2022 – 2023 Autumn & Winter Programme


Chairman: Mike Smith
Secretary: Rick Martin
Treasurer: JohnTiffney

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Friday 14th April - Brian May
"The Death Railway

Brian’s father was one of the prisoners of war who built the “Death Railway” between Ban Pong in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Burma. Brian has visited us before and as a lifelong railway enthusiast, the family connection meant it was inevitable he would research this infamous railway.


Friday 3rd March - Jo Roesen
"Rebuilding Broadway Station"

Tonight Jo will tell us how the GWSR rebuilt Broadway station, the trials and tribulations and eventual reopening to traffic. This meeting was originally scheduled for April 2020 but unfortunately had to be postponed because of the Covid pandemic.


Friday 3rd February - Mike Dodd
"Biscuit Tin Discoveries - Photos of Frank Sanders"

Mike has visited us before and gave us two excellent shows of his late father’s photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s, but Mike is also a member of the Toddington-based “Restoration and Archiving Trust”. One of the aims of the Trust is to create a database of railway photographs from private collections and other sources to ensure they are available for research in the future and don’t disappear without trace. A biscuit tin full of negatives was given to the trust.

They were taken by a chap called Frank Sanders between 1948 and 1968 and have now been scanned and catalogued. It seems Frank was a well-travelled man by the standards of the day. Most of the photographs were taken in Britain , but some were taken in mainland Europe. Tonight’s show is exactly why the  “Restoration and Archiving Trust” was formed in the first place; to ensure these pictures that could have been lost forever are seen by today’s enthusiasts.


Friday 6th January - Richard Gunner
"Cirencester Community Railway Project"

Richard is Chairman of Cirencester Community Railway Project. Tonight he will tell us about their plans to reinstate the rail link between Kemble and Cirencester using ultra light rail and ulttra light rail vehicles.


Friday 2nd December - Paul Woollard
“South Wales Railways Around the Millennium”

By the 1990s, the inexorable decline of the railway network in South Wales meant that rail borne freight was a shadow of its former self. What remained however, certainly in the 1990s and early 2000s, was a variety of flows in the hands of Class 56s, 60s and, of course, the venerable Class 37s.

Paul’s show features a selection of superb photographs, often in colourful sector liveries, set in the striking rural and industrial landscapes that typify South Wales. The title of tonight’s show is taken from Paul’s book, “South Wales Railways Around the Millennium”, published by Amberley Publishing in 2019.


Friday 4th November - Pete Evans
“A Lad with a Camera”

Pete visited us in 2019 to present his excellent British Industrial Steam show. Tonight’s show features Pete’s “end of BR steam” photographs.


Friday 14th October - Mike Smith
“General Meeting and The Stroud Gasworks Tramway”

Our Chairman, John Thomas, and our Treasurer, John Head have decided to retire as Officers of the Society so the first part of the meeting was to be a General Meeting to elect a new committee. The Society needs a new Treasurer and John Tiffney has offered to take over from John Head. Mike Smith is happy to continue in his role as organiser of meetings and Rick Martin is happy to continue as Secretary. John Head always looked after library bookings and John Tiffney is happy to take on that role, too. John Head also took on the very important role of providing refreshments during the break.

To summarise, then, we need a new Chairman and a new Catering Manager and confirmation the membership is happy to elect John Tiffney, Mike Smith and Rick Martin as Officers of the Society. The new Chairman can be one of the existing Officers, of course.

Following the completion of the formal business of the General Meeting, Mike Smith will give an illustrated talk on the Stroud Gasworks Tramway. This was a 2 foot gauge railway that linked Stroud’s gas works to the Midland railway’s branch from Dudbridge Junction to Stroud.

If there is sufficient time, Mike will also give a short talk on a May 2022 visit to DB’s Toton depot and another on a June 2019 visit to Darlington to see the new P2 2-8-2 locomotive “Prince of Wales” under construction.