Diary Dates – Meetings & Exhibitions

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FRIDAY, MAY 10 | Great Western Society (GWS). Lawn Community Centre, Guildford Ave, off Windsor Rd, Lawn, Swindon SN3 1JE, 19.15. ‘Preserving the GW Trust Photographic Collection’: Laurence Waters.

Purbeck Railway Circle. Harmans Cross Village Hall, Haycrafts Lane, Harmans Cross, Dorset. BH19 3EB. 19.30. ‘The History of the Railways of Paris’: Michael Bunn, secretary of The French Railways Society.

Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, Brunel Way, Slough station. 19.45. Big Screen Video Transport Evening (members).

SATURDAY, MAY 11 | Cornwall Railway Society. Memorial Hall, Methodist Church, Redruth. 18.30. Photographic competition and Roger Winnen’s quiz.

RCTS. Conference Room, Great Western Hotel, Exeter St David’s station EX4 4NU. 19.00. ‘Strictly Freight Only – Part 2’: Brian Ringer.

MONDAY, MAY 13 | Lincoln Railway Society. St Hugh’s Church, Harewood Cres, N Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 8JG. 19.30. ‘43 Years on the Railway’: Robin Skinner.

Friends of the National Railway Museum (South of England Group). St Paul’s Church and Community Centre, 5 Rossmore Rd, London NW1. 18.45.’ 92 Squadron Restoration Update’: Steve Lacey.

Plymouth Railway Circle. St Edward’s Church Hall, Home Park Ave, Peverell, Plymouth PL3 4PG. 19.30. Members’ photos and video evening.

RCTS. Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP. 19.30. ‘The Brighton Line Upgrade – Unblocking the Croydon Bottleneck’: Paul Mitchison and John McEntee.

RCTS. Greenfinch Church Hall, Greenfinch Ave, Ipswich IP2 0SX. 19.30. ‘A Tour de France by Narrow Gauge’: Michael Bunn.

Southern Electric Group (Sussex branch). Deall Room, Southwick Community Centre BN42 4TE. 19.30. ‘Railways & Art’: Matthew Cousins.

TUESDAY, MAY 14 | GWS. BAWA. 589 Southmead Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG. 19.45. ‘Railways in the West Country’: Peter Triggs.

LCGB (North London branch). Wood Green Social Club, 1-3 Stuart Cres, London N22. 14.00. ‘Peter Bland Collection – Part 2’: Bryan Cross.

Pewsey Vale Railway Society. Woodborough Social Club, Woodborough, Pewsey, Wilts SN9 5PL. 19.45. ‘Southwark Bridge LSWR’: Mike Day.

RCTS. The Swift, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5HD. 19.30. ‘Station to Station – Cambridge to London’: Terry Ward.

RCTS. Tilehouse Street Baptist Church, Upper Tilehouse St, Hitchin SG5 2EE. 19.30. ‘A History of the Post Office Underground Railway’: Chris Taft.

Wells Railway Fraternity. Wells Town Hall. 19.30. ‘To Scotland for Steam – Part 1’: Brian Arman.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 | RCTS/Mid Hants Railway. Eastleigh Railway Institute, Romsey Rd, Eastleigh SO50 9FE. 19.30. ‘Czech it Out’: John Godfrey.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club. Thorncombe Village Hall, Chard TA20 4NF. 19.30. ‘Patriot New Build Project’: John Barrowdale.

THURSDAY, MAY 16 | Vale of Berkeley Railway. Berkeley Arms Hotel, Berkeley, Gloucs. 19.30. ‘The Great Western Electrification’: Jill Poynton.

Lutterworth Railway Society. United Reformed Church, George St, Lutterworth LE17 4EF. 19.30. ‘Sheffield Victoria to Nottingham Victoria: The Transition from Green to Blue’: Ken Grainger.

Marlow & District Railway Society. Bourne End Community Centre, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5SX. 19.30. ‘My Railway Career and Return to the Western’: Dick Fearn.

Norfolk Railway Society. United Reformed Church Hall, Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6QR. 19.30. ‘Lines Around Stratford’: Jim Connor.

RCTS. Darlington Cricket Club, South Terrace, Feethams, Darlington DL1 1SG. 19.00. ‘Building the Replica Sandringham’: Brian Hall.

RCTS. Saltaire Methodist Chapel, Saltaire Rd, Shipley BD18 3HJ. 19.30. ‘The Railway Films of Cam Camwell’: Ian McInnes.

FRIDAY, MAY 17 | GWS. Village Hall, Stoke St Mary, Taunton TA3 5DE. 19.30. ‘Steam in the 1950/1960s from the Arthur Dodd Collection’: Mike Dodd.

LCGB (Central London branch). Main Hall, Keen House, 9 Calshot St, London N1 9DA. 18.30. ‘An Eighth Colour-Rail Journey’: Paul Chancellor.

Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, Brunel Way, Slough station. 19.45. ‘Great Railway War’: Tony Babb.

SLS. Conference Room (access via Black Swan Court Yard), Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG. 19.00. ‘The Rise, Wobble and Fall of the Commercial Light Railway’: George Falkner.

WC&P Railway Group. St Andrew’s Church Centre, Old Church Rd, Clevedon BS21 7UF. 19.30. ‘Around Bristol by Tram’: Peter Davey.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | North Eastern Railway Association. Meeting Room, Head of Steam Museum, Station Rd, Darlington. 13.30. ‘Tyneside Electrics, a Pictorial Record’: David I Fraser.

Tramway & Light Railway Society (East Midlands area). 6th Beeston Scout Hut, Middle St, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1GA. 14.00. T&LRS annual meeting at Liverpool.

MONDAY, MAY 20 | RCTS. Coventry and North Warwickshire Sports Club, Binley Rd CV3 1HB. 14.00. ‘Warwickshire Railways, Past, Present and Future: Fraser Pithie.

RCTS. Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Rd, Didcot OX11 7JN. 19.30. ‘Southampton Railways – Part 2’: Gordon Adams

RCTS. Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Maidenhead SL6 3AX. 19.30. ‘Railways of China’: Peter Robins.

CTS. Shenfield Parish Hall, 60 Hutton Rd, Shenfield CM15 8BL. 19.30. ‘An Evening with Father’s Slides’: David Cross.

Wensleydale Railway Association (Northallerton branch). Northallerton Cricket Club, Farndale Avenue DL7 8SN. 19.30. Annual meeting followed by ‘Wensleydale Railway plc’: Helen Ashworth & Rebekah Jerram.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 | Grimsby & Cleethorpes Railway Group. The No.1, Station Approach, Cleethorpes DN35 8AX. 19:30. ‘Steam in and Around York’: Chris Nettleton.

Leicester Railway Society. The Cricketers, Grace Rd, Leicester LE28AD. 19.30. ‘North from Bedford to Leicester, or Beyond if we take the Fast Train!’: John Downing.

RCTS. Woking United Reformed Church, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7HA. 19.15. ‘The Brighton Belle Restoration’: Gordon Rushton.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | Basingstoke & District Railway Society. Wote St Club, New Rd, Basingstoke RG21 7NG. 19.45. ‘Twenty Years of Cuba’: Richard Coghlan.

RCTS. Council Meeting Room 2, County Hall, West St, Chichester PO19 1RQ. 19.30. ‘The Railways of Paris’: Michael Bunn

THURSDAY, MAY 23 | Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts’ Society. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 50 Windmill St, Gravesend DA12 1BB. 19.30. ‘150th Anniversary of Midlands London Extension’: Ray Schofield.

Stevenage Locomotive Society. Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage. 19.30. ‘The GBRF Story’: John Smith (60th anniversary special meeting).

FRIDAY, 24 MAY | Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, Brunel Way, Slough station. 19.45. Members’ transport presentation evening.

SATURDAY, MAY 25 | Tramway & Light Railway Society (East Midlands area). 6th Beeston Scout Hut, Middle St, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1GA. 14.00. Outing – Carlton Colville.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 | RCTS. Methodist Church, junction of Ludwick Way and Cole Green Lane, Welwyn Garden City AL7 3PN. 14.00. ‘The Somerset and Dorset Railway’: John Day.

THURSDAY, MAY 30 | LCGB (Croydon branch). United Reformed Church Hall, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon CR0 5LP. 19.30. ‘Named Trains of the Midland Main Line’: Ray Schofield.

RCTS. Saltaire Methodist Chapel, Saltaire Rd, Shipley BD18 3HJ. 14.00. ‘Alongside the Trackside’: Steve Batty.

Stevenage Locomotive Society. Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage. 19.30. Annual meeting and ‘Tales from a Top Shed Engineman’: John Morgan.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 | GWS. Pauling Human Sciences Centre, 58 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6QS, 19.30. ‘The North Staffs – Part I’: Tommy Tomalin with Brian Sullivan.

Railway Club of the New Forest. McLellan Hall, Lymington Community Centre, Cannon St, Lymington 19.30. ‘Shillingstone Station Project’: Jack Bath.

Slough & Windsor Railway Society. The Manor, Brunel Way, Slough station. 19.45. ‘Half a Century of the RPSI’: Leslie McAllister.


SATURDAY, MAY 11 | Bloxwich (St John’s) Model Railway Club Exhibition. St John’s Methodist Church, Victoria Ave, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 3HS. 10.00-16.30. Adult £4, children (over 5 and under 15) £2. Disabled access, refreshments, 20 layouts and trade support.

Bluebell Railway Toy and Rail Collectors’ Fair. Horsted Keynes Station, Station Approach, Horsted Keynes, East Sussex RH17 7BB. 10.00-16.00. Admission by platform ticket, or free with train travel ticket or Bluebell membership card.

South West Herts Model Railway Society 39th Annual Model Railway Exhibition. Queens School, Aldenham Rd, Bushey, Herts WD23 2TY. www.southwesthertsmrs.org.uk 10.00-16.30. Adult £6, child £3, accompanied children under 15 – up to two free with each adult. Refreshments, free parking, wheelchair access. 24 layouts.

Benfleet St Mary’s Model Railway Club Exhibition, St Mary’s Church Hall, 376 High Rd, Benfleet SS7 5HL. 10.00-16.00. Adult £4, family £8. Eight layouts, second-hand stall and refreshments. 

Loddon Vale Model Railway Club Exhibition. Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield St, Swallowfield, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1QX.  www.lvmrc.co.uk 10.00-16.30. Adult £4, child £2, family (2+2) £9. Layouts, trade support, refreshments and parking.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MAY 11-12 | Glenrothes Annual Model Railway Exhibition presented by the Glenrothes Model Railway Club in the Lomond Centre, Woodside Way, Glenrothes KY7 5RA. Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 10.30-16.30. Adult £4, senior £3, child £2, Family (2+2) £11. Layouts, trade support, refreshments, free parking and disabled access.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 41st Ely & District Model Railway Club Exhibition. City of Ely Community College, Downham Rd, Ely CB6 2SH. 10.30-16.30. Adult £5, child £3, under-5s free. 22 layouts, trade support, demonstrations, children’s layout, live steam rides, miniature traction engine and train touring the grounds.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club Exhibition. Stamford Welland Academy, Green Lane, Stamford PE9 1HE. www.mdmrc.org/ 10.00-16.30. Adult £5, child (5-17) £3, family (2 + 2) £12. Free parking, refreshments, disabled access. 15 layouts, trade support, demonstrators and club stands.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 | Gauge O Guild Model Railway Exhibition. The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Rd, Doncaster DN4 7PD. www.stneotsmrc.com 10.00-16.00. Adult £10, members £5. Layouts and refreshments.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 1-2 | Shildon Model Railway Club Spring Exhibition. The Locomotive Museum, Shildon DL4 2RE 10.00-17.00. Free car park and admission. 20+ layouts and 30+ traders, modelling displays steam locomotive rides (small charge), refreshments and disabled access.

SATURDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 8-9 | The annual exhibition from the Shepton & District MRS. Venue: Doulting Village Hall BA4 4PL, Opening times Sat. 1030-1630, Sun 1000-1600, Adults £4.50, Child 12-16 £2, under 12 accompanied by a paying adult, FREE! 9 layouts, 2 preservation societies, three traders. Also open the old clubroom, at the East Somerset Railway, running N gauge “Midford” (last time at this venue) and the new clubroom in Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet (High St.) 00 and Hemyock 00 under construction. A show, 2 clubroom visits and a real steam railway – a great day out.

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