Click on an arrow to the right in order to see outlines of our previous programmes.

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


Diesels at Dilton Marsh May 2011

Photo M Wilcocks


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

14 Feb  Andy Binks :  “Thirty Five Shillings.”  What was it like working in the Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway?  What were the people like?  What was the work?  What was the pay and how significant was the hooter?  Swindon Works trained engineer, local author of “Thirty Five Shillings”, Andy will attempt to explain what it was really like.

14 Mar   Stuart Isbister - Post WW2 Modernisation and Recovery of Britain's Rail Network.  A look at the rebuilding of the railway from a very low start.

11 Apr  Bob Bunyard - Lines to the North Cornish Coast. This is taking a look at the lines to Bude and Padstow starting from  Okehampton and going via Halwill Junction and the Wenford Bridge China Clay line.

9 May  Steve Wright – Personal Views of Preserved Railways.  Steve presents his own large format pictures of preserved railways.

13 Jun  Ian Baxter – Part 1: Rescuing the Edwardian Banbury North Signal Box.  Part 2:  The Marylebone-Oxford upgrade. Ian returns to present a two part programme which covers the rescue of the 1899 signal box and the 2016 upgrade of the alternative line to Oxford.

11 Jul  Michael Bunn – Railway Preservation in France. Michael presents further facets of the French railway system.

8 Aug  Brian JacksonSixty Years of Railway Photography.  Brian presents a selection of photographs from his own collection, mainly Southern and Western region, and occasionally ships and buses too.

12 Sep  Patrick Griffin – Moving London Forward ~ Crossrail.  The largest project in Europe, which will ease congestion and provide easier, quicker and more direct travel opportunities across the capital.



2017 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.

10 Oct  John Winterburn - The Iron Road to Mecca. The history and archaeology of the Hejaz Railway, its military significance and the raids against it by TE Lawrence and the Arab Army. It will include the background to the building of the railway, the part it played in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916-1918, with historic and modern photographs of the railway and the surviving structures.

14 Nov  Stephen Clamp – Railways in and around the Peak District. Following his earlier talk on Derby the railway town, and the Midland line through the Peak, Stephen returns to tell other Derbyshire railway stories.

12 Dec.  Richard Heacock – The Ilfracombe and Barnstaple Railway.  The history of the North Devon line (1874-1970), the attempt to preserve it in 1974, and the latest proposal to reopen a section as a modern tramway.