This page lists locations where either ICRS is organising Member only visits, attending Preservation Railway Galas with our sales stand or similarly attending Open Days organised by Railway Operating Companies to sell our books and attract new members. Recent (post 2009) Member only visits and Open Days are also listed.
The info and dates provided below should be the very latest (as long as I remember to update them) and may therefore be different from TRACKS which by its nature can only be updated once a month.
To make general enquiries please email email@example.com but do not use this for booking
Reports of events featured in TRACKS can be accessed by clicking the date links but
please note this does not include any in the last 12 months issues
Most visits are organised by volunteers from the companies so please treat them with respect, likewise any ICRS official in control on the day.
Health: Please be aware most visits require a lot of walking on rough ground having possibly already walked to the venue. If you have health or mobility issues, then it is recommended you do not book. We continue to have incidents at different venues and other than an accident, if our host has to deal with a known health condition or you are too slow it will impact our ability to arrange future visits as Health & Safety issues are taken seriously by the companies.
With the average age of our membership at 65, ideally it would be preferable that visit participants should be vaccinated against Covid 19, but whatever your vaccination status, to protect others please do not attend if you feel ill on the day.
Booking: DO NOT TRY TO BOOK UNTIL VISIT IS SHOWN AS OPEN FOR BOOKING. Unless shown otherwise all visits are unlimited so there is no need to pre-book in advance. Where places are limited, the number of places still available is shown in brackets after the date of the visit. Where there are limited places the visits will be advertised as practicably as possible in TRACKS and on the website simultaneously as the pdf is sent out. Sadly however, members who do not have internet access or email will be disadvantaged but there is no other way (see advice in TRACKS)
Bookings should be made to Christine, contact details are on p2 in TRACKS (note if you phone you will most likely get Trevor). Clearly state your name, membership number, and importantly a contact telephone number. Note we cannot accept bookings by letter only, as there is no way to quickly contact you if plans are amended at short notice.
Please note your booking will not be confirmed if you do not provide full details. With limited places this may mean you miss out as a later booking correctly submitted will take precedence. As volunteers we should not have to chase you up wasting our time if you fail to provide details. It is seconds of your time to get it right. Checking the membership database doesn't always help as it also seems we then find members have not told us about changed telephone numbers or email addresses.
Delay in travelling notwithstanding, please note that there is no excuse for booking then not notifying us you cannot then attend. As with events where numbers need to be accurately known by the hosts for a tour, food or room capacity this is not acceptable. We have tried to ease the official’s organising burden and saving you money in postage by allowing members to pay on the day, but this can be abused as it can be then seen as nothing to lose if you can’t be bothered to turn up. It may also prevent your place being offered to someone else. Conversely where numbers permit, we will allow applications right up to the day to be as flexible as possible but do this by phone only as officials will be travelling to the event.
Visit Payments: Unless shown otherwise payment is cash on the day so please try to bring exact cash. Due to problems with cancellations and members not confirming during 2022, some events will change to payment up front ideally via BACS, possibly with a non-refundable part. When you pay by BACS then use the correct Ref code as shown, NOTHING ELSE please. If the visit requires payment in advance, PLEASE pay asap after your confirmation of booking or you will lose your place.
Clothing: Hi-viz vests are normally required and they can be either orange or yellow though for some visits vests are not required. Please do not wear shorts. Sturdy shoes are essential and safety ones if required, as most visits involve walking on rough ground. Currently only WCR Carnforth require the wearing of a bump cap / hard hat.
If required for the visit, Hi-viz vests and bump caps can be bought from Trevor who will be at most events. Ideally let him know in advance of your requirements.
VISITS WHERE BOOKING IS OPEN: (see above for conditions) Contact: Christine (see TRACKS for details)
ELR (Bury) - two visits limited to 20 places (reserve list in operation)
Sat 7th Oct (orig 23/09): NOTE CHANGE OF DATE - FULL.
Sat 4th Nov FULL
Cost £20. Start 9.30, duration 2 hours. Meet 09.15 at Baron Street Works, parking inside yard on left adj the Loco Works. DO NOT park on the road unless waiting to enter yard. This is just south of Bury town centre off the A56. Turn first into Manchester Old Road then into Baron Street which is a dead end leading across the tracks to a School. (Postcode: BL9 0TY, Map Ref: SD 80031 10206). Bury Metrolink stop is a 10 min walk, cross the A58 ring road into Knowsley Street which leads to the A56 / Old Manchester Road junction. Hi-viz jacket / vest required.
West Coast Railways, Carnforth All visits CANCELLED by WCR until further notice
PROPOSED VISITS: none
DRS Carlisle Kingmoor - CANCELLED changing to biennial so next event 2024
West Coast (South) Control and New Street PSB - Sat 28th Apr 2011 (May 2011)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 27th Oct 2012 (Dec 2011)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 15th Mar 2012 (Apr 2012)
Nene Valley Railway (AGM) - Sat 13th Apr 2013 (May 2013)
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 13th Jul 2013 (Aug 2013)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 26th Apr 2014 (May 2014)
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 18th Oct 2014 (Nov 2014)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 15th Nov 2014 (Dec 2014)
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 2nd May 2015 (Jun 2015)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 6th Jun 2015 (Jul 2015)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 25th Jul 2015 (Aug 2015)
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 28th Nov 2015 (Dec 2015)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 12th Dec 2015 (Jan 2016)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 5th Mar 2016 (Apr 2016)
Locomotion, Shildon (AGM) - Sat 9th Apr 2016 (May 2016)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 4th Jun 2016 (Jul 2016)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 8th Apr 2017 (May 2017)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 9th Sep 2017 (Sep / Oct 2017)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 21st Apr 2018 (May / Jun 2018)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 11th Aug 2018 (stock list available on request, Members only)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 8th Sep 2018 (Oct 2018)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 13th Oct 2018
WCR Carnforth - Sat 26th Jan 2019 (stock list available on request, Members only)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 6th Apr 2019 (May 2019)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 11th May 2019 (stock list available on request, Members only)
Long Marston - Sat 15th Jun 2019 (Jul 2019)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 10th Aug 2019
Eastleigh Works - Sat 14th Sep 2019 (Oct 2019)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 5th Oct 2019 (Oct 2019)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 25th Jan 2020 (stock list available on request, Members only)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 11th Sep 2021 (stock list available on request, Members only)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 2nd Oct 2021 (Oct 2021)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 16th Oct 2021 (stock list available on request, Members only)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 19th Mar 2022
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 9th Apr 2022 (May 2022)
Andrew Briddon Collection, Darley Dale - Sun 10th Apr 2022 (May 2022)
Andrew Goodman, Wishaw - Sun 8th May 2022 (Jun 2022)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 18th Jun 2022
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sun 26th Jun 2022 (Jul 2022)
Scunthorpe Steelworks / ARPS - Sun 10th Jul 2022 (Aug 2022)
KWV - Fri 19th Aug 2022 (Sep 2022)
ELR - Sat 20th Aug 2022 (Sep 2022)
Eastleigh Works - Sat 10th Sep 2022 (Oct 2022)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 8th Oct 2022 (stock list available on request, Members only)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 29th Oct 2022 (Jan 2023)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 21st Jan 2023 (stock list available on request, Members only)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM) - Sat 1st Apr 2023 (Apr 2023)
Andrew Briddon Collection, Darley Dale - Sun 2nd Apr 2023 (Apr 2023)
Heritage Shunters Trust, Rowsley South (HST) - Sun 2nd Apr 2023 (Apr 2023)
WCR Carnforth - Sat 15th Apr 2023 (stock list available on request, Members only)
Long Marston - Fri 19th May 2023 (Jun 2023)
RSS Wishaw - Sun 21st May (Jun 2023)
ELR - Sat 3rd Jun 2023 (Jun 2023)
FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 10th Jun 2023 (Jun 2023)
BS Scunthorpe / AFR - Sun 9th Jul 2023 (Aug 2023)
Fawley Hill Rly Museum - Sun 23rd July 2023 (Aug 2023)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot - Sat 11th Jul 2008 (Sep 2008)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot -, Sat 10th Jul 2010 (Aug 2010)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot - Sat 16th Jul 2011 (Aug 2011)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 18th Aug 2012 (Sep 2012)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot -Sat 17th Aug 2013 (Sep 2013)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 19th Jul 2014 (Aug 2014)
Derby Etches Park 175th Anniversary - Sat 13th Sep 2014 (Oct 2014)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot - Sat 18th Jul 2015 (Aug 2015)
Bristol St Philips Marsh - Mon 4th May 2016 (Jun 2016)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 23rd Jul 2016 (Aug 2016)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot - Sat 22nd Jul 2017 (Jul / Aug 2017)
OOC111 - Sat 2nd Sep 2017 (Sep / Oct 2017)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 21st Jul 2018 (Jul / Aug 2018)
LSL, Crewe - Sat 8th Jun 2019 (Jul 2019)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot - Sat 20th Jul 2019 (Aug 2019)
DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot - Sat 16th Jul 2022 (Aug 2022)
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