Monday 25 April RCTS
Chester David Powell “Merseyrail Fleet Replacement”
Saturday 30 April Vintage
Trains North Wales Coast Express
Class 20 x 2: Tyseley Locomotive Works - Llandudno &
Saturday 30 April Northern Belle: 'Conwy' WCRC Class
47/57 York - Llandudno Junction & return
Friday 13 May Pathfinder
Tours Cambrian Coast Express. Oxford -
Friday 20 May
Tours Cambrian Coast Express Bristol-
Friday 27th May Vintage Trains
Cambrian Coast Explorer 1
(diesel) Dorridge - Pwllheli
10-11 June Ffestiniog
and Welsh Highland Railways ‘Cwrw ar y
Cledrau’ returns in 2022 with a vibrant mix of Real Ales,
Steam Trains, and Live Music. Regular steam-hauled trains
will also be running throughout the weekend. Updates
will be posted on www.rail-ale.com.
Saturday 2 July Vintage Trains
Cambrian Coast Explorer 2 (Vintage Trains) (diesel)
Stratford-upon -Avon - Aberystwyth and return.
2 -3 July Llangollen
Railway Classic Transport Weekend
Sunday 17 July 2022 Railway
Touring Company. Steam The
North Wales Coast Express Liverpool -Holyhead and
Tuesday 19 July Railway
Touring Company. The Welsh
Mountaineer Steam Preston Blaenau
Ffestiniog and return.
30-31 July : Welsh Highland Railway Centenary and
A weekend of heritage trains operating between Dinas and
Rhyd Ddu (as South Snowdon is now known) to celebrate the
reopening of this section of line.
Friday 12 August Pathfinder
Tours Cambrian Coast Express
Cardiff - Pwllheli
Friday 2 September Clwyd Railway Circle: “The Greatest
Railway Builder in the World” A 60 Minute Talk on the Life
and Times of Thomas Brassey by Peter Bolt
3-4 September Llangollen
Railway Diesel Weekend
Saturday 3 September Railway
Touring Company 'The Cheshire
The Cheshireman steam
(6233) Norwich - Chester and return (diesel
Peterborough - Norwich)
Tours Cambrian Coast Express. Oxford -
24 September Trailffest Half
Marathon : An Event Train will be provided to
take the competitors from the event centre at
Porthmadog to the start of the race in Tanygrisiau,
the cost of which is included in the entry fee.
Friday 7 October Clwyd Railway Circle: “Fond
Memories” A look back over 70 years of Railway
interest by Larry Davies
7-9 October: Ffestiniog
and Welsh Highland Railways: Vintage weekend.
8-9 October Llangollen
Railway DMU railcar weekend
Friday 4 November Clwyd Railway Circle: “A trip by
Norwegian Railways to Hell (and back).” Geoff
Railway Ride the Rocket Firework Train
Friday 2 December Clwyd Railway Circle: “Members
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.
Charter Train Operators
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
670 Warwick Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HL Tel:
0121 707 4696
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
'Bookings Office is open daily Monday to Friday from
0900hrs to 1730hrs and on Saturday between 0930hrs and
1200hrs,' Telephone 01483 209888, or email
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.