Meeting Reports

Monday 27th March 2017
Photos from the Ken Nunn Collection
Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson presented The Ken Nunn Collection for our March meeting. Ken was a prolific photographer, using glass plates, and travelled extensively from around 1900 to the 1960s. His collection includes the work of 4 other photographers and is held by the LCGB.
Mike took us on a tour around Britain starting on the London, Tilbury and Southend. We then travelled via a variety of mainly pre-grouping railways through East Anglia, East Coast mainline, the North East, up into Scotland, back through Carlisle, Liverpool, Manchester, down through Wales before terminating at Cardiff. Although often forgotten some minor railways and industrials were included.
Mike had done a huge amount of research and was able to give quite detailed explanations of each locomotive, which was a great help to those who had no knowledge of many ancient classes.
Mike didn't rush through the programme which enabled us to take in the finer points of the locomotives and to enjoy scenes of years ago. We were also able to admire the work of the photographer and appreciate his legacy.

This was a rather splendid evening and we look forward to Mike returning to continue the journey.
Highly recommended.

Monday 27th February 2017
A Continental Miscellany
Brian Boddy

Due to our advertised speaker having to receive "works attention" Brian Boddy came along to present "A Continental Miscellany".
During 2016 Brian had visited 7 European countries during the year and this was a chronicle of his travels.
. Starting off at the Baie de Somme Railway's "Fete Vapour" Brian took us on to Berlin with a side trip to Prague. Switzerland was next, before going on to the Netherlands and then on into Belgium. A quick trip into Luxembourg came next with our journey terminating in Paris.
The entire show was well illustrated with, not only a wide variety of railway vehicles, but also funiculars, a miniature railway, trams and buses.
Brian also showed us the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie with suitable advice on how to get good shots without tourists.

All in all a very good evening's entertainment.
Sadly we only had an audience of seven and that was bolstered by 2 visitors, one from London and one local.

Monday 23rd January 2017
Photos from the Bill Jackson Collection - Part 2
Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson presented Photos from the Bill Jackson Collection - Part 2 on 23rd January. Brian had selected photographs from 1953 and what a treat. Much of what his father Bill had taken was Southern based but included everything from oldest to newest and mundane (for the period) to unusual. A key activity had been to record the various locomotives that had been transferred in from other regions to cover for the Merchant Navys which had been stopped due to faults on their axles.
A holiday in Scotland that year enabled us to enjoy a rich selection of stock and locations from that area. Stopping off at some collieries in the Ashington, Northumberland area, primarily for ex-Southern locos, Bill had also taken a variety of industrial types which added a good deal of interest.
We are indebted for the efforts that Bill made to record the railway scene over 50 years ago, and, of course, to Brian who has done much work to put together a most excellent and highly recommended presentation with a detailed commentary.

It is a great pity that only 4 members were in attendance, although foggy weather and railway industrial action played a part.

Monday 19th December 2016
Member's Memories

Members Memories was the title for our December meeting and what memories.
Godfrey Gould kicked off with a variety of transport subjects mainly taken whilst on a cruise around Italy. Keith Carter followed up with his trips in the year predominantly in Germany, Switzerland and the Isle of Man. Les Dench delved into his archives and gave a fabulous presentation on many types of traction and stations long gone. John Beckett was next up in Romania in Communist days, a superb rare archive.

After the interval John Hayward started off in South Africa and then off to Scotland. Michael Welch offered delightful scenes of snow on the West Highland line and then to the Settle &Carlisle line in summer. Nick Kelly offered shots across Europe from his travels. Paul Snelling had also been travelling but included shots from his local station.
Our evening concluded with a very interesting set of pictures from Mike Hudson predominantly taken at Barnham pre-1932.

Although our attendance was smaller than usual it was nonetheless very enjoyable and highlighted the variety of interest within our group.

Monday 26th September 2016
East African Safari
John Hayward

We returned after our summer break to hear LCGB member John Hayward speaking about East African Railways which he had ridden on in 1971. John flew out from Gatwick to Entebbe on a British Caledonian/BUA VC10 and a friend had arranged him a visit to the cockpit.
John had a letter of introduction from the railway which got him into places that were normally off limits and got him further special privileges. A bus journey took John from Entebbe to Kampala and from then he rode throughout Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Along the way he crossed the Equator 3 times in one journey.
As well as a goodly selection of locomotives, John also showed a range of stations, ports, ships, buses and wildlife, all with a good, informative and humorous commentary. We also learnt about the possibility of being arrested as a spy for taking photographs.
John ended up at Dar Es Salaam as his journey took him further afield. A splendid evening on an area of the world rarely seen.

Monday 27th June 2016
Worldwide Steam on the Narrow Gauge
Mike Hudson

Due to our booked speaker on Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways dropping out, Mike Hudson entertained us with Worldwide Steam on the Narrow Gauge.
Mike had chosen anything below standard gauge as narrow gauge. With some irony it was pointed out that in many countries narrow gauge locomotives are considerably larger than those to British standard gauge. .
Mike started out by explaining how the narrow gauge developed predominantly in hilly regions and in industrial use. In part one he went through all the countries on the narrow gauge, with a good selection of views of trains in normal service. In part two he went round again showing trains operating on special services, mainly for enthusiasts.
It was a fascinating evening well illustrated with slides Mike had taken himself, with a good sprinkling of anecdotes and performed without any notes. By the end we wondered if there were any countries that we hadn't visited.
A great evening's entertainment and thanks go to Mike for stepping in.

Monday 23rd May 2016
Bluebell Railway Class 2 Project
John Jesson

The well attended branch meeting was given an interesting and informative presentation by John Jesson on the Bluebell Railway Class 2 Project. This involves rebuilding BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 into a BR Standard Class 2 2-6-2T.
We were told that the BR class 2 2-6-2T Riddles design was based on the LMS Ivatt Class 2P design which was introduced in 1946 for use on branch line and suburban services. These locos proved to be popular, reliable and powerful performers.
30 of the BR standard Class 2 2-6-2Ts were built in two batches at Crewe and Darlington and numbered 84000 to 84029 with the last ten allocated to the Southern Region, initially at Ashford and Ramsgate, with two later transferred to Brighton.
Unfortunately, none has survived with the last one being scrapped in 1966. A 2-6-0 no.78059 (built at Darlington in 1956) was purchased without a tender for 7,500 from Woodhams, Barry on 25.05.83. This loco was chosen because it's boiler and firebox were in good condition.
The rebuilding work is well advanced and involves extending the frames, adding a rear pony truck and buffer beam, plus building the two tanks and a bunker. The extension of the frames for the hind pony truck has already been attached to the original frame, with 78059 thus becoming 84030. Incidentally, both the lead and hind pony trucks are of a similar design.
We were shown a series of images featuring the arrival of 78059 at Sheffield Park, castings both big and small, for which project has mainly received excellent work by various specialist engineering firms. One particular firm, Fleet Tip of Bradford, came in for particular praise, its staff enjoying the railway work compared to their more mundane work of building tipper bodies for lorries!
The two original buffers have disappeared which resulted in a buffer hunt! Four similar buffers from scrapped 350hp diesel shunting locos were eventually obtained from Booths of Rotherham and, apart from one with a broken spring, were in quite good condition.
The tanks will be riveted together, and the Kent & East Sussex Railway, who have considerable skills in this field, are assisting with advice. The project also has a good working relationship with the Mid Hants Railway as well as working closely with a BR Standard Class 3 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust. The latter is in the process of building the next member of the extinct Riddles BR 3MT 2 6 2 82000 tank class at Bridgnorth.
We were told that the Bluebell Railway Class 2 Project's most immediate main task is to move a Poly-shed from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park. It is presently in the way of the new carriage shed that is being constructed at Horsted Keynes. This move involves creating a hard core standing area (possibly with track) alongside Atlantic House, but will result in a big improvement in the working conditions for the volunteers.
The project has been achieving much greater progress during the past couple of years but, with only eight volunteers actually working the project, it is anticipated that it will still be several years before it is completed.

The audience thanked John Jesson, in the usual way, for his most interesting presentation.

Monday 25th April 2016
Photos from the Bill Jackson Collection - Part 1
Brian Jackson

Our April meeting saw member Brian Jackson presenting Photos from the Bill Jackson Collection - Part 1. Bill was Brian's late father, a member of the RCTS and LCGB, having joined the RCTS prior to WW2. The photographs were from the early 1950s, starting at Brighton with Standard Class 4MT 80010, the first of the type built at the works. Several steam workings were shown in and around the Brighton area, and we saw Leader No.3 shortly before it was scrapped.
We moved around the South of the country including a short trip to the Isle of Wight, seeing E1 at Newport on a RCTS rail tour.
Back on the mainland we visited various locations in the West Midlands, North Wales and on the Cambrian main line along with a visit to the Talyllyn Railway in its early days.
Diesel electric 10202 was seen at Southampton on a Bournemouth Belle working and the Brighton Belle was seen at Lewes on a Sunday Eastbourne Belle working. We finished with Fenchurch on Kemp Town shuttles, part of an RCTS tour, and Beachy Head awaiting departure at Brighton with the return journey to Victoria.

This was a truly superb evening with excellent photographs, Bill seemed to have had the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Brian has spent a considerable time researching all the information about the shots and this comes through in the presentation.
We look forward to Brian coming back in 2017 with Part 2

last updated: 28/03/17