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07 November 2011
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Friday 11 November Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Locomotives Part 1" by Paul Shackcloth, Photographic Officer, Manchester Locomotive Society
Thursday 10 November Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Larry Davies "Summer Holidays by Train"
Monday 14 November. Wrexham Railway Society A Colour Rail Journey - The new proprietor of Colour-Rail Paul Chancellor will talk about the difficulties of dealing with old colour slides and will present a UK wide journey with illustrations taken over the past 60 years.
Tuesday 15 November North Wales Railway Circle David Jones and Brian Bollington have put together an interesting show on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. This will be of great interest to local people, many of whom will remember these workings.
Monday 21 November RCTS Chester David Rapson - slides by Edgar Richards: North Eastern Part 1. Change of venue for this occasion only, to the Queen Hotel (adjacent to the usual venue, opposite Chester station.)
Thursday 24 November Merseyside Railway History Group Iain Henshaw West Highland Rail Part 2
Friday 2 December Clwyd Railway Circle Xmas Celebration –
A film show to whet your appetite before our interlude of festive goodies.
Saturday 3 December Stephenson Locomotive Society - Malcolm Dickin THE CHAIRMAN’S CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Tuesday 6 December North Wales Railway Circle Mr Ted Jones of the Conwy Valley Railway Society and the Prestatyn Railway Society is to give a show in 2 parts: 1. Cambrian Coast Express 2. Swiss Railways
Thursday 8 December Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Members Night/Xmas Social
Thursday 8 December Merseyside Railway History Group Ted Lloyd The Last Big Adventure – Social evening
Friday 9 December Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Current Developments on Metrolink" by Tony Williams, Manchester Area Officer, Light Rail Transit Association
Monday 12 December. Wrexham Railway Society AGM and Rail Review with members' material on show
Tuesday 13 December North Wales Railway Circle Christmas Buffet, Members Film and Photo Night
Tuesday 13 December 8E Railway Association AGM followed by Steam Around Chester by Jon Penn
Monday 19 December RCTS Chester Members Evening:30 slides or digital images of your choice. Please advise Alan Donaldson if you intend to make a presentation and to what format you will be using.
Friday 6 January Clwyd Railway Circle Brian Roberts: Reflections of the 1990s, Brian’s presentation will visit many different locations across the national network, with some emphasis on the Merseyside area, in an attempt to portray a decade of considerable change. Passenger operating companies will be reviewed, largely via their ever changing liveries, and there will be glimpses of some of our preserved lines. The freight scene will be recalled, too, not least by showing images taken on freight only lines, at industrial plants and at several collieries prior to closure.
Monday 9 January. Wrexham Railway Society The Many Varied Railways of Australia . Geoff Morris will show the great variety of rail action Down Under.
Tuesday 10 January 8E Railway Association Karl Jauncey & Dave Richards from PSOV present Mainline Steam 2011
Thursday 12 January Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Society Tribute - the late Bill Rear
Friday 13 January Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Steam Across Java in 1980" by John Sloane
Monday 16 January RCTS Chester Barry Shore: Terminus Part 3
Barry continues his Terminus series, this time off the Network, The Preservation Scene and offshore including the Isle of Man and Ireland.
Saturday 21 January Stephenson Locomotive Society Area A G M followed by: Professor Colin Divall - Down the American Road? Industrial Research on the LMS, 1923-1947 The Big Four are often criticised for an over-reliance on traditional forms of engineering. However by the late 1930s the LMS had developed a sizeable Research Department dealing with a wide range of technical problems. This talk examines the Department's origins and activities, and asks how successful it was.
Thursday 26 January Merseyside Railway History Group Allan Moore : Lost Stations of St. Helens
Friday 3 February Clwyd Railway Circle Geoff Morris: Australian Railways Today. A digital presentation of Geoff's visits to Australia in 2009 and 2010 featuring main line and preserved steam in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and also a look at the some of the modern scene.
Thursday 9 February Llandudno and Conwy Valley Railway Society Ron Watson Jones"Irish Mail Crash Penmaenmawr - Aug 50"/"A Ron Miscellany"
Friday 10 February Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society "Great Western Railway Lines in South and Mid-Wales" by Tony Icke
Monday 13 February. Wrexham Railway Society Sixties Steam on Steam - Barry Shore will give a digital presentation based on his b&w negatives from the 60s with shed visits around the UK and the final days of steam at Lostock Hall.
Tuesday 14 February 8E Railway Association Colin White from B&R Video presents Archive Cine Film from 50's & 60's
Saturday 18 February Stephenson Locomotive Society Bob Barnard The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Then & Now. From 1898 this well-equipped 2 foot gauge line climbed into the foothills of Exmoor, initially independent but later under the Southern Railway, until its sudden closure in 1935. Since 2004, trains have run on a section again. Bob Barnard, a local L&B enthusiast and North West group organiser, will tell the line's story in pictures old and new.
Monday 20 February RCTS Chester Stephen Gay: Walking the line, discovering lost railways. Stephen travels from Sheffield with a slide
show on walking old railways with his faithful German Shepherd dog Wrawby. The show includes the S&D, Scarborough to Whitby, rambling in Scotland to glorious Devon plus a very varied local selection
Thursday 23 February Merseyside Railway History Group Graham Briggs: Steaming Through Britain
44806 leaves Llangollen with the 11am 'Poppy Appeal Special' on 5 November (John Beresford). See article below.
The British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they believe 'may have information about' an incident which happened between Penmaenmawr and Conwy on Saturday 8 October.
According to Investigating officer PC Neal Lindskog, who is based at BTP Rhyl: 'A man boarded the 07:09 Birmingham International to Holyhead at Llandudno Junction at around 10:10. When the train passed Conwy rail station, the man approached the train guard and asked why it didn’t stop there. He was told it was an express service and the next stop was Bangor. The man then stated he was getting off anyway and a few moments later he hit the emergency stop button. The train came to a halt between Conwy and Penmaenmawr stations.
'When the guard walked back through the train he saw the man forcing the train doors open before jumping off and running down the track. This man's actions were foolish in the extreme. Not only did he delay the train, he took an enormous risk by jumping onto the tracks. If a train had been coming in the opposite direction, he would have been killed instantly.
'I would urge anyone who recognises this person, or who has any information in relation to this investigation, to come forward. Anyone with any information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B9/WUA of 07/11/11. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'
Monday 7 November events
97 304 and 97 303 waited at Llandudno Junction with the Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) to let passenger train 1W82 to pass: Peter Lloyd took a couple of views of the locos having a rest at 09:10. Above, 97 302.
97 304 John Tiley (Peter Lloyd)
RCTS Meeting change: Monday 21 November
The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society meets for this time only at the Queen Hotel opposite Chester railway station on Monday 21st November at 7.30 p.m.
The topic is North Eastern part 1 covering the railway scene in the Northumberland, Tyneside and Durham region. The slides are those of Edgar Richards of Bebington but due to Edgar’s present ill health they will be presented for him by David Rapson of Connah's Quay.
Visitors are more than welcome to attend this meeting but hopefully they would each contribute a £2 voluntary donation. Such donations enable the Society to continue its regularity of such meetings. Further inquiries about this meeting can be made by telephoning 0151–608 4296.
40 years ago:A photographic memory - by Roger Carvell
This November marks 40 years since I bought my first SLR camera
in Chester, a Praktica Super TL. A good robust East German-made camera to start photographing railways with although I was to learn the hard way that accurate exposures could be tricky, due to its rather basic through the lens metering system. However, all that was all in the future. With new purchase in hand, loaded with Ilford FP4 film, I walked back to Chester General eager to start recording the railway scene.
Just as the late morning November sun cast its long shadows across
Platform 9, I captured a Holyhead-Euston express (note restaurant car fourth from the front), Class 40 whistling away at the head under the long-surviving L&NWR bracket signals. Everyone is aboard and the train
crew await the guard's tip. When looking at this picture I do wonder what has happened since to all the people on the platform - a sobering moment. So much has changed here since.
Anyway, I offer it up as one of those 'atmosphere' shots we all strive to take from time to time. November 1971 - November 2011.
Saturday 5 November events
57 309 Brains departs Rhyl with the Saturdays Only 08:50 Euston-Holyhead (Larry Goddard.)
57 309, with 390 014 in tow, calls at Bangor with the 08:50 London Euston to Holyhead (Rowan Crawshaw).
97 304 arrives at Bangor with the RHTT for Holyhead (Rowan Crawshaw).
97 302 arrives at Bangor with the return RHTT (Rowan Crawshaw).
The return train to London calls at Rhyl (Darren Durrant).
Chester free bus no more - report by Dave Sallery