Railway Studies

Two very popular groups who have an interest in railways


Railway Studies 1

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Over the years since the group was formed its members have produced and presented a wide range of topics with railways at the centre. We have heard about the Rainhill Trials in 1829 when ‘Rocket’ showed a new way of building locomotives, the development and use of a particular type of locomotive, looked at the many sketches, paintings and photographs by well known artists depicting the railways and talked about the ordinary people who worked for the railways and were their mainstay.

For a few years an annual visit, recently inviting Group 2 to join us as well, to a railway location has taken place.These have included trips to the Bluebell Railway where, thanks to our leader, arrangements to see ‘behind the scenes’ were made, to a local model railway enthusiast and to mainline stations such as Kings Cross and St Pancras to see how they have progressed since the vast changes in railway operation have been in operation.

There are so many facets to this subject that many more ideas for topics are being considered when planning ahead takes place.


Railway Studies 2

Meets: 1st Wednesday of the Month

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Railway Studies Group 2 has been running since April in close cooperation with Group 1 which has been going for 6 years. There are 5 regular members, one of whom usually brings along a model and explains the history of the class – last time it was LBSCR Remembrance.  We had a talk on the Birkenhead to Margate cross country 1860s to 1960s with a mix of screened Powerpoint pictures using the TV. We also studied the history of the Festiniog Railway.   The leader of Group 1 has given us a talk on the history of braking, and another member wants to talk to us about stamps.  It’s an eclectic mix and is dependent on the will and time of the members.

There’s one joint “study visit” per year – in April it was to King’s Cross to see behind the scenes.

We are also putting together something on the history of the Waverley route to coincide with its partial reopening.  One member has talked on Berlin railways and the Marches line through Ludlow.
The usual idea is to have someone giving a talk for 45 mins to an hour with shorter contributions from others.