11th November 2019 · ‘Sheffield and South Yorkshire – Past and Present’

Presenter: Michael Eggenton

On 11 November Michael Eggenton made a welcome return to the Branch with a special programme tailored for our local audience. Taking us around Sheffield and South Yorkshire, Mike was able to show us images of familiar, and not-so-familiar, locations taken many years apart. The earlier pictures from the 1960s showed litter-free scenes with neat ballast, steam traction and complex track formations; the most recent images were dominated by lineside trees, much-reduced track work and signal installations and multiple units. Leaving aside the obvious comparisons, what emerged from the evening was the importance of recording the passing scene before it too entered history.