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.
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Geoff Adams, Ian Mckey, Julian Clark, John Barrowdale,
Honorary Branch President
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…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 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
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.
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.
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 (southernrailway.com)
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.