The September slot is taken up as usual by our AGM. Once business is out of the way, we’ll indulge ourselves in video films.
Tuesday 18th October - 7pm start
Dave Postle - The North & West Route (Abergavenny - Shrewsbury) and Branchlines.
We welcome back Dave Postle (curator of Kidderminster Rly. Museum) in October. Dipping into their huge photographic collection, we’ll take a steam-days jaunt along the N&W from Abergavenny to Shrewsbury, taking a quick peek down some of the branchlines that intercepted the route, along the way.
Thursday 17th November - 7pm start
Pete Skelton - Railways on the Medium Format, inc. Derek Short Tribute.
Not since the late 90s has Pete Skelton given us one of his high quality medium format shows so he’s well overdue a visit when he comes along in November. Pete is much travelled and has an extensive collection of the very best railway images. He was also a close friend of the Late Derek Short, who gave the MRS a number of shows in the 90s and 2000s. We will also see a selection of some of Derek’s surviving images.
Tuesday 6th December - 7pm start
Jeff Morgan - Rails through the Tongwynlais Gap. An Historical Perspective.
Another guest speaker with whom we’ve not had the pleasure of their company for a number of years is Jeff Morgan. His previous visit brought us the Barry Docks story, but in December we’ll take a look at the railways that pass through the so-called Tongwynlais Gap. Jeff’s photography begins in the early 1980s when the last vestiges of coal traffic was still extant, while the ‘Big Hill’, Radyr Yard and mechanical signalling was part of the everyday railway scene.
Thursday 12th January - 7pm start
Colin Boocock - Railways through the Mountains.
Colin Boocock makes a return to the MRS in Jan. 2017 with a visit to the mountains, covering a wide range of railway in Europe and elsewhere, the common feature being that they run through, between, around or up mountains. The show studies methods of climbing or tackling the challenging geography, as far afield as Romania, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, S. America and Asia. Steam, diesel and electric will feature, as well as rope and horse haulage. Plus the stupendous scenery, of course!
Tuesday 14th February - 7pm start
Big Screen Video Evening.
February will be our popular ‘big screen’ video evening.
Thursday 16th March - 7pm start
Simon Castens - The Titfield Thunderbolt & Camerton Branch.
Deferred from early 2012, Simon Castens comes over from Bath in March to tell us of the rural Limpley Stoke – Camerton branch (closed to passengers 1925, closed to freight 1950) and the classic 1953-released Ealing comedy film, shot on location in the Cam valley, The Titfield Thunderbolt. Over the years, Simon has acquired numerous images of the line, the filming in 1952 that took place of course, plus the rail scene of the day in the wider area. Sources include Ivo Peters, Bernard King, Maurice Dean and the Westbury guard on the train in the film, Harold Alford.
Tuesday 11th April - 7pm start
Ray Viney - Newport's Railway Past - The Monmouthshire Railway in Newport
In April, our Journal Editor Ray Viney will be displaying for the first time on the big screen, photographs, maps, and aerial views illustrating the history and infrastructure along the Monmouthshire Railway’s route through the Borough of Newport, from Malpas on the Eastern Valley, through Dock Street and on to the Western Valley at Bassaleg. The company’s street lines in central Newport will also feature. The images have been selected from the MRS photograph collection, started by Ray 23 years ago to primarily complement the Journal.
Thursday 18th May - 7pm start
Matthew Golton - The Development of IEP 800 Passenger Services on the GWML.
Matthew Golton has many years of railway management experience, initially with National Power before moving on to EWS and GWR. Currently the GWR Business Development Director, Matthew will pay us a visit in May to provide a unique insight into the development of a new passenger service through the introduction of the IEP 800 series trains and the upgrade of the GWML.
Tuesday 13th June - 7pm start
Mike Clemens - Railways in Dorset & Somerset. Penrhyn & PadarnSlate Quarry
In 2017 Mike Clemens will be working on a book covering the railways of Dorset & Somerset (ie not just the Somerset & Dorest Railway).When he makes this visit it will be the first time that Mike will have projected the images publically, in the first half of the show. For the second half, we'll enjoy something Welsh, The Penrhyn & Pardarn Slate Quarry, including cine film shot in the 1940s.
Thursday 14th September - 7pm start
AGM follow by Video Films.
The September slot is taken up as usual by our AGM. Once business is out of the way, we’ll indulge ourselves video films.