What's On?
(updated 30 August 2020 )

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 relevant society, NOT the IRS.

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


In 2020 we will operate every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 
from 4th April until 1st November, with the exception of October 18th & 25th.

Due to the Coronavirus, the Apedale Railway will be closed during April, 
and probably beyond that date - see here for more details

Steam traction operates on certain weekends, and at most event days.

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

Statfold Barn Railway
2020 Enthusiasts' Days

The dates for the next Enthusiasts' Open Days in 2020 are Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th August
March & June Open Days were abandoned due to the Coronavirus, but 8 & 9th August event DID take place

The next event will be the "Road & Rail Day" on 12/13th September, also with our sales stand in atendance.

Advanced bookings ONLY - no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Tickets can be purchased here.

2021 Enthusiasts' Days

Planned dates for the Enthusiasts' Open Days in 2021

20th March 2021 - 150 years of the Quarry Hunslets

12th June 2021 - TRANGKIL No 4's 50th Birthday

These events depend on the Coronavirus Emergency being over by then
The IRS bookstall should be attending on these dates.

Tickets can be purchased 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.

The April & May meetings have been cancelled due the Coronavirus - the June meeting is still undecided.

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