User menu

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

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.

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

The L&B at Southport and Rainford


The North West Area Group have been busy recently, attending two separate events within a period of four days.

On Wednesday 15 April 2015, Bob Barnard gave his talk “The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Then and Now” to 25-30 members of the Southport Model Engineering Club. The meeting was chaired by SMEC’s John Rothwell (himself an L&B member), and took place in the SMEC clubhouse on the outskirts of Southport, where the extensive miniature railway shares landscaped grounds with the local model boat society, who use the lake for their activities. 

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

A Lancashire Hot-pot


The L&B North West Group will be waving the flag not once but twice in the Merseyside area of Lancashire in the coming days.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

“The Lynton & Barnstaple - Then and Now”

Talk to Southport Model Engineering Club at their club house on Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2DA, starting at 20.00.

Saturday 18 April 2015

009 Society AGM and Exhibition

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

NWAG Successful day in Stafford


The L&B North West Area Group had a successful and enjoyable day at the G Scale Society National Event on Sunday 22 March.

Peter Ainley, Bob Barnard and John Berry were busy most of the day explaining to visitors about the L&B, its revival and its plans for the future. There was also a steady demand for L&B merchandise and promotional leaflets throughout the day.

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

North West Group Future Events


Members of the North West Area Group will be promoting the L&B at the following events in the coming weeks:

Sunday 22 March 2015 - G Rail National Event

Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD

10.00 – 17.00

L&B display stand, sales table and G Scale L&B stock on show.

Wednesday 15 April 2015 - L&B Talk to Southport Model Engineering Club

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

L&B at the G Scale Society, Stafford


The Lynton & Barnstaple’s North West Area Group will return to the G Scale Society National Event this year.

The event will be held at Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD, on Sunday 22nd March 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

L&B at Southport – 8/9 November 2014


The L&B’s North West area group had a very successful and enjoyable weekend at the Southport Model Railway Society Exhibition on the Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 2014, with a display and sales stand. 

Posted By Bob Barnard read more

L&B talk to Manchester Model Railway Society


Bob Barnard gave his talk "The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Then and Now" to about 20 members of Manchester Model Railway Society, at their Sale clubhouse on Friday 12 September.

Posted By Bob Barnard read more
Posted By Bob Barnard read more

L&B Talk, Manchester, Saturday 14th December


The L&B talk at the Friends Meeting House proved to be an oasis of calm in the heart of a frenetic pre-Christmas Manchester city centre. 

Posted By Bob Barnard read more


Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

The Denes button Fox and Goose button Lynton Cottage Hotel button Moorlands button