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.
all at 14.00
13th Dec Annual Quiz set by Chris Appleby.
10th Jan. 2017 Geoff Brockett will give his presentation
'Loco Hauled Passenger Trains in the Privatisation era'.
14th February 2017- Vintage Railway afternoon.
14th March 2017- David Cockle. Enfield transport
11th April 2017- Matthew Hill. Running steam specials
and the locos.
9th May 2017 -Chris Jones. How Steam was my Valley
13th Jun 2017 -Jim Pentney. Travels with my Video
September 2017 Chris Green 'The InterCity Story'
Chris's books will be available for purchase at the meeting.
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