Branch Line Society

A guide to all of their charter train services.

October 2016

Oct 7. 2 X 47/37 (WCR). ‘The Cliffe Hopper’. Crewe Kidsgrove – Grange Jn – Up Goods Line – Stoke-on Trent – Cliffe Vale Imerys – Stoke-on-Trent – Stone – Yarnfield Junction – Little Bridgeford Junction – Stafford – Rickerscote 'Loop' – Wolverhampton – Portobello Junction – Darlaston Junction – Pleck Junction – Walsall – Pleck Junction – Walsall – Rugeley Power Station Junction to end of branch – Outlet Road – Rugeley Town– Rugeley Trent Valley – Stafford Trent Valley Junction – Stafford Royal Mail Terminal – Doxey Junction – Norton Bridge Junction – Yarnfield Junction – Sideway Junction – Stoke-on-Trent – Crewe.

August 2016

Aug 13. 165 (Chiltern). ‘Wycombe Wanderer’. Marylebone-Northolt Down Loop-West Ruislip Up Sidings-South Ruislip (RM)-West Ruislip Down Spur-High Wycombe P1 bay–Engineers Siding–High Wycombe P1 bay–Princes Risborough–Bicester Depot Goods Loop-Oxford Parkway-Banbury Road Sidings-Bicester South Junction-Bicester North Engineers Siding-High Wycombe- Marylebone.

Aug 29. 66/7 T&T (GBRF).‘A Tale of Two Ports’. Crewe–Stoke-on-Trent– Colwich– Lichfield Chord–Burton Up Goods–Derby-Ferrybridge North Jn-York–Darlington Down Bypass–Ferryhill–Norton-on-Tees East Jn*– Cliff House Down Goods Loop– Port of Sunderland beyond Network Rail boundary)–Ryhope Grange–Sunderland-Port of Tyne beyond Network Rail boundary-Pelaw Down Goods Loop-Newcastle-Sunderland-Hartlepool Up Main-Norton-on-Tees West Jn–York-Ferrybridge North Jn-Masborough Jn–Up Canklow Goods-Derby–Burton Down Goods-Lichfield Chord-Stoke-Crewe.

July 2016

July 2. 170 (TPE). ‘Turbo Prop Tracker’. Manchester Airport P4 (PU 18.10) – Longsight DGL – Mayfield Loop – Manchester Piccadilly P13 – Manchester Oxford Road P1 (PU 18.37) – Glazebrook DPL – Warrington Central (RM) – Warrington Central Carriage Sidings (RM) – Warrington Central (RM) – Manchester Oxford Road P2 (RM) – Trafford Park West Reversing Siding (RM) – Manchester Oxford Road P1 (RM) – Eccles UGL (RM) – Manchester Victoria P6 – Philips Park South Jn – Stalybridge (RM) – Gorton Dn Goods – Ardwick East Jn ( Up Line ) – Manchester Piccadilly (SD 21.23 / RM) – Longsight Up & Dn Goods – Manchester Airport P4 (SD 22.12)

July 3. 170 (TPE). ‘170 Farewell’. Manchester Airport P4 (PU 09.25) – Manchester Piccadilly (PU 09.48 / RM) – Guide Bridge Up & Dn Loop – Romiley – New Mills UGL – Chinley South Jn – Great Rocks – Buxton XYZ Up Relief Sidings (RM) – Great Rocks Dn & Up Through Siding – Chinley East Jn – Sheffield – Brightside Up & Dn Goods Loop – Kilnhurst Up Goods – Cadeby Up Goods – Doncaster 2 Way Goods – Adwick – Carcroft Jn – Skellow Jn – Hatfield & Stainforth – Barnetby Dn Goods – Grimsby Pasture Street Loop – Cleethorpes P3 (SD / RM) – Fuelling Apron (RM) – Cleethorpes P4 (RM) – Carriage Wash (RM) – Cleethorpes P3 (PU / RM) – Scunthorpe – Bentley Jn – Hexthorpe Jn – Sheffield – Hazel Grove P1 – Stockport Dn Goods – Manchester Piccadilly (SD 18.24).

June 2016

June 23. ‘Achilles Heel Trecker’. Crewe-Watford Junction

June 24/5. ‘Docklands Explorer’. London area overnight tour

May 2016

May 14. ‘GWR Tracker IV’. GW 158. Bristol Temple Meads-various Bristol area non-passenger lines-Severn Tunnel Goods-St Philips Marsh depot-Temple Meads. BLS

March 2016

March 6. 142. ‘Northern Powerhouse Pacer’. Manchester Piccy-Huddersfield-Leeds-and return via Depots and loops.

January 2016

Jan 23. 2 X 47 (WCR). ‘Ermintrude, Dougal and Florence Tracker’. Carnforth-Skipton-Doncaster-West Burton Power Station-Cleethorpes-Retford-Doncaster-Skipton-Carnforth.

July 2015

July 12. 319/4. ‘EMU Tracker’. Bedford-Luton-Blackfriars-Smithfield-Herne Hill and return via many non-passenger sections of track and sidings.

May 2015

May 23. 2 X 47 (WCR). ‘East Anglian tracker’. Norwich – Wensum Curve – Norwich Station Middle Siding (Detach 08) - Diss – Stowmarket – Ipswich Yard Up Goods – Colchester Up Goods – Gidea Park Up Electric - Ilford Depot – Ilford Up Pass Avoiding Line – Liverpool Street - Graham Road Curve – Canonbury Jn – Finsbury Park – Temple Mills – Stratford – Colchester Carriage Sidings Reception Road – Felixstowe Town – Bacon Factory Curve – Stowmarket – Diss - Norwich.

October 13th

2 x 37/47 (WCRC). ‘The BLS Hunterston Tracker’. Bo'ness-Linlithgow-Edinburgh-Craigendoran Loop-Hunterston Low Level-Barassie Loop-Shields Jct.-Bo'ness Junc. Manual Exchange Siding-Bo'ness.

October 27th

Class 47+57 (WCR). ‘The BLS Lowland Tracker’. Crewe-Derby-Beeston-High Marnham-Immingham-Lincoln avoiding line and return via many freight lines and loops.

April 19th 2015

April 19. 350/3 ‘S&C Desiro tracker’. Manchester Piccadilly-Manchester Oxford Road-Wigan North Western-Penrith-Carlisle-Kirkby Stephen-Blackburn and return.


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