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  • Branch Line Society member Alan Absolom has kindly arranged a PRIVATE 'all available line' visit to the Mizens Railway, (MR p24) off Barrs Lane, Knaphill, near Woking, Surrey, GU21 2JW (SU 967 595). http://www.wokingminiaturerailwaysociety.com/ Note that the 'Highlander' line is not possible in the event of heavy rain. This is an intricate 7¼" gauge railway with a public run of...
    Paul Stewart 11 Sep
  • A special emailing to Branch Line subscribers with the news that just missed e-BLN 1287 (and e-BLN 1288 will be too late for it) that voting is now open in the 2017 RailStaff Awards and continues until Friday 8th September. We are delighted to advise that our Fixtures Secretary, Kev Adlam (on behalf of the Branch line Society) has made it on to the nominations list for the 2017...
    Paul Stewart 27 Aug
  • With apologies the correct date is Sunday 3rd September not 9th Wolverhampton & District Model Engineering Society, Sunday 3rd September at 11.00: (MR p23) 5/7¼" Baggeridge Country Park, Wombourne, DY3 4HB, (SO 899930). A comprehensive BLS private visit to cover the new (OP 28 May 2017) and much amended layout see https://goo.gl/y3rth4 even for those who have visited before. It...
    Paul Stewart 3 Aug
  • Wolverhampton & District Model Engineering Society, Sunday 9th September at 11.00: (MR p23) 5/7¼" Baggeridge Country Park, Wombourne, DY3 4HB, (SO 899930). A comprehensive BLS private visit to cover the new (OP 28 May 2017) and much amended layout see https://goo.gl/y3rth4 even for those who have visited before. It now extends to 1,400ft of ground level 7¼/5" track and 400ft of...
    Paul Stewart 3 Aug
  • I have just been advised via the railway that this event is for Masons only. The details were supplied for BLN 1283.333 by a local member in good faith and confirmed from the railway's Facebook page that it was happening.... https://www.facebook.com/events/233248253829045/ However, this information has turned out to be incorrect, it is by invitation only for Masons. PLEASE ADVISE...
    Paul Stewart 20 Jul
  • The local paper, the Daily Post, of 15 July reports that this heritage operation has closed and is seeking an alternative location. It is suggested that this is due to repeated vandalism (unconfirmed). http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/sudden-closure-one-north-wales-13336368 Next weekend 22-24 July was due to have been the railway's 5th anniversary gala, it is not...
    Paul Stewart 17 Jul
  • Just to advise that final confirmed times are awaited from Network Rail and e-tickets will be issued as soon as they are available. Please pass this message on to anyone else you know who is booked to travel, particularly those who don't use emails. Thank you - Paul Stewart, on behalf of Kev Adlam and the BLS Fixtures Team. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Paul Stewart 10 Jul
  • Taunton Model Engineers have been given notice to quit and the final public running day at their Creech St Michael site ground level layout next Saturday 8th July from 12.00-17.00; their elevated line at their Vivary Park site has running booked until continue until at least December but will be similarly affected. Please advise anyone you think might be interested. http://www...
    Paul Stewart 2 Jul
  • With huge thanks to East Midlands Trains and the Etches Park Depot team, the BLS is delighted to announce an exciting addition to the Pickering Paxman HST 'Railway Children' charity charter on Saturday 15 July 2017. Departing at an earlier estimated time of 05.30, our 8-car HST will be hauled from Derby station on to Etches Park Depot by 2 x Class 08 (both under power). EMT's own...
    Paul Stewart 29 Jun
  • The new date of our 'Southeastern Metrolander' charity railtour organised by Darren Garnon with Southeastern Trains is Saturday 23 September. The highlights of the tour include visits to: Slade Green Traction Maintenance Depot Grove Park shed Grove Park EMU berthing sidings Victoria Grosvenor Park carriage shed Dartford up / down carriage sidings Orpington carriage sidings...
    Paul Stewart 15 Jun