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. The meetings are held at 1930 at St Hilda's Hall, Latchford, Warrington on the last Friday of each month, except December.

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 Arthur Jones: mazeppa [at] btopenworld.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

Merseyside 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 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 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.

RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch

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. A donation of £ 2.00 is requested.

Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings

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. 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 Blease, blease[at]mighty-micro.co.uk

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

Monthly meetings are on the second Monday of the month, in the Catholic Social Club at St Marys Church Regent St, Wrexham, opposite Grosvenor Road traffic lights starting at 19.45. The venue provides for a comfortable and convivial atmosphere with adequate off the street car parking. Annual subscription for Society members £5 all classes. Visitors welcome on payment of £1.50 at the door.

Wirral Railway Circle

We understand this group has been disbanded.

Last update 15 August 2015

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 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. For a list of events over a wider area, The Clwyd Railway Circle maintains a very useful Calendar of Events in PDF format.

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.


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August 2015

Sunday 16 August Stockport Railshow, Stockport station.


Sunday 16 August Excursion West Coast Railways Holyhead, Llanfairpwll, Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint, Chester, Frodsham, Warrington, Preston, Lancaster & Oxenholme to Edinburgh.

Tuesday 25 August Steam on the Coast. Railway Touring Company. Welsh Mountaineer. Preston - Blaenau Ffestiniog.

28-30 August. Bala Lake Railway: 'Winifred' gala.

September 2015

Friday 4 September Clwyd Railway Circle Geoff Morris: New Zealand Railways in 2011/12. A digital presentation of visits to New Zealand in 2011 & 2012 showcasing mainline steam charters in the North & South Islands, visits to preservation sites and a look at the rapidly-changing everyday scene.

Wednesday 9 September Excursion West Coast Railways   The Conway Valley Explorer Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option) Sheffield to Betws-Y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog. From Sheffield, Rotherham Central, Swinton, Moorthorpe, Normanton, Shipley, Keighley, Skipton, Hellifield, Carnforth & Lancaster.

Thursday 10 September Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Larry Davies/Philip Evans: Llandudno Junction: a railway town

Saturday 12 September  Excursion West Coast Railways The Conway Valley Explorer Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway option) Scarborough to Betws-Y-Coed & Blaenau Ffestiniog. From Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, York, Wakefield, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden & Rochdale.

Monday 14 September Wrexham Railway Society, No Meeting

Monday 21 September RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. LNER an appreciation by John Feild. Local member and keen follower of anything LNER John takes a look back at locomotives of that company and of its predecessors including some of them at Chester Northgate station

Friday 25 September. Great Western Society NW Branch. P. Spilsbury. Steam Miscellaneous.

October 2015


Friday 2 October Clwyd Railway Circle Tony & Barbara Griffiths The Fate of the Irish Mail.  This is a presentation in pictures, music and film, telling the story of the Abergele rail disaster of 1868.

Thursday 8 October Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society W Gordon Davies:  American Wanderings:- heading East            

Saturday 10 October  Excursion West Coast Railways  The Conwy Valley Explorer Via the Scenic Conwy line (with Ffestiniog Railway option) Hereford to Betws-Y-Coed Departs – From Hereford, Ledbury, Gt Malvern, Worcester FS, Droitwich, Barnt Green, Walsall & Wolverhampton.

Monday 12 October Wrexham Railway Society, Diesels In The 1960's by Barry Shore, looking at those rarely photographed trains and engines in the
1960s, those other than steam including the numerous and mostly very unsuccessful types of the new motive power.

Monday 19 October  RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.  Aspects of the Chester & Birkenhead Line by John Ryan To mark the 175th Anniversary of Railways across Cheshire former BR Civil Engineer and local rail historian John looks at the more recent rail aspects of this line

Friday 30 October. Great Western Society NW Branch. Mike Kenwright. Cutting of the Manchester Ship Canal.

November 2015

Friday 6 November Clwyd Railway Circle John Hobbs: A Black & White Circle of North Wales during 1963 - 66. A journey commencing in Chester and continuing to Holyhead before retracing our steps to Caernarvon, Afonwen, Morfa Mawddach, then a brief visit to Bala Junction before continuing through Dovey Junction to Shrewsbury & Wrexham.

Monday 9 November  Wrexham Railway Society, Building a Grange with Quentin McGuinness, Chairman of the 6880 Betton Grange Society describing the enormous work being undertaken to produce a new locomotive of the Great Western Grange class at Llangollen, looking at the build so far and their Steel, Steam & Stars fundraising events.

Thursday 12 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Ron Watson Jones    AGM Class 40’s remembered              

Monday 16 November  RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. LNER, an appreciation by John Feild. Northern Delights by Steve Batty. Steve our RO Branch News Editor and railway author from Selby reviews modern traction in Northern England 2002  2009.

Friday 27 November. Great Western Society NW Branch. John Hobbs. A Black & White presentation, North Wales Circular  1963  - 66  (Steam)

December 2015

Friday 4 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.

Thursday 10 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Xmas Social / Christmas Treats and Bob Barnsdale: a Local Tribute

Monday 14 December  Wrexham Railway Society, Annual General Meeting and Rail Review Entertainment, a mixture of members' slides, DVD's and other
interesting items.

Monday 21 December  RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.   Arriva Trains Wales. Last 10 years going forward with Ben Davies. This is an opportunity to hear about more about one of our local Train Operating Companies from one of its locally based officers.

January 2016

Friday 8 January Clwyd Railway Circle Dave Sallery Dinorwic Slate Quarries - Part 2 This is the final part of Dave’s fascinating journey around the quarry.

Monday 11 January Wrexham Railway Society, Woodhead - The Lost Railway by Stephen Gay describing the former Great Central main line from Manchester to Sheffield across the Pennines via the Woodhead tunnel closed in 1981 with  photographs along the route of the former railway.

Thursday 14 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Dave Southern: Chester - Pwllheli - days long gone                    

Monday 18 January  RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.    BRANCH A.G.M  followed by Back to The 60s with Geoff Coward. Geoff highlights photographs in various locations of the last few years of steam (1964-1968), including early diesels, mostly in the North West of England.

February 2016

Friday 5 February Clwyd Railway Circle John Sloane: Chinese Steam in the 1980's This is drawn from the first part of a tour in the winter of 1986/87 and centres on railways in what at one time had been the Japanese occupied area known as Manchuria in the north east of China. This was still a busy steam operated railway with plenty of variety and steam locos were still being built at that time.

Monday 8 February Wrexham Railway Society, Steam in the East Midlands in the 1950's by Fred Kirk. Local Member and keen cyclist looks back at
previously unseen pictures of those main lines accessible from his home city of Leicester ranging from the East Coast Main Line at Stoke to the Great
Western's line to Birmingham Snow Hill, also the West Coast, Midland and Great Central lines.

Thursday 11 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Geoff Morris: Welsh Wanderings in the 1990’s   

Monday 15 February   RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.  "American Wanderings - Heading East" by Gordon Davies. Gordon,  our RCTS National Chairman gives a digital presentation showing the American railroad scene in the eastern states depicting diesel locomotives working passenger and freight trains as well as electric locomotives, light rail and preserved steam in operation on preservation lines.

March 2016

Friday 4 March Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting followed by: Dave Southern, A journey from Chester to Pwllheli in colour looking at the closed lines both standard and narrow gauge including closed steam sheds and some goods yards.

Thursday 10 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Alan Roberts: Railway signalling in the Conwy/Llandudno area

Monday 14 March 2016 Wrexham Railway Society, Railways Of Wales in the 1980's - Geoff Morris describes a trip through Wales in a decade during which livery variations started to appear and steam re-appeared on a scheduled basis along the Cambrian & North Wales Coasts

Monday 21 March   RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.  "20 Years Of The Privatised Railway - What Does The Future Hold?" by Bob Casselden. Bob, a retired former B.R. manager looks at the changes to Britain's privatised railway over the last twenty years and reflects on what the future might bring.

April 2016

Friday 1 April Clwyd Railway Circle Denbigh Film Club. Railway Enthusiasts Film Night A night of nostalgia and fun with a selection of films old and new to end our season in great style.

Monday 11 April 2016 Wrexham Railway Society 'Days Gone' A Nostalgic Look Back at the 1960-90's by Larry Davies, looking at the enormous changes which have taken place on the railways in North Wales during the last four decades of the last century illustrated, mostly by Larry's own work.

Thursday 14 April Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    1960/70s North Wales Railway Recollection Barry Wynne/Steve Morris

Monday 18 April  RCTS: Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch.  One Mans Rubbish is Another's Treasure by Russell Hatt. Russell presents a selection of historic railway photographs that whilst too poor for publication are of interest to the railway historian.

May 2016

Thursday 12 May   Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society    Ray Bailey: Steam into Holywell           

June 2016

July 2016


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

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.