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We are pleased to announce that our application to change the charity status of the Society to that of a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) was approved by the Charity Commission on the 27th September 2023.  We have a new charity number and, of course, a new Constitution.  The Society has had charity status since 2005 and the move to becoming a CIO was the result of a lengthy consultation process with our members and a vote at the 2023 AGM to make the application.   

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of a new book
“Changing Engines”
tells the story of the transition from steam power to diesel and electric traction in the Birmingham and Rugby Districts of the London Midland Region, encompassing the former London and North Western Lines, and those of other companies subsumed into the Birmingham Division in the 1960s. Starting with the early prototypes diesel locomotives, it then covers the introduction of diesel shunters and multiple units during the 1950s, working through to the final elimination of steam in 1967 and the changes made to the end of the decade.
The book covers the organisation of the changes, ordering and allocation of locomotives, development of diesel and electric depots, reliability issues with the new traction, and the final rundown of steam duties. It is based on extensive research into surviving official records as well as contemporary reports and the reminisces of some of those involved, backed up with a comprehensive selection of colour and black and white photographs.
Retail price £30 plus £3 postage
LNWRS Members £25 including postage
Trade enquiries welcome

Upcoming Society events

The Society run a variety of events throughout the year, please check the calender on this page  for details.

The Society Exhibition Stand

The Society was represented at several exhibitions in 2023.  By doing so we reach out to potential members and spread the word of both the Society and the L&NWR itself.   Details of 2024 exhibitions we will be attending will be published early in the new year.

The Scalefour Society    Scalefour Crewe Event   3rd and 4th June at Crewe Alexandra Football Club

180th Anniversary of the founding of  Crewe Works   at the Crewe Heritage Centre,  1st July to 10th September.  The Society had a display on the site for the duration of this event and our “Steam Up” event was held there on the 9th September.

Gauge 0 Guild  Guildex 2023 at the Stafford County Show ground  2nd and 3rd September

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at the Warwickshire Events Centre  12th  to 15th October

Great British Model Railway Show at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon Warwickshire on the 28th and 29th October

Warley National 2023 at the NEC, Birmingham on the 25th and 26th November


Annual General Meeting 2024

The Society AGM will be held on Saturday 1st June 2024.  It will be held at the Dudley Canal Trust with members also being able to fully participate via Zoom.  Apart from the business of the AGM we hope to be able to arrange interesting displays and, hopefully, talks for the remainder of the day.  This notice will be updated with full details nearer to the time. 

Our Study Centre in Kenilworth Warwickshire is open every week, usually on Wednesdays and on the last Saturday of the month. See the calendar for exact dates.

We hold a “Modellers Day” each year at our Study Centre.  This year’s event was on Saturday, 8th July.  The 2024 event is booked for Saturday, 20th July. This event is open to all and visitors are encouraged to bring their own models along.

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