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North West Group

Since 2004, a small group of L&B members in the Lancashire/Cheshire area, including the conurbations of Liverpool and Manchester, with a common interest in supporting the L&B Trust and spreading knowledge about the line, have got together informally to organise events.

Compared to some other local L&B groups, we have comparatively few members - about 60 within reasonable travelling distance. During that time, we have tried different forms of activity. We have held informal discussion meetings over tea and cake in people’s homes, we organised a few evening lectures on the L&B and related narrow gauge topics at a room over a pub in Stockport, and we have arranged visits to local preserved railways. Thanks to the kindness of Paul Lewin, General Manager of the Ffestiniog Railway (and a keen L&B member), we had a guided tour of Boston Lodge works, and a chance to inspect progress on “Lyd” the L&B replica loco being built there.

We tried to arrange a weekend of volunteering in Devon as a group, but the logistics of arranging travel over such a distance and accommodation, made it too difficult.

From our local members, we can usually get 10-12 to attend an evening meeting.When we advertised evening lectures locally, we got 12-25 people (including some non-members and friends of members).

We raise funds for the L&B Trust by sales of products produced by members, such as the Photo Database CD and Index to L&B Magazines.

We have had most success providing an L&B Display Stand and Sales Table at a variety of local model railway exhibitions, to promote knowledge of the L&B line, and to generate interest from potential new members.

We have put together a professional-looking display stand, and we hold some stock of L&B-related books and gifts from the shop at Woody Bay to sell to visitors. Usually, we also provide an L&B model – part of a member’s layout, or perhaps a 16mm scale live steam loco – as a focal point.

From our current stalwart volunteers, we can provide a rota to man our stand at exhibitions, with each person only committed to a half-day, or one day’s attendance. We generally do about two or three such exhibitions per year, and could do more, or tour around different exhibitions, with only a small amount of extra volunteer effort.

Our membership covers a wide age range.Inevitably, the younger members have jobs and families, and their free time is limited.The retired members are enthusiastic supporters, but are sometimes reluctant to take on an organising role.

Our costs are minimal, using Email for correspondence wherever possible, so we do not charge our members to participate in the NW Area Group, nor do we make any financial demands on the L&B Trust or Railway Company.Our activities are supported by occasional donations (in cash or in kind) from individual members.

Anyone (current L&B member or not) in the North West is most welcome to make contact, and find out about events.Even better, we would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to help organise future events.

Get in touch. - you will be most welcome!

News, Stories and Forthcoming Events for the North West Group

North West Group at Rainhill Show 24 Nov 2018


The L&B NW Group is attending the 009 Society’s Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Show on Saturday 24 November 2018.

The details of this one-day event are:

Rainhill Village Hall (Teak Room), Weaver Avenue, Rainhill. Merseyside, L35 4LU

Times: 10.00 – 17.00

We will have an L&B display and sales stand and "Raleigh Weir” - a brand new L&B layout showing the line under construction in 1897/8. 

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NWAG joint meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society


The next L&B North West group meeting will be a joint meeting with the Stephenson Locomotive Society, hosted by the SLS as the opening meeting of their 2018/19 session.

The talk is called “The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Towards the Next Stage” and will be at the Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (the same venue the L&B have used in the past for meetings, but this time in a much larger room) at 14:00 on Saturday 6th October 2018.

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Vive le L&B!


This piece just in from Bob Barnard

During the summer months, it is not uncommon to hear French being spoken by visitors to Woody Bay.  But it seems unlikely that many of these visitors knew much about our favourite line before their visit.

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An Informative Afternoon in Manchester


Organisers of local meetings with a visiting speaker may worry about whether anyone will turn up on the day. That was not a problem for the L&B North West group meeting on Saturday 17 February 2018 – the small (and rather warm) meeting room in central Manchester was full to bursting point to hear Chris Duffell’s talk "Designing the Line - Turning our dreams into reality".

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North West Group Meeting 17 Feb 2018

Saturday 17 February 2018
L&B NW Group Meeting
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS (Room F14)
14:00 – 16:00
"Designing the Line - Turning our dreams into reality" - Chris Duffell
It may seem that nothing is happening until our Planning Applications are approved...  Not true!
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North West Area Group - LATEST

Two notices for members in the North West, one a reminder of an imminent event, the second confirming our first 2018 meeting with a date to put in next year’s diary.

Monday 18 December 2017

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NWAG's Day Out in Rainhill


The North West Group of the L&B had a very successful day at the 009 Society Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Exhibition on Saturday 25th November 2017.

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NWAG to attend Rainhill Narrow Gauge Show Sat 25 November 2017


The North West Group will have a display including a static model, and a sales stand at the Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling Show, in Rainhill, St Helens on Saturday 25 November 2017 from 10am to 5pm.

The show is at: Rainhill Village Hall, Weaver Avenue, Rainhill, Merseyside, L35 4LU

As well as all the usual L&B merchandise on sale, we will have several new items on sale, any of which would make a good Christmas present:

Copies of Tony Nicholson's new book 'The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - a Celebration'.

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NW Group in Wigan - 30 Sept and 1 Oct 2017


Whilst many L&B fans were enjoying the rain and mud (and Lyn, of course) in Devon, the North West Group were warm and dry in a sports hall in Wigan, with an L&B display and sales stand and a model layout – Bob Barnard’s small Chelfham diorama.

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L&B North West Group in Wigan 30 September / 1 October 2017


The L&B will have a display and sales stand, with a working L&B model layout, at the Wigan Finescale Modellers Exhibition on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017.

This is probably the largest and most prestigious exhibition in the North West, with a large number of visitors.

Unfortunately, following a change of the show date, this clashes with the L&B Gala at Woody Bay, and the entry into service of the 762 Club’s Lyn.

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