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PLEASE NOTE THAT All MEETINGS WILL BE VIA AN ONLINE ZOOM PRESENTATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE .
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21st

October

2021
Colin Brading " Tracks in The Mist"

Colin's presentation takes us to a selection of 'minor' railways long-lost in the mists of time. We shall explore the Wotton Tramway (Brill Branch), Wantage Tramway, Swansea and Mumbles Railway and the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead - all lines of unique character and pioneering spirit. Their stories of enterprise, colour and frequent quirkiness show how they served their communities with great charm and although few traces remain, they are remembered with affection.

This Presentation is via ZOOM "
18th

November

2021
Geoff Warren " Narrow Gauge Steam in Nepal "

- Geoff's Presentation will cover many of the narrow gauge lines in these countries. Over 6000 km of railway of gauges at or less than 2ft 6in were built in the Indian subcontinent. Compared to those in post-independence India, the lines in Nepal and Pakistan were less easy to reach and received fewer railway enthusiast visitors. But in the early 1980s, almost all traffic was still steam hauled. The Janakpur Railway was an international route across the border from Nepal into India. It was steam worked until 1993 and closed in 2013. It was known for its usually very overcrowded trains and two Garratt locomotives despite its being almost flat and straight. It was remote from main centres of population and access slow and often uncomfortable, but a visit was very rewarding for all who went there. The narrow gauge railways in Pakistan were mostly constructed for strategic purposes, to provide access to the politically unstable regions bordering Afghanistan. In 1984, the lines from Kohat to Thal, and Mari Indus to Bannu and Tank, were still in operation. The railway at Changa Manga, south of Lahore, was constructed in 1921 to assist harvesting and management of the irrigated forest plantation. In 1963 it started tourism activities in parallel with the logging and the tourist operation survives today.

This Presentation is via ZOOM "
2nd

December

2021
Lee Davies " Three Decades of change On the Footplate"

Lee's Presentation will cover his career on the Railway, From his early age interest in Trains; via a Youth Training Scheme to starting on the Footplate in the Mid 80s up to the present day. The changes in the locos, and work from his perspective.

This Presentation is via ZOOM "
20th

January

2022
Geoff Plumb " 1970 - That was theYear that was for Europe "

Geoff's Presentation covers his travels to Europe in 1970.

It is planned that this will be a Hybrid Meeting, with an actual meeting taking place at the Bourne End Comunity, and the Presentation also being Transmitted on Zoom.

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