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Signalling Record Society

Calendar of Meetings and Events

Places on visits to Network Rail and London Underground are strictly limited and these places are only available to members. Registering in advance with the organiser is essential and, before registering, please ensure you can attend on the date concerned. If the number of members wishing to attend exceeds the available number of places the organiser will 'draw names from the hat' to determine who may attend.

Some visits to London Underground and Network Rail are arranged at short notice and may not get advertised here. If you would like to register an interest in advance, register here indicating which areas of the country interest you. You will then be sent detail of each visit by email so that you are certain to be notified in time.

By prior arrangement with the organiser concerned, members attending a visit to a Heritage Railway may take a friend with them.

If you are not yet a member, take the opportunity to join here.

All visit dates should be treated as provisional until participants have the date confirmed by the organiser.

Times quoted in the calendar are in 24 hour notation.

If you find you are unable to attend the visit please let the Organiser know immediately to allow your place to be offered to someone else, or if on the day to avoid the visit being delayed awaiting your arrival. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, failure to let the organiser know in good time may result in preference being given to others for subsequent visits.

Visit safety - Visits to Network Rail, London Underground and Heritage Railway premises often involve lineside access. Specific conditions normally apply to these visits. Please ensure you have fully read the conditions before applying to join the visit.


 
Date
2017
Event
 
Saturday
22 April
Members visit to Midland Railway Centre, Butterley

Provisional arrangements have been made for Society members to visit the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley.

There are operational signal boxes at Hammersmith (ex Kilby Bridge), Butterley (ex Ais Gill) and Swanwick Junction (ex Kettering Station).

In addition there are non-operational boxes from Desford Colliery Sidings (in use as an S&T Store), Linby Station (used as the Swanwick Station office) and Linby Colliery Sidings (which is open to the public as a demonstration box, renamed Brand's Siding).

The museum includes a display of signalling items.

The centre's own web page includes much useful information.

Location map here (car park) - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.

Nearest railway stations are Alfreton, Derby and Langley Mill, thence by bus. National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes. Derbyshire bus information is also obtainable here.

Please register with the organiser if you wish to join this visit.

Visit conditions strictly apply, including wearing high-vis clothing.
 
Saturday
6 May
York Meeting at the Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum.

Room opens 10.15, tables available for members to bring displays or sales.

Speakers:
1100. Paul Armstrong - “Signalling the Midland Railway”, the route from Sheffield north towards Royston Junction.
1200. Steve Gwinnett - “The Single-Needle Telegraph” as used on the GNR, and on the ECML until the 1970's.
1400. John Midcalf - “Slide Show” looking at the railway from Newcastle to Carlisle, known as "The West Line".

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information. For those of you coming by train there is a down side exit from the station footbridge which provides the shortest walking distance to the NRM.

Nearest railway station is York.

National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes.
  
Saturday
13 May
Annual General Meeting, Signet Solutions, Kelvin House, RTC Business Park, London Road, Derby DE24 8UP.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.

Nearest railway station is Derby, thence 15 minute walk. National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes. Derbyshire bus information is also obtainable here.

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE ***

Signet Solutions' premises are a secure site and it is necessary to 'book in' at the Security Desk on arrival. Malcolm Atherton will be at the check in point to assist. Will members attending please let Malcolm know by 8 May as numbers are need for catering!
  
Saturday
27 May
Visit to Great Cockrow Railway, Hardwick Lane, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 OAD.

Society members are invited to join a private visit organised by the Swindon Panel Society. Pre-booking and payment by 31st March is essential - click on the link for details and how to book.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.

Nearest railway station is Chertsey, thence 25 minutes walk. National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes. Local bus information is also obtainable here, bus routes 446 and 557 from Chertsey station stop on the A320 but do not go along Hardwick Lane.

Saturday
10 June
Committee Meeting, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.
 
Saturday
15 July
Members visit to Bluebell Railway

Arrangements have been made to visit the Bluebell Railway signal boxes courtesy of the Bluebell Railway S&T Department.

Meet at East Grinstead (see map) station (Platform 3) in good time to board the 12.05 Bluebell service. Members arriving by rail can make use of the half-hourly service from London Victoria; those coming by car will be advised about car parking in the town. For our guided tour, please purchase your own Bluebell Railway 'All Line Ticket'. Currently this is £17 (there are no senior concessions), but may be subject to increase later in the year. It is possible to make an advance 'Bonus' booking at reduced cost, on application to the Bluebell Railway (phone 01825 720800).

Our steam-hauled service arrives at Kingscote at 12.13, where we shall alight to be shown around the signal box (winner of the Siemens Signalling Award in the 2016 National Railway Heritage Awards), equipped with a beautifully restored Westinghouse 'L' power frame. Our visit will include the upper and mezzanine floors and also the relay room.

We depart on the 13.23 train for Horsted Keynes, where we arrive at 13.49 for a visit to the Grade 2 listed LBSC Type 1 box, housing a 40-lever Saxby & Farmer frame originating in 1882. We shall also be shown the lower floor and relay room.

We next proceed on the 15.04 train to Sheffield Park to view the platform-mounted knee frame, dating from the mid-1930s and now appropriately enclosed. It would be possible to leave the escorted tour on the 16.00 return train to East Grinstead, but no doubt most will want to take up the kind offer of a visit to the museum and other attractions at Sheffield Park by way of rounding off our programme.

The last train from Sheffield Park departs at 17.15, arriving back at East Grinstead at 17.55. At a suitable stage during the afternoon, we shall 'pass round the hat' to make a group donation towards the ongoing work of the Bluebell Railway's enterprising S&T Department.

National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes.

Visit conditions strictly apply, including wearing high-vis clothing.

Please register with the organiser if you wish to join this visit.
 
Saturday & Sunday
2 & 3 September
Guildex 2017

Gauge O Guild annual exhibition at Telford International Centre.

The Society will have a stand at the show. Please come along and support. More information here.

Nearest railway station is Telford Central.

National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.
 
Saturday
9 September
Committee Meeting, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.
Saturday
18 November
North West Meeting, Crewe.

Crewe North Junction Signal Box at The Crewe Heritage Centre.

Speakers: to be advised.
The Heritage Centre also houses the preserved Crewe Station “A” and Exeter West boxes.

The entrance to The Crewe Heritage Centre is situated at Vernon Way, Crewe on the west side of the West Coast Main Line. Location Map - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.

No charge will be made by The Heritage Centre for access to the site by society members. The Centre may be closed to the general public on the meeting date. Please state that you are a member of the Signalling Record Society at the site entrance.

Nearest railway station is Crewe.

National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes. Allow 30 minutes if walking from Crewe station.

Further information can be obtained from Malcolm D. Dickin, 1A Lostock Avenue, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1DR (01625 875285).
 
Saturday &
Sunday
25 & 26 November
Warley Model Railway Club Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.

Nearest railway station is Birmingham International with Elmdon Aerodrome (aka Birmingham International Airport) close by and with under cover walkway from the station into the NEC.

The Society will have a stand at the show. Please come along and support. More information here.

National Rail Enquiries for train times or Traveline for other transport modes.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.
 
Saturday
2 December
Committee Meeting, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham.

Location map here - click on the map marker for address detail and satnav information.

 


Conditions for Participation in Visits Involving Lineside Access

These condtions apply to all visits involving lineside access, regardless of whether hosted by Network Rail, London Underground, Metro, Tramway or by one of the Heritage Railways.

The operational railway is a potentially dangerous environment. Whilst every reasonable care will be taken during the visit to ensure your safety, you must understand that the Society does not carry any insurance and your participation is undertaken at your own risk. This is in accordance with Society Bylaws.

It is a mandatory requirement that you provide yourself with a clean hi-visibility waistcoat or coat meeting the specifications of GO/RT3279 Class 2.

In layman's terms this means:

  • The garment covers the whole torso
  • It is orange
  • It has reflective strips
PLEASE NOTE - Old-style mini-vests which only come half-way down towards the waist only meet class 1 of the specification and are not acceptable on Society visits. Additionally red, yellow or green garments (you will be a walking handsignal and will possibly cause a SPAD) ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. This condition is imposed on everyone coming onto the lineside. Please do not attend without suitable clothing; you will be unable to participate in the visit as the Visit Co-ordinator will have undertaken with the host company that the party will be compliant.

If you do not already have suitable hi-vis clothing this can be easily and cheaply obtained from workwear shops and on-line. Do ensure that you obtain rail-industry compliant garments, as detailed above. The Visit Co-ordinator may have some spare waistcoats available - if you wish to borrow one of these on the day you must make arrangements before the date of the visit to check one is available and reserve it for your use. They will not be brought along unless requested.

Do give some consideration to your choice of clothing on the day. Garments which consist of large amounts of red, yellow or green are not acceptable when on the operational railway, either lineside or near a signalbox, as they are 'signalling colours' and can cause confusion to train drivers, signallers and others. Any disruption to the railway caused by the wearing of such garments will cause embarrassment to the Society's reputation and could result in the hosting company refusing such visits in the future.

The hosting company Manager will give a safety brief at the commencement of the visit. Please ensure you listen carefully to the brief and comply in full with any and all instructions given during the brief.

Photography is normally permitted unless you are advised otherwise but you must comply with any restrictions advised to you on the day. In order to avoid the hosting companies imposing bans on photography you are requested to be mindful that operational signalboxes are security-critical locations and if you make photographs available for public viewing following your visit you should not display those which feature:
  1. identifiable images of railway staff, unless you have their specific permission,
  2. telephone numbers on paperwork or equipment,
  3. operational notices, instructions, memoranda, passwords, etc.,
  4. anything which could cause public embarrassment to the staff or company.
Participation in the visit will be taken as acceptance of these conditions. Members who do not follow the requirements detailed above will not be considered for future visits as, if they are refused participation by the hosting company, their place could have been taken by another member.