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It is a complete archive, going all the way back to 1989.


Diesels at Dilton Marsh May 2011

Photo M Wilcocks


9 Jan.  Annual General Meeting  - followed by snack refreshments and a quiz run by Steve Davies.

13 Feb.  Peter Elliott - Welsh narrow gauge railways. Peter’s own photographs of the Welsh narrow gauge railway network.

13 Mar.  Martin Wilcocks - Robert Arthur Riddles CBE. The last British locomotive Chief Mechanical Engineer.

10 Apr.  Stuart Isbister - Lessons from railway history. Stuart examines some accidents and changes to Britain's railway system as a result of lessons learnt..

8 May.  Michael Bunn - Tour de France by train.  A photographic journey around France, travelling by diesel, electric and steam trains on narrow and standard gauge plus metros and trams.  Some of the French Railway Society archive photographs are included.

12 Jun.  John Baxter - The preserved Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. The history of how this preserved railway was conceived, delivered, grown, and future aspirations to develop it into a visitor centre.

10 Jul.  Stuart Isbister- The early days of the LSWR and their routes from Andover.  Stuart stepped in at short notice to relate the story of the railway’s westward expansion.

14 Aug.  Peter Jordan - Indian Railways. Peter (Fuzz) Jordan has been chasing trains round India since his first visit back in 1979.  Given his background with the Festiniog Railway it is not surprising that  his first love in India  is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.  However all  the railways of India are of interest to him and this talk will take us from the last years of steam supremacy through the diesel era  to modern times where India has a modern inter-city electric network. Whilst hill railways still have lots of charm India offers a wide variety of railway interests. Fuzz owns and operates Darjeeling Tours.


11 Sep. Roger Hardingham - The Barry Scrapyard Story. Dai Woodham’s legendary scrapyard forms the focus of probably the most interesting story about rescue and preservation of railway locomotives, and which is the subject of a book with the same title written by our speaker.




2018 Meetings Programme

The Society meets at the Woodborough Social Club, Smithy Lane, Woodborough, near Pewsey SN9 5PL

(see Contact Us for directions) on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:45pm.

New members are always welcome, so please feel free to come along and join us.

9 Oct.  Bob Bunyar - Exeter to Exeter via Plymouth. This is a photographic trip down the GWR Route to Plymouth and back by the SR route including some of the branch lines.

13 Nov.  Christian Wolmar - To the Edge of the World. Christian Wolmar is the author of a book with this title.  His story is of the Trans-Siberian Railway from its conception and construction under Tsar Alexander III, to the northern extension, the Baikal Amur Mainline, the world’s costliest rail project ordered by Brezhnev.  The Trans-Siberian may have been an overambitious project, but today it is a vital artery for Siberia, and its construction changed history.

11 Dec. Brian Arman - Broad Gauge Part 1: London to Bristol. Canon Brian Arman is a railway enthusiast with special knowledge of the Great Western Railway, one of his activities being the collection of photographs showing broad gauge trains in the second half of the 19th century until abolition of the gauge in 1892.  His talk is the first of three on this subject.  It is longer than usual talks, billed to end at 10:15 pm.