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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.
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
Contact Geoff Lake for further details at glake66[at]tiscali.co.uk.
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
Junction starting at 19:30. Contact Arthur Jones: mazeppa
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.
meets on Tuesday
evenings, at 19.30 for a
start. From September 2012, meetiings will be once a month on the first
Tuesday of each month September to June. January will be advised
on the Circle's website.
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
Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales
Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to attend our meetings
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 1930hrs and finish at 2200hrs. '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
Monthly meetings are on the second Monday of the month, in the
Social Club at St Marys
Regent St, Wrexham, opposite Grosvenor Road traffic lights starting at
venue provides for a comfortable and convivial atmosphere with adequate
off the street car parking. Annual subscription for Society members
all classes. Visitors welcome on payment of £1.50 at the door.
Last update 02 November 2013
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.
thanks to the Wrexham
Society for their invaluable assistance with this page. For a
regularly updated calendar of steam runs around the UK, we recommend www.uksteam.info.
Note about excursion trains:
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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Friday 1 November Clwyd Railway Circle Paul Davies 'The Buckley Railway and the Industries it served' The talk celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the railway.
Saturday 2 November Llangollen Railway Murder Mystery evening
Saturday 2 November Wirral '0 Gauge' Group Open Day, Unit 7, The Odyssey Centre, Corporation Road, Birkenhead CH41 1HB British model trains running 13:00 to 17:00. Admission £2 - ample free parking. Nearest Station Birkenhead Park. Contact 0151 653 0637 or j.elliott37[at]sky.com for more information.
Sunday 3 November Llangollen Railway Ride the Rocket evening
Friday 8 November Altrincham Electric Preservation Society FREIGHT AROUND THE WORLD by John Ryan. Presentation is 90% steam
9-10 November Llangollen Railway Remembrance Weekend
Monday 11 November Wrexham Railway Society. John Fry, North West Electrification, speaking on the electrification of a large number of secondary lines in the northwest these and the forthcoming initial phase of the work across Chat Moss in particular.
Thursday 14 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society AGM 'American Wanderings Part 1' Gordon Davies
Monday 18 November RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales ‘Circular tour of North Wales from 1966 to 1980’ by John Hobbs.
Thursday 21 November Locomotive Club of Great Britain Steve Fort "Carlisle to Crewe " - mainly steam scenes
Wednesday, 27 November Ffestiniog Railway Society Dee & Mersey Group George England Locomotives, by Chris Jones
Thursday 28 November Geoff Morris Merseyside Railway History Group 'The Many Varied Railways of Australia'
Friday 29 November Great Western Society North West Branch Railways of the Iberian Peninsula, by Barry Rushton.
Saturday 30 November Llangollen Railway Santa Specials
1 December Llangollen Railway Santa Specials
Friday 6 December Clwyd Railway Circle 'Members Night & Christmas Celebration'
Members are invited to give a 15/20 minute presentation of their choice (any format). This will be interrupted by festive treats (all high calories). Members must book their slot no later than 16th November by telephoning David Jones.
7-8 December Llangollen Railway Santa Specials
7-8 December Bala Lake Railway Santa Specials
7 December Llangollen Railway Real Ale Train evening
Monday 9 December Wrexham Railway Society. Stephen Gay, Railways in a Yorkshire Landscape, from Sheffield, he specialises in researching and photographing railways, particularly the old lines and former features alongside current routes all over Britain by walking along them in the company of his dog. He is a Yorkshireman and his presentation will be based on his home county, including the beautiful Settle to Carlisle line.
Thursday 12 December Merseyside Railway History Group Geoff Coward 'Europe & The Old Buffers'
Thursday 12 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Xmas Social / talk by
Anthony J Robinson "Dad had an engineshed" - an illustrated talk on the life and times of the son of a shedmaster at Mold junction shed. The speaker has a book published by Oakwood Press of the same title.
Friday 13 December Altrincham Electric Preservation Society STEAM SHEDS ACROSS THE YEARS By John Sloane
14-15 December Llangollen Railway Santa Specials
Monday 16 December RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales ‘Early Days’ by David Maidment, Formerley Operations Manager BR London Midland Region David presents his early days at Swindon and commuting on the Southern and around the UK in the early 60s
Thursday 19 December Locomotive Club of Great Britain John Ryan "Various Gauges in France and Spain 1966 to 1973"
20-24 December Llangollen Railway Santa Specials
26-31 December Llangollen Railway Mince Pie Specials.
1 January 2014 Llangollen Railway Mince Pie Specials.
Friday 3 January Clwyd Railway Circle David Rapson 'Wrexham to Bidston Line' A history of the route illustrated with pictures covering the last 70 years.
Thursday 9 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'From a Driver’s point of view' Dave Trains
Friday 10 January Altrincham Electric Preservation Society HISTORY OF BOLTON TRAMWAYS by Derek Shepherd (Vice-Chairman, Heaton Park Tramway)
Monday 13 January Wrexham Railway Society. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND RAIL REVIEW ENTERTAINMENT Annual General Meeting will be followed by various members’ own presentations.
Monday 20 January RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales BRANCH A.G.M Followed by Alan Donaldson ‘Around Britain 1983 to 2010’
Thursday 30 January Merseyside Railway History Group David Rapson 'Seacombe to Wrexham'
Friday 31 January Great Western Society North West Branch The Cowley Hill Colliery to the Runcorn Gap Railway.
Friday 28 February Great Western Society North West Branch Group Annual Meeting followed by Members Slides.
Friday 7 February Clwyd Railway Circle Brian Bollington & Peter Hanahoe 'Polish Steam' The presentation is a mix of slide shows and video showing steam on the national network, including shed scenes, taken in the 1990’s.
Monday 10 February Wrexham Railway Society. Fred Kirk, A Scottish Trip 60 Years On. The results of a week long trip to Scotland, shed bashing previously not seen, black and white images of long gone shed scenes, Princes Street station etc.
Thursday 13 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'A short history of Crosville & my time with it' Clive Myers
Friday 14 February Altrincham Electric Preservation Society A JOURNEY FROM MANCHESTER TO EASTLEIGH WORKS IN 1910 By Mike Hayward (Secretary, Manchester Locomotive Society)
Monday 17 February RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales Barry Shore ‘BR freight in the post steam era 1967 to 1979’
Thursday 20 February Locomotive Club of Great Britain John Sloane "BR Scenes from the 60s”
Thursday 27 February Merseyside Railway History Group Allan Lewis 'Union Pacific Steam'
Friday 7 March Clwyd Railway Circle The Committee & David Southern AGM followed by the talk 'Railways of the Wirral' After the formality is over, we can look forward to Dave sharing his railway experiences of 60 years living on the Wirral.
Monday 10 March Wrexham Railway Society. Geoff Morris- Railways of New Zealand a digital presentation based on two steam-hauled trips around New Zealand in 2011 & 2012 including both preservation activities and the rapidly-changing current railway scene on the other side of the world.
Thursday 13 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'The Dinorwic Quarry Railway & its locomotives' Eric Lander
Monday 17 March RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales ‘The Ugly Duckling’: Bob Casselden looks at the transformation of B.R.’s ‘Other Provincial Services’ via ‘Regional Railways’ into today’s privatised railways
Friday 14 March Altrincham Electric Preservation Society A Selection of Doug Darby's UK PHOTOGRAPHS by Paul Shackcloth (Photographic Officer, Manchester Locomotive Society)
Thursday 23 January Locomotive Club of Great Britain Neville Bond “From Sea to Shining Sea” 30 years of North American scenes
Thursday 20 March Locomotive Club of Great Britain Dr Michael Bailey "The Manchester Ship Canal Railway"
Thursday 27 March Merseyside Railway History Group AGM & Members Slides
Friday 4 April Clwyd Railway Circle Ron Watson-Jones 'The Irish Mail Train Crash at Penmaenmawr Aug 1950' Ron’s account of the accident on 27th August 1950.
Thursday 10 April Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'Welsh Wanderings in the 1980’s & 90’s' Geoff Morris
Thursday 10 April Merseyside Railway History Group Ted Lloyd 'Quiz and informal evening'
Friday 11 April Altrincham Electric Preservation Society Slides from the Manchester locomotive society collection by David Young. Mainly steam locomotives taken 1950s and 1960s
Monday 14 April Wrexham Railway Society. Jon Penn. Railway Pictures From the 1960’s –scanned black and white negatives and vintage colour slides, favouring the Cheshire and surrounding areas.
Monday 28 April RCTS Merseyside, Chester & North Wales ‘South of the Border steam in the 50s and 60s’ by David Kelso, David travels from Kent to present a follow up to his earlier North of the border presentation, including a period when he was resident in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Thursday 17 April Locomotive Club of Great Britain Norman Matthews "Steam in Central America"
Thursday 8 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society 'The Deganwy Dock Story' Eric Smith
Thursday 15 May Locomotive Club of Great Britain AGM and Members/Visitors Slides & Digital Photos.
Charter Train Operators
Chester Model Railway Club & Ffestiniog Railway Dee & Mersey
Compass Tours Compass Tours, 46 Hallville Road, Liverpool L18 0HR Tel 0151 7221147 10am-6pm Mon-Fri
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
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:
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
'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
Compiled by Charlie Hulme, with special thanks to George Jones.