topgif

NORTH LONDON BRANCH


Contact email - Ray Stratford
Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 14:00 at
Wood Green Social Club
3-5 Stuart Crescent
London N22 5NJ

See map at foot of page. Nearest Station Alexandara Palace, Underground Wood Green and is on many Bus Routes

We have the use of a large hall for our meetings with a bar available on the premises. The hall has facilities for people with walking difficulties.

 

The branch has special interest in London Railways as well as the East Coast Main Line. People who attend the branch are well travelled and are eager to share their experiences.

New visitors are always welcome and we are always happy to hear from people who would like to undertake presentations at the branch.

Next Meetings
all at 14.00

2017

12th September Chris Green 'The InterCity Story' Chris's books will be available for purchase at the meeting.

10th October AGM plus The Chairman Entertains

14th November George Howe – Swiss Transport - digital

12th December Annual Quiz - Chris Appleby

2018

9th January Vintage DVDs

13th February Bryan Cross - Peter Bland Collection

13th March Stephen Wigg and Gordon Rushton Eastern Europe Heritage Railways

10th April Richard Crane-Liverpool Street to Kings Cross via Cambridge

8th May Alan Sturrock – Restoration of 6989 at the Buckingham Railway Centre

12th June Members’ afternoon – slide/digital max 30 minutes.

Meeting Reports

On 12/04 the Branch invited Chris Jones, who is associated with the club's Bedford Branch. His subject was ‘steam haulage in the South Wales valleys’. He has amassed a considerable collection of photographs which he has converted to digital storage. Chris recalled his early days in the area which motivated his interest in railways and he was able to recall the extensive use of the smaller but powerful locomotives which hauled coal and other freight in the area. His use of monochrome images enhanced the period nature of the subject of his presentation. The Branch warmly thanks Chris for coming to North London and looks forward to Part 2!


On 10/05 North London attendee Jim Pentnee took us on his ‘Travels with his video camera’. Jim first of all visited various preservation sites in the UK such as the Great Central at Loughborough and others in the South East; the Bluebell and the Mid Hants in particular. He records the movements on gala days and is able to film the variety of locomotives which operate. Jim did not ignore continental railways and also filmed a narrow gauge line. A variety of steam locomotion was in view including some parallel running. Jim produces some superb videos which are always enthralling and we thank him for bringing them along.

On 14/6 was the occasion of the 'Members afternoon’. Bob Stonehouse brought along a number of slides featuring Steam Specials he rode on in the 1980's. It was a nostalgic presentation as many of the locomotives are no longer operating on the main line such 46229 ' Duchess of Hamilton' or 4771'Green Arrow'. Also of note was the variety of liveries and the 'run pasts' which were possible then. Chris Appleby's slides recalled his three visits to China around 1990 and the magnificent sight of their steam locomotives hauling heavy freight trains. Chris recalled that the local officials were relatively relaxed and didn't seek to prevent photography.

Contact: Secretary email - Ray Stratford



View Larger Map