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The Society has two full-day meetings each year at venues within Cumbria. The Spring Meeting incorporates the Association's Annual General Meeting and moves from site to site. It is usually held on the third Saturday in March. The Autumn Meeting is usually held on the second Saturday in November.

CRA Autumn Meeting 2017

The Cumbrian Railways Association’s Autumn Meeting will be held at the Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 0PA on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Following Member’s feedback, there will be a small adjustment to the times of the meeting, bringing the start forward by 30 minutes. Further details will be announced both on the website and in the Lakes Express.


A programme of Field Trips is planned to allow members the opportunity to visit areas that they may not normally get to see. There is one planned trip a year, with occasional extras organised if an opportunity arises which is too good to miss. The planned trip is normally held on the third Saturday in June. Full details will be posted when available – members also see their Lakes Express. It is important that trippers read the CRA Field Trip SAFETY STATEMENT. Two additional trips used to be planned to co-incide with the main CRA meetings. These were normally on the 3rd Sunday of March and 2nd Sunday of November, however, they have been suspended pro temps due to lack of numbers attending.

The Trips are open to both CRA members and non-members. A small charge may be made to cover administration and handouts. The Field Trip Organiser is Graham Worsnop. If you wish to join a trip, it is important that you let him know, as we may need to advise you of specific safety requirements or changes to arrangements. To contact Graham click HERE. If you would like to attend a trip, but are not a member of the CRA we will need to register you as a Day Member of the CRA ( note SAFETY STATEMENT ) for which a charge of £1 will be made.

Saturday June 17th 2017 – Langwathby and Long Meg, Armathwaite and Howe & Co sidings area of the Settle and Carlisle Railway.

The original intention of walking the Piel branch from Salthouse Jct, led by Howard Quayle has had to be cancelled for now, due to circumstances beyond our control. Instead, we will reinstate the trip to Little Salkeld which we had hoped to run in March 2016. This trip will meet at Little Salkeld green (post code CA10 1NN) at 10.30 am. We will walk into and around the Long Meg mines and narrow gauge tramway areas. After lunch, we will move to Armathwaite where we will visit the signalbox, now owned by FoSCL and no longer operational. We continue to the vicinity of Cotehill where we will explore the remains of the sidings and tramways associated with the various works at the Howe and Co sidings. The trip will be led by jointly led by Graham Worsnop, Graham Brooks and Ken Harper.

Details of our past Field Trips, can be found by following the link at the top of the page