13 January 2020
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Monday 20 January RCTS Chester AGM , then John Cashen will
do a whistle stop tour throughout Britain of photographs he
took in the 1960s and 1970s (Change of speaker)
Saturday 25 January Stephenson Locomotive Society.
Manchester Centre. Centre AGM (brief) followed by: Christian
Wyatt ‘21st Century signalling Control Centre – The
Manchester Rail Operations Centre’ Christian Wyatt, a career
railwayman with 38 years’ service, started as a signal box
lad at Manchester Victoria and is now Project Operations
Interface Manager for the London North Western route. One of
his key responsibilities is the development of the
Manchester Rail Operations Centre. Christian will describe
the MROC from its build in 2012 to its present operational
Tuesday 4 February North Wales Railway Circle Robin
Humphrey-Davies ('Humph'). The route of the Welsh Highland
Railway, Part 2, Rhyd Ddu to Porthmadog.
Wednesday 5 February RCTS Liverpool "The Black & White
Collection Of Bill Ashcroft " John Sloane. Bill Ashcroft was
a well-known name in Lancashire steam railway circles and
John Sloane from Wigan will present some of his large
collection of monochrome pictures from the steam era.
Friday 7 February Clwyd Railway Circle 'Rheilffordd Talyllyn
Railway' David Murphy
Thursday 13 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway
Society Llangollen Railway Dave Southern
Friday 14 February Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation
Society People and Places 4. Images of the pre-1968 steam
railway including trains and railway staff, enthusiasts or
the general public. a digital presentation by Paul
Monday 17 February RCTS Chester "The Unknown Warrior – The
Patriot Rebuild" John Hastings-Thomson. The LMS Patriot
project are rebuilding a Patriot, ‘The Unknown Warrior’ and
this presentation will describe the huge amount of work and
money involved to build a new steam locomotive.
Saturday 22 February Stephenson Locomotive Society.
Manchester Centre. Tony Wright ‘Aspects of the Origins &
Development of Monorails including Behr, Lartigue and the
Manchester to Liverpool Lightning Express Railway’ You may
remember Tony’s excellent presentation on Mayfield Station.
Don’t miss this intriguing meeting.
Tuesday 25 February 18:30 Stephenson Locomotive Society.
Manchester Centre. Joint meeting with the Newcomen Society,
Location to be confirmed. Bob Gwynne, Associate Curator,
National Railway Museum ‘Sticking with steam – an
examination of why Britain’s railways stuck with steam into
the space age’ This talk examines some of the complex
history behind moving on from the steam age on Britain’s
railways and attempts an answer as to why the UK’s love
affair with the steam hasn’t ended.
Friday 6 March Clwyd Railway Circle Annual General Meeting -
followed by a Film Show
Thursday 12 March Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society
plan to have a visit from a representative from Transport
for Wales. More details later
Friday 13 March Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation
Society Wheels on Reels. Transport Films – taken with a cine
camera and shown using a cine projector. Geoff Lomas
presents a selection of his Films in the traditional manner.
Tuesday 3 March North Wales Railway Circle Barry Wynne and
Steve Morris. Another show from Barry's superb collection.
Monday 16 March RCTS Chester "The Lever Brothers Railways Of
Port Sunlight" Mike Lister Telling the story of Levers’
railways. The soap factory was constructed in 1888 and its
railways covered 54 track miles and the talk will describe
the railway within the soap factory and other factories at
Saturday 21 March Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester
Centre. Melvyn Roberts ‘Indian Summer of the Somerset &
Dorset Railway’ The S & D was (and still is) many
enthusiasts’ favourite cross-country railway. We will hear
about its unusual history, but the main feature will be a
slide show of its operations in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Wednesday 1 April RCTS Liverpool "L&Y Engines At Work"
Paul Shackcloth. Paul Shackcloth is the photographic
historian for the Manchester Locomotive Society who have a
large collection. This talk will show Lanky locomotives at
work over the whole of the ex-L&Y network, including
Friday 3 April Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation
Society Great Named Trains. (note: first Friday) featuring
postcards of named trains and video of the engines which
hauled them and survive in preservation. a digital
presentation by Society President Nick Dodson
Tuesday 7 April North Wales Railway Circle Richard Sant,
Secretary of the LMS Patriot Company. Progress on The
Thursday 9 April Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society
Trams in Llandudno (Including L & CBER and Great Orme
Tramway) John Davies
Saturday 18 April Stephenson Locomotive Society. Manchester
Centre. Tim Owen ‘The activities of the Furness Railway
Trust’ The Furness Railway Trust has a collection of six
steam locomotives, including Furness Railway No. 20, plus
historic carriages. The illustrated talk will cover the work
of the Trust over the past 30 years.
Monday 20 April RCTS Chester "Another Colourail Journey"
Paul Chancellor. A ninth Colour-Rail Journey will again
trawl this vast collection of images for both views from
across the country and through time, so expect both steam
and modern traction to appear with may be the odd bit of
infrastructure thrown in for good measure.
Tuesday 12 May North Wales Railway Circle AGM and Photo
Thursday 14 May Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society
Evening Train Trip to Betws-y-Coed, where we will spend an
hour in the Gwydyr. (Times will be confirmed later)
The curious sight of Pendolino on a single line branch.
During engineering works on Sunday 12 January Manchester -
London trains were diverted along the Kidsgrove - Crewe
line. Picture by Greg Mape.
Peter Basterfield's view
Went out New Years Eve to see if the 1D83 was still
double voyager - it was !
The good news was, it was a train of two halves! the
second half being in 'Avanti' white!
which made the returning 1A48 a 'must do' at Llandygai.
3rd. Jan in Bangor for a different take on the 3Q94 sonic
test train, I had hoped to get a Db Cargo 67 alongside
on the 09:50 Manchester - Holyhead loco-hauled service, but
it was 175 119 substituting.
A series of views from Warrington Bank Quay on 8
January. Unusually, 66 167 in the bay waiting to work
to Liverpool Euro Metals for a train to Swindon Cocklebury.
The Chirk logs with 70 815.
A new liveried Avanti Pendolino on the 9M59 Glasgow -
The Liverpool - Drax biomass with 66 744
From Dave Sallery's archive
The old order on the Flasks. on 21 June, 1991, passenger
loco 31 420 helps 31 200 and 31 319
with the nuclear flask train seen near Mostyn which at the
time would contain flasks serving both Trawsfynydd and
Wylfa power stations. Note the level of caution taken at the
period, with 'barrier wagons' (HEA coal hoppers with their
tops removed) around both sections of the train, and a brake
van for the guard on the rear. When Railfreight
sectors were created, nuclear flasks were put in the coal
sector, whose symbol included four 'black diamonds.'
On 2 August 1995, another Regional Railways 31 passes Mostyn
on a 6-coach passenger train; 31s could still be seen on
these workings even after 37/4s were drafted in from 1993.
37 430 negotiates the curves on the Cambrian Coast
line near Penhelig with a train from London, 17 August 1991.
Out and about, 10 January - with Martin Evans
Colas Track machine DR77901 (above) waits for the
road at Shrewsbury having travelled from Honeybourne bound
for its eventual destination at Gobowen.
66 053 waits at Crewe with a Warrington Arpley
sidings to Stoke Marcroft Engineering trip, on this day
comprising bogie bolster wagons which look as though they
have been converted for civil engineer's use in the
past. Perhaps they are to be modified again.
Northern Class CAF unit 195 101 departs Chester at
15:15 bound for Leeds on the new service via Manchester
Victoria and the Calder Valley line.
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