Speaker Programme 



Thursday 17th February - 7pm start     Peter Fortune - Rhymney Railway

Due to the delayed restart of monthly meetings (at Lysaght Institute), an additional Zoom meeting is being programmed for Thurs. 17th February. Peter Fortune has very kindly agreed to show his Rhymney Railway presentation to us. In summary :-  A history from the earliest days of the ironworks in Rhymney, looking at the main line, the spur to Darren & Deri and the end on junction with the B&M, and the joint lines with the GWR to Dowlais and Merthyr.

Thursday 17th March - 7pm start   An Evening of Video Films

Our first regular meeting for two years commences in March when the Society will welcome back members and familiarise with our new surroundings by presenting a selection of video films.

Thursday 14th April - 7pm start    Peter Brabham     Railways to the Docks - John Wiltshire Collection 

Peter Brabham makes a second visit to us, in April, delving further into the John Wiltshire collection. As you may have seen in the Journals over recent years, the images are top quality and we fully expect this to be maintained when we look at John’s views of railways to the docks. For the second part of the evening Peter will be displaying previously unpublished photographs taken by Derek Chaplin. A evening well worth attending. 

Thursday 19th May - 7pm start    Peter Maddicks      4150 Fund

The 4150 Fund’s Chairman, Peter Maddicks, will present their first ever ‘talk’ in May, on a loco rescued from Woodham’s yard in 1974. Yet to return to steam, this belies  what has been achieved since that time, including the bunker, tanks and boiler. So how long to go to see 200 psi on the gauge once again? 

Thursday 16th June - 7pm start    Ray Viney     The Monmouthshire Eastern Valley & Branches

After presenting coverage of railway routes in and around Newport, our Journal Editor Ray Viney returns in June with a further selection of photographs from the Society’s photograph collection. On this occasion he will be covering the long-closed Monmouthshire Eastern Valley line and branches that served the communities and industrial sites in the valley. Starting from the terminus at Blaenavon Low Level station, we also take in the towns former LNWR high level station, then following the route through the upper reaches of the valley down to Cwmbran, terminating our journey at the lines zero-mile marker at Dock St, Newport.

Similar presentations by Ray in the past have proved to be one of the most popular in our programme and this latest talk promises to be another interesting evening.

Thursday 15th September - 7pm start    AGM followed by films

We hold our first proper AGM since 2019 and as previous AGM’s, we will have a film show  after the business concludes (format to be confirmed).

Thursday 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.

Thursday 17th November - 7pm start    Julian Worth   The Wolsztyn Experience

Thursday 8th December - 7pm start    T.B.C.