Chichester [CHR]

Celebrity Class 313 201 in BR Blue and Grey, heads East from Chichester on the West Coastway, with the Cathedral spire in view background right. Image Credit Geoff May
Celebrity Class 313 201 in BR Blue and Grey, heads East from Chichester on the West Coastway, with the Cathedral spire in view background right. Image Credit Geoff May

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.

What's on



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Roger Sandford
tel: 02392 215919
52 Knowsley Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 2PF



Geoff May
tel: 01243 528708

Committee Members

Geoff Adams, Ian Mckey, Julian Clark, John Barrowdale,

Honorary Branch President

Richard Ashby

Branch Newsletters

January 2022
February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022

Meeting reports

27 April 2022 Southern Medley & Cuba Revisited

15 May 2022

Presenter: Alan Wallbank Alan is an accomplished amateur film maker who on two previous visits to Chichester Branch has shown that the standard of his productions is worthy of a…

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23 March 2022 Ninth Colour-Rail Journey

30 Mar 2022

Presenter: Paul Chancellor Paul Chancellor of Colour Rail was our first live face to face guest speaker for exactly two years at Chichester on the 23/03/22 following the Covid outbreak…

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23 February 2022 Magnus Volk and His Amazing Railways

06 Mar 2022

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 Magnus Volk…

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26 January 2022 The Ken Nunn Collection 1898-1961

01 Mar 2022

Presenter Jeremy Harrison It was a pleasure to witness this unique collection of Southern Region images acquired by the Locomotive Club of Great Britain, who retain the ‘showing rights’ whilst…

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08 December 2021 – World Steam

12 Dec 2021

Presenter Guenter Oczko Opinions may vary on the plusses and minuses of ‘Zoom’ presentations but no one can deny that the technology has given the opportunity for a much wider…

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24 November 2021 – B.R. Steam – The Final Years

28 Nov 2021

Presenter:  Derek Huntriss The attraction of the final years of Steam on B.R. never seems to wane, especially when there is the prospect of a high quality presentation. Derek did…

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27 October 2021 – Building the Direct Line from Lymington Junction to Christchurch 1884-1888

27 Nov 2021

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…

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Railways of Scotland 2013 – 2018

22 Sep 2021

Presenter: Stephen Bigley The Branch welcomed back Stephen Bigley, a well-known local enthusiast, for his presentation called ‘Railways of Scotland 2013 – 2018’. This mainly covered his activities from the…

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26 May 2021 · Three Decades of Change on the Footplate

26 May 2021

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…

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28 April 2021 · Trans-Pennine Steam and Modern Traction in the 1980s

28 Apr 2021

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.…

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24 March 2021 · The Last Year of Southern Steam

24 Mar 2021

Presenter: Derek Spicer Derek took us back to an era which never fails to attract much interest. Touring the South during 1967 he captured many fascinating steam images and set…

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24 February 2021 · In Search Of The Red Dragon

24 Feb 2021

Presenter: Colin Brading Colin started his presentation with a nostalgic reminder that ‘The Red Dragon’ was a name bestowed in the 1950’s upon an up morning service from Carmarthen to…

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27 January 2021 · Local Film Night

27 Jan 2021

Presenter: Alan Wallbank On Weds 27 Jan 2021, the Chichester branch enjoyed a return visit from Branch Member, and former Footplateman, Alan Wallbank, who showed two further films which he…

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16 December 2020 · NCB Steam 1970 – 1981

16 Dec 2020

Presenter: John Barrowdale Industrial steam had been noticeably absent from the Chichester Branch meeting agenda for a long time but John Barrowdale finally filled the gap with this excellent and…

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09 December 2020 · Sixties Southern

09 Dec 2020

Presenter: David Jackman This was our first virtual AGM evening at Chichester, so the opening half was spent on Branch formalities. Following a ten minute interval to ‘recover’ we were…

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25 November 2020 · Diesels and Electrics in the South East 1950s – 1970s

25 Nov 2020

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…

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28 October 2020 · The ‘Modern Scene’ Today Part 2

28 Oct 2020

Presenter: Julian Clark On Wednesday 28th Oct we welcomed Julian Clark from our own local RCTS committee to our second Zoom meeting entitled ‘The Modern Scene Today, Part 2’ Those…

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23rd September 2020 · A Half Century Has Passed

23 Sep 2020

Presenter: Geoff May After a seven month absence we returned with our first virtual meeting. Our speaker Geoff May took us back to the final months of steam on BR…

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26th February 2020 · Island Treasures – Railways of the Isle of Wight

26 Feb 2020

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…

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22nd January 2020 · The ‘Modern Scene’ Today

22 Jan 2020

Presenter: Julian Clark The Chichester Branch is fortunate in having Julian as a member whose photographic talents have been recognised in both the RO and RCTS publicity material. His wide…

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11th December 2019 · Amberley Industrial Museum Railway

11 Dec 2019

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…

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27th November 2019 · Women on the Railway

27 Nov 2019

Presenter: Liam Kenchenken In 2015 the Mid Hants Railway was awarded almost £900,000 towards the £1.5 million cost of therestoration of Merchant Navy Class 35005 Canadian Pacific, built at Eastleighin…

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23rd October 2019 · Classic Southern Electric in Colour

23 Oct 2019

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…

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25 September 2019 · The Mid Hants Line, Then and Now

25 Sep 2019

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…

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09 June 2019 · Branch visit to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

09 Jun 2019

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…

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22nd May 2019 · The Railways of Paris

22 May 2019

Presenter: Michael Bunn For our final indoor meeting of the season we crossed the English Channel, to explore the French capital. Michael put together a superb presentation, beginning by outlining…

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24th April 2019 · London Underground, Then and Now

24 Apr 2019

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…

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6th April 2019 · Branch visit to Arlington Fleet Eastleigh

06 Apr 2019

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…

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27th March 2019 · Strictly Freight Only Part 2

27 Mar 2019

Presenter: Brian Ringer For our well attended March meeting, The Chichester Branch welcomed the return of Brian Ringer, with the second part of his ‘Strictly Freight Only’ presentations, the title…

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Local Chichester Members Photos

UK Rail Tours Hampshire Pullman - Merchant Navy 35028 Clan Line moves away from the 20 mph speed restriction through Petersfield station - Saturday 06 November 2021. Image Credit: Julian Clark
35028 Clan Line approaching Bedhampton with UK Rail Tours Hampshire Pullman - Saturday 06 November 2021. Image Credit: Roger Sandford
Hastings Diesel Ltd Hastings-Portsmouth Harbour 'Southern Mariner' ran in foul weather, but offered opportunities to photograph the Hastings unit with some of the West Coastway area's signalboxes. Power car 'Tunbridge Wells' brings up the rear, as the tour passes Arundel's 'Odeon' box at 10:41 Saturday 08 January 2022. Image Credit: Julian Clark
Class 69 69004 passes Arundel Station at 11.40 Friday 29 January 2022 with 0Y69, the 09.59 Tonbridge West Yard to Eastleigh, for an appointment with the painters: the new livery is apparently going to be 'something special' for this loco. Image Credit: Julian Clark
Class 47 47810, disguised as D1924 pass Cosham with 'The Portsmouth Statesman' 1Z50 05:39 Crewe to Portsmouth Harbour. 30 March 2022. Image Credit: Roger Sandford
Passing over Portcreek Junction Class 50 007 heads the 08:11 Portsmouth & Southsea to Bognor Regis leg of 'The Great Britain' Saturday 23 April 2022. Image Credit: Roger Sandford
Class 158 767 & 158798 at Barnham form the last ever GWR service on West Coastway, the 17:02 Brighton to Bristol Parkway on Friday 13 May 22. Part of a Chichester member's regular Monday to Friday commute. Image Credit: Andy Perry

Local Branch Area Rail News

A Hayling Light Railway service wends it's way from Eastoke to Beachlands on a warm sunny summer day. 22 August 2017.

‘New Beginning” for Hayling Light Railway Trust’

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:   (1) Hayling Light Railway | Facebook

Southern Class 377 461 passes over the pedestrian and road crossing at Warblington, Thursday 20 January 2022.

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.

The summer of 2014 and a SWT 159 is hired by GWR to operate the 16:59 Brighton to Bristol Temple Meads

GWR to withdraw all services from West Coastway at May 2022 Timetable change

After decades of inter-regional services from Brighton to the West, the last service expected to be the 17:02 Brighton to Bristol Parkway on Friday 13 May 2022. GWR are withdrawing all services west of Portsmouth, leaving West Coastway passenger services 100% electrically operated by Southern Trains Class 313 and 377.



A Brighton to Portsmouth service approaching Portcreek Junction. 17 November 2021.

Southern Timetable Changes Mondays to Fridays from 28 February until 13 May 2022

The Sussex Coast services see several important changes, generally reducing the frequency of services at many stations. Notably the Brighton to Portsmouth and Southampton services will terminate at Chichester, a change of train will be necessary to reach stations further West. Details at: Southern - Revised-timetable (

Through SX running along the South Coast from Brighton to Portsmouth & Southampton will be restored on Monday 16 May. However, the half hourly stopping shuttle service between Brighton and West Worthing remains suspended until further notice.