Following the success of last September’s charter, the Branch Line Society is delighted to announce its second project in conjunction with 565 Railtours for an exciting loco hauled charter train, operated by West Coast Railway Company (WCRC), with a lunch break in Norwich. The train will be hauled once
again by TWO Colas Rail Class 37 locomotives after Crewe. A WCRC Class 37 has been requested for Carnforth – Crewe and return.
All profits from the charter, including an on train raffle, will be donated to Midlands Air Ambulance, Stroke Association and Hope House Children’s Hospice. There will be a buffet service of hot / cold drinks, hot breakfast rolls, freshly made sandwiches, snacks and light refreshments for Standard Class passengers, and First Class passengers will benefit from complimentary light refreshments. A wide range of real ales will also be available to purchase with over 600 miles of Class 37 haulage on offer!
Our ROUTE, validated by WCRC and bid to Network Rail, is as follows:
Carnforth (PU 05.45) – Lancaster (PU 05.58) – Preston (PU 06.25) – Wigan North Western (PU 06.49) – Warrington Bank Quay (PU 07.05) – Crewe (PU 08.00) – Stafford (PU 08.33) – Lichfield Curve – Wichnor Jn – Castle Donington – Loughborough – Syston Curve – Melton Mowbray – Peterborough – March – Ely – Bury St Edmunds – Stowmarket Up & Dn Gds Loop (RM) – Norwich (2 hour break) – Wymondham – Ely West Curve – Peterborough – Melton Mowbray – Leicester – Nuneaton – Nuneaton North Chord – Canal Farm Jn – Lichfield – Stafford (SD 20.17) – Crewe (SD 20.52) – Warrington Bank Quay (SD 21.40) – Wigan North Western (SD 21.56) – Preston (SD 22.21) – Lancaster (SD 22.46) – Carnforth (SD 22.58).
Timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation through the Network Rail planning process, and all locomotives are subject to availability.
All bookings should preferably be made online (which gives instant acknowledgement), or alternatively can be made by post (with an sae - two if an acknowledgement is required) to 4 Barnside Way, Moulton, NORTHWICH, CW9 8PT.
All queries should be directed to the Bookings Officer, by email firstname.lastname@example.org