Welcome to Chichester Branch of the RCTS
We meet once a month from September through to May.
During the Covid pandemic we have kept in touch with our members by moving our meetings on to Zoom. We have now returned to face to face meetings in Chichester at:
Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, St Pancras, Chichester. PO19 7LQ
We will supplement these meetings with further Zoom meetings in the future.
Meetings cover a range of illustrated railway related subjects, presented by experienced speakers.
Our next meetings / events can be found further down this page.
We normally start at 19:15 with the presentation ending at 21:30
Everybody is welcome to join us and enjoy the friendly atmosphere with the common interest of all things railway.
We also organise outdoor events for our members to places of railway interest, often visiting areas not normally open to the public, always looking for ideas to enhance our activities both indoor and outdoor.
Our Latest Outdoor Visit
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Geoff Adams, John Barrowdale,
Much appreciated assistance with meetings in various roles to:
Douglas Meany, Roger Jones, John Robbins, Mike Petherbridge, Alan Wallbank
Presenter: David Brace The title of the talk gave our speaker the opportunity to give a wide ranging and well researched presentation on the building of one of the principal…Read More
Presenter: Simon Bowden Our speaker joined the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway as a volunteer as a teenager in 1966. He later completed 50 years as a driver and for…Read More
Presenter: David Cross David Cross travelled from his home in Essex, to present a collection of his father’s, Derek, railway slides. The subject covered was the West Coast Main Line…Read More
Presenter: NIgel Tregoning We returned to Zoom for the first of two winter meetings. Nigel, a Cornwall resident, lead us through what may best be described as a life time…Read More
Presenter Keith Brown: As an active volunteer on the Watercress Line, Keith Brown was well qualified to give an absorbing and comprehensive presentation on the history of the Winchester to…Read More
S15 30828 leaving Chichester with the Maunsell Wessex Special. 02 May 1995. Image Credit Tony Storey Presenter: Tony Storey Originally we had planned to be taken on an American Rail…Read More
Unmistakably we are in Brighton, on the seafront, admiring The Volks Railway. Presenter: Ian Gledhill Whilst Volk’s railway in Brighton is known by many, the life, and times of…Read More
Presenter: Philip Benstead A tale of self-interest, optimism, naivety, fraud, bankruptcy, incompetence, arrogance, violent deaths, royalty & religion with congratulations to the non-participants & ignorance of the achievers. Philip’s presentation…Read More
Presenter: Lee Davies For the last presentation of the current season, Chichester Branch, including the many virtual attendees from elsewhere, were treated to a wonderful selection of anecdotes from Lee…Read More
Presenter: Derek Huntriss Derek’s presentation consisted of two-parts, the first half covering what was, in the 1980’s “Modern Traction” and the second half covered Mainline Steam in the same period.…Read More
Presenter: David Brown David presented a very special collection of images depicting scenes from the middle of the last century in and around the South East of England. The first…Read More
Presenter: Colin Brading The lure of the Isle of Wight attracted a bumper audience to County Hall. Colin began by explaining the unique geography of the area and how the…Read More
Presenter: Geoff Boote Our December meeting was held two weeks earlier than our normal monthly meetings to avoid the Christmas period. The Branch AGM comprised the first part of the…Read More
Presenter: David Brown The October meeting of Chichester Branch was entitled Classic Southern Electric in Colour, presented by David Brown, one of our own members, who also sits on the…Read More
Presenter: Keith Brown An encouraging audience of fifty gathered for our first meeting of the new season to hear Keith Brown give an illustrated presentation entitled ‘The Mid Hants Railway…Read More
A dozen or so Chichester members went abroad on Sunday 09 June. Well almost! We visited the Isle of Wight Steam Railway on a lovely warm sunny day. Perfect weather…Read More
Presenter: Brian Hardy Over 40 members and supporters attended this excellent meeting in which Brian Hardy demonstrated the changes that have taken place within the London Underground (LU) throughout the…Read More
14 Chichester members plus a guest from Surrey branch enjoyed an escorted tour of the Eastleigh works site. Our lead guide, Norman, was an expert on all things connected with…Read More
Local Chichester Members Photos
Local Branch Area Rail News
New Locomotive at the Hayling Island Railway for 2023
Hampshire’s Hayling Seaside Railway is now under new management, following the retirement of Bob Haddock, the line’s owner and creator. New operators ‘The Hayling Light Railway Trust’ are a not for profit charity set up by the volunteers of the East Hayling Light Railway Society.
Details of a new loco for the railway.
New Warblington Station Footbridge
Havant Borough Council has approved planning permission and commitment to a funding shortfall to build a £3.5m footbridge at Warblington station road crossing, Southern’s most westerly located station.
Nearby housing development and an adjacent local school contribute to congestion, when barriers can be down for passing trains for a claimed up to 30 minutes within each hour, preventing pedestrian and vehicle access.
December 2022 - Havant Borough Council has agreed to cover funding shortfall. Network Rail have been commissioned to design the bridge.
Warblington is the most westerly station operated by Southern.
Welcome to the New Year
Bognor Regis Model Railway Exhibition is one of the first off the blocks in 2024.
Saturday & Sunday 13/14 January 2024
Full details click the link below
A new additional gateline has opened at Gatwick station.
This gateline has been installed to improve passenger flow when entering the station. The three barriers are wide access gates, which will improve the travel experience for passengers of reduced mobility as well as those with luggage, wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Find out more about the Gatwick airport station upgrade.
The Mid Hants Railway (Watercress LIne) Autumn Steam Gala ------- All Image Credits John Barrowdale
The Southern Class 313 - The Pride of Coastway!
Built in 1977/78 nineteen of the class 313 EMUs operated on the Coastway services from 2010 between Brighton and Seaford & Portsmouth and also between Littlehampton and Bognor Regis & Portsmouth. The end came when the final units operated on Friday 19th May 2023, with the very last service being from Seaford to Brighton just after midnight. In March three of the class had already been taken to Eastleigh for storage. During May, June and July the remaining 16 units travelled in pairs under their own power to Eastleigh, where scrap work began quite quickly. The picture immediately below shows 313 210 & 313 203 crossing the River Wallington at Fareham on their final working from Hove Yard to Eastleigh on Tuesday 04 July 2023. An image of each of the Class in service with Southern follows