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December 2nd 2017

The UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
Not far from Euston
Nearest underground Rusell Square
Click here for programme but disregard the old venue details

January 6th 2018
at Ealing Town Hall - as last year

The 2017 Competition closes Monday 6th November.
All members are eligible to enter

Members Only 2018 Calendar. Page per month featuring winning entries from the club 2016 Photographic Competition. A4 size. Available at the Annual Reunions and Branch Meetings at £5.00 and by post(plus postage0 see the Sales page

2016 Photographic Competition Winners

Class A winner by John Sloane

Click here to see all the 2015 winning entries.

Click here to see all the 2014 winning entries.

Click here to see all the 2013 winning entries.

These are all big Acrobat files which might take a short while to load

May 2017
Webmaster visits Paraguay

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LCGB Overseas Study Tour to South Africa
March 29th – April 24th 2017

Photos by Robin Patrick

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Railway Magazine - October 2017 Issue
The 'Practice and Performance' article on pages 20 - 24 concludes with a log and description of the run of WD 2-8-0 No. 90076 from Wakefield Kirkgate to Goole on the Club North West Branch's 'Crab Commemorative Railtour' of 8 October 1966.

The article states that this log is the only one known of a run by a WD 2-8-0 on a main line passenger train. There is an accompanying photo of the train after arrival at Goole.

Railway Magazine - May 2017 Issue
On page 108 there is an additional feature entitled 'World Track Record Special' .This is about India and much of the
information was provided by Chris Lewis based on his observations while leading the recent Club tour of India.

Railway Magazine - February 2016 Issue.
This includes an article by well known photographer and author, John H Bird entitled 'The beginning of the end for Southern Steam'. Much of the text and photographs cover the LCGB 'Mendip Merchantman Railtour' of 1 January 1966 to the S+D line and his chasing (by service train, not car!) of the repeated 'S15 Commemorative Railtour' of 9 and 16 January 1966

January 2016 - page 53 within the Rail Holiday feature is an LCGB page! It consists of a half-page advertisement for LCGB Overseas Study Tours followed by a half-page 'advertorial' about the Club and its activities.


Steam Days - May 2017 Issue
This issue includes the annual article looking back 50 years, in this case to 1967, on pages 11 - 30. The LCGB is mentioned in the section about Railtours also with a photo of the Club's 100th Railtour on 5 February 1967, the 'South Western Suburban Railtour'.

Also, there is an occasional reader correspondence feature entitled 'Tail Lamp Extra' on page 66 about rarely photographed engines. One of the letters refers to No.48663 hauling the LCGB North West Branch 'West Leigh Railtour'
of 15 June 1963.

Steam Days - September 2016 Issue.

This issue includes an interesting article on the last weekend of the Great Central Main Line in September 1966.The article has lengthy references to the LCGB last day Railtour from Waterloo along with photographs.

The magazine is facilitating a reader led exercise to track down photos of camera-shy locomotives. These include 8F No.48663 with a photo and reference to its haulage of the LCGB North West Branch Atherton Brake Van Railtour in June 1966.

Finally, though not with a direct LCGB reference, there is a readers' letter from the Club's former Publicity Officer of the 1970s/80s, Bob Ratcliffe, about the workings in the 1950s of the Stewarts Lane based Merchant Navy Pacifics on the Dover and Folkestone continental boat trains.

Steam Days - May 2016 Issue. An excellent article by Frederick Rogers reviewing the railway scene in 1966. On the subject of Railtours there are pictures with detail captions of three Club Tours and mention in the text of the fact that the Club ran no lessthan 19 Tours during the year.

The LCGB certainly made maximum use of the year starting on New Years Day with the 'Mendip Merchantman' from Waterloo to the Somerset & Dorset line on what should have been but turned out not to be its last day. The year ended with the 'Isle of Wight Steam Farewell' to the last day of steam between Ryde and Shanklin on 31 December. Truly a momentous year for the LCGB!

Steam Days - February 2016 Issue. This includes a photo feature on the Bulleid Q1 class. One photo is of No. 33006 at Salisbury awaiting 'U' No. 31639 to couple on as pilot for 33006's last run on the LCGB 'Wilts and Hants' Railtour' which was to Waterloo via the Mid-Hants line on 3 April, 1966.


Issue No. 210, 17 December 2015. In Don Benn's locomotive performance article there is coverage of the run by No.4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley' from Tyseley to Didcot on 1 July 1973 on the LCGB 'Gresley Commemorative Railtour'.

A pity he was not on the other train the Club ran that day over the same route when there were some real fireworks with No. 4771 'Green Arrow' on 14 coaches driven by one R.H. N. Hardy!

This issue also has a feature on 'Flying Scotsman' including photos of the loco leaving Kings Cross on the famous non-stop to Edinburgh on 1 May 1968 and climbing Holloway bank on the 'East Riding Limited' of 21 September 1968, both trains operated by the LCGB.

Heritage Railway published 12 March 2015 - 2 photographs and text by Robin Patrick.


Railway Herald published 11 February 2015.
(an online magazine) - photographs and text by Robin Patrick

Branch Line News

This is the magazine of the Branch Line Society and Chris Lewis' report of the tour with pictures is being published in three instalments in the international section of the magazine. The first of these instalments was published on 21 March 2015


Steam Railway - Issue No. 450, 29 January 2016.
This issue covers the end of the Somerset and Dorset line 50 years ago in early March 1966 with the Club's railtour on the Saturday hauled by No.34006 'Bude' and No.34057 'Biggin Hill' and two Ivatt 2-6-2 tanks receiving prominent coverage.

Issue No. 430 dated 18 July 2014. Article covering the re-enactment at the Churnet Valley Railway of the Club's repeated Great Eastern Suburban Railtour in 1962 with N7 No. 69621.

Also in the same issue is a feature on Gavin Morrison's photos of the last days of Yorkshire steam. This includes a shot of WD 2-8-0 No.90076 having arrived at Goole from Wakefield Kirkgate with the North West Branch's Crab Commemorative Railtour in October 1966.

The Tour shortly returned to Manchester and Liverpool with Crab No. 42942.

The LCGB train at Kurseongto Ghum on the Darjeeling Railway in 2016.
The locomotive is the standard Class B for the line, 0-4-0T 806.

Study Tours of India

Click here to see a full report of the January 2017 tour to the South of India and Sri Lanka

Click here to see January 2016 Tour Photographs covering the North of India

September 2016
Webmaster visits Namibia and Zimbabwe
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LCGB/IRS Tour to Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic
by David Rollins and Nigel Mundy

Click to see this report

October 2015 LCGB Tour of North Korea
by Keith Jones

Click to see this report which includes interesting backgrounds of the country

Click to see Howard Forster and Chris Campbells'
full report of their visit to Japan
with 76 Photographs

The number of photographs may make the page slow to load


The Club's extremely successful Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka in January has received some significant coverage in the media,

Thanks are due to Chris and Robin together with Colin Miell and Bob Stonehouse for supplying material to the magazines.

The magazines are Railway Herald, Railway Magazine and Heritage Railway

The Club Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka took place from 14th to 25th January 2015 and was blessed with superb weather conditions.

The Club achieved a first by taking steam back to Jaffna after a gap of 45 years. The line had only reopened in October following many years of civil unrest. With the granting of special permission, the train went on with steam to arrive in Kankesanthurai just before dusk over a line only reopened 2 weeks previously.

The steam programme overall turned out to be rather too ambitious and was altered as circumstances demanded. On the last day returning to Colombo, the train was left at Ragama due to injector problems with the tender tank locomotive No. 213.

Click here for full report and Robin Patrick's photographs


THe LCGB Group at Colombo Fort Station on 16th January 2015, immediately prior to the start of the steam tour.

Class B2B 4-6-0 tender tank performs a runpast
en route from Anuradhapura to Maho Junction, 19th January 2015

Class B1d 4-6-0 No. 340 Fredrick North (R Stephenson 1944) stands at Jaffna
after arriving with the first steam hauled train to arrive in 45 years.

Class B1d 4-6-0 performs a late afternoon runpast near Kalkudah,
en route from Galoya Junction to Batticaloa, 21st January 2015.

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