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.
To find out more about our events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports of events featured in TRACKS can be accessed by clicking the date links but
please note that the last 12 months issues of TRACKS are only available to members.
AGM: Sat 10th Mar 2018 – East Lancs Rly (ELR): We are having another go at spreading the AGM around the UK and having one in the north so please support it. We have arranged to visit the ELR one of the biggest preserved lines in the UK and which has extensive sheds and yards, mostly out of public view. However to pack it all in is going to be tight and it may not suit some who want to come.
The tour will take 3 – 3½ hours so has to start at 9.30 prompt from Bolton Street Station, just as the first services of the day leave the Station and will require a lot of walking on often rough ground, so sadly is not suitable for anyone who is not mobile. Apologies if that means you can’t get there in time but at least public transport is good in the area early on the Saturday morning.
For those then attending the AGM, a cold buffet lunch will then be served over in the Transport Museum on the opposite side of Bolton Street to the station entrance between 13.00 and 13.30. The AGM will then start around 14.00 so there is time to quickly look round the Museum. The AGM will end at around 15.30 prior to the Museum shutting at 16.00 with time if not already done to purchase our sundries and new 2018 books which will be available. There should then be time to look around the Yard outside which has a viewing gallery to Castlecroft Wagon Works where the remaining locos / stock not already seen are housed and a last linger on Bury Bolton Street Station to see the last services of the day arrive at 16.43 from Heywood & 16.44 from Rawtenstall. Sadly there is no time to fit a ride along the line as I am sure you will all agree that having a full tour of the extensive sheds & yards is more valuable.
If you wish to attend the tour, AGM or both and haven’t already done so, please contact Christine by email on the secretary@... email or ring (see page 2 in TRACKS for details). All those who have expressed an interest in coming are being contacted to confirm attendance.
The cost will be £5 to cover the tour payable on the day.
Crewe Basford Hall: Sat 21st Apr 2018: BOOKING OPEN
The trip around Basford Hall Yard starts at 13.00 from either the Freightliner main office at the southern end of the access road or if new security gates have been fitted then at the northern end, confirmation nearer the time. If it is at the southern end please do not dawdle along the access road taking numbers as you will see them on the visit or on the way back. The cost for the visit is £15 payable on the day. To book your place please contact Christine by email on the secretary@... email or ring (see page 2 in TRACKS for details).
Long Marston: Sat 9th Jun 2018: BOOKING OPEN
We have arranged to attend the only event planned at Long Marston in 2018. The charge is £15 payable on the day but you MUST inform us in advance that you are attending and ONLY if you are 100% certain. If that is so, please contact our President, Simon ((see page 2 in TRACKS for details) by the cut-off point of the 13th May 2018 so we can provide the organisers with a list of attendees.
Please arrive no later than 10.00 with the aim to start at 10.30. We will be there from 09.30 so if you arrive earlier you will then have time to pay and buy books / sundries which we will have available. Yard lists will be available for sale on the day from the organisers for you to check off stock, though we will as in 2017 provide a detailed list in TRACKS from members own sightings. Coffee and cake will be available from around midday but feel free to bring refreshments. The site must be clear by 16.00, so that is a decent amount of time to wander freely around the site, however you must adhere to the rules below and respect this opportunity.
There is parking on site with access off Station Road. Programme your Sat Nav with either CV37 8PL or CV37 8RP or if like me you prefer maps, Station Road runs just south of Long Marston village between the minor road to Mickleton and the B4632 Mickleton to Stratford-upon-Avon. The entrance is on the south side of Station Road at the Long Marston end near the ‘The Greenway’ cycle path.
For those who went in 2017 you will know it is a big site (130 acres) and with more stock than ever it is a lot of walking, several miles up and down sidings. However the organisers are hoping to utilise the resident DMU to provide trips around the perimeter track. Also for those that missed out last year, remember to visit the secure Compound as that is where most of the stored locos are. We will no doubt be restricted to an hour inside as previously and you will need it all !
Eastleigh Works, Sat 8th Sep 2018: Details yet to advised nearer time
Nene Valley Railway Spring Diesel Gala, 6-8th April 2018: Confirmed, we will be on the platform at Wansford.
Severn Valley Spring Diesel Gala, 19-20th May: Confirmed, we will be in the diesel shed at KidderminsterTown.
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Open Day: Sat 21st Jul 2018: 10.00 – 16.00, confirmed by DRS but not yet on their website which will be where you can book tickets.
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)
Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (AGM), Saturday 26th April 2014 (May 2014)
DRS Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot, Saturday 18th October 2014 (Nov 2014)
Eastleigh Works, Saturday 15th November 2014 (Dec 2014)
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)
Eastleigh Works, Saturday 9th September 2017 (Sep/Oct 2017)
DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot, Saturday 11th July 2009 (Sep 2008)
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)
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