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Events:

Please READ all notes before booking. Please book with the correct person as shown. Many are incorrectly booking and it is annoying and time consuming having to redirect emails. Either send two emails or simply add both email addresses to your email if you must block book multiple visits

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 events@intercityrailwaysociety.org but do not use this for booking

STOP PRESS:
If you have booked on visits for later in the year PLEASE ensure you have renewed your Membership otherwise your booking will be cancelled
Further Basford Hall date added in Oct
Provisional venues added for our 2023 which will be our 50th Anniversary

Reports of events featured in TRACKS can be accessed by clicking the date links but
please note this does not include that the last 12 months issues.

ICRS Member Only Visits: 2022
Pre-requisite of booking is that you should be fully vaccinated for Covid (currently three jabs)

Over a frenetic couple of weeks, we have managed to put together a programme of events for 2022. In addition to those below we are trying to get a visit to Long Marston though we are not sure if visits will still be possible. Other venues or additional dates may well be added in due course, eg ELR.

Pandemic / Hygiene: With a still high rate of infection and transmission it is not the time for everyone to get blasé about Covid19 and assume it is ok to catch it. No-one knows the effects the virus can have on individuals and as the average age of members is 65, we are more vulnerable. Many members have underlying health issues and to feel safe we insist that all visit participants must be fully vaccinated up to whatever the current Government guidelines state, currently three jabs. This is our policy and for the foreseeable future also please remember to bring a mask as we may be asked to wear them and some may feel safer anyway doing so regardless of guidelines, which still vary throughout the UK. Good idea to bring hand sanitiser as well.

General Booking Conditions: Unless shown otherwise all visits are unlimited. Where limited places the number left is shown in brackets. Reserve lists in operation in the event of a fully booked visit

Bookings should be made as appropriate to either Tony Whitehead or Christine Field (Secretary).

PLEASE book with the right person as shown but if you must block book for multiple visits then add both their email addresses so both can individually reply. It is unacceptable for them to have to spend time forwarding emails. Contact details are on p2 in TRACKS

Clearly state your name, membership number, and importantly a contact telephone number. If it is for an event with multiple dates eg Carnforth then indicate your preference / availability for the dates shown. Email is best for Tony and he will respond asap. If telephoning Tony please do not call after 20.45 in the evening, as he will be in bed early as he has to be up for work at 04.30 each morning. Best time to ring is after 18.30 weekdays and weekends. Though Tony does not have an answerphone he will return your tel. call promptly if your number is recorded as a missed call, so don’t panic. Only if you consistently have any trouble contacting Tony or he hasn’t responded after several days then in the last resort contact Christine / Trevor. 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 no booking / confirmation will be taken if you do not provide full details. As volunteers, neither Tony, Chris or anyone else should have to chase you up if you fail to provide details. It is seconds of your time to get it right but can lead to wasted hours of ours chasing you up if you do not comply. 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. If we continue to see bookings cancelled for no good reason visit fees will be taken up front and be non-refundable.

Visit Payments: Payment is cash on the day, please try to bring exact cash.

Clothing: As shown alongside each visit. Stocks of Hi-viz and bump caps can be bought from Trevor.

West Coast Railways, Carnforth - Various 2022: Sat 6th Aug, Sat 8th Oct Both FULL
Places are limited to a max of 30 per visit (min 20) as it allows questions to be asked of our guide and prevents getting in each other’s way...well not too much !! Cost £25.
The tour will take approx. 3 to 3½ hours so if you are travelling by train please arrange your return accordingly. Needing to leave early can cause problems and we don’t want to risk future visits.
Entry will be at the main access off Jesson Way (Postcode: LA5 9UR, OS Grid Ref: SD 49128 70057) via the A6 and Crag Bank (mini-roundabout), this is the first bridge over the WCML 1.25 miles south of the station. Start: 10.30 so meet no later than 10.00 at the station (Postcode: LA5 9TR, OS Map Ref: SD 49713 70649) where fee will be taken and clothing bought if required. Those who have arrived by train will be ferried down to the entrance. It is a big site especially when you have gone up and down the various lines, requiring stepping over numerous tracks. Therefore, due to the terrain, distance and pace this visit is not advisable for anyone with mobility problems. However should anyone with mobility problems wish to go then transport can be provided within the site to access the main sheds where most of the locos can be seen.
Hi-viz jacket / vest, sturdy footwear and hard hat / bump cap required. All photos taken are for private use ONLY, no public display either online, in magazines or via social media.

FL Crewe Basford Hall Yard - Sat 29th Oct: BOOKING OPEN Apply to Tony (note later start time)
Places unlimited (currently 0 attending). Cost £15.

The 1 hour trip around Basford Hall Yard starts at 14.00 (meet no later than 13.45) from the main gate just off Gresty Road (Postcode: CW2 5AA, OS Map Ref: SJ 70989 53756) ¾ mile from the station. On foot turn left from the main station entrance onto Nantwich Road then first left  onto Gresty Road, pass Crewe Alexandra FC then left after ½ mile under the railway bridge opposite DRS Gresty Bridge Depot. Hi-viz jacket / vest required

Keighley & Worth Valley Rly (KWV) - Fri 19th Aug: BOOKING OPEN Apply to Christine
Max 20 (13). Cost £10. Tour of Haworth Shed / Workshop. Arrive at Haworth 11.45 for 12.00 start (Postcode: BD22 8NJ, OS Map Ref: SE 03476 37221) Other facilities to visit on the line are the free Museum at Oxenhope holding stock awaiting overhaul and Rail Story, two Museums at Ingrow West namely The Engine Shed (Bahamas Loco Society) and Carriage Shed (vintage Carriages Trust). Cost of the Rail Story museums is Adults - £5 and Concessions - £4. There is free car parking at Oxenhope, Ingrow West with a £3 charge at Howarth. There is P&D car parking at Keighley but not advisable as shared with mainline station so busy. If you book a rover ticket in advance you get free entry to the museums, Adult - £17, Concessions - £14.45. We have left it up to you how you visit the various facilities other than the shed as it was impossible to work out an easy route round by booking a train as on a Fri there are only four round services. If you are travelling by train then the first KWV service from Keighley is at 10.50 arriving into Haworth at 11.10. If you are coming by car but then book a rover you can park at Oxenhope and there are two trains to Haworth before 12.00, 10.00 (arr 10.06) and 11.40 (arr 11.46). No Hi-Viz required

East Lancs Rly (ELR) - Sat 20th Aug 2022: FULL
Max 20. Reserve list in operation. Start 10.00, duration 3 hours. Meet 09.15 at Bury Bolton Street Station (Postcode: BL9 0EY, Map Ref: SD 80254 10813). Pay & Display car parking available around station. Bury Metrolink stop 5 min walk. This is oversubscribed as it is the only visit allowed by ELR in 2022. We will apply for further visits in 2023. Cost & timings to be notified to attendees. Hi-viz jacket / vest required.

Eastleigh Works - Sat 10th Sep 2022: BOOKING OPEN Apply to Christine
Places unlimited though there is a nominal max of 200 (currently 240 attending). Cost £20. The Works is ½ mile south of the station via A335 Southampton Road which runs adjacent the railway (10-15 min walk). Access is via new main gate off Campbell Road opposite NR building, which is beyond where the lefthand footpath starts. (Postcode: SO50 5AD, OS Map Ref: SU 45661 18367). Only disabled car parking on site but Swan Centre multi-storey car park between station and Campbell Road (Postcode: SO50 5PB). On-street parking may be available but restrictions apply. Please arrive by 13.30 at the latest so that you can be let in, pay your money then gather for the safety briefing, prior to starting your visit at 14.00. It is possible we may be able to start the visit earlier so allow for this in your travel arrangements. The fee covers the normal Arlington visit fee (which they donate to charity) and organising stewards. You will get access to all areas until 16.30 and cab rides...locos TBC. Hi-viz jacket / vest required. It is a deceptively big site, especially when you have gone up and down the various lines and inside Works roads so be prepared to walk. The Works canteen will be open to purchase refreshments. All photos taken are for private use ONLY, no public display either online, in magazines or via social media.

Preservation Railway Galas (attending with sales stand)

Nothing planned.

Open Days (Railway Operating Companies)

Nothing planned.

Other Events

Nothing planned.

ICRS Member Only Visits: 2023 50th Anniversary
(date fixed where shown otherwise TBC) More to be added

WCR, Carnforth - (4): dates agreed

FL Crewe Basford Hall - (multiple visits): TBC

Long Marston - Sat ? June 2023: TBC

Eastleigh Works - Sat 9th Sep 2023:

Scunthorpe Steelworks - Sun 9th July 2023: TBC

Wishaw (Moveright International) - (multiple visits): TBC

Events: Past

ICRS Member Only Visits

West Coast (South) Control and New Street PSB, Saturday 28th April 2011 (May 2011)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard, Saturday 27th October 2012 (Dec 2011)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 15th March 2012 (Apr 2012)

Nene Valley Railway (AGM), Saturday 13th April 2013 (May 2013)

DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 13th July 2013 (Aug 2013)

Eastleigh Works 40th Anniversary Finale Event, Saturday 7th September 2013 (Oct 2013) (stock list)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 26th April 2014 (May 2014)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 7th June 2014 (Jul 2014) (stock list)

DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 18th October 2014 (Nov 2014)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 15th November 2014 (Dec 2014)

Eastleigh Works (AGM), Saturday 21st March 2015 (Apr 2015) (stock list)

DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 2nd May 2015 (Jun 2015)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 6th June 2015 (Jul 2015)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 25th July 2015 (Aug 2015)

DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 28th November 2015 (Dec 2015)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 12th December 2015 (Jan 2016)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 5th March 2016 (Apr 2016)

Locomotion, Shildon (AGM), Saturday 9th April 2016 (May 2016)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 4th June 2016 (Jul 2016)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 8th April 2017 (May 2017)

Long Marston, Saturday 10th June 2017 (Jul/Aug 2017) (stock list) (site plan) (aerial photo)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 9th September 2017 (Sep / Oct 2017)

ELR, Saturday 10th March 2018 (Spring 2018) (stock list) (numerical stock list)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 21st April 2018 (May / Jun 2018)

Long Marston, Saturday 9th June 2018 (Jul / Aug 2018) (site plan)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 11th August 2018 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 8th September 2018 (Oct 2018)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 13th October 2018 (no report permitted)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 26th January 2019 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 11th May 2019 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 6th April 2019 (May 2019)

Long Marston, Saturday 15th June 2019 (Jul 2019)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 10th August 2019 (no report permitted)

Eastleigh Works, Saturday 14th September 2019 (Oct 2019)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard, Saturday 5th October 2019 (Oct 2019)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 25th January 2020 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 11th September 2021 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard, Saturday 2nd October 2021 (Oct 2021)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 16th October 2021 (no report permitted) (stock list available on request, Members only)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 19th March 2022 (no report permitted)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard, Saturday 9th April 2022 (May 2022)

Peter Briddon, Darley Dale, Sunday 10th April 2022 (May 2022)

Andrew Goodman, Wishaw, Sunday 8th May 2022 (Jun 2022)

WCR Carnforth, Saturday 18th June 2022 (no report permitted)

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard, Sunday 26th June 2022

Scunthorpe Steelworks / ARPS, Sunday 10th July 2022

Open Days (Railway Operating Companies)

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 11th July 2009 (Sep 2008)

Eastleigh Works 100, 23rd-25th May 2009 (Jun 2009) (Jul 2009)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 10th July 2010 (Aug 2010)

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 16th July 2011 (Aug 2011)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot , Saturday 18th August 2012 (Sep 2012)

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 17th August 2013 (Sep 2013)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot , Saturday 19th July 2014 (Aug 2014)

Derby Etches Park 175th Anniversary, Saturday 13th September 2014 (Oct 2014)

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 18th July 2015 (Aug 2015)

Bristol St Philips Marsh, Monday 4th May 2016 (Jun 2016)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot , Saturday 23rd July 2016 (Aug 2016)

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 22nd July 2017 (Jul / Aug 2017)

OOC111, Saturday 2nd September 2017 (Sep / Oct 2017)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 21st July 2018 (Jul / Aug 2018)

LSL, Crewe, Saturday 8th June 2019

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 20th July 2019

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 16th July 2022

 

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