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 John's 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.

We have now resumed physical meetings, at St John's Church Hall

Meetings Programme 2022

1st February

The Railways of Cambridgeshire Part 2
David Scudamore looks at all aspects of the railway network from opening to today. Starting at Cambridge quickly heading to the former Kettering line as far as St Ives. We then look at the Mildenhall and Newmarket lines. Back through Cambridge with a look at what’s on shed we then travel ‘up’ the Liverpool Street line as far as Audley End where, time permitting, we branch off to Saffron Walden and Bartlow Jn where we start our return to Cambridge

1st March

North Woolwich to Palace Gates
Jim Connor takes a look at the chequered history of this former outpost of the Great Eastern which once linked Docklands with the inner suburbs around Tottenham and Wood Green. His focus will be on the various passenger stations along the route
(NB: This meeting will finish earlier then our normal time to enable the speaker to catch his train home)

5th April

Phil Wood
raids his vast collection to present a further selection of photographs from the 60s to the 80s.


Quiz V RCTS Northampton Away at Northampton. (Date, etc., to be arranged)

3rd May

Over the hills and far away: Part 2 Llandovery to Swansea
Chris Jones concludes the story of the LNWR's struggle to reach Swansea

7th June

Royal Scots
David Hunt
describes the history of a famous class of locomotives whilst trying to dispel some long-standing myths and unravelling a complex story

5th July

Christian Wolmar
has taken a close interest in this high profile construction project which has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. He shares his distinctly personal views with us


The Chairman’s Day out (Date and destination to be arranged)

6th September

Edge Hill and its Complex Railways
Georg Howe

4th October

North Staffordshire Railway part 3
Brian Sullivan covers the line from Norton Bridge to Stoke, Stoke to Keele and the line from Alsager to Keele and then continues to Market Drayton

18th October

AGM and Guest Speaker

1st November

With Lance King in Ireland – part 2
Leslie McAllister offers a first 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 December

Stratford & Midland Jnc Rly. (The Railways of Northampton part 5)
Barry Taylor
continues the exploration of our neighbouring county

20th December

Christmas Meeting
Film Night with Frank Banfield and a Fish & Chip Supper