Bedford Branch

Chairman: Bill Davies
Secretary: Geoff Biggs Click to E-mail


In normal circumstances, 13 meetings are held each year at 19:30 - 22:00 in
St Johns Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0DL
(unless otherwise stated)

Admission £1.00 Members, £2.00 Non-members (includes free tea or coffee).  Refreshments are served at half-time
You can buy new and second-hand books and other items at all indoor meetings.


Meetings Programme 2021

  Until July, meetings are being held by Zoom

1st June

With Lance King in Ireland: 1958 – 1963   A Zoom presentation
Leslie McAllister offers a selection of colour photographs taken by the late Lance King in the Republic of Ireland in the last years of steam. Lance was a skilled photographer and left a fine record of steam in the Dublin area and on the fondly remembered branches such as Kenmare, Loughrea, Ballaghadereen, Edenderry, Tullow, Clara and Youghal, Steam and diesel in daily service on the Cork Bandon and South Coast Railway feature, as does the memorable railtour with the last “Bandon tank”. The early days of silver and “black and tan” liveried diesels can be glimpsed along the way. A time of great change.

6th July

Cathedrals of Steam   A Zoom presentation
Christian Wolmar tells how London’s Great Stations Were Built – And How They Transformed the City

(date tbc)

Day out at Bletchley with Bill Davies.
To be confirmed - Depends on LNWR train service & Covid-19 restrictions.

  From September, we plan to resume physical meetings

7th September

My Early Days at Top Shed part 2
John Morgan continues the fascinating tale of his early career.

5th October

The Railways of Northampton part 5
Barry Taylor continues the exploration of the neighbouring county, along the S&M Jnc Rly.

19th October

AGM + Guest speaker (TBA)
Our annual outbreak of democracy, with guest speaker.

2nd November

To be arranged

7th December

Railway Photography - a Different Point of View
Steve Sedgwick takes pictures no one else dares to, of trains and workers in all weathers and at all times of day

21st December

Christmas Meeting
Frank Banfield shows more films from his extensive collection

Bedford Past Meetings
Summaries of Past Meetings