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ST ALBANS BRANCH
MEETING PROGRAM

 


2016-17

Thursday
8th September
2016
RAILWAY FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVES
Frank Banfield Film Historian
Our old friend Frank returns with his wonderful mix of films in cans, rather than on sticks. Frank continues the work of Alan Wilmott and John Huntley in preserving this archive material. Only Frank knows what we will see this time, but I guarantee, you will enjoy it.
Sir Nigel Gresley On The Elizabethan (actually NRM) 8th June 2012
Thursday
13th October
2016
REGIONAL RAILWAYS
Chris Green
Ex Managing Director Network Southeast.
Descibed as "the best Chairman BR never had". The man who made the Intercity swallow fly.
He revitalised ScotRail, brought you Network Southeast Day, refurbished stations, cheese grater platform seats, primary colours instead of Rail Blue and a new attitude to running a railway. Hear all about his time heading Regional Railways from the man himself .
 Chris Green at The Epping Ongar Railway 20th Sept 2014
Thursday
10th November
2016
THE ROYAL TRAIN

Michael Foster Former Inspector British Transport Police.
If a signalman delays this train he might find himself in the Tower!

Michael will give an account of his career and the many avenues he has travelled, all with railway links, albeit somewhat obscure.


royal headlamp code on special train for HRH Duke of Gloucester at NVR 28th Sept 2016
Thursday
8th December
2015
THE NENE VALLEY RAILWAY
John Whitby Mechanical Engineering Superviser and ex-Acting General Manager NVR.
The trials and tribulations of running a preserved railway from a man who, despite already having the full time job of keeping the trains running mechanically, added the job of Acting General Manager, at a time of financial peril for the railway.
As with many preserved railways, the transition between a bunch of enthusiastic railway preservationists and a financially viable railway business is not easy........."we are not a business we are a Heritage Railway"........a sure way into administration!
For more information on the Nene Valley Railway see www.nvr.org.uk
Night shoot at NVR
Thursday
12th January
2017





STRICTLY FREIGHT ONLY PART TWO
Brian Ringer retired Freight Manager
Brian returns to talk further of the changes in rail freight during the period 1975 to the present day, including the privatisation of the British Rail Freight business.
66100 passes Barnetby box with ablock train of coal hoppers 20th March 2007
Thursday
9th February
2017






RAILWAY BLUNDERS
Richard Crane Chairman of the Bedford-Bletchley Rail Users Group
The story of our railway is one of mistakes and lessons hopefully learned. Richard will talk about a selection of mishaps and muddles that form part of our railway history.
  
 
Memorial at the site of the Clapham Railway disaster 12th Dec 1988
Thursday
9th March
2017






A PLUG FOR BRUNEL
Colin Brading Railway Civil Engineer
A look at the changing face of the Great Western as a huge investment programme transforms the route in preparation for electrification. Complex infrastructure works are needed to make way for the wires. A challenging task on a railway with such heritage value.

Memorial at the site of the Clapham Railway disaster 12th Dec 1988
Thursday
13th April
2017





ADDLESTONE TO BEIJING
Andy Roberts and Irene Rabbits RCTS Members
The story of a 10,791Km journey from home in England to the capital of China via Russia and Mongolia. You will see the Russian Underground, changing of bogies, camels, Siberian B&B in local housing in Irkutsk, temples in Ulaanbaatar, "glamping" in a Mongolian Ger and a dining car that makes the Brighton Belle look plain in comparison. Not to mention that rarest of beasts, a moving train in south London!

Chairman Mao's Special engine in Beijing Railway Museum 19th Jan 2004
Thursday
11th May
2017





BRANCH AGM followed by
THE WORK OF THE RAILWAY HERITAGE TRUST
Andy Savage Executive Director RHT
The built railway heritage of the railway in Britain, why the Railway Heritage Trust was formed and what the trust does.
Familiar examples of the trusts work are the war memorials at Kings Cross and Euston together with Ridgmont Station on the Bedford Bletchley line all of which have received assistance from the Trust.
Further information can be found at http://railwayheritagetrust.co.uk  

memorial to fallen in 2 world wars at Kings Cross

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.