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ST ALBANS BRANCH
MEETING PROGRAM

 


2018-2019

Thursday
13th September
 2018
DISCONNECTED!  BROKEN LINKS IN BRITAIN'S RAIL POLICY.
Chris Austin OBE
Railway Author
Chris gives a political history of lines that closed and reopened.....or may reopen.
Was Beeching  a hatchet man or saviour of our railway?
We all know the press view of the railway, tonight we have an expert's view.
Site of Watford West Station on the proposed link line
Thursday
11th October
2018
RAILWAYS FROM A CRUISE SHIP.
Dave Carson
Railway Consultant and retired LUL Manager
How to do your loco spotting from the comfort of a 5* hotel!
Since 2002 Dave has cruised with Princess and photographed anything of railway interest.

Local train in Rhine gorge from Viking Mani 26th June 2018
Thursday
8th November
2018
THE ROUTE OF THE CAMBRIAN COAST EXPRESS.
Richard Crane
Railway Lecturer.
For many years associated with the Bedford-Bletchley line, Richard spreads his wings on this occasion, flying west to the Welsh coast!
Tonight he takes us on a pictorial journey along the route of this former express, with pictures ranging from 1870 to the present day.


Cambrian Railway HQ at Oswestry March 2010
Thursday
13th December
2018
STEAM IN THE FORTIES ON FILM
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 brief encounter with a former age, complete with the rattle of the reels, rather than the clatter of the keyboard.
A Merry Christmas starts here.
Top shed in 1940.......no Wansford 2012!
Thursday
10th January
2019




THE ART OF BOARDING AND ALIGHTING.
Professor Nick Tyler
Chadwick Professor of Engineering.
Nick , a professor at UCL, has widely researched accessibility and flow issues in transport.  
If he had been involved, perhaps Bulleid's double deck EMU's would never have seen the light of day! Those heady days as a pubescent schoolboy, sitting oppposite the central stairway in the days of mini skirts.......I think I had better stop there!
Good design means a better passenger experience.
Tonight you will find out the science behind the infrastructure.

Class 91 at Kings Cross Nov 2015
Thursday
14th February
2019



FIFTY YEARS A RAILWAY MAN.
Adrian Shooter CBE, FREng, FIME
CEO Vivarail, Former MD Chiltern Railways and Chair of DB Regio UK.
Having revived the Chiltern Line Adrian is now heavily involved in the project to re-engineer the LUL D78 stock into BR class 230 DEMU's which may be used on the Abbey Line and Bedford-Bletchley.
Well known for a recreation of the Darjeeling line in his Oxfordshire back garden!
Tonight Adrian talks about his interesting and varied railway career in particular the Management Buyout and subsequent growing of the business..

960301 & 165026 at Aylesbury depot 14th Oct 2006
Thursday
14th March
2019






FREIGHT TRAINS AROUND BRITAIN IN THE 21st CENTURY.
Goeff Brockett
Railway Photographer
Last year, Geoff gave us an excellent presentation on the Victorian wonder that is the Isle of Man Steam Railway. Just to prove he is a man of the moment, this year we have a presentation that brings us into the present century.

66743 heads a ballast train into Hither Green 30th Dec 2013
Thursday
11th April
2019





TRACKS IN THE MIST.
Colin Brading
Railway Civil Engineer
Colin returns to St Albans this year, following presentations on the Settle & Carlisle in 2012, Narrow Gauge railways in 2014 and last year A Plug for Brunel........the story to date of the GWR electrification.
He should have no trouble in finding our venue, whatever the weather!
This year his talk looks at four small, but remarkable railways, since lost in the mists of time. Though gone, they are fondly remembered as colourful and quirky enterprises, that served their local communities with great charm.
The four in question are; the Swansea & Mumbles Railway, the Wantage Tramway, the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway (the rude one ...WC and Pee!) and finally but not least the Liverpool Overhead Railway.
If you can't find something of interest here, we would be surprised.
Pickering Station 21st Oct 2011
Thursday
9th May
2019





BRANCH AGM followed by
NEW ZEALAND: RIMUTAKA INCLINE
Ross Middleton  Branch Chairman
Having dealt with the stress of his first AGM, Ross can now relax and talk about New Zealand!
Tonight we hear about the Rimutaka Incline, which is near Wellington NZ.
Further details at www.rimutaka-incline-railway.org.nz

 
Only surviving Fell loco H199 plinthed in Featherstone Park 1960

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.