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'National Railway Societies'

Meetings and Events for February 2023 featuring:

- Branch Line Society

- Railway & Canal Historical Society

- Stephenson Locomotive Society


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BRANCH LINE SOCIETY has the following trips:

Saturday 11 February

Trip: The Wolf Hall Thunderer

Visiting a number of south-western branches that rarely see a locomotive hauled train. Featuring a number of sought-after loops and curves. Pick-ups at Derby, East Midlands Parkway, Leicester Kettering, Bedford, London St Pancras. Class 37 37403 operating top and tail with Class 50 50008 ‘Thunderer’.


Sunday 12 February

Trip: The Technical Cobra

Visiting unusual lines at three sought after locations, RTC Derby, Cobra Wakefield and Wakefield Europort. Class 37 37403 throughout. Pick ups at Derby, Chesterfield and Meadowhall.



RAILWAY & CANAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY has the following events:

Friday 3 February

Lecture: Trams to LRT. A presentation to be given by Matthew Searle

Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Rd, Beeston, Nottingham starting at 7pm.


Saturday 4 February

Lecture: The Stockton and Darlington Railway (Les Turnbull)

Venue: York Explore Library, Museum Street, York. Start 2.15pm


Saturday 11 February

AGM: North West Group AGM and Members Miscellany

Venue: 6 Mount Street, Manchester. Starts 2pm


Saturday 18 February

AGM & Lecture: West Midlands Group AGM followed by ‘Wellington Businessmen and the Railway’, by Neil Clarke

Venue: Birmingham & Midlands Institute, 3 Margaret Street, starts 2pm


Thursday 23 February

Walk. Godley to Apethorne Junction and Woodley. A walk (5 miles) led by Roger Brice, following the CLC line from Godley to Woodley with a short diversion (necessitated by access issues) along the towpath of the Lower Peak Forest Canal from Apethorne Aqueduct to Woodley. 11am to 3pm.


Thursday 23 February

Lecture: The Wilts & Berks Canal (Dave Maloney). Covering the history of the canal, opened in 1810 running 52 miles from the Kennet & Avon at Semington to the River Thames at Abingdon, its abandonment in 1914, the canal today, the restoration work being carried out and ultimate aims of the Canal Trust.

Venue: Royal British Legion, 8 Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA. Starts 7.30pm


Saturday 25 February

Zoom Presentation: The Exeter Canal, by Peter Cleasby. Starts 2pm

By Zoom


Monday 27 February

Quiz. ‘A Zoom Quiz Night’ hosted by Andy Brown. 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

By Zoom




STEPHENSON LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY has the following presentations:

Friday 3 February

SLS (Teeside, Middlesborough Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘Rails Across the North Riding Part 1’ given by Richard Barber

Venue: Newport Community Hub, St. Pauls Road, (Union Street) Middlesbrough, TS1 5NQ. Start time 7pm.


Wednesday 8 February

SLS Kendal (South Lakeland Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘Steam in the 60's in the North West’ given by David Fowler

Venue: Abbott Hall Social Centre, Dowker Lane, Kendall. Start time 7.15pm


Friday 10 February

SLS (Newcastle Centre)

Centre Annual General Meeting

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


Saturday 11 February

SLS (Midlands, Kidderminster Centre)

AGM: AGM followed by members presentations

Venue: Kidderminster Railway Museum (adjoining Seven Valley Railway station), DY10 1QX. Start time, 2pm.


Monday 13 February

SLS (Ayr Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘Bridging the Gap. Design & Construction of Railway Bridges’ given by Mr. Gregory Beecroft.

Venue: Lauriston Hotel, 15 South Crescent Road, Ardrossan, KA22 8EA. Start time 7.30pm.


Tuesday 14 February

SLS (London/Home Counties: Godalming Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘20 Years of SLS AGM Visits’ given by Brian Lewis

Venue: Scout & Guide Headquarters, Godalming. Start time 2.30pm.


Saturday 18 February

SLS (Manchester Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘Is the Tender Half-full or Half-empty?’ given by Dr. Robin Coombes

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Start time 2pm.


Tuesday 21 February

SLS (Teeside Centre)

Presentation: Entitled ‘North Yorkshire Moors Railway Update given by Chris Price (NYMR General Manager)

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

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