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Page Last Updated on 19th March 2019 at 09:00


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 23rd March and Sunday 24th March 2019

Saturday 10:30 Enterprise and NS663 out. NS663 return (Demonstration Freight) 11:15 Railbus 11:50 D2595 out and return. 12:50 D9539 and NS663 out. Enterprise and D9539 return. 13:40 D9539 out and return. 14:30 D2595 and D9539 out. D9539 and D2595 return. 15:20 Stanlow No.4 out. NS663 and Stanlow No.4 return. 16:10 Railbus

Sunday 10:30 Enterprise and D9539 out. D9539 return (Demonstration Freight) 11:15 Railbus 11:50 D2595 out and return. 12:50 D9539 and NS663 out. Enterprise and D9539 return. 13:40 D9539 out and return. 14:30 D2595 and D9539 out. D9539 and D2595 return. 15:20 Stanlow No.4 out. NS663 and Stanlow No.4 return. 16:10 Railbus

And 56090 is expected to work too (Sat Only) - more to follow!


Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

Saturday 30th March 2019

Train rides every 20 minutes with ex-Nederlandse Spoorwegen 690 (similar to a Class 11) hauling a Mk2 buffet and Sentinel 10222 hauling a brake van.

Services will run between 10:30 - 16:00. NS690 will work on stock in the 'morning' and the Industrial will work on a brake van in the 'afternoon'. Tickets cost £5/ea.


East Anglian Railway Museum

Sunday 31st March 2019

D2279 is due to be giving passenger rides on a brake van on this date and mothers travel free!


Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Friday 5th April until Sunday 7th April 2019

D8568, 31163 & 37227 should be working.

Depending on crewing levels 08825 or D3018 will be doing Brake Van rides from Princes Risborough Platform 4 to the end of Risborough South sidings (rare track).

The visitors should be 25262 , a GBRf 66/7 & a DRS 37

This will be the first gala to use the new mainline interchange.

The beers will be Loose Cannon’s Hop Back mountain 4.2% and Abingdon Bridge 4.1%. There will also be some cider on offer too along with some bottle ales.

Fares: In advance, Adult £12.50, Senior/Railcard holders £11.50, Child TBA. On the day, Adult £18.00, Senior/Railcard holders £15.00, Child TBA.

Timetables: -

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Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 5th April until Sunday 7th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

33202, 41001 & 50008 will be visiting. DRS will providing an, as yet, unspecified visitor

More details later.


Weardale Railway

Friday 12th April until Sunday 14th April 2019

31106, 31190, 31285, 31459 & 31465 are all expected to be working during the event

RMS will hopefully be providing an 08 and more visitors could still be added

More details later.


The Rossington Recycler

Saturday 13th April 2019

Branch Line Society and PLEG are delighted to announce to a rather special visit to the ECO Power Environmental site in Doncaster (the former Rossington colliery site). Using 08527 as our traction, hauling our mess van Molly (which can carry 50 passengers), the trips will cover all available lines of the recycling facility, including both loops adjacent to the East Coast Mainline through to the end of the siding. The trips will operate at 10.00, 11.15, 12.30 and 13.45 and will last approximately 45 minutes each. All profits will be donated to local good causes nominated by ECO Power Environmental. Please note the site is a strictly no smoking site and limited toilet facilities will be available. We are investigating provision of a mobile catering vehicle to provide hot drinks and light refreshments. It is planned to provide a complimentary bus shuttle from Doncaster station to the site and return, in conjunction with our friends from Black Prince Buses. Fare of £55 adult, £27.50 accompanied under 18s.

Book via the BLS website: https://www.branchline.uk/home.php


Great Central Railway

Saturday 13th April and Sunday 14th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

50017, D9537 are quoted as the first runners and riders. A Cl.66 is no longer expected.

More details later.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Friday 26th April until Sunday 28th April 2019

A Spring Diesel & Ale Bash will take place this weekend.

D9537, 31601, 33103 are expected to feature.

More details later.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April 2019

The Spring Diesel Gala will take place this weekend.

Locos confirmed so far are 20001, 25262, 31438, 37029 & 47635. DEMU 205205 will also operate.


Foxfield Railway

Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April 2019

A diesel gala & beer festival will take place this weekend.

33102 will be visiting. Home based industrials also be working.

More details later.


Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Friday 3rd May until Monday 6th May 2019

A diesel & mixed traffic gala will take place this weekend.

DRS X8 (Sat Only?), GBRf 2x73/1, 31163, 41001, 50031 & 50049 will be visiting.

50049 should be bringing in more locomotives and a set of air braked stock.

D32, D0226, 20031, 25059 & 37075 from the home fleet will be working.


Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Saturday 4th May 2019

PLEG/BLS The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter, Sat 4 May.

In conjunction with the BLS. A spring Society charter on the delightful Kent & East Sussex Railway. Formed of passenger stock (not brakevans) it will traverse the much requested Rolvenden Carriage Shed Road No2 and includes a full line return trip between Tenterden and Bodiam. Haulage interest is provided by the much sought after 08888 enjoying its first advertised run at the railway - or indeed anywhere ever? A 'Top & Tail' loco (D9504 expected) will assist with the reversals.

Requested route: Tenterden Town (approx 12.00) - Rolvenden - Wittersham Road - Northiam - Bodiam - Northiam - Wittersham Road - Rolvenden - Rolvenden Carriage Shed (Road No2 requested) - Rolvenden - Tenterden Town (approx 15.00).

Fare for all £20, Under 18s (must be accompanied by an adult) £10.

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Bookings via the BLS website


Churnet Valley Railway

Saturday 4th May until Monday 6th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

D3800, 33021 & 33102 will be working.

31271 is visiting.

Roster: -

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Didcot Railway Centre

Saturday 4th May until Monday 6th May 2019

A Heritage Diesel Day weekend will take place this weekend.

D9551 has been announced as visiting.


Swanage Railway

Thursday 9th May until Sunday 12th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

25185, 26007 & 44004 will be visiting.

Rumours abound that 37688, 40106 & 50007 or 50021 will also be joining the party on the south coast.

More details later.


Swindon and Cricklade Railway

Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

25185, 31163, 33108, 37688, 40106, 41001, 44004, 46010 & 55019 should be visiting.

Home fleet confirmed so far are D9551, D821, 50031, 50035, 50044, D1062.

Event Parking: Kidderminster - Station DY10 1QX, Harriers Football Club DY10 1NB, King Charles School DY10 1XA (Saturday & Sunday only).
Bewdley - Station DY12 1BG, High School (Saturday & Sunday only) DY12 1BL.
Bridgnorth - Station & overflow WV16 5DT (subject to dry weather conditions).

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More details later.


Heritage Shunter Trust at Peak Rail

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019

The Andrew Wilson Memorial Gala.

Eight locos from Bigga, D2953, D2854, D2205, D2284, 03113, D2139, 07001, D9525 & PWM654 will be allocated to work. When we have the final list we will update the list accordingly.

The HST have very generously offered a 25% discount to all PLEG members (therefore the Day Rover PLEG fare is £12 and the normal ticket price is £16, no single trip tickets will be available). The ticket price includes a special souvenir brochure. You will need to quote your PLEG membership number to receive the discount. The HST are kindly offering this discount because Brillo was a member of the PLEG Policy Group.

There will be a 45 minute lunch break scheduled for circa 13:00 and keenly-priced light refreshments will be available.

PLEG and the HST were Brillo’s passions so we are hoping that as many PLEG members as possible are able to enjoy this gala in his name.


West Somerset Railway

Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

A 40th Anniversary Weekend will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Dartmoor Railway

Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

An English Electric Gala Weekend will take place this weekend.

08937, 31285, 31452 and a Thumper should all be working

More details later.


North Norfolk Railway

Friday 14th June until Sunday 16th June 2019

A mixed traction gala will take place this weekend.

55009, 20227, added to the line up so far, more to come

More details later.


Fawley Hill Railway

Sunday 23rd June 2019

03120 will be working on this date. If you wish to attend you need to e-mail invitations@fawleymuseum.co.uk to book your place. You can not just rock up without a booking.


West Somerset Railway

Thursday 20th June until Sunday 23rd June 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday are diesel-only. Sunday is a mixed traction day

46010 will be attending.

More details later.


East Lancs Railway

Thursday 4th July until Saturday 6th July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


South Devon Railway

Friday 19th July until Sunday 21st July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Friday 26th July until Sunday 28th July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Locos advised so far are 20137, 24081, 26043, 37215, 37248, 45149, 47376 & 73129, plus 50035.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 2nd August until Sunday 4th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

D821 will be visiting. D3489, 31430, 33063, 33201 & 73140 are also expected to be working.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 10th August and Sunday 11th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Caledonian Railway

Saturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Great Central Railway

Friday 6th September until Sunday 8th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 13th September until Sunday 15th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend. D821 has been announced as the first visitor

More details later.


The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September 2019

We don't normally mention teapots but this gala weekend is expected to see all three ex-BR kettles in service at the same time. Poop Poop Poop!

More details later.


Churnet Valley Railway

Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September 2019

An anything goes gala will take place this weekend.

D3800, 33021 & 33102 will be working along with kettle(s).


East Lancs Railway

Saturday 21st September 2019

A Type 1-3 theme day will take place today.

More details later.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 3rd October until Saturday 5th October 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

50035 will be visiting

More details later.


Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 19th October and Sunday 20th October 2019

A beer festival and diesel event will take place this weekend.

More details later.