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Midland & North West Section technical visit and annual luncheon

With the kind assistance of Haywood & Jackson Fabrications Ltd and the Churnet Valley Railway (CVR), the committee of the Midland & North Western Section have agreed to return to a location of a previous successful technical visit and luncheon. We have secured places for up to 40 guests this year and seek the support from the whole of the Institution and the S&T Industry to make this yet another successful and enjoyable family event. The programme is as follows:

  • 10:30 Arrive and assemble at Cheddleton station for a briefing regarding the re-signalling works and a tour of the existing signal box.

  • 11:50 Depart Cheddleton station and alight at Consall station for a tour of the signal box.

  • 12:46 The luncheon train departs Consall station to travel to Ipstones Loop and back, allowing an hour and a half for lunch.

  • 14:15 Arrive at Leek Brook Junction for an explanation of the proposed signalling for the Leek extension project and a tour of the existing Signal Box.

  • 15:50 Arrive Cheddleton station to conclude the visit.

A three-course meal per individual will be provided and the menu is as follows:


Homemade Soup of the Day served with a fresh crusty roll and butter Main

Roast Topside of Beef served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy Stuffed Chicken wrapped in Bacon served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy Butternut Squash, Beetroot and Roasted Red Onion Lasagne served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables (Vegetarian)


Warm Apple Tartain served with custard with Tea, Coffee and Petit Fours

Special dietary requirements are available upon request. The cost of the technical visit, including train tickets and luncheon (excluding beverages) is £45 per adult and £35 per child (aged 5-15). All children attending must be supervised individually by an adult.

All individuals attending the technical visit MUST bring with them a railway industry high visibility vest to wear on the technical visit along with stout shoes or boots for walking on ballast and uneven surfaces. The CVR reserves the right to refuse access to the technical visit for individuals not complying with these instructions and any Health and Safety Briefing instructions.

To confirm your attendance, please send an email detailing individual names and individual meal choices of those individuals planning to attend to and All payments can be made either via internet banking sort code 09 01 51 Account 09065506 (preferred method of payment), or cheques made out to “IRSE Midland & North Western Section” and sent to the Section Treasurer Clive Williams, at: 4 Mill Rise, Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent. ST7 4UR. All payments should be received no later than Saturday 1st June 2019 unless previously agreed with the Section Treasurer. For any further details, please contact Ian James Allison on +44 (0) 7794 879286.

Please note that the Institution and administrations whose sites are visited on technical visits cannot accept any responsibility for injury, damage or other difficulty which may arise. Individuals are therefore advised to ensure that their own insurance covers all appropriate eventualities.