Forthcoming Events

IRRS : Manchester

At each meeting we hope to have a selection of Irish railway books and magazines on sale. Entry is £3 for IRRS members and £5 non-members. The non member fee is refunded if you join the society on the night. Further details will be placed on this page and the news page; please check back for details or email the branch :

Planned evening and other events are below. We were that autumn 2021 events were held both online, and in person. January and February 2022 meetings will be online only, March is under review due to the latest covid guidance. If we can meet face to face, We plan to meet at the Waldorf pub, in central Manchester. Meeting ‘doors’ are now due to open at 18:45, with speakers commencing at 19:00,

Entry price is: £3 for members and £5 for non-members. The non-member fee is refunded if you join the IRRS on the night.

A selection of Irish and other transport books will usually on sale at evening meetings.

It is to be hoped you will be able to attend in person for the talks, but in case you cannot do so, it is planned that all talks will be live streamed, and will also be recorded  (so that you may watch them later).

The following speakers have agreed to talk to the Branch in person during our 2021-2022 season. All the talks are fully illustrated, with a mix of colour and black and white material. We will start the season in October 2021 and conclude in April 2022.

In the light of the emerging ‘omicron’ covid variant, the January and February 2022 meetings will be online only. Decisions on March/April  will follow in in due course. Please email the branch or use the get in touch form if you’d like the dial in details for these meetings.

January “Railway Architecture off the GNR(I) by Siobhan Osgood, followed by the IRRS: Manchester area AGM, Thursday 13-1-2022.

 February “The MGWR” Recording archives and the old Railway, by Richard McLachlan Thursday 10-2-2022

 March “The Railway photos of Graham Hoare” By Roger Joanes Thursday 10-3-2022.

 April “Lance King on the NCC” by Leslie McAlister Thursday 14-4-2022.

In addition to meetings, the Manchester Branch is also hoping to organise a series of visits, both locally and further afield. The proposed visits are listed below. Given the impact of Covid 19, all are yet to be confirmed. If interested, please contact the Branch. That will help us gauge potential support.


Also, with the end of Covid, in 2021 to 2022 we hope, as soon as practicable, to organise:


  • A visit to the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) to enjoy the railway but particularly to see the surviving ex-NIR Class 80, No. 8099. This visit will probably be in the summer of 2021 (as the ELR will reopen from 1stMay).  
  • A visit to the remains of the Beyer Peacock Works and to the Company Archive held at the Science Museum in Manchester (again, hopefully in 2021). 
  • A visit/tour to Ireland to visit the Dublin area and the Bord na Mona (BnM) system. The BnM system is due to close completely within the next 2 years. If demand is sufficient and the Covid 19 lock-down is eased adequately, this visit will be arranged as soon as possible. 
  • A visit/tour to Northern Ireland, probably early in 2022.
  • A possible visit to the Isle of Man to view the surviving CDRJC railcars and fascinating IoMR network and other transport treasures. This visit will probably be in the summer of 2022. 

More news as soon as plans are finalised. To help us to do this Those interested in joining the visit, please contact the Branch – That will help us gauge potential support for the events.


If you need to contact the Branch, then we can be contacted via the following email address:

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