What's On?
(updated 02 April 2022 )

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.

The Golden Valley Light Railway (part of the Midland Railway Centre at Swanwick Junction) 
are holding a Narrow Gauge Weekend over the weekend of May 28th & 29th.

Members of the NGRS (and also of the Industrial Railway Society) have been invited to attend on Saturday 28th May, 
when the GVLR expect to have plenty of volunteers available to drag locomotives out of normally locked containers, 
for viewing / photography.

As long as we (the NGRS & IRS jointly) can muster at least 20 bookings between us, 
we have been offered discounted fares as follows:-


With Gift Aid

Without Gift Aid








Over 60





Child 5-16




(under 5s free)





(Up to 2 adults + 3 children)

The Industrial Railway Society are handling online bookings for this event, 
and bookings can be made via the e-Shop, using the following link:-


ALLAN KEEF, Lea Line, Herefordshire - 20221

Allan Keef  hope to have their next open day in 2022

For more details of their operation  - see their website.


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

Statfold Barn Railway
2022 Opening Days

Road & Rail & Ale Festival - Date and Times not yet available

The IRS bookstall should be attending on these dates.

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


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