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

20 November
Annual General Meeting
Followed by: More films with Steven Smith

15 January
The Southern through the ages from Waterloo to Southampton (part two)
           Paul Joyce

19 February
Transport in the 2020s
           Tom Beck (from WSP)

Monthly Review

img700WOur October meeting saw the return of Mike Coulson with more of his photographs of 1960s steam taken with a Brownie 127 camera.  Mike began with the Southern Region with trains at places such as Southampton, Poole, Swanage and Salisbury.  The appalling external condition of many of the engines as they neared the end of their working lives was noticeable.  Yet, most engines seemed to be in good mechanical order with few leaking steam.  Some of the firemen seemed very young; clearly there was a shortage of staff.

After our usual excellent refreshments, Mike moved to Scotland and showed photographs of types of engine rarely seen south of the border such as the BR Standards named after clans.  Then, Mike to us to the northeast of England where we saw a wide variety of locomotives.  A number of shots inside an engine shed showed that working with steam engines was often a dirty and dangerous job.  I doubt that the man snapped shovelling the ashes from a smoke-box ever regretted the demise of steam engines on the railways.

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On Tuesday 20th November we will hold our Annual General Meeting which, it is to be hoped, will not last too long.  We will then enjoy more of Steven Smith's films.  Everyone is welcome.

We then begin our programme for 2019 on 15th January when Paul Joyce will continue his journey from London to Southampton.  Those who saw Paul's first presentation will know that we are in for a treat as Paul explores not only the main line but also the various branch lines.

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