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
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
September to April at the Jubilee Community Centre, 45 Seabank Drive,
Prestatyn, LL19 7PP. Visitors Welcome: Admission £2. Anybody
requiring information about the
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
Geoff Lake for further details at jethroo66[at]hotmail.com
Branch. The meetings are held at 1930 at St Hilda's Hall,
Latchford, Warrington on the last Friday of each month, except
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
Meetings with speakers are held
monthly from September to May on Thursdays at 19.30 at The
Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH.
All meetings commence at 7:30 pm
and a donation towards
expenses of £2 would be appreciated. Contact:
Merseyside Railway History
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.
meets on Tuesday
evenings, at 19.30 for a
start. Meetings are held on on the first
Tuesday of each month, September to June. Details are on the
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
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
Society, Merseyside, Chester and North Wales
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
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
Marys' Social Club, Regent St.
Shropshire Railway Society.
are held in Shrewsbury at the Gateway
Education & Arts Centre, Chester St in the 'Mary Margaret
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
two meetings, and are asked to make a small voluntary contribution to
The Stephenson Locomotive Society. North
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,
Welsh Highland Railway North
Meetings held at The Mountain Rangers Football Club,Rhosgadfan
near Caernarfon LL54 7ET, starting at around 19:30.
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.
We understand this group has
Last update 25 January 2016
This page is a handy
for the dates of coming events, many of which will have been first
the Notice Board page. Details of special or unusual trains, meetings
societies, and anything else of railway interest in the North Wales
will appear here. Organisers, please send in your details. We will
include a website/email address or telephone number for confirmation
this website takes no responsibilty for the accuracy of the information
contained here, or for the cancellation of trains or events.
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
Events in PDF format.
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 29 January Great
Western Society NW Branch W.J. Denning: The West Somerset Railway,
a personal view.
Tuesday 2 February North
Circle 'The First Penrhyn Railway' Dafydd Gwyn, industrial
archaeologist, author of The Slate and other publications and fireman
on The Bala Lake Railway will be talking about the first tramway that
served Penrhyn Quarry.
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.
Saturday 6 February Steam on the Coast Railway
Touring Company 'North Wales Coast Express'. The first main line
run in preservation of Royal Scot class locomotive No. 46100, Royal
Scot. Biesel-hauled from Carnforth, calling Lancaster, Preston,
Wigan North Western, Warrington Bank Quay and Crewe, where 46100 will
be attached for the run to Llandudno Junction and Holyhead. Return by
the same route.
Monday 8 February Wrexham
Society Steam in the East Midlands in the 1950s 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,
and Great Central lines.
Thursday 11 February Llandudno and Conwy
Valley Railway Society Geoff Morris: Welsh
Wanderings in the 1990’s
Friday 12 February Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society
"Prince of Wales, Britain's most powerful steam locomotive. The Project
to build a new P2 Locomotive" a digital presentation by Graham Nicholas.
Saturday 13 February Railway
and Canal Historical Society North West Branch - From Pit to
Market: Moving Cheshire Minerals by Rail & Water by Paul
Teather. This illustrated talk will describe how industrial
railways were used to move minerals (coal, salt, stone, clay, etc)
extracted in Cheshire to either a processing plant, canal or a main
line railway. The review starts with the 18thC tramway &
canal era and then through the period when narrow & standard gauge
systems served the national rail network to their demise (at Winsford)
some 200 years later. This journey in time will be illustrated
with analysis, maps, contemporary photographs and some views of what
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
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
Friday 26 February Great Western
Society NW Branch Group Annual Meeting, afterwards possibly
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
Tuesday 8 March North Wales Railway
Circle 'Railways of Ontario' Chairman Brian Bollington shows a mix
slides and video he has taken of the railway scene in Ontario and
Quebec, Canada. Including main lines, short lines, preserved
with steam and museums. Due to Saint David's Day bookings this meeting
has been arranged for the second Tuesday of the month.
Thursday 10 March Llandudno
Society Alan Roberts:
Railway signalling in the Conwy/Llandudno area
Friday 11 March Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society
"A Photographic Tribute to Alan Gilbert. Steam on the main line in the
1950s and 60s" a digital presentation by Paul Shackcloth.
Saturday 12 March Railway and
Canal Historical Society North West Branch - The London &
Dublin Railway: Surveys & Parliamentary Influences by Derek Cobby
& Brian Dotson. Realisation of the inadequacy of the port of
Holyhead and the increasing pressure for improvements coincided with
the development of railways. Plans prepared for the Oxford,
Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway included a route from Worcester
to Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsular. Vignoles and Brunel
favoured developing Porth Dinllaen route rather than Holyhead which
would avoid crossing the Menai Straits. Vignoles direct route on
standard gauge to connect with the Grand Junction Railway did not
attract sufficient finance leaving Brunel's second broad gauge direct
scheme as an alternative to
developing the route to Holyhead.
Monday 14 March Wrexham
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.
Friday 25 March Great Western
Society NW Branch Railway Images, Thirty Miles around
Warrington, Barrie Rushton.
Monday 21 March RCTS:
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.
Friday 1 April Clwyd Railway
Circle Denbigh Film Club. Railway Enthusiasts Film Night. A night
nostalgia and fun with a selection of films old and new to end our
season in great style.
Tuesday 5 April North Wales Railway
Circle 'All Steamed Up' Mr Barry Wynne presents a selection of his
work from his vast catalogue of phtographs.
Friday 8 April Altrincham
Electric Railway Preservation Society "Steam in the North West of
England and Scotland in 1965" a digital presentation by Noel Coates.
Saturday 9 April Railway and
Canal Historical Society The Presidential Address: The LMS
School of Transport, Derby by Graham Wild. The speaker will tell
the fascinating story of the school. The talk starts with the reason
for the building and its location, moving on through a description of
the building to the successful fight to save it and subsequent
developments with what is now a
Monday 11 April 2016 Wrexham
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
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
Friday 29 April Great
Branch A tribute to Tom Lewis,
Railway cameraman 1947-1970, Paul Shackcloth.
Tuesday 3 May North Wales Railway
Circle AGM and Photographic Competition.
Thursday 12 May Llandudno and Conwy
Valley Railway Society Ray Bailey: Steam into
Charter Train Operators
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Compiled by Charlie