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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

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. 

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The L&B NWAG at Apedale Valley Gala 14/15 September 2013


The L&B NW Area Group had a display and sales stand at the Moseley Railway Trust's Apedale Valley Light Railway Gala on 14 and 15 September 2013. Alongside the stand was "Barnstaple Town" in 009.

Peter Ainley and Bob Barnard manned the stand on Saturday, with assistance from John Berry during the day. On Sunday, Bob and Sue Barnard were in attendance.

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NW Group to attend Apedale Valley Railway Gala 14/15 Sept 2013


The L&B's North West Group will have a stand at the Moseley Railway Trust's Apedale Valley Railway, near Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2013.

As well as the usual display boards and sales table for L&B merchandise, the stand will feature Bob Barnard's "Barnstaple Town" 009 layout (a small part of one of the layouts seen at the L&B World feature at the 2012 Warley Show).

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15/16 June: The L&B at Wigan Finescale Exhibition


The L&B North West Area Group had a society stand at the large Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers Exhibition on 15/16 June 2013.

Our stand was located adjacent to the spectacular L&B-inspired “Cliffhanger” layout in the largest of the three halls, whilst L&B rolling stock was to be seen on several other narrow gauge layouts at the show.

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North West Area Group to attend Wigan Finescale Modellers Show


North West Area Group attend Wigan Finescale Modellers Show


Members of the North West Group are to have a stand at the large and popular Wigan Finescale Modellers show 15/16 June. Anyone in the area with an interest in the L&B and in the progress being made in its restoration is warmly invited to come and have a chat with us.  The L&B stand will be next-door to the well-known layout Cliffhanger.

Details of the show venue and opening times are as follows:

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North West and West Midlands Groups at G Scale gathering


North West and West Midlands Groups at G Scale National Gathering, Stafford


Peter Ainley, Mike Whiteaker and Bob Barnard pose for a photograph in front of the display

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North West Area Group at Preston, March 2011


The N W Support Group made its usual flag waving attendance at the Wigan show in early December 2010 and were approached by the Preston Show organiser offering us a free if small space to do a similar exercise on their week-end of the 3rd/4th March this year. We had already discussed this show as an experiment in expanding our area of influence during the previous year, but the snow of 2010 cancelled that possiblity anyway.

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