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Page Last Updated on 08 November 2018 at 12.00


Great Central Railway (Ruddington)

Saturday 17th November 2018

The Screaming Valentas.

A special, low-cost railtour with a difference as BLS partner with 125 Group and East Midlands Trains (EMT) to take a newly refurbished EMT (ex-Grand Central) six coach HST set from Derby to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), using the connection off the mainline at Loughborough South Jn. Traction is expected to be two EMT buffer fitted powercars as far as Ruddington, where one EMT power car will be removed in favour of 125 Group operated prototype powercar, preserved, 41001.

First Class passengers will benefit from inclusive hot drinks, light snacks, and free Wi-Fi whilst a range of drinks and light refreshments will be available to purchase from the Buffet Car, including a choice of real ales. The charter will be raising funds for 125 Group in support of their recently launched HST Depot Appeal. See 125 Group for details. A 125 Group and Branch Line Society sales stand will be provided, with iconic industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange on hand to autograph your souvenirs and memorabilia. As usual, a charity raffle will take place with some fantastic prizes on offer.

Timings and routing are provisional and now submitted to Network Rail for validation: Derby P6 (pick up 08.29) – Chaddesden Sidings (carriage roads 1, 3 or 4 requested) (reverse) – Pilot Line – Derby P7/service platform – Pilot Line – Loughborough South Jn (reverse) – Rushcliffe Up Platform – 50 Steps (reverse) – Ruddington Fields P1.

Whilst at GCR(N) a number of unusual moves are planned to include Ruddington Relief Road, Rushcliffe Up Loop in full including use of Rushcliffe bay platform, both sides of 50 Steps Loop and both main platforms at Rushcliffe Halt.

Ruddington Fields P1 – 28 Points (reverse) – Ruddington Fields P2 (reverse) – 50 Steps (reverse) - Loughborough South Jn – Leicester Up & Dn Slow – Knighton Jn (reverse) – Leicester P1 (set down - time:TBC) – Up & Dn Goods (Humberstone Road) – Toton High Level Goods – Ilkeston Jn (reverse) – Toton Centre - Derby P5 (set down 18.38).

FARES: Standard Class £41.01, First Class £62.00.

Accompanied under 18s benefit from a £20.00 reduction in all fares. Please note that we are unable to accept bookings from under 18s unless accompanied by an adult.

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West Coast Railway Company

Saturday 8th December 2018

Carnforth Charity Charter Cracker - Saturday 8th December 2018

10.30 & 12.00 (two identical trips): West Coast Railways (WCR) with BLS and PLEG are delighted to announce a rare Track & Traction event at WCR's Carnforth base. This is raising money for The Brooke Hospital for Animals and also
Compassion in World Farming

Max 64 participants per trip in a TSO; 03196 and 08485 will operate 'top & tail' for about 60 minutes.

A condition of site entry is that participants must follow stewards' instructions and, although photography for personal use is permitted, no images may be shared on social media, Flickr etc or published in the railway press or otherwise.

Subject to line availability, (which should be better than usual as three trains are due out)/operational constraints, the train will cover as many tracks as safely available in 60 mins.

These trips are now full - Thank you for your interest.


Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway

Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December 2018

NS690 [625 EE2122/56] is booked out working passenger trains this weekend.

Fares TBA.

The event will run from 11am - 4pm.

There will be a buffet car on all trains.

Free site access and parking including access to heritage centre and main shed.


Swanage Railway

Friday 28th December 2018

A mixed gala will take place today.


Bo'ness Railway

Saturday 29th December 2018

A diesel gala will take place today.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December 2018

A 'Winter Warmer' gala will take place this weekend.

In use should be D8137 37215 D6948 45149 and a teapot.

The 20 and 45 will be top and tailing (and occasionally double heading) with teapots.

The 37s will be top and tail on one set of stock (with a double head run also in the mixer).

Busy passenger service based on our Green timetable with opportunities for double-heading and top-and-tail working.

Trains running the full length of the line between Broadway and Cheltenham Race Course Station.

Approximately 28 mile round trip along the stunning Cotswolds countryside.

Buffet cars.

Shops at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course Stations.

Flag and Whistle Cafe at Toddington Station.

Coffee Pot Tea Room at Winchcombe Station.

Day rovers will cost: Adults £18.00, Seniors £17.00, Children £8.00, Family (2 + 3) £48.00, Dogs £2.00. Advance Rovers


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Saturday 30th December 2018

A mixed event will take place today.


Great Central Railway

Sunday 31st December 2018

A 'Welcome in the new year' event will take place tonight.

D5830 will be at the Leicester end and an as yet unknown kettle will be at the Loughborough end.

Departures from Loughborough are 19:00, 20:25, 21:55 and 23:20. The last train will arrive at Leicester North at 23:50 to see in the new year in before returning to Loughborough. Arrival into Loughborough on the last trip is 00:43 on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

A griddle car will be available on the train serving a variety of hot and cold refreshments.