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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

NW Group at G-Rail Event Stafford


Peter Ainley and Bob Barnard once again took the NW Group stand to the G Scale Society AGM and narrow gauge event at Stafford County Showground on 20 March 2016.

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A Successful Meeting in Manchester


It is always uncertain how many people will attend a local group meeting, and nerve-wracking for the organisers, particularly when a visiting speaker is arranged.  We need not have worried though; although the previous day had been cold and snowy, bright sunshine brought no less than nineteen people, including a few non-members, out on Saturday 5 March 2016 to hear Paul Gower give one of his legendary talks about the L&B.

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REMINDER - NW Area Group Meeting Saturday 5 March


The North West Area Support Group of the L&BR Trust is holding a meeting at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS, from 2.00pm to around 4.30pm on Saturday 5th March. All members within reach of Manchester are welcome to attend.

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Next NWAG meeting Saturday 5 March - Revised


The next meeting of the North West Area Group will take place at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street , Manchester M2 5NS on Saturday 5 March 2016 commencing at 2.00pm.

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North West Group at Merseyside Model Railway Exhibition


Only a few days after Bob Barnard’s talk to the Ffestiniog Railway Group and Chester Model Railway Club, the North West Group had a display and sales stand at the Merseyside Model Railway Society’s annual exhibition in Wallasey, Wirral, on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015.

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NWAG visit FR Group at Chester 28 October


Ffestiniog Railway Members meet in Chester to hear about the L&B

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Successful North West Group meeting in Manchester


There was a modest attendance at the Friends Meeting House in central Manchester on Saturday 17th October 2015 for a meeting of the NW area group.

There was much discussion including photographs of the recent progress at Woody Bay, Chelfham, Snapper, etc. as well as the advancing progress in building the components for Lyn - due at Woody Bay by September 2016.

The Planning Application documents were also viewed and discussed.

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L&B NW Group Meeting, Manchester - Saturday 17 October 2015


In response to interest from members in the North West, we have booked a room for an Area Group meeting from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 17 October 2015 at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS.

This venue is located in central Manchester – just behind the Central Library in fact.  We realise it may not be ideal for all, but do try to come along and suggest alternative venues…

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Calling all members in North West England!



The North West Area Group is planning a meeting for members in the area to be held at:

The Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

From 14:00 to 16:30 or so on Saturday 17 October 2015.

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L&B NWAG at Apedale Valley Light Railway


The L&B NW Group were made very welcome, and spent an enjoyable weekend, at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s “Locos from Leeds” Gala near Stoke-on-Trent on 16-17 May 2015.

Peter Ainley and John Berry manned the NW Group’s sales and display stand on the Saturday, John returning to set up on the Sunday morning as he lives nearby, and then handing over to Bob Barnard for the rest of the day.

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