Railway & Transport Club

We meet at 7:45 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except August and December.  Contact: John Soer.

The Club has over 50 members and enables men and women of all ages to share their common interest.

We meet in the Bradbury Community Centre of the Methodist Church, in Rose Street, where members enjoy a wide range of good quality presentations on transport related subjects, with the opportunity for refreshments and time for a chat.

Future Programme

Sunday 1 July 6:00pm
Annual Church Service

17 July
The Southern through the ages from Waterloo to Southampton. (part one)
           Paul Joyce

Lots of coloured Bullieds at speed and much more etc.

Saturday 15 September
Visit to West Somerset Railway
Booking required

Monthly Review

On 15th May we took to the skies when Richard Poad told us something of the history of White Waltham Airfield, near Maidenhead. This airfield was set up in 1928 when de Havilands bought nearly 200 acres of grassland to house a flying school, which taught students for the RAF Reserve. In 1938 the RAF took over the airfield. During WWII it was the headquarters of the Air Transport Auxiliary, the men and women of which flew aircraft between factories, maintenance units and the various squadrons. During WWII this organisation delivered about 309,000 aircraft.

After the war, the airfield was the base of a number of famous aviation companies, including ML Aviation, Fairey Aviation and Fairey Air Surveys. Richard showed slides illustrating the various activities of these companies. Of particular note were the experimental aircraft developed by ML Aviation.

It was at White Waltham that Prince Phillip learned to fly, starting lessons in 1952 flying a De Haviland Chipmunk. For about 17 years the Thames Valley Air Ambulance was based at White Waltham.

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On Sunday 1st July at 6 pm Mike Boustead will conduct our Annual Service.

Then on 17th July at 7.45 pm, Paul Joyce will tell us about 'The Southern through the Ages from Waterloo to Southampton'.  Those who have seen Paul's previous presentations will know that it will be a very entertaining evening.  All are welcome.

On Saturday 15th September, we hope to visit the West Somerset Railway – the longest heritage railway in the country.  A coach will leave Rose Street at 8 a.m. for Bishops Lydeard where we will join the train to Minehead.  The return from Bishops Lydeard will be at 6 p.m., a short while after the arrival of the last steam train there.  If Minehead does not appeal, why not try alternatives such as Dunster or Watchet.  The cost is £26 for the coach and £16 for the railway.  If 50 people wish to go the cost of the coach will be £21.  If you wish to join this outing, please see Cecily Amos by 17th July.

John Soer

Annual Review for the calendar year 2017

Shak 001Thanks to the efforts of Jim Dunning, we have a enjoyed a most interesting and varied programme of meetings, ranging from the Wilts and Berks Canal, Smiths Coaches of Reading to the Metro Systems of Europe.  The talk by Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager of GWR aroused considerable interest.  Although we have lost several members in the course of the year, the average attendance has been about 36, probably greater than many similar clubs.

Our Annual Service was conducted this year by our President, Rev Catherine Bowstead, and consisted of a thought provoking look at the Book of Jonah.

In addition to these meetings we have held a Social Evening in the form of a fish & chips supper.

DSCN1547WWe do reach out into the wider community in that a significant number of those attending our meetings are not members of our Church.  For these, as well as our own members, we provide an interesting evening in welcoming company.

The sale of second-hand magazines, jig-saw puzzles and books has during the year has enabled us to send £140 to the Railway Children Charity.  We have made a donation of £600 to the Church.

John Soer