What's On?
(updated 05 January 2018 )

From time to time members of the Industrial Railway Society and the IRS emailing list send in details of various events and open days around the country. As a service to members and other visitors to our website we are listing some of these announcements below, together with the sender's name and email address (when known).

However please note that the IRS cannot take any responsibility for the accuracy of these announcements or even be sure whether they will actually take place. If you have any queries, please address them to the sender, NOT the IRS.

If you want your event listed on this page, please drop an email to Bob Darvill.


In 2018 we will operate every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday from 31st March until 27th November.

 Additionally, we operate Sundays of Bank Holidays weekends, the Sunday of the second complete weekend of each month 
and every Sunday during May, June, July, August and up to 2nd September.

Steam traction operates on Bank Holiday weekends, the second complete weekend of each month and at most event days.

For more details of our operation and Special Event Days - see our website.

Irish Railway Record Society (London Area) - Thursday 18th January 2018

19.00 – 21.45 in the Function Room of the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON, WC1X 8JR (accessible by stairs only)

Subject : Port, Harbour and Military Railways” by Andrew Waldron

Leading Irish Industrial Railway Historian, Andrew Waldron, looks at the Port and Harbour Railways of Ireland, including Dublin, Belfast and many other locations, followed by a focus on various Military Railway applications from the 1880s to the 1990s. He will use many rare and previously unseen photos, from the unique Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners railway system and the Belfast Port and Dock Authority through to dozens of images showing the use of railways by the Military Authorities throughout Ireland. A treasure trove indeed! 

Entry fees : £3 for IRRS members; £5 for non-members
We will be delighted to welcome any IRS members on the evening.

Statfold Barn Railway - 2018 Enthusiasts' Days

The dates for the Enthusiasts' Open Days in 2018 have now been confirmed as Saturdays 24th March, 9th June and 8th September.
The IRS bookstall will be attending on all these dates.

The invitation request form is available to download here.

Stoomcentrum Maldegem, Belgium - 2018 Steam Festival

Next year’s steam festival, will be held at Maldegem, Belgium, on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of May, 2018.

For more details you can download a copy of their press release here.

We have received an invitation for IRS members to attend the above Meetings which take place at 14:00 on the second Tuesday of the month
from September to June at the Wood Green Social Club, 2 Stuart Crescent, London N22. Please support them.

The nearest Tube Station is Wood Green. Plenty of buses run locally, travel to the site by car is not advisable.

Further details of meetings can be found on their website

Contact details are stratford_tony@hotmail.com

"Rocks by Rail" - Cottesmore
(Rutland Railway Museum)

The Museum is open for viewing Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays all year round and operates on the third Sunday of each month.

For more details see their website.

Information can also be found on the Facebook page

Heritage Open Days - North East Area

Darlington Railway Centre & Museum
Behind the scenes guided tours (bookings required). Museum Open Sat/Sun 10.00-16.00

George Stephenson's Birthplace Museum Wylam
Open Sat/Sun 13.00-17.00

Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington
A chance to look inside the derelict buildings on site. Tours on Sunday 11.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00. Museum open as normal.

Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle
1840's tunnel built for a coal waggonway. Tours Fri-Mon 14.00 & 16.00 (Booking required).

Further information on these events can be found at www.heritageopendays.org