2020

Thursday 17th September - 7pm start

AGM followed 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 in video films.

Tuesday 13th October - 7pm start

Peter Jennings - Steam Railmotor no. 93

The GWS launched the steam railmotor no.93 project in 1998, the first step being the construction of a new power bogie and boiler. The assembly ran under its own steam in Nov/10 while the carriage became a rolling chassis in Oct/08. With a £768k boost of lottery funding behind it, award-winning 93 was officially launched in May 2011. Much travelled with the addition of coach 92 since then, Peter Jennings will be telling us in October of how the story unfolded on this unique vehicle (reched. from 6/19).

Thursday 12th November - 7pm start

Julian Worth - The Wolsztyn Experience

Julian Worth is one of our outlying members, so in November we will be delighted to see him with an illustrated talk of the operations at this British-led railway preservation centre in Poland. The service operators have confirmed their footplate courses would  continue throughout the winter of 2020, but their days may well be numbered.

Tuesday 8th December - 7pm start

Paul Chancellor - Colour Rail Evening

Paul Chancellor returns in December with a selection of images added to the renowned Colour Rail catalogue since his previous visit to the MRS at the end of 2019.

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2020

Thursday 16th January - 7pm start

Roger Binding - Narrow Gauge Steam Miscellany

Roger Binding delves further into his personal photographic collection in January 2020, this time taking a look through his digital images of narrow gauge lines over three continents. Those visited include a Lynton & Barnstable Gala, Brecon Mtn. Rly. charter, Isle of Man, Romania, Eritrea and in Colorado, the 45 mile, 3ft gauge Durango & Silverton Rly., bestowed the status of a National Historic Landmark.

Tuesday 18th February - 7pm start

Big Screen Video Evening.

Our popular 'big screen' video evening.

Thursday 12th March - 7pm start

Colin Boocock - Eastleigh Works

In the 1950s and 1960s, Colin Boocock was employed at Eastleigh Loco Works. He makes one of his occasional visits to us in March with a show covering the full 100+ years history of the Works, including his own experiences. The story comes up-to-date with the closure of the Works in 2006 and its resurgence in a new guise since then.

POSTPONED Tuesday 7th April - 7pm start

Ray Viney - The Eastern Valley and Branches

After completing a comprehensive coverage of railway routes in Newport during the last few years, our Journal Editor Ray Viney returns in April with a further selection of views from the society archive. On this occasion he will be looking at the long-closed Monmouthshire Eastern Valley line and branches. From the zero mile marker at Dock St and the PC&N line from Maindee Jcn, we will tracing the route from Newport up to Cwmbran and the upper reaches of the valley to the terminus at Blaenavon Low Level station, also taking in the former GWR/LNWR route to the high level station. Similar presentations in the past using the society’s photographic archive have proved to be one of the most popular in our programme and another interesting and nostalgic evening is promised.

POSTPONED Please Note:- FRIDAY 15th May - 7pm start

As an alternative to the Booked speaker we are pleased that Alex Hinshelwood will give his talk - Conwy Fix It?

For the May meeting, there is a change of speaker from that previously advertised: Alex Hinshelwood has compiled a comprehensive presentation on the Conwy Valley Line reinstatement works of 2019, after severe damage was sustained along sections of the 27-mile route when Storm Gareth struck the area. As the programme sponsor, Alex and his team successfully delivered a more resilient railway for the people of the Valley. As well as researching the history, the weather, reviewing historic failures and repairs and planning additional works to protect currently ‘at risk’ assets on the line, this presentation promises to be interesting for engineers and railway enthusiasts alike.

Please note that this is a FRIDAY meeting.

 

POSTPONED Tuesday 16th June - 7pm start

Pete Skelton - UK Steam 1960-68

Pete Skelton last gave us a talk in Nov/16 so we welcome him back, in June, with a look at British steam in the period 1960-68.  South Wales will be visited, as well as around the regions, a variety of  traction and locations, plus a few surprises. Image sources will include M. Pope, Malcolm James, Ray Hinton and N. Preedy.

Thursday 17th 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. 

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