Meeting Reports

Meeting Reports


Monday 11th March 2019
Branch AGM, Photographic Competition and Members' Slides (and Digital Images)

Our seventeenth Branch AGM took place on Monday 11th March. In his opening remarks, Chairman Chris Meredith summarised the Branch’s activities during the past year, with other reports following from the various Branch Officers. Chris Meredith, Peter Wilson, Jeremy Harrison and Andrew Jones were re-elected to their respective posts. Discussion took place on the voluntary admission donations requested from attendees at meetings, and those present (except one) accepted that these would be increased from the April 2019 meeting. This formal part of the evening was followed by the Branch Photographic Competition, run by Andrew Jones and won by Jeremy Harrison with his picture of 1450 and autocoach 178 crossing Victoria Bridge on the Severn Valley Railway. The Society Archivist, Andy Davies, then described the work carried out by volunteer members to enable the former Station Master’s house at Leatherhead to be opened as the Society’s Archive and Library on 6th October 2018. Andy explained that it would regularly be open to members (dates will be in the RO), and encouraged us to patronise it. Jeremy concluded the evening by showing a selection of photographs, mainly taken on photographic charters on preserved railways, from late 2017 up to the previous day.

Monday 11th February 2019
Pictures from the Bill Jackson Collection: Part 1, 1952
Brian Jackson

At our meeting at Croydon on Monday 11th February Society member Brian Jackson presented photographs taken by his father entitled "Pictures from the Bill Jackson collection - Part 1 – 1952”. Brian explained that at this period colour photography was prohibitively expensive, and therefore these were exclusively black-and-white. Almost all were taken in late 1951 and 1952, mostly in close proximity to Brighton. As this was soon after the formation of British Railways, Bill had concentrated on veteran ex-Southern Railway locomotives, which had survived into British Railways ownership. Even when displaying the first lion-and-wheel emblem most of these were in extremely grubby condition. However, an occasional example was in immaculate ex-works condition. Then Brian moved away from Brighton to show some early shots of the Golden Arrow with BR Standard 'Britannia' class Pacifics 'William Shakespeare' and 'Iron Duke'. Finally he treated us to a view of the last G.W.R. “Saint" 4-6-0 'St. David' on a railtour, and some Eastern Region B1 and L.M.R. Class 5 4-6-0s on excursions from “north of the river". Interspersed with the steam engines were a few photos of diesel and electric locomotives, and some dock-side views of steam ships. As this presentation was billed as “Part 1” members were left waiting eagerly for Part 2!

Monday 10th December 2018
British Steam in the 21st Century
David Cox

On 10th December we welcomed David Cox, an accomplished railway photographer, who brought us a presentation of his own work entitled 'British Steam in the 21st Century'. Starting in the South and South West of England, David took us on a round Britain tour of all the English regions, with visits to Wales and Scotland, finishing in the South East England on the Lavender Line and Bluebell Railway. Along the way we enjoyed splendid shots of both standard and narrow gauge steam, locomotives on the mainline, on preserved railways, private railways, a zoo, a farm, docks, a couple of museums, and several former industrial sites. Some locations were visited more than once and provided comparisons, one year with another. We saw locomotives of all sizes and wheel arrangements. Some may not be seen in steam again, but there were plenty of others that certainly will be. David's excellent survey demonstrated, if there was any doubt, that steam the length and breadth of present day Britain, is very much alive and well. The audience showed its appreciation to David for providing a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Monday 12th November 2018
The Patriot Project
John Borrowdale

Then on Monday 12th November - the day following Remembrance Day - John Barrowdale of the LMS Patriot Project spoke on the project. He started with the history of the class, from its development from the LNWR Claughton class 4-6-0s – which included a locomotive named Patriot whose nameplate was accompanied by a plaque which commemorated the employees of the LNWR who had lost their lives in the Great War. When the Claughtons evolved into the Patriots, the nameplate and plaque were replicated on 5500 Patriot which became the LMS War Memorial locomotive and retained this feature after the end of the Second World War. John showed a delightful selection of photographs from the 1950s and 1960s showing the class in both original and rebuilt conditions. Throughout his presentation he showed the process of the construction in great detail.

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