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'National Railway Societies'


Meetings and Events for FEBRUARY 2024 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


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BRANCH LINE SOCIETY has the following events:

Friday 23 February

Event: Tour

‘Manchester Railway Architecture Tour’

Three icons of central Manchester, starting with (1) part of Manchester Piccadilly station undercroft, (2) Manchester Central’s main hall and (3) the Midland Hotel


Saturday 24 February

Event: Tour

‘Mountsorrel Heritage Centre Standard and Narrow-Gauge Railways’

A visit to this Heritage Site adjacent to the Mountsorrel Branch of the GCR, to encompass as much of the full Standard and Narrow Gauge layouts as is possible


HISTORICAL MODEL RAILWAY SOCIETY has the following events:


Thursday 8 February

Sussex Area Group: Talk

‘DCC and Layout Control - what I have done so far’

Presented by Phil Brice

Venue: London Road Station, Shaftesbury Place, Brighton

Starts 8.10pm


Saturday 24 February

Bristol Area Group

Zoom session. Details to follow on website.

Starts 2.30pm


Wednesday 28 February

Bletchley Area Group: Talk

‘Departmental & Engineering Trains’

Presented by David Elwyn

Starts 7.30pm



Next trips currently advertised are for March 2024


LOCOMOTIVE CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN has the following presentations:

Tuesday 6 February

LCGB (Bedford branch): Talk

‘Blue is the Colour’ (a Colour slide presentation)

Presented by Richard Crane

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

Start time 7.30pm


Tuesday 6 February

LCGB (North West branch)

‘The LCGB at the Red Lion’. Members' and visitors' digital photographs

Venue: The Red Lion Hotel, 9 Ash Brow (A5209), Newburgh, WN8 7NF

Start time 7.30pm


Thursday 8 February

LCGB (St. Albans branch): Talk

‘The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’

Presented by: TBA

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

Start time 7.30pm.


Tuesday 13 February

LCGB (North London branch): Talk

The H Clements & the Bryan Cross Collection Part 3 ‘Luton to Leighton Buzzard’

Presented by: Bryan Cross

Venue:  The Parish Room, St Michaels Church, Bounds Green Road, Wood Green, London, N22 8HE

Start time 2pm.


Wednesday 14 February

LCGB (Dorking branch): Talk

‘British Rail to Great British Railways’

Presented by Alex Green

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

Start time 7.30pm.


Friday 16 February

LCGB (Central London branch)

To be announced

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

Start time 6.30pm.


RAILFUTURE has the following meetings:


Thursday 1 February

Branch / Division: London & South East regional branch (Sussex & Coastway Division)

Event: Division Meeting (Online)

Starts 6pm.


Monday 12 February

Branch / Division: London & South East regional branch (Herts & Beds Division)

Event: Division Meeting (Online)

Starts 7.30pm


Tuesday 13 February

Branch: Yorkshire

Event: Open Meeting (Online)

Guest speaker: Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture's Policy Director

Starts 7pm


Saturday 17 February

Railfuture London & South East regional branch Kent Division

On line meeting

Starts 2pm


Monday 19 February

Branch / Division: London & South East regional branch (London Metro Division)

Event: Division Meeting (Online)

Starts 7pm


Saturday 24 February

Branch: East Anglia

Event: East Anglia AGM and open branch meeting

Venue: Friends Meeting House, St. John’s Street, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1SJ

Starts 2pm


RAILWAY & CANAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY has the following events:

Friday 2 February

East Midlands Group: Lecture

Joeys, Joshers & James - a Birmingham Canal Navigations Miscellany

Presented by Dave Clayton

Venue: Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1EH.

Time: 2pm


Saturday 3 February

North East Group: Zoom Presentation

Early Victorian Railway Excursions

Presented by Susan Major

Time: 2pm to 4pm


Saturday 10 February

South West Group: Lecture

Over the Mendips 1874-2024

Presented by Mike Beale

Venue: Masonic Hall, 99 Bath Road, Keynsham

Starts 10.30am


Saturday 10 February

North West Group: AGM

NW Group AGM and Members Miscellany

Venue: 6 Mount Street, Manchester

Starts 2pm


Thursday 15 February

South West Group: Lecture

‘The Structures of the Somerset Coal Canal‘

Presented by Derrick Hunt and Patrick Moss

Venue: Paulton Village Hall, Farrington Road, Paulton, BS39 7LW

Starts 7.30pm


Saturday 17 February

West Midlands Group: Regional Group AGM & Lecture

Development of Railways in the West Midlands

Presented by Ray Shill

Venue: Birmingham & Midlands Institute, 3 Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Time: 2pm to 4pm


Tuesday 20 February

London Group: Walk

Regents Canal Walk - Part 1 (West)

The walk goes west along the Regents Canal tow path (from near Gas Works Tunnel) to Marylebone Bridge, then through Regents Park ending at Marylebone Station (4 miles).

Time:  Meet at Kings Cross Railway Station (outside, under clock tower) at 11am for a 5-minute walk to the Regents Canal at Granary Square. Walking is easy, along well-maintained tow paths


Monday 26 February

London Group: Lecture

‘London Railways’

Presented by Jim Connor

Venue: Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street (5 minutes walk from Farringdon Station) London EC1M 6EL

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Thursday 29 February

North West Group: Walk

Exploring Abandoned Sections of the Rochdale Canal, including the Heywood Branch Canal

A walk from Rochdale to Heywood, of approximately 4.5 miles led by Mark Jones.

The walk explores three lost reaches of the Rochdale canal, in and around Rochdale. First, view the site of the Rochdale Branch canal, with the Richard Street Basin buried under retail premises but good remains to be seen to the south of the railway bridge. After lunch view the section blocked by the M62 and the new route just to the east. Finally, explore as much as possible of the Heywood Branch Canal, little used after the 1930s and formally abandoned in 1952

Time: Meet at Rochdale Station at 1050am.


STEPHENSON LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY has the following presentations:


Friday 9 February

SLS (Newcastle Centre)

Event: Centre AGM and Members Evening

Venue: Conference Room, 1st Floor, Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle.

Start time, 7pm.

Saturday 10 February 
SLS (Midlands, Kidderminster Centre)
Event: Centre AGM and Members Presentations
Venue: Kidderminster Railway Museum, Kidderminster DY10 1QX
Start time, 2pm.

Saturday 17 February

SLS (Manchester Centre)

Presentation: ‘Around the UK in Classic Railway Posters’

Presented by Jane Ellis

Venue: The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester.

Starts 2pm


Tuesday 20 February

SLS (Teeside Centre - Coulby Newham)

Presentation: ‘One man's view of the East Coast Main Line in 1961’

Presented by Malcolm Paul

Venue: Langdon Square Community Centre, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TF

Start time is 2pm.


Tuesday 27 February

SLS (Manchester Centre joint meeting with Newcomen Society): Presentation

‘Going Underground: Tunnelling on the Liverpool to Manchester Railway’

Presented by Anthony Dawson and Eric Shenton

Venue: The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Charlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY

Starts 6.30pm to 8pm

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