Furness, Lakes & Lune [FLL]

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The Furness Lakes and Lune Branch draws it members from all parts of Cumbria, North Lancashire and even the Isle of Man. Its home is the renowned railway town of Carnforth and meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of each month between October and May at the Royal Station Hotel which is conveniently located close to Carnforth Railway Station. Attendances over recent years have varied between 25 and 40 but diminished somewhat after the necessary suspension for Covid. However, having resumed in January 2022, they do appear to be on the rise once again.

The meetings enjoy an active and interesting programme to inform and entertain our members about the past, present and future railway scene, locally, nationally and beyond, ranging from North-West based photographers featuring Local and Regional Lines, Heritage Rail lines, New and Restoration Locomotive builders, Continental railways, historic subjects and other regional transport systems. Indeed, the largest attendance in recent years was for a presentation by the Blackpool Tram Company.

The Branch has traditionally organised a summer outing, most recently to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining railway near Keswick. We hope to re-introduce these in due course.

For historic reasons, the Branch is run by a small voluntary Committee, and unconventionally, does not have a chairman, preferring to share tasks between members.

Visitors are always welcome to meetings, particularly if they are holidaying in the nearby Lake District.

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Alan Sattenstall
tel: 01524 34840
email: furnesslakesandlune@rcts.org.uk
49 Sefton Drive, Lancaster, LA1 2QD



Minutes Secretary and R.O. (and local media) reporter



David Bousfield

Assistant Treasurer and Committee Member

Will Gibson

Newsletter Editor


Publicity Officer

John Owen

Outdoor Events Organiser


Meeting reports

Carnforth to Wennington

17 May 2022

      Roy Davies visited the Branch to talk about his book, published in Autumn 2021 by Middleton Press, covering the history of the railway network between in the…

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Rails,Railwaymen and literature

12 Apr 2022

RCTS FURNESS, LAKES & LUNE BRANCH Railways, Railwaymen and Literature by Prof. Paul Salveson Wednesday 6th April 2022 At the April meeting of the Branch Professor Paul Salveson entertained the…

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Furness lakes and lune presentation

09 Mar 2022

RCTS FURNESS, LAKES & LUNE BRANCH Bahamas, the Story of a Locomotive by Peter Skellon Wednesday 2nd March 2022 Peter Skellon of the Bahamas Society presented an illustrated talk on…

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Furness lakes and lune meeting

07 Feb 2022

On the 5th January 2022 the branch welcomed one of our own members Mike Ellis to give a presentation on “Hest Bank and beyond”. Mike started his talk by outlining…

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Life on the west coast railway in the 1960s

21 Jan 2022

On the 5th January 2022 the branch welcomed Len Clark to give a presentation on “Life on the West coast railway in the 1960s”. Len gave us a brief outline…

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AGM minutes

15 Dec 2021

MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021 Held at the Royal Station Hotel, Carnforth Wednesday 1st December 2021   Welcome   Alan Sattenstall welcomed members to the meeting   Apologies for…

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Colour rail

07 Dec 2021

Furness lakes and lune presentation On the 1st December the branch had its first live meeting since 6th March 2020 so it was a real pleasure to welcome Paul Chancellor…

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Friday 3rd May 2019 · ‘Sounds like Trains’

03 May 2019

Presenter: David Bousfield Our speaker had set himself a tough task as he was attempting to illustrate railway sounds with matching images. David introduced his session by outlining the different…

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