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 £3. 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, 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 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.'

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 08 March 2022

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 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.


March 2022

Monday 21 March RCTS online Zoom Geoff Plumb “The Wrexham & Shropshire Railway”

Saturday 26 March Vintage Trains Steam (7029) The Chester Venturer Tyseley - Chester

Saturday 26 March Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways - start of operating season
 
April 2022

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 & return

Saturday 30 April Northern Belle: 'Conwy'  WCRC Class 47/57 York - Llandudno Junction  & return


May 2022

Friday 13 May  Pathfinder Tours Cambrian Coast Express.  Oxford - Pwllheli

Friday 20  May 
  Pathfinder Tours Cambrian Coast Express Bristol- Pwllheli

Friday 27th May  Vintage Trains Cambrian Coast Explorer 1
(diesel) Dorridge  - Pwllheli
  and return

June 2022


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.

July 2022

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 return.

Tuesday 19 July
  Railway Touring CompanyThe Welsh Mountaineer Steam  Preston  Blaenau Ffestiniog  and return.

30-31 July :  Welsh Highland Railway Centenary and Celebrations:
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.

August 2022

Friday 12 August   Pathfinder Tours  Cambrian Coast Express Cardiff - Pwllheli

September 2022

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)

Friday 9 September  Pathfinder Tours Cambrian Coast Express.  Oxford - Pwllheli

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.

October 2022

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

November 2022

Friday 4 November Clwyd Railway Circle: “A trip by Norwegian Railways to Hell (and back).” Geoff Morris

Saturday 5 November
Llangollen Railway Ride the Rocket Firework Train

December 2022

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


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.