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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

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:

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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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North West Group at Garden Railway Show, Stafford


Whilst the L&B Gala was in full swing at Woody Bay on Sunday 14 May 2017, the L&B North West Group were manning their usual stand at the annual Garden Railway Show organised by the G Scale Society at Stafford County Showground.

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A ‘Virtual’ Speaker for the North West Group


L&B members scattered around the country usually read of the latest land purchase or rolling stock development in the Magazine, whilst many of them also get more frequent updates via our topical website.  But we do not always get a true impression of the sheer quantity of work, and the complex planning, that is behind the announcement of each small piece of the jigsaw of rebuilding the railway falling into place.

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NWAG Meeting – Saturday 8th April 2017


The next meeting of the North West group of the L&B will take place on Saturday 8th April 2017 at our usual venue, the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS, from 1400 to 1600.

We intend that the middle hour or so of the meeting will be a Skype video link with L&B Company Director and longstanding L&B historian Keith Vingoe, who has kindly agreed to update us, from his home in deepest Cornwall.

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NWAG at the 009 Society Narrow Gauge Model Railway Show, Rainford, 1 April 2017


The North West group of the Lynton & Barnstaple were invited back to this biennial show, which is organised to coincide with the 009 Society’s AGM when it visits the north. We had attended once previously, in 2015. The AGM draws narrow gauge enthusiasts from all over the country, in addition to the local visitors, making for a busy day, but with a lot of interest in the L&B.

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North West Group events - 1st and 8th April 2017


The North West group of the L&B will have a display / sales stand and a working model layout depicting Chelfham viaduct and station, at the following event:

Narrow Gauge Model Railway Show
All Saints Parish Hall and Rainford Village Hall
Nr St Helens
WA11 8HE

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North West Group News and Dates for 2017


In 2016, the NW group arranged a successful programme of events, including:

• Two afternoon meetings in Central Manchester
• A stand at two exhibitions, in Stafford and Wallasey
• A visit to Alan Keef’s Open Day to view progress with Lyn
• Three talks about the L&B, given to local groups of the Talyllyn and RCTS, and to members of Manchester Model Railway Society

Also, publicity was given to the L&B in an article published in the December 2016 issue of the 009 Society magazine “009 News”.

So, what are our plans for 2017?

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