12th January 2021 · “Railways before the War – That is the Great War -Part 2”

Presenter: Jeremy Harrison

Our first meeting in the New Year was “Railways before the War – That is the Great War (part 2” presented by Jeremy Harrison with 52 participants. All photographs were from the Ken Nunn collection. Considering the latest photograph we saw was taken in 1915, these were superb and had transferred to digital imagery really well.

We started this time on the Southern Railway, the London Dover & Chatham Railway showing most loco classes but primarily D, E & F classes, plus their ultimate design, the H class. We visited depots (sheds in this period at Bricklayers Arms, Southbridge & Slade Green. This was followed by a series of pictures of Royal Trains, a couple running from Dover to Wolferton with a highly decorated smoke box & front ends, plus some that were Derby Day specials going to or from Epsom Downs. To complete the first half of the programme we travelled to the Isle of White and Devon & Cornwall, as there was more Great Western after tea.

Starting again with loco No.111 Great Bear at Paddington, this was followed by a Star Class on Bushey troughs with a Euston to Glasgow express. Again, we saw many interesting shots at various depots including Old Oak Common, Westbourne Park, then as far afield as Newport & Aberystwyth. Amongst the classes seen were the County, Star and Bulldogs. I personally found these very attractive engines much more like the ones I remember from the late 40’s & 50’s.

We then looked at locomotives in the North of England visiting York, Barrow, Liverpool and Carnforth amongst them. Finishing the evening on the Midland around St Pancras and Cricklewood.

A superbly fascinating evening, as for all those viewing the photographs these were well before their time around the railway.