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
Chester Meetings are held at The "Town Crier", Station
Chester CH1 3AE, commencing at 19.30. The pub is opposite the railway
Liverpool meetings are at Haig House Social Club (formerly
Royal British Legion), Woolton Road, Garston, L19 5NQ (approx. 50
metres from South Parkway station) 14.00 - 16.15
Both Society members and non-members are very welcome to attend
meetings. A donation of £2.00 is requested.
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.
This society disbanded in June 2016.
Last update 13 September 2016
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contained here, or for the cancellation of trains or events.
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including both steam and diesel tours.
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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Nov | Dec
Monday 19 September RCTS
Chester Barry Shore Diesel Diary - The Sixties. Barry lives
on the Wirral and his thoughtful presentations are always looked
forward to. He is a long standing Branch member.
Friday 30 September Great
Branch. Steam in Black and White. Peter Spilsbury.
Tuesday 4 October North
Wales Railway Circle Slate Railways of North Wales. David
Gwyn, industrial archaeologist, author of The Slate and other
publications and fireman on The Bala Lake Railway returns to The Vic by
popular demand with a further offering "New research on the slate
railways of North Wales 1796-1848"
Wednesday 5 October RCTS Liverpool
Stephen Gay - Railways in a Cornish Landscape. Stephen is from
Sheffield and a celebrated photographer. He returns to the Branch to
give one of his presentations based on his walking tours covering the
past and present railway scene.
Friday 7 October Clwyd Railway
Ron’s Wanderings for Main Line Steam. A collection of film clips
covering main line steam and preserved lines by Ron Watson-Jones
Thursday 13 October Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society 6 G - Fifty years by the
Monday 17 October RCTS
John Sloane: Sheds Part 2. John, from Parbold, is a member of the
Lancs & North West Branch and is also the LCGB North West Branch
Chairman. His nostalgic shed shots are accompanied by an insight into
how each shed operated.
Friday 28 October Great
Branch. Railway Personnel. Paul Shackcloth.
Tuesday 1 November North Wales Railway Circle
North Wales Steam Days and Early Diesels.
Prolific local railway photographer Barry Wynne presents a selection of
photographs from his vast archive that he took in steam days in North
Wales and also covers first generation diesels
Friday 4 November Clwyd Railway
Development of German Electric Locomotives. An illustrated description
of the principal designs from the Siemens Demonstrator of 1879 to the
latest members of the Eurosprinter & TRAXX families, covering their
inception, technical features and service history by Ian Mainprize
Thursday 10 November Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society AGM and Members
Monday 21 November RCTS
Revd. Canon Brian Arman: Railway Roundabout. Brian, the Society’s
President, is from Bristol and another man of the cloth who is a
railway enthusiast. His presentation starts and finishes in Gloucester
via Bristol, Bournemouth, London and Birmingham.
Friday 25 November Great Western Society
North West Branch. GW Steam in S. Wales and S West. Alf Storey
Friday 2 December Clwyd Railway
Members' Night & Christmas Celebration
Tuesday 6 December North
Wales Railway Circle
Christmas Bash. A free buffet is provided this evening and members are
invited to bring their own slides/digital pictures and videos to
Thursday 8 December Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society Christmas Social / An evening
with Norman Kneale
Wednesday 7 December RCTS
Liverpool Paul Wright: The 8D Association. Paul is Editor of the
Monday 19 December RCTS
John Hobbs: North Wales in Black & White.John lives in
and is well known for his presentations covering the final years of
steam in North Wales and around the north west. He is a member of the
Branch and is actively involved in railway preservation.
Tuesday 3 January North
Wales Railway Circle
Secretary’s Evening. North Wales Railway Circle Secretary, Peter
Hanahoe, presents a selection of his vast catalogue of photographs he
has taken on the international railway scene.
Friday 6 January Clwyd Railway
Circle The Ffestiniog Railway. A short
history featuring FR steam locomotives and a trip up the line using
photographs from the 60's onwards. By Geoff Coward
Thursday 12 January Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society My favourite memories of
preserved steam on the Coast by Ron Watson Jones
Monday 16 January RCTS
AGM - Followed by John Feild with a slide presentation Non-members are
welcome after 20.15 hours for John’s presentation which will
cover our Branch’s 2016 outdoor visits and other topical items. He is a
long standing RCTS member and now President of the Branch.
Friday 27 January Great
Branch. North of Preston Barrie Rushton
Wednesday 1 February RCTS
Mark Youdan. North West Railway Photography, 1995-2015. Mark, a Branch
member, is a Driver/Trainer for Arriva Rail North and held the same
position with Northern Trains.
Friday 3 February Clwyd Railway
Circle BR Steam - The Splendid Years
(1959-65 in B&W) Steam around the regions in the early 60’s by John
Tuesday 7 February North Wales Railway Circle
Birkenhead to The Coast. North Wales Railway Circle life member Ken
Owen entertains us with a selection of pictures starting in Birkenhead,
visiting his home town of Wrexham and traveling via his present home
Redhill to Eastbourne and Margate on the South Coast.
Thursday 9 February Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society Snowdon Mountain Railway, by
Monday 20 February RCTS
Fred Kirk: Leicester Area Steam Days. Fred, from Leicester, spent a lot
of his time bicycling around with his camera at the ready to various
locations on all the main lines within reasonable reach of his home.
Friday 24 February Great
Branch. Group AGM
Friday 3 March Clwyd
Railway Circle Amlwch Branch Line and Annual
General Meeting Chairman of the Lein Amlwch - Central Anglesey Railway
Company, Walter Glyn Davies will give a presentation on the
of the lines revival. The talk will be followed by the Annual General
Tuesday 7 March North
Wales Railway Circle The Abergele Accident. Tony
Griffiths gives a talk on the accident that occurred on 20th August
1868 at Abergele involving the Irish Mail and a part of a goods train
that was being shunted.
Thursday 9 March Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society ... And we run
trains too! Clare Britton (Ffestiniog Railway)
Monday 20 March RCTS
Paul Chancellor. A Colour-Rail Presentation. Paul, from
is owner of Colour-Rail and will highlight the work of many fine
railway photographers covering the better part of 70 years. He is also
the RO Editor for the ‘Preservation and Other Railways’ section.
Friday 31 March Great
Branch. (To be announced)
Tuesday 4 April North Wales Railway Circle
Bangor to Hong Kong by
Rail. Adam Fetherstonhaugh gives an account of his epic journey by rail
from Bangor to Hong Kong via Beijing and then on to Vietnam and
Wednesday 5 April RCTS
David Rapson. Railways - The Digital Effect David, who lives in
Connah's Quay, has worked on the railways for many years spending a lot
of his life in Control positions and now works for West Coast Railway
Company. He is also a Branch member and for those who read Rail Express
will be aware of his contributions.
Friday 7 April Clwyd Railway
Circle Railways of North Cheshire in
Early BR Days Being a Manchester lad, Russell Hatt was able to capture
the busy scenes around his home area.
Thursday 13 April Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society An evening with Barry &
Steve - BarryWynne and Steve Morris
Monday 24 April RCTS
George Jones : Onwards to Corwen.George lives in Wrexham and for
years has been an important publicist for the Llangollen Railway and
certain of its locomotives. He will cover the railway’s reinvigoration
of the line to Corwen and look at its future
Friday 28 April Great
Branch. (To be announced)
Tuesday 2 May North
Wales Railway Circle AGM and Annual Photographic
Competition. The Annual General Meeting of The North Wales
Circle will be followed by the annual photographic competition.
Members are invited to submit their work in three categories, prints,
slides and video. Video to be kept reasonably short, approx. 5
In line with Circle rules all work should have been taken in the last
Thursday 11 May Llandudno
& Conwy Valley Railway Society A tribute to the late
David Jones, by John Myers
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Compiled by Charlie