What's On?
(updated 07 September 2021 )

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.

ALLAN KEEF, Lea Line, Herefordshire - 2021

Allan Keef has just confirmed that, after all, their annual open day will NOT be taking place this year

However they hope to have their next open day in 2022

For more details of their operation  - see their website.


In 2021 we are pleased to confirm that we will re-open to the public from Saturday 17th April. 

We will be running a steam loco on that day to mark the start of the season. We will then be running on Saturdays plus bank holiday weekends.
Trains run from 1130 to 4pm; full details are at www.avlr.org.uk.
We have fitted screens to additional coaches, which has increased the capacity of the train, so hopefully any queues will be short..

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
2021 Enthusiasts' Days

These events depend on the Coronavirus Emergency lockdown not being re-imposed

The IRS bookstall should be attending on these dates.

Tickets can be purchased here, at a saving compared to on the gate.

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