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

16 January 2018
Paddle Steamers yesterday and today
           John Allen

John will outline the history of the Paddle Steamer.  In Part 2 he will tell us about the Waverley and Kingswear Castle which still sail today.

Saturday 27 January
Social Evening 6:30pm

20 February
Black Country Odyssey
           Steve Bacon

Moving north from the Wilts and Berks Steve will tell us about the canal network in Britain's industrial heartland.

20 March
The Life and Work of Branch Line Photographer Maurice Deane
           Mike Fenton

17 April
Railway Archaeology
           Mark Casson

15 May
History of White Waltham Airfield
           Richard Poad

Richard who himself was a pilot tells us the history of this local airfield.

19 June
'No Need to ask a Policeman'
           John Soer

The posters, official postcards and maps of the Underground finishing with a brief survey of the rolling stock.

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.


Monthly Review

Our October meeting saw the return of Steve Ollive who this time showed slides of 'Trams and Metro Systems in Europe'.  There could be no better place to start than at the tramway museum at Crich, Derbyshire where it is possible to ride, over a mile of track, on old trams from a variety of towns in the U.K.  The Blackpool Tramway is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world, and between 1962 and 1992 was the only town to retain its trams.  We saw slides of the decorated illuminated trams that run during the Illuminations.  Croydon, Manchester, Sheffield and the metro system in Newcastle were other places in the U.K. we visited.

DSCN1547WHighlights in a tour of European countries included the overhead lines in Wuppertal, Germany, futuristic looking vehicles in Lyon which also has three funicular railways, the rubber wheeled vehicles on some lines in the Paris Metro, and the coastal tramway in Belgium.  It was noticeable that all vehicles now are single decked.  Steve began in a museum and ended in one – that in Brussels where a wide variety of vehicles can be seen.

Photo: One of the 'heritage' trams which operate route 12 in Lisbon, with a more modern vehicle behind.  John Soer

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As is usual there is no meeting in December.  We have an unusual topic for our first meeting of 2018, on 16th January, when John Allen will talk on 'Paddle Steamers, Yesterday and Today'.  John will outline the history of these vessels and tell us about Waverley and Kingswear Castle which still sail today.  Do come along and enjoy an interesting evening in good company.

It is hoped there will be a social evening on 27th January with usual fish and chip supper followed by a beetle drive and quiz.

John Soer


Annual Review for the calendar year 2016

Again we have enjoyed a varied and interesting programme ranging from Professor William Powrie's talk on the research being carried into railway track engineering, Paul Whittle on the railways of Siberia, the Somerset & Dorset Railway with David Brace to various aeronautical museums in the USA and Canada in the company of Colin Wells.  An innovation was the anthology of poetry and prose with a railway theme organised by Paul Hammond.

Our Annual Service was conducted this year by our President, Rev Catherine Bowstead.

In addition to these meetings we have held a Social Evening in the form of a fish & chips supper, and visited the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells.

DSCN7697wPicture taken at Eridge Station on the Spa Valley Railway

We 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 and books has during the year has enabled us to send £100 to the Railway Children Charity.  We have made a donation of a little over £500 to our Church.

John Soer