Railway & Transport Club

We meet at 7:45 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except August and December.  Contact: John Soer.

The Club has over 50 members and enables men and women of all ages to share their common interest.

We meet in the Bradbury Community Centre of the Methodist Church, in Rose Street, where members enjoy a wide range of good quality presentations on transport related subjects, with the opportunity for refreshments and time for a chat.

Future Programme

16 October
Sixties steam with a brownie 127- take 2
           Mike Coulson

20 November
Annual General Meeting
Followed by: More films with Steven Smith

Monthly Review

IMG 1489Paul Joyce, our speaker in July, took us on the first part of a journey from Waterloo to Southampton, as far as Basingstoke. He began by telling us about the history of Waterloo Station which is, in effect, three stations in one.  We saw examples of the various types of motive power that have been used. The original terminus of the railway from Southampton was at Nine Elms where, until steam engines were withdrawn, a large engine shed was located.

Clapham Junction is well known for its large station but there are very extensive carriage sidings between the lines to Reading and Woking.

In addition to taking us along the main line, Paul explored some of the branch lines, in particular those to Chessington, Hampton Court (where the station is a listed structure) and Shepperton.  In parts these branches are so rural that it is difficult to believe they are so near to London.

Back on the main line, Surbiton station and the signal box at Woking are listed structures. Brookwood cemetery contains two station buildings which are all that remains of the London Necropolis Railway which opened in 1854 to ease the overcrowding in London's graveyards.  The South station was for Anglicans, the North for Non-Conformists.  This railway service ended in 1941 when the terminus at Waterloo was destroyed by a bomb.

We look forward to Paul's next visit when he will take us from Basingstoke to Southampton.

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On 16th October Mike Coulson will show us more 'Sixties Steam with a Brownie -127'.  Those who have seen Mike's previous presentation will know that it will be a most entertaining presentation.

John Soer

Annual Review for the calendar year 2017

Shak 001Thanks to the efforts of Jim Dunning, we have a enjoyed a most interesting and varied programme of meetings, ranging from the Wilts and Berks Canal, Smiths Coaches of Reading to the Metro Systems of Europe.  The talk by Tom Pierpoint, Regional Development Manager of GWR aroused considerable interest.  Although we have lost several members in the course of the year, the average attendance has been about 36, probably greater than many similar clubs.

Our Annual Service was conducted this year by our President, Rev Catherine Bowstead, and consisted of a thought provoking look at the Book of Jonah.

In addition to these meetings we have held a Social Evening in the form of a fish & chips supper.

DSCN1547WWe do reach out into the wider community in that a significant number of those attending our meetings are not members of our Church.  For these, as well as our own members, we provide an interesting evening in welcoming company.

The sale of second-hand magazines, jig-saw puzzles and books has during the year has enabled us to send £140 to the Railway Children Charity.  We have made a donation of £600 to the Church.

John Soer