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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bromsgrove Rly Club. St Godwald’s Church Hall, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove. 19.45. ‘The Rise and Fall of British Steam’: Ralph Ward. Burton Railway Society. Marston’s Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-upon-Trent. 19.30. Annual meeting followed by ‘Loco Sheds L to M excluding London’ (illus): Chris Banks. Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS). St Thomas’s Church Back Room, Bramford Lane, Ipswich. 19.30. ‘Roade to York’: Robin Patrick. THURSDAY, APRIL 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continental Railway Circle. St Paul’s Church Centre, Rossmore Road, London (near Marylebone station). 19.15. ‘Sri Lanka in the 1970s’: Les Nixon. Ffestiniog Railway Society (North Staffs Area Group). Newcastle Conservative Club, Merrial St., Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs ST5 2AW. 19.30. ‘The Glorious Years’: John Perkin. Great Central Railway Society (Rotherham branch). The Three Horseshoes, Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 2BW. 19.30. ‘The Isle of Man – A Transport Wonderland’: Howard Turner. Lutterworth Rly Soc. United Reformed Church, George St, Lutterworth, Leics. 19.30. ‘Modern Day Freight on England’s Waterways’: Nick Hill. Nuneaton Rly Circle. Chilvers Coton Conservative Club, Bridge Street. 19.45. ‘The Keith Pirt Collection’: Roger Hill. RCTS. The Crown Public House, Market Square. Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. 19.30. ‘Railways around Kent’: Geoff Dunster. Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS). Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh. 19.30. ‘Early History of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’: Professor Chris Harvey MSP. Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS). St John Ambulance Centre, Sandes Avenue, Kendal. 19.15. ‘45 Years On – Then and Now Part 1’: Eric Bartlett. FRIDAY, APRIL 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society. Altrincham Methodist Church Hall, Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. 19.30. ‘Modern Traction in the UK 1980s to the Present Day’ (illus): Phil Taylor. Non-members £3. Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (Birmingham Area Group). Northfield Library, Church Road, Northfield, Birmingham. 19.30. ‘Another Steamy Affair’: Dave Besley. Kettering & District Locomotive Society. Cornmarket Hall, London Road, Kettering. 19.45. ‘Mr Colour-Rail presents his new catalogue’: Ron White. RCTS. St Peters Church Hall, Church Road, Filton, Bristol. 19.30. ‘A Study of the Great Western Bath to Bristol Main Line’: Brian Arman. RCTS. West Riding Branch. Observations at Doncaster and Wabtec. 12.00. Contact Malcolm Riley 01274 589488, mobile 07887 908501. Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, West car park, Slough station. 20.00. Annual meeting. SLS. Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 19.00. ‘Modern Developments in Rail Ticket Retailing – A View from Chester-Le-Street’: Alex Nelson. SLS. Settlement Centre, Union Street, Middlesbrough. 19.00. ‘Steam and Freedom’: John New. SATURDAY, APRIL 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bournemouth Railway Club. Winton Methodist Community Centre, Alma Road, Bournemouth. 14.30. ‘A Tale of Two Cities – The Contrasting Railway Fortunes of Bradford and Leeds’: Dave Peel. MONDAY, APRIL 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matlock Railway Club. The Duke William, 91 Church Street, Matlock. 20.00. ‘Vintage Transport Wonderland’: Howard Turner. N. Yorkshire Moors Rly (Northallerton Group). RAFA Club, North End, Northallerton. 19.30. ‘The Waverley Route’: Ken Falconer. Peak Rail (Sheffield Branch). The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG. 20.00. ‘Trains in the Desert’ (illus): Richard Paget. RCTS. The Elwick Club, Church Road, Ashford. 19.30. ‘The Spa Valley Railway Extension’: Brian Halford. RCTS. Small Hall Croydon Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon. 19.30. ‘Delivering the Oyster Card to London’: Richard Thomas.
RCTS. The Lever Club, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight. 19.45. Branch annual meeting and members’ slides with an RCTS theme. RCTS. British Rail Sports and Social Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough. 14.00. ‘Engine Sheds Part 1’: Chris Banks. Southern Electric Group (Sussex branch). Deall Room, Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street, Southwick. 19.30. ‘A photographic selection from the collection of the late J.J. Smith of Eastbourne’: Tony Hillman. Swansea Vale Railway Society. Red Lion Hotel, Morriston, Swansea. 20.00. ‘Memories of Steam and Diesel 1958-1990’: Val Friedenfeld. York Rly Circle. Archbishop Holgate’s School, Drama Studio, Hull Road, York. 19.30. ‘LMS Locomotives – slides from the Armstrong Collection’ (illus): David Tyreman. Admission: non-members £2. TUESDAY, APRIL 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Anglian Railway Museum (North London branch). First Floor Meeting Room, The Drill Hall Sports Club, Old Park Avenue, Enfield, Middx. 20.00. ‘The Historic Aircraft Collection’ (illus): Howard Cook. Adm: £2.50. Visitors welcome. Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society. Emmanual Baptist Church Hall, Windmill Street, Gravesend. 19.45. ‘UK Steam from 1958’ (illus): Alan Chandler. Loco Club of Gt Britain (LCGB). St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford. 19.30. ‘50 Years of UK Steam’: Hugh Ballantyne. LCGB. The Wood Green Social Club, 3 Stuart Crescent, Wood Green, London, N22 5NU. 19.30. Monthly meeting. RCTS. Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham 19:30. ‘In Retrospect – Covering the Years 1978/1988/1998/2008’: Roger Jones. RCTS. St Thomas’s Reformed Church, Langley Road, Watford. 19.30. ‘My Career in British Railway Signalboxes’: Malcolm Riley. Rugby Railway Circle. Rugby United Railwaymens Club, Railway Terrace (corner of Spring Street), Rugby. 20.00. ‘Trans-Pennine Traction in the 1980s’ (illus): Derek Huntriss. Southern Electric Group (South Hampshire Branch)/LRTA. Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh. 19.30. ‘Railways of Hampshire’ (illus): Stephen Bigley. St Andrews Railway and Transport Society. Madras College, Kilrymont Road, St Andrews KY16 8DE. 19.30. ‘That Was Then – This Is Now’: Ian Lothian. Weston super Mare Railway Society. The Conservative Club, Alexandra Parade, Westonsuper-Mare. 20.00. ‘The Dragon’s Dying Breath’: Ken Horan. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grimsby & Cleethorpes Railway Group. The RAF Club, 5 Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LQ. 19.30. ‘Classic Film Night’: Bill Hutchins. Historical Model Rly Society (HMRS) (East
‘WARSHIP’ No. D834 Pathfinder exits Box tunnel in Wiltshire with a rake of ‘Southern Pullman’ coaches, heading for Bath and Bristol on April 16, 1963. The loco-hauled rake was deputising for the unavailable ‘Bristol Pullman’. ‘Development of Diesels on the Western Region’ is the topic of Bob Tiller’s talk to the Thorncombe Rail Activities Club on April 15 (see below). G.A. RICHARDSON.
Midlands Area Group). HMRS Museum and Study Centre, Swanwick Junction. 19.30. ‘The Great Western Broad Gauge’: Ken Grainger. Oxfordshire Railway Society. Seacourt Day Centre, Botley, Oxford. 19.30. ‘Moscow to Beijing’: Howard Quayle. RCTS. Hitchin Christian Centre, Bedford Road, Hitchin. 19.30. ‘The Longmoor and Shoeburyness Military Railway’: Mike Walshaw. SLS. YMCA, Bridge Street, Guildford. 19.30. TBA. THURSDAY, APRIL 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LCGB. Chiswell Green URC Hall, Watford Rd, St Albans. 19.30. ‘Railways at Home & Abroad’: Nick Lera. RCTS. The Brunswick Methodist Hall, Newcastle. 18.30. ‘Rails to the Arctic’: Phil Lockwood and Enid Vincent. FRIDAY, APRIL 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, West car park, Slough station. 20.00. ‘Good Friday big screen evening’. MONDAY, APRIL 13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln Rly Soc. St Hugh’s Church Hall, Harewood Crescent, North Hykeham, Lincoln. 19.30. ‘Is the Master Cutler a South Yorkshireman?’: Martin Bromley. SLS. New Trinity Parish Hall, Saltcoats, Ayrshire. 19.30. Ayrshire centre annual meeting and members’ night. TUESDAY, APRIL 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kent & East Sussex Railway (Sussex Area Group). Westham Village Hall, Pevensey. 19.30. ‘Memories of 2008’: John Scrace. Great Western Society (GWS). BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol 4. 19.45. ‘More Golden Oldies’, Peter Gray. Pewsey Vale Rly Society. Social Club, Smithy Lane, Woodborough. 19.45. ‘Women and the Great Western Railway’: Dr Rosa Matheson. Stalybridge Station Railway Society. The Buffet Bar, Platform 1, Railway Station, Stalybridge, Cheshire. 20.00. ‘Free for All slide evening’. Real ale provided by pub, slides provided by members. Tewkesbury YMCA Railway Society. The YMCA, Church Street, Tewkesbury. 20.00. ‘Railway Landscapes Through The Seasons’: Paul Woollard. Wells Railway Fraternity. Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Somerset. 19.30. ‘Railway Ancestors (A Guide to the Staff Records of the Railway Companies of England and Wales 1822–1947)’: David Hawkings. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basingstoke & District Railway Society. Wote Street Club, New Road, Basingstoke. 20.00. ‘The Midland & Great Northern Joint Line’: Max Wilkinson. Nene Valley Railway. Cherry Tree public house, Oundle Rd, Peterborough. 19.30. ‘Further Cine Films from the Archives’: Frank Banfield. RCTS/Mid Hants Railway/Somerset & Dorset
Railway Trust. Eastleigh Railway Institution, Romsey Road, Eastleigh. 19.45. ‘Goslings Gallivants’: Paul Gosling RCTS, West Riding Branch. Day out to Nuneaton for observation. Contact Malcolm Riley 01274 589488, mobile 07887 908501. Severn Valley Rly (South Eastern branch). Wenlock Arms, Wenlock Road, Islington, London. 19.30. Members’ slides. Thorncombe Rail Activities Club. Thorncombe Village Hall, Thorncombe, Chard. 19.30. ‘Development of Diesels on the Western Region’: Bob Tiller. THURSDAY, APRIL 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brecon Railway Society. R.A.F.A. Club, The Struet, Brecon. 19.30. ‘Pot Pourri – Here & There, Familiar & Unfamiliar’: Mike Clemmens. LCGB. Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. 19.30. ‘Roade to York’: Robin Patrick. Telephone 01925 226473 for details of venue. Lutterworth Rly Soc. United Reformed Church, George St, Lutterworth, Leics. 19.30. ‘Metropolitan Water Board Railway’: Alan Foote. Marlow & District Railway Society. Red Cross Hall, Victoria Road, Marlow, Bucks. 20.00. ‘The Tour de France – by Narrow Gauge’: Mike Bunn. Nuneaton Railway Circle. Chilvers Coton Conservative Club, Bridge Street. 19.45. ‘New Measurement Train and Test Trains’: Andrew Royle. RCTS. The Scout Building, Widdowfield Street, Darlington. 19.00. ‘BTC Police’: Brian Bell. RCTS. Saltaire Methodist Chapel, Saltaire Road, Shipley. 19.30. ‘Random thoughts about the Railways’: Stanley Hall MBE. SLS. St John’s URC Hall, Mowbray Road, New Barnet. 19.30. ‘Pictures from the Society’s Photographic Collection’: Keith Greenwood. FRIDAY, APRIL 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GWS. Lawn Community Centre, Guildford Ave., Off Windsor Rd., Lawn, Swindon SN3 1JE. 19.00. ‘Travels with a Camera’: Bernard Pearce. GWS. Village Hall, Stoke St Mary, Taunton. 19.45. ‘More Golden Oldies’: Peter Gray. LCGB. Keen House, Calshot St, London NW1. 19.00. ‘50 Years of Slides’: John Cramp. Purbeck Railway Circle. Catholic Hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage. 19.30. ‘The Railways of Southampton Docks’: Bert Moody. Admission: Donations invited for Swanage Railway Trust. RCTS. Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh. 19.30. ‘Steam in Ayrshire in the 50s and 60s’: Bill Hamilton. Scarborough Railway Society. Public Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough. 19.30. ‘York to York via Penzance, 1980s style’: Geof Dickson. Shropshire Rly Society. The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury. 19.30. ‘Just Pacifics’: Douglas Capewell. Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, West car park, Slough station. 20.00. ‘More family transport memories’: John Milner.
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