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PLEASE NOTE THAT All MEETINGS WILL BE VIA AN ONLINE ZOOM PRESENTATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE .
19th

August

2021
David Postle "Railways in Colour " - The show will start by showing some very early colour photography from the 1930s, from all the Big Four companies up to nationalisation in 1948. The countrywide theme will continue for the rest of the presentation with colour pictures from all the British Railways regions, from the north of Scotland to the south of England, including Wales, and also a small detour into Ireland, so there should be something of interest for everyone, no matter what the regional loyalties are amongst the audience. The pictures will also include the transition period in the mid to late 1960s when modern traction was becoming more common, particularly on the major routes and relegating steam traction to secondary routes and duties. The pictures in this show are of real quality (even the ones from the 1930s, which were taken on 35mm film, which makes them very special) and show a large range of subjects and locations. David might even try and find a couple from Marlow as well!

This Presentation is via ZOOM "
16th

September

2021
Simon Colbeck " War and Peace " - Simon's presentation will include Steam in Bosnia and Sweden. Featuring 21st century real steam in the Bosnian coal industry and preserved steam in Sweden, including the Galve 100 celebrations with ancient Beyer Peacock's on passenger trains.

This Presentation is via ZOOM "
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 " Geoff's Presentation will cover over 6000 km of railway of gauges at or less than 2ft 6in that 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 "

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