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The Pendle Dalesman Liverpool to Carlisle Wednesday 01 April 2020 From Liverpool, St. Helens, Wigan North Western and Blackburn Steam from Hellifield - to Carlisle via the Settle to Carlisle Line Join us for a nostalgic day to remember, travelling behind our splendid vintage steam engine along England's most famous railway. From our earlier pick up points we travel behind a vintage diesel engine to Hellifield where one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, this alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line. The Settle-Carlisle Railway on which we will travel needs no introduction; this breath-taking journey will take you over 20 Viaducts, through 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas. The climb over Blea Moor and the crossing of the world renowned Ribblehead Viaduct are arguably the highlights of England?s most scenic Railway. CARLISLE: We anticipate an afternoon arrival time offering a couple of hours or so break. This great border city dominates the borderlands between England and Scotland, sitting within the vale between the Cumbrian Mountains and Scottish Southern Uplands. In Carlisle you'll find yourself at the centre of a stirring past and a vibrant present. Many of the city's eateries and licensed premises are just a few minutes' walk from the station entrance and if you visit www.historic-carlisle.org.uk you will find information to help you plan ahead. And for those who would prefer to use their short break to wander around in the beautiful and historic heart of the city you may choose to visit the Castle, cathedral or indeed the Tullie House Museum. After a break of around two hours in Carlisle, we head south across some of the finest countryside Great Britain has to offer, where we head to your home stations via the famous Settle to Carlisle line in the comfort of our beautifully restored MkI or MkII Carriages. Fares

IRRS Presentation 'Last Glimpses of the Traditional Railway in Northern Ireland and Securing the Future' by Derek Young Thursday 2 April 2020 Derek Young (author of Ulster Transport Authority in Colour) experienced the 1960's railway scene. Steam locomotives gave way to diesel railcars; traditional signal cabins gave way to colour-light signals, lines closed, freight disappeared. But it was also a decade in which the foundations were laid for today's immensely successful Northern Ireland Railways. Tonight Derek presents an evening of photographic memories with many previously unseen glimpses of the 1960's in rarely photographed areas of the former Great Northern, NCC and Co Down. Meetings are from 19.00 - 21.45 in Central London in the Function Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR The room is accessible by stairs only and a selection of Irish transport books is usually on sale. Entry is ?3 members, ?5 non-members. The non-member entry fee is refunded if you join the Society on the night.

Railways Remembered 19:30, Rolls Royce Pavilion, Moor Lane, Derby DE24 9HY

Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). Marvel at magnificent steam locomotives, traction engines, steam rollers, cars, lorries and motorbikes as vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.

The West Highland and Royal Deeside Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2020 The pleasure of your company is requested aboard a four-day springtime railway extravaganza. Sit back in our well appointed First Class Dining train and enjoy the very best scenery in Great Britain slip quietly past your wide picture window. FRIDAY 3 APRIL: Guests are welcomed aboard at London King's Cross, Stevenage and Peterborough. Morning coffee and pastries precede the service of a two-course lunch as we head for Scotland. Our route is via the magnificent Settle & Carlisle Railway, a marvel of Victorian engineering. One spectacular view follows another as we pass notable landmarks such as Ribblehead Viaduct and Wild Boar Fell. This is scenery on a grand scale, setting the scene for the wonderful weekend ahead. At Carlisle you have the opportunity to step off the train for a few minutes. Very soon we cross the border at Gretna Green, with a four-course dinner enjoyed as we gaze out over the gently rolling countryside of south-west Scotland. Passing the mighty city of Glasgow our train takes us out beside the gradually broadening estuary of the River Clyde and we duly arrive at Dumbarton Central. Here coaches will be waiting for the short transfer to our base for the weekend, the Golden Jubilee Beardmore Hotel. Who could believe that this now peaceful spot was once the home of the famous John Brown shipyards? After check-in at around 20.45 you can relax for the rest of the evening. Prices include your reserved First Class seat on our special train, meals on board, three nights in the Beardmore Hotel, coach transfers, the Calmac ferry to Mull and admission to Balmoral Castle.

Branch Line Weekend 3rd to 5th April 2020 Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing Bluebell Railway's small locomotives and some very special visitors! A busy timetable will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus our very special visitors?. We will be operating a different timetable on each of the three days so why not take the opportunity to spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what our Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s. Come along and see the 'small but mighty' engines at their best.

Spring Diesel Event 3rd-5th April 2020 15th October 2019 - Our 2020 Spring Diesel Event takes place between 3rd and 5th April 2020. We are pleased to announce two visiting locomotives that plan to visit, subject to availability: D400 (50050) and 37240 with thanks to Neil Boden, we are in contact with other owners including mainline operators, we'll announce further information nearer the event.

Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). Marvel at magnificent steam locomotives, traction engines, steam rollers, cars, lorries and motorbikes as vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.

SETTLE & CARLISLE LUNCHEON CIRCULAR SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2020 DEPARTING FROM: Bangor (08.50/18.20) Llandudno Jct (09.10/18.00) Colwyn Bay (09.20/17.50) Rhyl (09.30/17.40) Flint (09.50/17.20) Chester (10.10/17.00) Frodsham (10.30/16.40) All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change Step aboard the celebrated 'Statesman' land cruise train for a very special circular tour including a journey over the entire majestic route of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, with its great limestone peaks and deep valleys we travel over no fewer than 19 viaducts and through 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering - including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Leaving behind the industrial architecture of the north our train heads into the Yorkshire Dales for a spectacular journey over the magnificent high Pennines. The sheer scale of the scenery is apparent as we pass such famous landmarks as Batty Moss, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Edge, with views of the three peaks towering over the line. One magnificent sight follows another before we gradually descend into the tranquil Eden Valley and just south of Carlisle, we take the west coast line through Penrith, climbing over Shap summit and through the pretty Lune Gorge affording stunning views of the Cumbrian mountains.

Mixed Traffic Weekend 2020 Experience days gone by when Mixed Traffic ruled the Railways 4th & 5th April Join the NVR as we showcase the days of Mixed Traffic Most available Steam and Diesel Locomotives in action

The West Highland and Royal Deeside Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2020 The pleasure of your company is requested aboard a four-day springtime railway extravaganza. Sit back in our well appointed First Class Dining train and enjoy the very best scenery in Great Britain slip quietly past your wide picture window. SATURDAY 4 APRIL: We have a fairly early start, with coaches transferring us to the station for train departure at 07.25. What finer backdrop to the Great British Breakfast than the world-famous West Highland Line. Climbing from Helensburgh we soon find ourselves high above the beautiful shores of romantic Loch Lomond, with the wooded glens and braes of the Trossachs reflecting in the tranquil waters. The little station at Crianlarich is where to West Highland Line splits. We take the Oban line, following charming Glen Lochy at the head of Loch Awe. We then pass through the Pass of Brander, where the scenery is often described as fjord-like, and after skirting the banks of Loch Etive we finally descend to sea level at the picturesque port of Oban. You will have time to take a stroll here, but our main purpose is to join the CalMac ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Fear not, we are in sheltered waters so the crossing is usually smooth; the ship has closed and open decks, a cafeteria and bar. On arrival at Craignure we enjoy a coach tour along the eastern flank of the island and take a break of around an hour and a half in the island's capital, Tobermory, with its colourful little shops, cafes and cottages looking out over the idyllic harbour. We return via the coaches and ferry to Oban, and during our journey back to Dumbarton a fine four-course dinner will round off a memorable day as we admire the fabulous West Highland scenery once again. We step off the train at 22.00 to return to the hotel. Prices include your reserved First Class seat on our special train, meals on board, three nights in the Beardmore Hotel, coach transfers, the Calmac ferry to Mull and admission to Balmoral Castle.

Branch Line Weekend 3rd to 5th April 2020 Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing Bluebell Railway's small locomotives and some very special visitors! A busy timetable will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus our very special visitors?. We will be operating a different timetable on each of the three days so why not take the opportunity to spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what our Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s. Come along and see the 'small but mighty' engines at their best.

Spring Diesel Event 3rd-5th April 2020 15th October 2019 - Our 2020 Spring Diesel Event takes place between 3rd and 5th April 2020. We are pleased to announce two visiting locomotives that plan to visit, subject to availability: D400 (50050) and 37240 with thanks to Neil Boden, we are in contact with other owners including mainline operators, we'll announce further information nearer the event.

Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). Marvel at magnificent steam locomotives, traction engines, steam rollers, cars, lorries and motorbikes as vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.

A Trip Across the Border, Scotland Part 1' - a talk by Sam Woods THE AFTERNOON LECTURES Saturday, 04 April 2020 13:45 to 16:00

The Pennine Blackpool Express Saturday 4th April 2020 Join us on this special train to the Fylde Coast and the vibrant seaside resort of Blackpool. We have a high speed journey down the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth, hauled by a blue class 86 electric locomotive, as far as Carnforth. Here, we will attach our steam locomotive for a scenic tour via Hellifield and Clitheroe through pleasant Lancashire scenery to Blackpool. We return from Blackpool with our blue Class 86 electric locomotive back to Preston and pick up stations to London Ealing Broadway. We leave London Ealing Broadway at around 07:10 with electric traction, and speed north along the West Coast Main Line (WCML). We stop to pick up passengers at Milton Keynes (where passengers from Watford Junction join by service train), Rugby (where passengers from Northampton join by service train), Nuneaton and Crewe. We continue north along the WCML to Preston, our final stop to pick up passengers. We continue through Lancaster to Carnforth, where we change motive power to a steam locomotive chosen from one of the Carnforth-based locomotives. Leaving Carnforth, our steam locomotive will be working hard as we head eastwards on the climb to Wennington. Beyond is a lengthy climb through Bentham and Clapham to a summit near Giggleswick, where we descend to Settle Junction and join up with the Midland Railway's route from Carlisle to Leeds. We will pause for water at Hellifield before taking the very scenic Ribble Valley line through Clitheroe, which includes the spectacular 48-arch viaduct over the River Calder at Whalley. Another lengthy climb follows after the viaduct to a summit at Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station. We descend into Blackburn and follow the line via Bamber Bridge to Preston. From Preston, we will join the line to Blackpool North, newly electrified to serve local trains and also to allow through trains to and from London. We will head westwards across The Fylde and pass through Kirkham, the junction for the Blackpool South branch. We will take the Blackpool North line and pass through Poulton-le-Fylde station where there should be by now views of the famous 518ft tall tower at Blackpool. Time will be available to visit the town and some of its attractions, including the Tower, the Winter Gardens, Madame Tussauds, the three piers or perhaps take a vintage tram ride along the sea front. Shops are also nearby along with many restaurants and pubs to cater for all tastes. After a refreshing break, we will return from Blackpool North to London Ealing Broadway with our blue electric locomotive. Please note: Premier Dining is not available from Preston on this train. * Passengers from Watford Junction will travel to Milton Keynes by service train to join our train. **Passengers from Northampton will travel to and from Rugby by service train to join our train.

Mixed Traffic Weekend 2020 Experience days gone by when Mixed Traffic ruled the Railways 4th & 5th April Join the NVR as we showcase the days of Mixed Traffic Most available Steam and Diesel Locomotives in action

The West Highland and Royal Deeside Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2020 The pleasure of your company is requested aboard a four-day springtime railway extravaganza. Sit back in our well appointed First Class Dining train and enjoy the very best scenery in Great Britain slip quietly past your wide picture window. SUNDAY 5 APRIL: As befits a Sunday our train departure is a more leisurely 09.15, so maybe a riverside stroll first thing? Today the Great British Breakfast is served as we head through the lowland belt to Perth, following the Firth of Tay to Dundee. Then it's on through Arbroath and Montrose, with panoramic views over the North Sea for much of way. At Stonehaven coaches will be waiting for a journey through Royal Deeside, passing Banchory and Ballater to reach Balmoral Castle, the Queen's Highland residence, open for just a few months each year when Her Majesty is not in residence. You will be able to stroll through the grounds and explore parts of the castle, notably the ballroom and the stables. There is a cafeteria and gift shop available. The coaches bring us back to Stonehaven and a four-course dinner is savoured on our return journey. Prices include your reserved First Class seat on our special train, meals on board, three nights in the Beardmore Hotel, coach transfers, the Calmac ferry to Mull and admission to Balmoral Castle.

ISLAND HERITAGE TRAIN DAYS - April Sun 5th April Head back to the 1940s to discover how the railways provided our daily transport needs...

Branch Line Weekend 3rd to 5th April 2020 Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing Bluebell Railway's small locomotives and some very special visitors! A busy timetable will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus our very special visitors?. We will be operating a different timetable on each of the three days so why not take the opportunity to spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what our Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s. Come along and see the 'small but mighty' engines at their best.

Spring Diesel Event 3rd-5th April 2020 15th October 2019 - Our 2020 Spring Diesel Event takes place between 3rd and 5th April 2020. We are pleased to announce two visiting locomotives that plan to visit, subject to availability: D400 (50050) and 37240 with thanks to Neil Boden, we are in contact with other owners including mainline operators, we'll announce further information nearer the event.

Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). Marvel at magnificent steam locomotives, traction engines, steam rollers, cars, lorries and motorbikes as vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.

The Shakespeare Express 2020 Summer Sundays 19th July ~ 26th July ~ 2nd August ~ 9th August ~ 16th August ~ 23rd August ~ 30th August ~ 6th September Birmingham Snow Hill - Stratford Upon Avon and return Enjoy a return trip to world famous Stratford upon Avon with hot breakfast rolls on the way there. In Stratford you have around 4 hours to explore before we take you back to Birmingham Snow Hill. Treat yourself to a packed lunch picnic box containing a selection of sandwiches, cake and scones with jam and cream to unpack in Stratford or eat on the journey back to Birmingham. Return Ticket Prices: Standard Class ?35 per person; First Class ?45 per person plus the cost of at least one meal choice. Every Standard Class adult ticket holder can take a child of 12 years or under with them for free. Stratford Upon Avon - Birmingham Snow Hill and return A steam trip to central Birmingham and back, enjoying a picnic lunch on the way. Choose between 'The Castle' or 'The Hall' hampers for two persons, both of which are presented in a traditional wicker hamper for you to unpack, enjoy and keep. 'The Castle' includes a premium selection of freshly prepared seasonal dishes; while 'The Hall' contains a selection of fresh sandwiches, cake and scones with clotted cream and jam.

The West Highland and Royal Deeside Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April 2020 The pleasure of your company is requested aboard a four-day springtime railway extravaganza. Sit back in our well appointed First Class Dining train and enjoy the very best scenery in Great Britain slip quietly past your wide picture window. MONDAY 6 APRIL: It is going home day of course, but there is still plenty to enjoy! Our train leaves Dumbarton at around 09.30 with a light breakfast served as we head for Edinburgh. Here we pause for just over an hour, time to step into Princes Street and sample the vibrant atmosphere of Scotland's Capital city, maybe picking up a souvenir or two. Our return journey is via the East Coast Main Line, with more fine sea views from the clifftops as a four-course lunch served before we bid our farewells at Peterborough, Stevenage or London King's Cross. Prices include your reserved First Class seat on our special train, meals on board, three nights in the Beardmore Hotel, coach transfers, the Calmac ferry to Mull and admission to Balmoral Castle.

The Stratford Flyer Scarborough to Stratford upon Avon Wednesday 08 April 2020 From Scarborough, Seamer, Malton, York, Church Fenton and Pontefract Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel Join us for a nostalgic day out aboard our heritage diesel hauled special direct to Stratford upon Avon which is, of course, famous for its connections with William Shakespeare and rightly so. Being the birthplace of the famous Bard and now the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company makes this town a big draw. You may wish to visit Shakespeare's birthplace with its museum collection or maybe take a tour of Anne Hathaway's cottage with its gardens. All these attractions are on the route of the hop-on hop-off open top bus which operates around the town. However there is so much more to Stratford than just William Shakespeare. A charming medieval centre with timber framed buildings and lots of independent shops makes for a lovely afternoon visit. Add to this the canal with its boat trips and also the river, which makes its way through the central park, then Stratford has a most attractive centre worthy of a visit in its own right.

Railcar Rendezvous Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020 - see four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side Buy tickets ? Come and see the extraordinary spectacle of four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side at Didcot as the Railway Centre's unique GWR steam Railmotor No 93 and Diesel Railcar No22 are joined by pioneering petrol railcar No 3170, built for the North Eastern Railway in 1903 and recently restored to its Edwardian splendour, and Waggon und Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus M79964 dating from 1958. The four contrasting vehicles show how engineers attempted to produce lightweight vehicles to provide economic branchline services - a problem for railway operators since the initial euphoria of railway mania of the Victorian era.

The Spring West Highlander - 4 Day Luxury Railcruise 10 to 13 April 2020 A four-day railcruise passing through spectacular Scottish scenery, travelling in classic First Class Carriages with delicious food and a comfortable overnight hotel Event Details Friday to Monday Join us for a memorable trip to the scenic splendours of Western Scotland, travelling in classic First Class carriages. Enjoy freshly prepared on-board meals served at your seat, a choice of off-train options and a comfortable overnight hotel. The fare includes: ?First class rail travel aboard our special train, your choice of optional activity each day, hotel transfers and three nights hotel accommodation in a shared twin or double room (a supplement applies for single room occupancy). ?On train meals and refreshments as described. Breakfast is taken at the hotel on both Saturday and Sunday morning. Itinerary We ask that your choice of off-train option for each day is advised at the time of booking. Friday The weekend starts with a champagne English Breakfast as we set off northwards(something lighter will be served to those joining us later). There will be a light Luncheon before a journey break mid afternoon. Then we cross into Scotland, and enjoy Evening Dinner as we head into the West Highlands on our way to Fort William and the comfortable hotels for our three night stay.

Chocolate Train Good Friday 10 - Easter Monday 13 April Join us this Easter weekend and see our steam locomotive from the old Fry's chocolate factory site in Keynsham. Enjoy a brake van ride behind this beautiful locomotive that volunteers from the Avon Valley Railway have spent the last decade restoring. Plus there's our usual steam-hauled passenger train services throughout the day from 11am.

Railcar Rendezvous Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020 - see four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side Buy tickets ? Come and see the extraordinary spectacle of four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side at Didcot as the Railway Centre's unique GWR steam Railmotor No 93 and Diesel Railcar No22 are joined by pioneering petrol railcar No 3170, built for the North Eastern Railway in 1903 and recently restored to its Edwardian splendour, and Waggon und Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus M79964 dating from 1958. The four contrasting vehicles show how engineers attempted to produce lightweight vehicles to provide economic branchline services - a problem for railway operators since the initial euphoria of railway mania of the Victorian era.

The Spring West Highlander - 4 Day Luxury Railcruise 10 to 13 April 2020 A four-day railcruise passing through spectacular Scottish scenery, travelling in classic First Class Carriages with delicious food and a comfortable overnight hotel Saturday The day begins in leisurely style with breakfast at the hotel before we all step out to enjoy a day of exploration in this beautiful and rugged area. Choose from one of the options below: ?Option A - Rails to Mallaig and back The morning is yours to explore Fort William. Then, at lunchtime, our special train starts out along the 41 twisting and undulating miles to line's end at Mallaig (a light luncheon will be served en-route). The magnificent scenery along the way includes mountains sea, lochs, moors and the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. There should be a good two hours to explore before the return journey. . ?Option B - Sunart and Loch Shiel Cruise By road coach with local guide, travel firstly on the Corran ferry into Sunart and along its namesake loch to Acharacle. After a spot of lunch join the mv Sileas for the cruise of Loch Sheil, culminating in the panorama of the Glenfinnan Monument and viaduct. Look out for eagles! Rejoin the coach along the 'Road to the Isles' for a short afternoon break in Mallaig. ?Option C - Moidart and Loch Sheil Cruise Leave Fort William by coach, with a guide, along the 'Road to the Isles', making for Glenfinnan Pier to join the mv Sileas. for the Loch Sheil cruise - you may see eagles. Lunch will be taken in Acharacle. Your coach will then transport you around the Sound of Arisaig to Mallaig for a short afternoon break. ?Option D - Across the Sea to Eigg The distinctive island of Eigg lies 10 miles off the mainland. One of the Small Islands (along with Muck, Rum & Canna), it has a small community, craft shop and tea room. It is quiet and natural. A road coach with local guide will take you to join the mv Sheerwater at Arisaig for the cruise to Eigg, with around two hours ashore. The afternoon is rounded off with a short break in Mallaig. Stout footware and waterproofs are recommended! With everyone back on board at about five o'clock, we leave Mallaig for the fabulous rail journey back to Fort William. A three course dinner will be enjoyed along the way and we should be back at our hotels around 8pm.

Chocolate Train Good Friday 10 - Easter Monday 13 April Join us this Easter weekend and see our steam locomotive from the old Fry's chocolate factory site in Keynsham. Enjoy a brake van ride behind this beautiful locomotive that volunteers from the Avon Valley Railway have spent the last decade restoring. Plus there's our usual steam-hauled passenger train services throughout the day from 11am.

London & East Anglia to Lincoln Saturday 11th April 2020 From: Stratford (London) , Romford , Witham , Colchester , Ipswich , Bury St Edmunds

Railcar Rendezvous Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020 - see four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side Buy tickets ? Come and see the extraordinary spectacle of four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side at Didcot as the Railway Centre's unique GWR steam Railmotor No 93 and Diesel Railcar No22 are joined by pioneering petrol railcar No 3170, built for the North Eastern Railway in 1903 and recently restored to its Edwardian splendour, and Waggon und Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus M79964 dating from 1958. The four contrasting vehicles show how engineers attempted to produce lightweight vehicles to provide economic branchline services - a problem for railway operators since the initial euphoria of railway mania of the Victorian era.

The Spring West Highlander - 4 Day Luxury Railcruise 10 to 13 April 2020 A four-day railcruise passing through spectacular Scottish scenery, travelling in classic First Class Carriages with delicious food and a comfortable overnight hotel Sunday Today, after breakfast in your hotel, we head west for more exploring of this wonderful part of the world via one of the options below: ?Option F - Rails to Oban and back This very special train journey features the West Highland Line in all its glory, climbing and twisting from sea level up onto desolate Rannoch Moor, before arrival into Crianlarich, then along the mountain passes to Oban for an afternoon visit of several hours. This small port serves as a lifeline to the offshore islands. Our return journey re-traces the outward route. ?Option G - Ferries to Mull & Oban This alternative way to Oban is by a road coach with a local guide, going via Strontian and taking three ferries. On the Isle of Mull you will visit Duart Castle, seat of Clan Maclean, before crossing back to the mainland for an afternoon break in Oban. ?Option H - Isle of Iona Iona sits off the western tip of Mull, and is an important religous centre. You will travel there on a coach, with a guide, direct to Oban, to take the Mull ferry and cross the island to Fionnphort for the foot ferry to Iona, where you will have 2-3 hours to explore and relax. The return journey will follow the outward route, and will include a stop for Evening Dinner at The Creagan Inn ?Option J - Lochaber Coach Tour This road coach tour (with a local guide) enjoys a leisurely itinerary, travelling via the 'old road' around Loch Leven to Glencoe for a visit to this historically important location, with its towering landscape. The visit is followed by a scenic journey alongside Loch Linnhe and the coast to Oban, arriving late lunchtime for a three hour do-as-you-please visit. By late afternoon everyone (except Option H) will be in Oban ready to rejoin our special train for our return to Fort William. Evening Dinner will be served whilst you journey through the grand vistas, arriving back at your hotel at about 9:30pm.

Chocolate Train Good Friday 10 - Easter Monday 13 April Join us this Easter weekend and see our steam locomotive from the old Fry's chocolate factory site in Keynsham. Enjoy a brake van ride behind this beautiful locomotive that volunteers from the Avon Valley Railway have spent the last decade restoring. Plus there's our usual steam-hauled passenger train services throughout the day from 11am.

Behind the Scenes and Recruitment Days 12th and 13th April 2020 A chance to find out how we run the railway and perhaps join us as a volunteer or supporting member. There will be plenty to see behind the scenes, such as signal boxes, the workshop, our permanent pay equipment and more. There will also be trains running all day and lots of opportunities to learn more about us.

Railcar Rendezvous Fri 10 - Mon 13 Apr 2020 - see four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side Buy tickets ? Come and see the extraordinary spectacle of four pioneering railcars in action side-by-side at Didcot as the Railway Centre's unique GWR steam Railmotor No 93 and Diesel Railcar No22 are joined by pioneering petrol railcar No 3170, built for the North Eastern Railway in 1903 and recently restored to its Edwardian splendour, and Waggon und Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus M79964 dating from 1958. The four contrasting vehicles show how engineers attempted to produce lightweight vehicles to provide economic branchline services - a problem for railway operators since the initial euphoria of railway mania of the Victorian era.

The Spring West Highlander - 4 Day Luxury Railcruise 10 to 13 April 2020 A four-day railcruise passing through spectacular Scottish scenery, travelling in classic First Class Carriages with delicious food and a comfortable overnight hotel Monday Sadly, it's time to head home, so we leave Fort William and enjoy the on-board breakfast as our train climbs south through lonely landscapes and along lochs to Clydeside. Then we skirt around Glasgow and through the Southern Uplands to England, with a four course luncheon on the way. If you are travelling into the evening a supper will be served later on. Wherever you leave us we genuinely hope you will have a weekend full of delightful memories to look back on

Chocolate Train Good Friday 10 - Easter Monday 13 April Join us this Easter weekend and see our steam locomotive from the old Fry's chocolate factory site in Keynsham. Enjoy a brake van ride behind this beautiful locomotive that volunteers from the Avon Valley Railway have spent the last decade restoring. Plus there's our usual steam-hauled passenger train services throughout the day from 11am.

Behind the Scenes and Recruitment Days 12th and 13th April 2020 A chance to find out how we run the railway and perhaps join us as a volunteer or supporting member. There will be plenty to see behind the scenes, such as signal boxes, the workshop, our permanent pay equipment and more. There will also be trains running all day and lots of opportunities to learn more about us.

Open Days We open at 10:00 and operate our frequent train service between 10:30 and 16:30.

Indoor Talks - The Journey - Return of Train Building back to the North East Geoff Hunton also visits us for the first time. His talk, based on 'inside knowledge' is entitled: 'The Journey - Return of Train Building back to the North East'. Those who visited Hitachi (and those who couldn't) will look forward to this talk! We welcome visitors, members and their guests for a small donation towards the cost of meetings. Meetings are open to all. Refreshments will be available for 19.00. Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station (Barter Books)