Events Guide

Events Diary 2018

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January 2018
No events this month


February 2018
Saturday 3rd February, Swindon
WEST OF ENGLAND RAILWAY BOOK FESTIVAL
10.30-16.00, Hawksworth Hall, Swindon Steam Museum


March 2018
Saturday 24th March, Audley End, Essex
PICNIC FIELD RAILWAY – Clearing the Cobwebs

Run by www.swdsme.org.uk in the grounds of the Audley End Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex. Blow away those cobwebs and join us for the first day of our 2018 running season. A relaxed day of running alongside our passenger services.
Visiting locos of all shapes and sizes (5″ or 7.25″ gauge, steam, diesel, petrol, battery electric, solar…) are welcome; Contact events@westonstar.org.uk to register your interest. Please see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk for details of public access to the site and all forthcoming events.


April 2018
Sunday 15th April, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY – Running Day
Trains Noon-16.00. First event of 2018. Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm

Saturday & Sunday 21st-22nd April, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset
BATH & WEST RAILWAY – Spring Open Weekend
From 10am Daily, bring your own 5″ or 7.25″ loco and run on our half-mile dual-gauge track
Details from www.essmee.org.uk or email openday@essmee.org.uk


May 2018
Sunday 6th May, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
First event of the season. Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

Sunday 20th May, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY- Running Day
Trains Noon-16.00. Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm


June 2018
Sunday 3rd June, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

Sunday 10th June, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY – Running Day
Trains Noon-16.00. Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm

Saturday and Sunday 16th-17th June, Audley End, Essex
PICNIC FIELD RAILWAY – Miniature Traction Engine Rally
Run by www.swdsme.org.uk in the grounds of the Audley End Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex. We are celebrating Father’s Day with a road-steam rally. We hope to have a variety of miniature steam vehicles over the weekend.
The Picnic Field Railway will also run “driver experience” sessions alongside passenger trains, where dads (and anyone else aged 16+) can have a go at driving one of our miniature railway locomotives.
Visit our website, or contact events@westonstar.org.uk for further details. Please see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk for details of public access to the site.


July 2018
Sunday 1st July, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

Sunday 15th July, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY – Running Day
Trains Noon-16.00. Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm

Saturday & Sunday 14th-15th July, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
CLEETHORPES COAST LIGHT RAILWAY – Anniversary Weekend
Details from www.cclr.co.uk

Saturday 14th July, Audley End, Essex
PICNIC FIELD RAILWAY – Maxitrak Owner’s Club
Run by www.swdsme.org.uk in the grounds of the Audley End Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex. Owners of Maxitrak railway locomotives and road steam are invited to join us for a social gathering of all-things Maxitrak. Models for static display are as welcome as people wishing to run their locos. Our own club members have a range of Maxitrak models from a 1″ scale traction engine to a sit-inside 7.25″ gauge steam railcar built around Maxitrak parts. Contact events@westonstar.org.uk to register your interest.
The public are welcome to come and see our line-up of Maxitrak locos and to take a ride on the Picnic Field Railway. Please see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk for details of public access to the site.

Sunday 29th July, Burnley, Lancashire
THOMPSON PARK RAILWAY – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Bring your teddy and get a free ride (children only!) 12 noon – 4pm


August 2018
Sunday 5th August, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

Sunday 19th August, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY – Running Day
Trains Noon-16.00
Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm

Sunday 26th August, Burnley, Lancashire
THOMPSON PARK RAILWAY – Super Heros Sunday
Come in fancy dress and get a free ride (children only!) 12 noon – 4pm

Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September, Haynes, Bedford
SOMERFIELDS MINIATURE RAILWAY – Bedford M.E.S Gala
Originally conceived as a Visitors’ Rally for 7¼”, 5” and 3½” gauge locomotives, all gauges from 7¼” down to 32mm can now be accommodated and are welcome, as are traction engines and other model road vehicles.
There are spaces available for caravans and camping. Early arrivals and later departures can be accepted for anyone wishing to stay longer than the allotted three days. Full details and booking arrangements may be obtained by email to gala@bedfordmes.co.uk and will be detailed on the BMES website and Facebook pages.


September 2018
Saturday 1st September, Audley End, Essex
PICNIC FIELD RAILWAY – Steam & Sausage
Run by www.swdsme.org.uk in the grounds of the Audley End Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex. A day for steam locomotives to take centre stage on the Picnic Field Railway. Visiting steam locos of all shapes and sizes (7.25″ , 5″ and 3.5″ gauge) are welcome. Our raised track provides a good location for displaying any models which are not being steamed. Contact events@westonstar.org.uk to register your interest. The barbecue will be held once the site closes to the public (approximately 5pm). Loco owners and their accompanying visitors are all welcome to stay on into the evening.
Please see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk for details of public access to the site.

Sunday 2nd September, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

Sunday 9th September, Nr Barnards Castle, Co Durham
THORPE LIGHT RAILWAY
Trains Noon-16.00. Please check www.thorpelightrailway.co.uk or 07833 194286 to confirm

Saturday 29th September, Audley End, Essex
PICNIC FIELD RAILWAY – Anything Goes, End of Season Running Day
Run by www.swdsme.org.uk in the grounds of the Audley End Railway, Saffron Walden, Essex. We end the main season with another relaxed day of running alongside our passenger services. Visiting locos of all shapes and sizes (5″ or 7.25″ gauge, steam, diesel, petrol, battery electric, solar…) are welcome; Contact events@westonstar.org.uk to register your interest. Please see www.audley-end-railway.co.uk for details of public access to the site.


October 2018
Saturday & Sunday 6th-7th October, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset
BATH & WEST RAILWAY – Autumn Open Weekend
From 10am Daily, bring your own 5″ or 7.25″ loco and run on our half-mile dual-gauge track. One of our most popular events. Includes Saturday barbecue and night running!
Details from www.essmee.org.uk or email openday@essmee.org.uk

Sunday 7th October, Nr Wroxham, Norfolk
ASHMANHAUGH LIGHT RAILWAY- Open Day
Trains 14.00-17.00. Please check the poster or www.ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk for details

 

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