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ST ALBANS BRANCH
MEETING PROGRAM

 


2017-18

Thursday
14th September
 2017
BUILDING YOUR OWN RAILWAY
John Jolly
Mangapps Railway and Museum
Jolly Jolly tells his own story of the creation of his extensive railway collection near Burnham-on-Crouch. When I first introduced him, I asked if he needed a projector, laptop, etc. When he told me that he had no slides or power point presentation, I was, frankly worried. I need not have been concerned. He spoke without notes, with full mastery of his subject, and with great humour. I always look forward to listening to him tell the story of the log in the caboose. I will say no more!
For more information see www.mangapps.co.uk
Mangapps farm railway July 2009 Hunslet 0-6-0 diesel shunter Elland No 1
Thursday
12th October
2017
ADRIAN'S CAREER ON THE RAILWAY
Adrian Vaughan
Railway author & signalman
Adrian is a railway historian with over thirty book titles to his name, many about the Great Western Railway and its architect, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Obstruction Danger: Significant British Railway Accidents 1890-1986  is just one of his books, a cautionary tale essential for any railway volunteer! Also a photographer and volunteer signalman on the North Norfolk Railway, we are assured of an evening of interest.


Wansford box NVR 2/8/2013 during RCTS visit
Thursday
9th November
2017
RAILWAYS OF THE ISLE OF MAN
Geoff Brockett
Railway Photographer
I first went to the Isle of Man on a Zoology field trip as part of my A-level course in 1968! The railway at Port Erin, where we stayed, was barely operating at the time, but enough was visible to tempt me to return with my family years later. By then the railway was resurgent and it remains to this day a gem of Victorian engineering. Meanwhile the Isle of Man has become an offshore haven and has nearly dragged itself into the 20th century-just as the rest of Britain greeted the 21st century! I know that you will be entranced by tonight's presentation.


No 13 Kissack stands outside Port Erin Shed 17/9/2007
Thursday
14th December
2017
STEAM FROM THE ARCHIVES, LOCAL AND RARE
Frank Banfield
Film Historian
Frank has continued the work of  Alan Wilmott, John Huntley, and others, to preserve rare reel-mounted films. None of your fancy photoshop here, just a razor blade and splicing tape! A pre-Christmas treat, complete with the rattle of the reels, rather than the clatter of the keyboard. A Merry Christmas starts here.
Smallford station building on the long closed Hatfield to St Albans City line 17/8/2015

Thursday
11th January
2018





DIARIES OF A TRAIN SPOTTER
Bryan Cross
LCGB Bedford Branch
Bryan brings us images from the late Peter Bland's camera. Peter was a Borough Engineer and seemed to have access to many places not open to us lesser mortals. We suspect by flashing his official pass (though not for the establishment he intended to visit!), he gained entry to docks, gas works and other forbidden places. He even badgered Beckton Gas Works into donating a steam engine for preservation.. He always said that he had little of interest in his collection - only after his death did we find out what a whopper he was telling! Come along tonight and salivate.

Peter Bland oiling up Elf at Leighton Buzzard 15/9/2010
Thursday
8th February
2018





A HISTORY OF EASTLEIGH LOCOMOTIVE WORKS
Colin Boocock
Chartered Mechanical Engineer
Colin's career concerned mainly maintenance of traction and rolling stock in all areas of British Railways. Most of us know him as a  prolific author and photographer. He co-authored  An Illustrated History of Eastleigh Locomotive Works, so be prepared for a great evening.
 
35005 Canadian Pacific and 34070 Manston at Eastleigh works open day 23/5/2009
Thursday
8th March
2018






LONDON BRIDGE STATION REDEVELOPMENT
James Elford
Costain Project  Manager
Hear all about this huge project and the fascinating detail of its delivery, while the railway continued to operate - mostly!

London Bridge from St Thomas Street 28/4/2017
Thursday
12th April
2018





THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: 1968
Geoff Plumb
Railway Photographer
A really interesting month-by-month tour of this year and its events, in addition to its railway chronology. My first railway photographs were taken in 1968 on an elderly Bellows camera, given to me by my maiden Aunt. This is why we have such a poor photograph to accompany this write up (see November entry for more detail). Fortunately for us, Geoff had a much better camera and photographic talent! Having seen the presentation before, this is a date not to miss.
IOM Port Erin No 5 Mona 1968 taken on my first camera
Thursday
10th May
2018





BRANCH AGM followed by
PLANNING A MAINLINE RAIL TOUR
Matthew Hill
Support Crew for Princess Elizabeth
From what one reads in the railway press, you must be a glutton for punishment to want to organise a rail tour. Luckily for us, some brave souls still undertake this work for the benefit of us all. Get the low down on the way things work. A different, but fascinating aspect of our hobby. Hear all about it tonight.
6201 Princess Elizabeth at Little Wymondley 6/5/2011 on The Cathedrals Express

Meetings are held at the Chiswell Green United Reformed Church Hall, Watford Road, St Albans at 7.30pm. click here for map and transport information.

Tea, coffee and biscuits available in interval.

Library facilities available.