Hitchin & Welwyn Garden City [HTC]
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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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…Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More