RCTS Cambridge Branch
Welcome to the Cambridge Branch of the RCTS. We meet once a month from September to May (inclusive), usually on the second Tuesday, at The Swifts in Fulbourn.
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 railway books available at each meeting at bargain prices.
All are welcome to join us and to share their interest!
On a fine Monday 13th June 1938, Johnson 3F No. 3195 makes a wonderful sight as it accelerates away from Thrapston towards Raunds with the 08.33 Kettering to Cambridge. Photo: Robin Cullup collection.
Chairman Branch Secretary
Robert Bartlett OBE Tony Field email@example.com
Fixtures Secretary Website
Michael Smyth firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01223 515296, email: email@example.com
Hundreds of Books for Sale at Each Meeting and by Mail Order - Please Contact Keith for Details
RCTS Cambridge Branch Gallery
The RCTS Cambridge Branch Gallery aims to capture the diversity of railway operation over an area roughly corresponding to the coverage of the former 31A Cambridge Shed, which includes Cambridge, St Ives, Huntingdon, Ely, March, Wisbech, Kings Lynn, South Lynn, Hunstanton, Bury St Edmunds and Saffron Walden
To reflect the interests and travels of our members, we also show images from further afield.
Our aim is to share the fascination of railway operation with as many people as possible. Images are drawn from a wide range of sources and where known each is acknowledged.
Any comments on the gallery, including offers of images, should be sent to cambridgeweb at rcts.org.uk
Please note that all images in the gallery are the copyright of the identified author and permission for re-use must be obtained via the RCTS Cambridge Branch at the above address.
We hope you enjoy the gallery!
Taking his theme from the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s ‘My Back Pages’ track, on Tuesday 14th November David Pearce gave us a fascinating semi-autobiographical presentation of his early days of…Read More
The Great Northern Railway’s advertising of Cromer and Sheringham was very successful in stimulating holiday traffic from the East Midlands to these resorts over its Joint Line with the Midland…Read More
1927-built S15 Class 4-6-0 No. 825 runs round its train at Grosmont on August 14th 2005. The S15 Class was introduced in 1920 as a heavy freight locomotive, designed by…Read More
BR Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70039 ‘Sir Christopher Wren’ pulls out of Colchester station on 13th July 1957. Photo: Dave Goodyear. As the junction on the Great Eastern Main Line for…Read More
Circa 1949, B17/5 4-6-0 No. 61659 “East Anglian” is seen on Cambridge shed – the only streamlined loco to be allocated to Cambridge. Photo: Copyright David Scudamore Collection. On Tuesday…Read More
The Great Southern and Western Railway Class D12, designed by Robert Coey and built at Inchicore between 1900 and 1907, was a class of 26 4-4-0 tender locomotives built for…Read More
A Canadian Pacific intermodal train rolls into Field, BC for a crew change. Photo: Tony Field. Tony Field gave us our first presentation of the New Year with a show…Read More
On the coldest day nationally since 2010, GB Railfreight Class 66 No. 66793 runs to time through Waterbeach on December 12th 2022 with 6L37, the 09.57 Hoo Junction to Whitemoor…Read More
8th November 2022 “Gone Forever – Images of BR Steam in the North of England (Part 2)” by Michael Smyth
On a freezing cold 20th December 1967, ex LMS Black 5 No. 45353 heads North from Carnforth with Presflo cement wagons. Photo: Michael Smyth. Following his highly successful Part 1…Read More
On a beautifully sunny 27th August 1988, Class 47 No. 47517 ‘Andrew Carnegie’ has left Kirkby Stephen and is about to cross Smardale Viaduct as it heads North with the…Read More
For a few Saturdays in Summer, the Kettering to Cambridge line enjoyed the passage of its closest ‘main line’ passenger working – the Leicester to Clacton holiday train. The working…Read More
Early-bodied Class 31 No. 31108 has propelled its short consist of scrap and a single SPA wagon from Ward’s Siding along the Silvertown Tramway, reversed in the headshunt and is…Read More
State Railway Of Thailand (SRT) GE Co-Co diesel No. 4044 is seen at Kanchanaburi on 26th December 2019 heading the Eastern and Oriental Express. Photo: Iain Scotchman. For our penultimate…Read More
On 19th October 1991, West Country Pacific No. 34027 ‘Taw Valley’ and BR Standard Class 7 No. 70000 ‘Britannia’ stand in Cambridge Coalfields Yard. Photo Copyright David Scudamore. A record…Read More
8th February 2022 “Gone Forever – Images of BR Steam in the North of England (Part 1)” by Michael Smyth
On an overcast 2nd September 1967, Class B1 61306 departs from Bradford Exchange with the last steam-hauled 08.20 (SO) to Skegness. Photo: Michael Smyth. Branch member Michael Smyth was inspired…Read More
On 12th May 1984, the final day of locomotive-hauled services on the East Suffolk Line, 37049 departs from Saxmundham with the 07.19 Lowestoft to Liverpool Street. Photo: John Day 2022…Read More
Chairman Robert Bartlett opened the AGM promptly at 7:30, drawing attention to the benefits of RCTS membership, the Branch’s extensive range of books for sale and the Society’s Library…Read More
On 2 Sep 2020, 66149 passes Charlton Lane gate box with the 11.07 Angerstein Wharf to Woking conveying sea-dredged sand. Photo: Geoff Brockett. The Capital’s railways were the subject of…Read More
After an eighteen month break from face-to-face meetings, we made a thunderous start to our 2021-22 programme with a magnificent tour of rail operations in the Los Angeles…Read More