Hitchin & Welwyn Garden City [HTC]

Between Welwyn Garden City and Hitchin - LNER Azuma train heading north over Digswell Viaduct 8th September 2021 Image credit: John Dossett

Welcome to the Hitchin & Welwyn Garden City Branch.

We meet twice per month, once at Hitchin and once at Welwyn Garden City.

The Hitchin meetings are held, in the evening, at Tilehouse Street Baptist Church, Upper Tilehouse Street, Hitchin SG5 2EE on the second Tuesday of each month except August. Doors open at 19:00 with the featured presentation from 19:30 to 22:00 (approx).

The Welwyn Garden City meetings are held, in the afternoon, at the Methodist Church, Ludwick Way/Cole Green Lane junction, Welwyn Garden City AL7 3PN on the last (third in December) Tuesday of each month (except August). Doors open at 13:30 with the featured presentation from 14:00 to 16:30 (approx).

Our meetings generally take the form of presentations on varied aspects of railway history and operational practice, with an interval for refreshments and a raffle draw. Both venues are disabled friendly.

The meetings also offer the opportunity to browse and buy from a wonderful selection of hundreds of pre-owned railway books at bargain prices.

All are welcome to join us.

All meetings are now "live" events.

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David Elsdon
tel: 01438 714277
email: hitchin@rcts.org.uk


Dr. Steve Lacey
tel: 01438 728880
email: hitchin.chairman@rcts.org.uk


Paul Holloway
tel: 01582 642680

Newsletter Editor & Web Coordinator

John Dossett
tel: 01438 714325
email:  hitchinnewsletter@rcts.org.uk



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Meeting reports

A Modern Image? – Not Quite

26 Apr 2022

Presenter – Peter Robins This was a superb presentation covering virtually the whole of the British Isles, all but a couple of photographs were Peter’s own work, with the aid…

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That was the year that was …. 1965

12 Apr 2022

A presentation by Geoff Plumb   We are very grateful to Geoff Plumb for standing in at the last moment with this presentation as our booked speaker had tested positive…

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The Narrow Gauge Steam Railways of Nepal and Pakistan

29 Mar 2022

  The Narrow-Gauge Steam Railways of Nepal and Pakistan A Presentation by Geoff Warren   At our first live meeting back at Welwyn Garden City since December 2020 we were…

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Branch AGM and Members’ Evening

08 Mar 2022

Following on from our Branch AGM, for which we had a rather disappointing turn out, John Dossett gave us a presentation of his very recent visit to the Mid Suffolk…

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The Varying Fortunes of the Hatfield to St Albans Railway

22 Feb 2022

A local subject, in the form of “The Varying Fortunes of the Hatfield to St. Albans Railway” with Alistair Cameron, was our subject for this afternoon’s meeting via Zoom. Unfortunately,…

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“Prince of Wales” – A Brand-New Steam Locomotive for the 21st Century

08 Feb 2022

Continuing with our Zoom meetings currently, this evening we welcomed Rob Morland of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to talk to us about the current new build of a P2…

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North from Euston, from the RCTS Photographic Archive

25 Jan 2022

A presentation by David Jackman   Instead of the joys of the church hall, the Welwyn Garden City meeting this month was by Zoom.  Up to 39 people joined for…

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The Work of the Railway Heritage Trust

11 Jan 2022

Presenter: Andrew Savage MBE Following our disappointment of having to cancel our last meeting of 2021 due to the covid variant, our first meeting in the New Year was presented…

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History of Leatherhead Station – Home to the RCTS Library & Archive Centre

14 Dec 2021

This evening we welcomed Andy Davies the Society Archivist to our Hitchin meeting ably assisted by Irene Rabbitts. The evening was split into two parts, Andy first talked to us…

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A Northern View

30 Nov 2021

A Northern View Presenter: Steve Batty   This month’s meeting in Welwyn Garden City was “A Northern View” presented by RCTS member Stephen Batty which attracted our largest audience since…

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Over the Hills and Far Away

09 Nov 2021

Presenter: Chris Jones We were very grateful to Chris Jones tonight’s speaker for helping us out with a last minute change of speaker. Chris spoke about “Over the Hills and…

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The East Coast Mainline – Kings Cross to York

26 Oct 2021

Presenter: Stephen Gay This afternoon in Welwyn Garden City we welcomed back Stephen Gay with the first part of two, of his new show “The East Coast Mainline – Kings…

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That Was The Year That Was – 1969

12 Oct 2021

Presenter: Geoff Plumb This evening we were entertained by Geoff Plumb with another in his series of talks “That Was the Year That Was” this time it was the year…

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Edge Hill Marshalling Yard & its complex of Railways

28 Sep 2021

Presenter: George Howe Branch member George Howe had put together over several years this afternoon’s presentation on “Edge Hill Marshalling Yard & its complex of Railways”. Starting with some historic…

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14th September 2021 · “45596 Bahamas, A Preservation Pioneer”

14 Sep 2021

Presenter: John Hillier This evening’s meeting in Hitchin was all about “45596 Bahamas, A Preservation Pioneer” presented by photographer & author John Hillier. John has been with the Bahamas Preservation…

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31st August 2021 · “Railways of East Anglia – A Period of Transition”

31 Aug 2021

Presenter: John Day What a fabulous start back to live meetings following 18 months without a getting together. Our thanks to John Day for travelling from his beloved Ipswich to…

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10th August 2021 · “Roaming Around London with my Camera”

10 Aug 2021

Presenter: Geoff Brockett To kick off our first live meeting since March 2020 Geoff Brockett visited us with his presentation “Roaming around London with my Camera”. Just as a warning…

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13th July 2021 · “Scottish Steam in the 50’s and 60’s”

13 Jul 2021

Presenter: David Kelso With an encouraging 89 viewers David started by explaining to us how his railway interests began, as his grandfather was worked for almost his entire career for…

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8th June 2021 · Peter Bland Collection

08 Jun 2021

Presenter: Brian Cross At our virtual presentation this evening Bryan Cross treated us to a further look into the Peter Bland Collection of photographs. The evening kicked off with the…

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11th May 2021 · “Railways in the Chiltern Counties & the Watford Miniature Railway”

11 May 2021

Presenter: Dr. Rudi Newman This evening’s Zoom meeting featured a double bill from Dr. Rudi Newman, firstly we heard all about the social and economic impact on the Chiltern counties…

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13th April 2021 · “Railway Photographers”

13 Apr 2021

Presenter: John Hillier John is a member of the Railway Camera Club and this talk was all about the work of some its members. Most of the photographs shown in…

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9th February 2021 · “The Honeybourne Line”

09 Feb 2021

Presenter: Bernie Holland Continuing with the success of our Zoom meetings, tonight 60 members tuned in to watch Bernie Holland talk to us about “The Honeybourne Line” part of which…

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12th January 2021 · “Railways before the War – That is the Great War -Part 2”

12 Jan 2021

Presenter: Jeremy Harrison Our first meeting in the New Year was “Railways before the War – That is the Great War (part 2” presented by Jeremy Harrison with 52 participants.…

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10th November 2020 · “Railways Before the War – That is the Great War -Part 1”

10 Nov 2020

Presenter: Jeremy Harrison This was our first attempt at a Virtual meeting our presenter this evening was Jeremy Harrison (Croydon & SL Branch to whom we are very grateful for…

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10th March 2020 · ‘Branch AGM and Member Presentations’

10 Mar 2020

This meeting was all about our Branch, starting with our 18th AGM followed members presentations, this time three members displayed and described their handiwork. Firstly, John Dossett who enjoys railway…

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25th February 2020 · ‘The Rainhill Trials’

25 Feb 2020

Presenter: Dr. Rudi Newman Today we were entertained by a first-rate speaker, Dr. Rudi Newman, who explained in great detail all the trials and tribulations of The Rainhill Trials back…

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11th February 2020 · ‘More Thrills and Spills’

11 Feb 2020

Presenter: Chris Blackman I believe we all learnt a great deal about railway operations when Chris Blackman paid us a return visit with his talk “More Thrills & Spills.” Chris…

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28th January 2020 · ‘Next Train Gone’

29 Jan 2020

Presenter: Adrian White Adrian White, our speaker this afternoon, started his photographic tour with pictures taken at our several of local locations on the ECML, including the building of the…

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14th January 2020 · ‘A Potpourri of European Railways’

14 Jan 2020

Presenter: Rob Freeman To start our new year off we welcomed Rob Freeman (Watford with his presentation “A Potpourri of European Railways”. We started with looking at some of the…

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17th December 2019 · ‘A 92 Squadron and Nene Valley Update’

17 Dec 2019

Presenter: Steve Lacey Our speaker today was someone well known to most railway enthusiasts within our area, he is also our Branch Chairman and one of the most enthusiastic people…

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26th November 2019 · ‘The Railways of Western France’

26 Nov 2019

Presenter: Mike Bunn We were delighted to welcome back to Mike Bunn with his annual French railway’s presentation to us, this time talking about “The Railways of Western France”. Mike…

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29th October 2019 · ‘Along the Tracks from Home and Away’

29 Oct 2019

Presenter: Steve Batty Today we welcomed from Selby, Steve Batty, a well-known Society member and photographer, Steve started our meeting today most topically with a pair of Colas Class 60’s…

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8th October 2019 · ‘London to Velke Kapusany, a 21st. Century Odyssey’

08 Oct 2019

David Jackman A much travelled David Jackman was our speaker with his presentation.“London to Velke Kapusany, a 21st Century Odyssey”. A fascinating journey through Europe all the way to the…

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24th September 2019 · ‘Through Kirton Tunnel – Part 1’

24 Sep 2019

Stephen Gay This afternoon we welcomed back Stephen Gay, with his upgraded presentation “Through Kirton Tunnel” (Part 1. Kirton Tunnel is approximately the half way point on the line running…

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10th September 2019 · “Modern Transport in the 1960’s”

10 Sep 2019

David Percival Local photographer and historian David Percival got our Autumn meetings for 2019 off to a great start by attracting our good audience, his subject being “Modern Traction In…

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30th July 2019 · ‘Swindon Works 1880-1922, The Golden Years’

20 Jul 2019

Presenter: Brian Arman, RCTS President To complete our summer programme of meetings we welcomed Society President Brian Arman who gave us the second part of his presentation on “Swindon Works…

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9th July 2019 · ‘By the Midland to Cambridge’

09 Jul 2019

Presenter: Robin Cullop This evening’s presentation in Hitchin turned out to be surprising in several ways. Firstly it attracted one of the largest audiences we have had for an evening…

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11th June 2019 · ‘Next Train Gone’

11 Jun 2019

Presenter: Adrian White Our speaker this evening was local photographer & enthusiast Adrian White, with his presentation “Next Train Gone.” Following an amusing introduction about himself, ourselves and the programme…

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28th May 2019 · ‘The Somerset & Dorset Line’

28 May 2019

Presenter: John Day On a slightly chilly afternoon at Welwyn Garden City, who better to entertain a full house than John Day with what turned out to be a fabulous…

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14th May 2019 · ‘Mail Rail’

14 May 2019

Presenter: Chris Taft Chris Taft (Head of Collections from the London Post Office Museum gave us a very well-structured and clear presentation on “Mail Rail”, The History of the Post…

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30th April 2019 · ‘Double Vision’

30 Apr 2019

Presenter: Robert Warburton The Branch is extremely grateful to Robert Warburton (P’boro for giving us such a superb afternoon’s presentation at such short notice, as our booked speakers were unable…

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9th April 2019 · ‘On and Off the Footplate; Aspects of a 42 years career’

09 Apr 2019

Presenter: Bill Davies On his return visit on 9th April, Bill Davies provided yet another well illustrated and entertaining evening. His subject, On and Off the Footplate; Aspects of a…

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26th March 2019 · ‘1000 Eggs on a Bicycle’

16 Mar 2019

Presenter: Colin Boocock A full house at our meeting this afternoon to enjoy today’s speaker the renowned photographer and author Colin Boocock. The presentation followed a logical order from 1943…

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12th March 2019 · ‘Branch Annual General Meeting and Members’ Presentation Evening’

12 Mar 2019

This month we held our AGM, following the co-option to the committee of one member. the committee were re-elected for another year. The remainder of the meeting was taken up…

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