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Page Last Updated on 20 September 2018 at 15.00


Bodmin Steam Railway

Friday 21st September and Saturday 22nd September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Expected to be working from the home fleet are 33110 37142 50042

Additionally 67xxx should be be visiting (strong rumours of 67028)

New for 2018: we’re delighted to be hosting the Steamer’s Real Ale bar as part of the Diesel Gala this year. A popular fixture at our Steam Galas, they’ll be bringing a splendid selection of Real Ales along and setting up the bar on the platform for the two days of the Gala. Make sure you stop by for a pint or two! The bar will be open 10am to 11pm on both Friday and Saturday (they’ll also be open on the Sunday following the Gala too).

On Friday evening we’ll be running freight trains with brake vans including a fish and chip supper – perfect to be enjoyed with a pint or two from our Real Ale Bar. Tickets for this should be booked separately at £10 each.

Saturday will start with a bookable freight photo charter (£12.50) with our class 50.

There are a limited number of slots available over the Gala for light engine driver experiences. These cost £50 per person and should be booked in advance. These always prove popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. More information here Driver Experience

Make sure you allow time for a stop at our Bodmin General or Bodmin Parkway cafes to refuel - Engine Drivers Breakfasts and a selection of Breakfast Baps available, including to take away. Our café at Bodmin General will stay open late on Saturday 22nd whilst the gala timetable continues with Bubblecar runs into the evening.

Buy Gala tickets for travel on the day from the booking office at Bodmin General, or with cash from the ticket inspector on the train. Pay once and travel all day, or take advantage of a discounted two-day ticket and join us for the whole Gala.
Day tickets: Adult:£15, Senior:£14, Child: £7 (Under 3s FREE), Dogs: £1.
Two-day tickets: Adult: £25, Senior: £23, Child: £11.50 (Under 3s FREE), Dogs: £1. Inclusive Devon and Cornwall through ticketing also available with a on the day supplement.

Tickets for the following extras should be pre-booked in advance of the event on 01208 73555 or online: Friday night Fish, Chips & Freight: £10, Saturday Morning Freight Photo Charter: £12.50 Light Engine Driver Experiences: £50 or on the BWR website

pdfFriday's Roster

pdfSaturday's Roster


East Lancs Railway

Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

D9537 D7629 33109 40012 40145 D832 45108 D1501 47765 50015 56006 should be in action.

doc Online and On the day fares

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pdf Roster


North Tyneside Steam Railway/Stephenson Railway Museum

Sunday 23rd September 2018

The diesel gala will not now take place this Sunday.

CIC No.10 will not be available for service and due to other commitments, there are no volunteers available to drive the O3.

The normal service will operate (11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm) hauled by a diesel shunter.

The Waggonway Tea Room will be open, serving a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and tray bakes.


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Friday 28th September until Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

03197 and 03399 will be visiting.

Home fleet D2554 and D2059 should also be in use.

The three Class 03 shunters will be working passenger stock during the day. So it will be one Class 03 on the bogie set, one Class 03 on the 4 wheeled set and one Class 03 on the brakevan shuttles. This Class 03 will be replaced by the Class 05 in the afternoon.

For the first time ever we have managed to arrange a pre service trip along the whole length of the line conveying visitors in our 3 brakevans . There will be a separate fare for this and there are very limited spaces. This will happen on all 3 days. Departure time from Havenstreet is 09:01 and Smallbrook 09:37 which will connect into Island line trains with special stops. Pre booking is advisable. Tickets now on sale for the Havenstreet-Smallbrook-Wootton -Havenstreet brake van run. Just one a day numbers are limited as we only have 3 vans. Ticket includes an all day rover and costs £30. Call 01983 882204 for more details and bookings or book online below.

On the day rovers will cost: Adults £13.00, Children £6.50, Family £32.50, Infant FREE. Prebooked rovers will cost: Adults £11.50, Children £6.00, Family £29, Infant FREE. Prebooking is now available for advance rovers, brake van rides and dog tickets!
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We hope this year to have some of our on track machines on display in an accessible area. The Wickham and Permaquip "LaLa" have been requested.

The Train Story Discovery Centre will be open as will the Refreshment Room and Railway Shop.

There will be a Real ale bar in the marquee on the Show Field and food will be served throughout the event.

pdf Roster


Aln Valley Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.

12088 probably won't be ready in time for this event.

Lionheart Station site open with coach rides behind diesel and steam locomotive.

Buffet Stop Cafe, museum, shop, model railway and rolling stock shed open.

Unlimited ride tickets.

Free Parking.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

47367 and 47596 are confirmed for the gala.

RMS locotec 08847 and 08754 will work two return trips from Dereham to Worthing on stock on both days.

Diesel Multiple Unit 5-car formations running using 101695/836.

Intensive timetables.

Worthing - Wymondham mainline boundary milage buster trips.

Fares are now confirmed as; Adult £15, Child £4, Family £30, Concession £15, Members £10, Cycles/Dogs £1. Tickets are valid on all services on the date of validity.

pdf Saturday's Roster

pdf Sunday's Roster


Vintage Trains/Tyseley

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

According to the VT magazine 08021 will be working trains on the above dates.

There is nothing on the website however and punters are advised to check before travelling but hopefully more gen will be forthcoming before then.

Thanks to LN for the gen.


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 29th December 2018

Llangollen Shunter Shuttle - Saturday 29th September 2018

A joint fixture with Llangollen Diesel Group and PLEG departing at 12.15; an unusual opportunity to enjoy a brakevan ride behind 08195 as part of the Diesel Day. Route: Llangollen station, past Goods Jn ground frame to Pentre Carriage & Wagon Works gates. Then running via Fford Jn up the incline to Llangollen Yard Diesel Road before returning to the station.

£12 per head, £6 for accompanied under 18s. More about the Diesel Weekend

There is the option of upgrading your Shunter Shuttle ticket to a one day rover on the day.

The Saturday 12:15 brakevan ride bookable via the BLS website is now FULL. Thank you to those who booked. To those who are interested but missed out - as stated below: Places on the 15:00 and 16:00 and all Sunday workings are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis onsite, on the day. As per last year, the crew will try and run a list of spaces on each working that people can put their name down for on each day. Apologies for the limited capacity, but we only have two fitted vans available and one must carry a guard without passengers present.


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Home fleet 08195 6940 1566 should be out.

D5310 is out of service due to a traction motor fault. Repairs are unfortunately looking likely to take a while.

Visiting from the CVR will be 33102 which should also do driver experience.

Friday 28th should see 33102 on the scheduled 3 trip timetable in place of the rostered DMU to extend the event (thanks to the LR Railcar Group for supporting this).

The cart (104/108) should also do a few turns.

There will be an on-train bar on the Saturday evening workings.

£15 mini-driver experience hopefully using 33102 light engine while the train lays over at Glyndyfrdwy. Priority for places on this will be given to ticket holders.

Shunter shuttles will feature. Places on the shunter shuttle will be limited. Arrangements will be as last year - allocated on a first-come first served basis to ticket-holders on the day via a list made by the train crew. You can also book an advanced place online exclusively through the guys at PLEG (not yet set up). Shuttle tickets can be upgraded to day rovers on the day if you wish.

Day Rovers will cost: Adults £18.15, Senior £16.00, Children £10.60. Family tickets and two-day rovers also available.

pdf Roster


Ribblesdale Cement Works

Sunday 30th September 2018

Thanks to Hanson Cement Ribblesdale (part of Heidelberg Cement), identical 'all available lines' tours of the branch railway at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00 & 13.00, each limited to 50 participants, in our Society mess van 'Molly' and lasting about 45 minutes.

Using a temporary platform, these cover the entire railway system, to the NR boundary near the Blackburn to Hellifield line, both siding roads and the loco shed road. Operated by volunteers and Hanson staff, the onsite locos GECT 0-6-0DH 5396 and 5401 of 1975 in 'top & tail' formation.

Cost: £45; Under 18 £22.50 - all Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. PLEG members same price as BLS members. Enter your PLEG number in the box when booking on the BLS website. Book Here

Includes souvenir ticket, stocklist & map. All profits will be distributed to Hanson's nominated charities. This tour is expected to fill rapidly.


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 4th October until Saturday 6th October 2018

A Class 50 event will take place this weekend.

In use on passenger should be 50007 50008 50015 50017 50026* 50031 50033* 50035 50044* 50049 50050 *=subject to completion of repairs.

Intensive operation of Class 50 hauled services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with local services between Kidderminster and Bewdley too.

Kidderminster Diesel Depot open on Friday and Saturday.

Commemorative merchandise.

Thursday evening social at Kidderminster Station.

Class 50 hauled ballast trains.

Display of Class 50 models, memorabilia, sales stands and lots more.

All fares are displayed in this downloadable table pdf Fares & Rovers You can also book online Book Here

pdf Timetable


Dartmouth Steam Railway

Saturday 6th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this Saturday.

Home fleet 25185 should also be out as well as various teapots.

37275 should be visiting from the SDR.


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Six of the GWR home fleet will be out each day with 3 sets of stock plus the 3 car DMU being used as a 4th set of stock.

Locos in operation should be: D8137 D5343 D6948 37215 45149 47376

Both days feature an intensive timetable with 45 minute interval departures from Toddington, Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse so plenty of miles on offer.

First trains are as follows: 1000 Toddington - Broadway (train starts at Winchcombe), 1015 Toddington - Cheltenham Spa, 1030 Broadway - Cheltenham, 1025 Cheltenham - Broadway.

Normal fares will apply for this event so a day rover will be £17 in advance or £18 on the day.

Ample parking space is available.

Hot food on sale all weekend.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 12th October until Sunday 14th October 2018

A celebration of diesel traction will be celebrated at this diesel gala.

Home fleet TBC but at least 31271 will be out.

Visiting will be 20059 31162 50008 50015 with others TBC.

Kof shunter will be on passenger trains and a unique opportunity to travel on the TASC Machine.

Friday will see just see 31162 31271 operating.

Intensive timetable and services.

Licensed Buffet Cars on all trains.

Ale on Rail.

Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30,

Wansford Gift Shop and Second-Hand Bookshop open all weekend.

Brake Van rides from Wansford to Yarwell.

Trade Stands.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 19th October until Sunday 21st October 2018

A diesel gala and the annual CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival will take place this weekend.

Home fleet TBC.

Visiting will be 31430 and it will be the last run of D7612 before returning home to the SDR.


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Saturday 27th October and Sunday 28th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


South Devon Railway

Friday 2nd November until Sunday 4th November 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway (Ruddington)

Friday 2nd November until Sunday 4th 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 this weekend.


Bo'ness Railway

Saturday 29th December 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December 2018

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


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Saturday 30th December 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.