SOCIETY VISITS INFORMATION :
Due to the Coronavirus situation, and the widespread closure of tourist venues
and private railways, the Society’s committee took the decision in March to suspend
all visits for the time being. We
are however trying to re-organise some visits for later in the year as Government restrictions
are lifted, and on the
willingness of railway owners to host visits.
restrictions brought about by Coronavirus have led to a number of our planned
visits for this year being cancelled.
Members should still apply for visits in the normal manner
so we can assess interest.
Your cheques will not be banked until
the visits are confirmed to be taking place. If a visit is cancelled your
be returned. Cheques already sent for visits booked around March
are currently being held by the Visits Officer.
As the pandemic situation changes
daily It is not possible to say when visits will be confirmed or cancelled but
all participants will be advised as soon as a decision is made.
We organise visits to narrow
gauge and miniature railways throughout the year for the benefit of Members.
These are mostly private visits, by special arrangement with the owners or
operators of the railway.
We often get to see behind
the scenes of the railway, such as the sheds and the workshops – areas normally
off-limits to the general public. For this
reason, we restrict our visits to Members only. If you are not a member
and would like to come along on one of our visits, please join the Society first
before you complete a booking form – see our
(Membermojo) BOOKING (Now Live)
Members who have registered their
email address in Membermojo and wish
to join us on a visit,
will soon be able to book on line through our
which will take you straight to the Store Visits page,
Alongside "Store Purchase", click on "Visit Store". In the Store, you will find
a list of all Society Visits which are available for Online Booking.
Note : You will be advised when the Membermojo
booking is up and running.
In order to book a
place on a visit, click the “Quantity” box for the specific visit, select the
number of places that you would like to book, and then click on checkout. You
can pay by debit or credit card. On receipt of your booking and payment, you will receive an
automated email acknowledgement.
If you are booking for
more people than just yourself, you will be asked to contact the relevant Visits
Officer, providing the names, addresses and membership numbers (if known) in
Once you have booked your visit(s), the relevant Visits Officer will contact you
shortly before the visit with further details (including times, directions,
If you have not
registered an email address in Membermojo, or have not updated your email
address, or do not wish to book online, you can book
a visit using a Visits Form :-
Download and complete the appropriate booking form
from the links below. Note that we require the names and
addresses of everyone in your party and that (except
where stated) everyone should be a member (family members
can be Associate
Email the completed form to the appropriate
visits Officer on the form.
Payment should be made
a) by cheque (made
payable to Narrow Gauge Railway Society, writing your address on
the reverse. Send to
address given on the booking form
c) by Postal Order.
Please read the form fully as, while Covid is with
us, payment may not be immediately necessary!
Depending upon the Covid situation, the following is a list
of visits which the Society has arranged in 2020 (as at July 9th)
Rhiw Valley &
Boat house are ‘Miniatures’’ the others are 2-footers. There is also
a ‘miniature line called ‘Silverleaf’ but we are hoping to visit the 2-footer. (Note the
change of date for Silverleaf Poplar Railway; we hope to be able to visit
this, and perhaps Springfield Agricultural Railway, depending how
negotiations go, on the same day,
75 minutes drive apart
All visits are subject to a Risk Assessment, and also to the approval of the Society’s
Directors; they will also require a minimum number of participants, in order
to make them viable.
aware that not all of the railways that NGRS members attend on visits
arranged by NGRS (“Sponsored Visits”), carry insurance to protect
visitors in the case of injury or death, nor do the officers and
directors of NGRS warrant that insurance that may be held by such
railways offer adequate protection for you and those attending with
you. The officers and directors of NGRS assume no liability for injury
or death occurring during a Sponsored Visit. Please be sure that you
follow all safety precautions imposed or suggested by the railways
during Sponsored Visits.
It is most
mportant that we get more participants, at present there are insufficient to
make any of the visits viable, even if COVID-19 was not taking place.
Once we have
confirmation of visits from owners, the Society will issue an email (to
members for whom we have an email address), inviting bookings. The Society
now has an electronic visit booking system, which is fully tested and ready
to go live, as soon as visits are confirmed.
If you wish
(and if you haven’t done so already), you are welcome to contact Mike
Jackson, and express your interest in any particular visit.
You need not
send a cheque or SAE at this stage, but it is most important that we know
whether the demand is there - the booking form on its own will do, so
that we can judge this demand. You will then be advised when the visit
is declared GO. Please only send in booking forms if you are
seriously interested in the visits.
forms have already been issued for all visits, and are also available above
- if you do
not have Email access & no longer have booking forms let Mike know [SAE
appreciated] & he will forward further copies.
We will also be
making efforts to rearrange the cancelled visits for 2021, so members who
wish to take part will not miss out completely.
Thanks again for your patience and understanding, during this difficult time
To clarify the conditions for
members and others making visits to railway sites or our library,
you are advised to read our
Visits Policy thoroughly. This is also available from the Downloads page
There may be some visits where non-members or the general public may be
present, the visits form will clarify if you can be accompanied by
to become a
or to add an Associate to your membership
can be made via this website's