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 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
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 our
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 15 August 2015
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.
| Feb | Mar | Apr | May | June | July | Aug | Sep | Oct|
Nov | Dec
Sunday 16 August Stockport Railshow, Stockport station.
Sunday 16 August Excursion West Coast
Llanfairpwll, Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Flint,
Chester, Frodsham, Warrington, Preston, Lancaster & Oxenholme to
Tuesday 25 August Steam on the Coast. Railway
Company. Welsh Mountaineer. Preston - Blaenau Ffestiniog.
28-30 August. Bala Lake Railway: 'Winifred'
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
Wednesday 9 September Excursion West
Railways The Conway
Valley Explorer Via the Scenic Conway line (with Ffestiniog Railway
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
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
Friday 25 September. Great Western Society NW
Branch. P. Spilsbury. Steam
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:-
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
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:
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
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
Monday 16 November RCTS:
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.
November. Great Western Society NW
Branch. John Hobbs. A Black & White presentation, North Wales
Circular 1963 - 66 (Steam)
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
Monday 21 December RCTS:
Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. Arriva Trains
Wales. Last 10 years going forward with
Davies. This is an opportunity to hear about more about one of our
local Train Operating Companies from one of its locally based officers.
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:
Merseyside, Chester and North Wales Branch. BRANCH
A.G.M followed by Back to The 60s with
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.
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
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
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 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
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:
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 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
Thursday 12 May Llandudno and Conwy
Valley Railway Society Ray Bailey: Steam into
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