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'National Railway Societies'


Meetings and Events for SEPTEMBER 2023 featuring:

- Branch Line Society

- Historical Model Railway Society

- Inter City Railway Society

- Locomotive Club of Great Britain

- Railfuture

- Railway & Canal Historical Society

- Stephenson Locomotive Society


For Railway Correspondence and Travel Society go to and scroll down


BRANCH LINE SOCIETY has the following events:

Friday 1 September

Visit: Manea to Kings Dyke signal box visits

A visit to Manea, Stonea, March South Jn, March East Jn, Three Horse Shoes, Whittlesea and Kings Dyke signal boxes, all subject to on the day operational availability. Meeting point at Manea station at 10am.


Tuesday 5 September

Visit: Anglia Rail Operations Centre visit in Romford

Visit to the Anglia Rail Operations Centre (ROC) at Romford along with a visit to the RCC (Elizabeth Line) which is also located in the same building. Starts at 2.30pm.


Tuesday 26 September

Trip: ‘Pines Express’

Travelling from Leeds, Wakefield and Sheffield to Swanage and return, with scenic views across the Isle of Purbeck and of Corfe Castle. Features a CrossCountry HST with comfortable, air-conditioned Mark 3 coaching stock. This excursion is supplemented by a mini excursion from Swanage to Bournemouth and return, for which tickets should be purchased separately.


Tuesday 26 September


Trip: ‘The Bournemouth Belle’

Travelling from Swanage to Bournemouth and return, enjoy the scenic views across the Isle of Purbeck and of Corfe Castle.  Departs Swanage at 1.10pm returning at 3.45pm.



HISTORICAL MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY has the following events:


Saturday 23 September

Bristol Area Group Lecture: 2.30pm

Talk to be presented by Chris Youett

Venue: Saltford Hall, Wansdyke Room, Wedmore Road, Saltford BS31 3BY


Wednesday 27 September

Bletchley Area Group: Talk: 7.30pm

Talk: ‘The Wandering Great Northern - the GN from Boston to Stafford’ by Brian Sullivan

Venue: Whaddon Way Church Centre, Beaverbrook Court, Whaddon Way, Bletchley, MK3 7JS.


INTER CITY RAILWAY SOCIETY has the following event:

Saturday 9 September

Visit: Eastleigh Works

Arrive by 1.30pm at the latest to collect ticket then gather for safety briefing, prior to starting visit at 2pm. Access to most areas until 4.30pm and must be off site by 5pm.


RAILFUTURE has the following events and meetings:


Saturday 2 September


Railfuture ‘Bridge the Gap’ campaign stall at revived Lewes Societies Fair, under auspices of Friends of Lewes / Lewes Association for Restoration and Conservation. Venue: Lewes Town Hall, via Fisher Street access off High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QS. 10am to 1pm.


Thursday 7 September

Meeting with Guest Speaker

London & South East regional branch, Sussex & Coastway division meeting. Guest speakers from GTR / Southern about West Coastway timetable consultation.

Venue: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. Starts 4pm.


Tuesday 12 September

On-line Meeting

London & South East regional branch, Herts & Beds division meeting. 7.30pm to 8.30pm.


Wednesday 13 September

On-line Meeting

London & South East regional branch, Eastern division meeting. Starts 7pm.


Saturday 23 September


East Anglia open branch meeting. Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, 5 Upper Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EW. Starts 2pm.


LOCOMOTIVE CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN has the following presentations:

Tuesday 5 September

LCGB (Bedford branch)

‘Steam around Leeds and Bradford, and the North East, 1967-1971’ by Michael Smyth

Venue: St John's Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0DL.

Start time 7.30pm


Tuesday 12 September

LCGB (North London branch)

‘Scotland Part 1: On the route to The Kyle of Lochalsh’ by Ray Schofield

Venue: Keen House (the Model Railway Club), 4, Calshot Street, London N1 9DA.

Start time 2pm.


Wednesday 13 September

LCGB (Dorking branch)

‘The History & Mystery of the Milwaukee Road’ by Guy Hardy

Venue: Dorking Friends Meeting House, Butter Hill, South Street, Dorking, RH4 2LE.

Start time 7.30pm.


Thursday 14 September

LCGB (St. Albans branch)

‘A History of Carriages, Part One’ by Colin Brading

Venue: St Bartholomew's Church, 47 Vesta Avenue, St Albans, AL1 2PE

Start time 7.30pm.


Friday 15 September

LCGB (Central London branch)

‘Railways of Austria and Czechoslovakia’ by Terry Bagworth

Venue: Keen House (the Model Railway Club), 4, Calshot Street, London N1 9DA.

Start time 6.30pm.


Monday 25 September

LCGB (Brighton branch)

‘Bill & Brian: A Dip Into The Jackson Photographic Collection’ presented by Brian Jackson

Venue: Brighton Model Railway Club Room, London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place, BN1 4QS.

Start time 7.30pm


Tuesday 26 September

LCGB (North West branch)

‘My Life on the Railway’ by Frank Watson

Venue: Brighton Model Railway Club Room, London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place, BN1 4QS.

Start time 7.30pm

RAILWAY & CANAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY has the following events:

Friday 1 September

East Midlands Group - Social Event

Social event is to be held at The Victoria, 85 Dovecote Lane, Beeston, NG9 1JG. Chance for members to meet and enjoy a good meal, good ale and some stimulating chatter. 7pm to 9pm.


Friday 1 September to Wednesday 6 September

South West Group: Social Weekend: Visits & Walks

The 2023 AIA Annual Conference is based in Bath from 1st – 6th September and includes visits to Bristol Docks, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Somerset Coal Canal, the Clifon Rocks Railway, Warmley Signal Box, Brislington Tram Depot, Cotswold Airfield and the Science Museum Store at Wroughton.


Thursday 14 September

East Midlands Group – Walk

A Walk along the GNR north of Nottingham from Broomhill to east of Daybrook led by Sally Bramson. Meeting outside the booking office at Nottingham Station at 10:30 proceeding to the tram stop to catch the tram to Broomhill. The walk is considered easy and will be on mainly level ground with a mixture of cinder paths and tarmac. Distance approximately 5.5 miles. Return to Nottingham city centre by bus service 59.


Saturday 23 September to Monday 25 September

South West Group: Social Weekend: Visits & Walks

Walk along the Grand Western Canal between Sampford Peverell (near Tiverton Parkway station) and Tiverton, the Exeter Ship Canal, Topsham and Exmouth by bus, foot, ferry and train. Visit by train on the newly-opened Dartmoor Line (part of the ex-LSWR route to Plymouth) to Okehampton, walk along the Granite Way across the spectacular Meldon Viaduct


Thursday 28 September

North West Group - Walk

The Lower Douglas Navigation and the Rufford Branch Canal.

This walk covers the lower Douglas Navigation between Tarleton and the Ribble, and the Rufford canal between Tarleton and Spark Bridge (8A) near Rufford. The total distance walked will be around 5 miles. Meet at Preston Railway Station, Bus Stand A in time to board the 11:01 departure (bus #2 to Southport) for Hesketh Bank.


Saturday 30th September

National Event: Clinker Memorial Lecture: 2023

‘(Not So) Open Access’ delivered by John Nelson

Venue: Creative Centre, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX commencing at 2pm.

Free Event: All welcome!


STEPHENSON LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY has the following presentations:


Friday 8 September

SLS (Newcastle Centre)

Presentation: 1970s Travels with my camera, Trevor Ermel

Venue: Conference Room, 1st Floor, Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle. Start time, 7pm.


Saturday 9 September

SLS (Midlands, Kidderminster Centre)

Presentation: The 1923 Grouping by Robin Gibbons

Venue: Kidderminster Railway Museum (adjoining Seven Valley Railway station), DY10 1QX.

Start time, 2pm.


Tuesday 19 September

SLS (Teeside Centre)

Presentation: The Long Drag by Tony Metcalfe

Venue: Langdon Square Community Centre, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TF. Start time is 2pm.


Tuesday 26 September

SLS (Joint SLS Manchester Centre/ Newcomen Society meeting)

Venue: The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Eninge House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY.  Joint Meeting 18:30-20:00

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