Bristol [BTL]

5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe on the up Bristolian at Bristol Parkway in 2010.  Image credit  Paul Udey
5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe on the up Bristolian at Bristol Parkway in 2010. Image credit Paul Udey

Brian's Bookstall is back in business ! Image Credit Stewart Jolly

Welcome to the Bristol Branch pages of the RCTS website. We meet once a month from September to May, on the first Friday, at          St Teresa’s Church Hall, 71 Gloucester Road North, Filton, BS34 7PL, next to Esso Tesco.
Our meetings generally take the form of slide shows, movies or talks with lively discussions on all aspects of railway history and operational practice.
We have a wonderful selection of hundreds of new and second-hand railway books available at each meeting at bargain prices.
All are welcome to join us and to share their interest

Probably the best selection of new and second-hand books in the area. Image Credit Stewart Jolly

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Brian Arman


Paul Udey
tel: 01225 427779
18 Hensley Road, Bath, BA2 2DR

Meeting reports

7th January 2022 – Swindon Works the Final Years

By BTL Bristol | 2022-05-02

The meeting on January 7th of the Bristol Group saw 37 members assembled to listen to RCTS President  and Branch chairman Revd Canon Brian Arman’s talk on Swindon Works part…

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1st April 2022 – Late BR Steam around Bristol

By BTL Bristol | 2022-05-02

RCTS Meeting 1st April 2022 Held at St Theresa’s Hall in Filton, our speaker was Ian Bennett, showing slides taken by the late Maurice Deans and some he had purchased,…

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4th February 2022 – North Wales in the 1980s

By BTL Bristol | 2022-05-02

On the 4th of February, 47 members met to hear Branch President Arthur Turner tell us about North Wales in the 1980s. Arthur had first visited the area in 1955…

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3rd December 2021 – Railway Holidays in the West Country Presented by Stuart Warr

By BTL Bristol | 2022-01-12

The talk concentrated on Cornwall, starting with the crossing of the Tamar on the Gunnislake branch.   Several slides showed the different types of stock used.  We then moved on to…

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5th November 2021 – South Wales Mainline

By BTL Bristol | 2021-11-05

Presenter: Gerry Nichols November saw Gerry Nichols provide a fascinating insight into the period from 1959 to 1963 on the South Wales Mainline from Severn Tunnel Junction towards Bridgend with…

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1st October 2021 – Settle and Carlisle in the 1980’s

By BTL Bristol | 2021-10-01

Presenter: Stewart Jolly 35 members and guests assembled in our new venue – St Teresa’s Church Hall to hear our speaker, Stewart Jolly. The meeting was opened by The Reverend…

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3rd September 2021 – Railway Roundabout

By BTL Bristol | 2021-09-03

Presenter: Brian Arman We met at our new venue, St Teresa’s Church Hall, Filton.  Thirty-eight members of the Bristol Branch attended the first meeting for over a year.  Brian Arman,…

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