Ipswich [IPS]

On 12 August 2017 Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado arrives Thorpe Le Soken working a shuttle service from Colchester toWalton on the Naze.
On 12 August 2017 Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado arrives Thorpe Le Soken working a shuttle service from Colchester toWalton on the Naze.

Welcome to the RCTS Ipswich Branch founded in 1981. The branch meets every month between

September and May on a Monday afternoon or evening depending on the time of year.

Entrance to meetings is free for members(discretionary donation appreciated)and an invited

donation of £3.50 for non members. Free light refreshements are available during the interval and

a raffle is held. The branch sales stand will also be present. There is limited parking at our meeting

venue but alternative parking is available on adjacent streets.

The branch sales stand also attends local exhibitions and toyfairs.

Everyone will be made very welcome at all our meetings.


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Bev Steele 40 Polstead Close STOWMARKET IP14 2PJ

Chairman/Fixtures Secretary

John Day

6 Sandiper Road


Meeting reports

The Deltic`s-worthy successor`s to the A4s.

22 May 2024

Michael Smyth from Waterbeach Cambridgeshire gave a comprehensive presentation “DELTICS as Worthy Successors to the A4s” comparing the 22 powerful Deltic class of Diesel Locos to their A3/ A4 steam…

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Inter Railing for the over 60`s by Dave Hepper

27 Apr 2024

Dave Hepper, from Mistley presented a fascinating and very informative pictorial overview of the ten trips he made in 2023 across Europe using the special 50th Anniversary Inter-Rail First Class…

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Swindon Works Part Five 1960`s until closure by The Reverend Canon Brian Arman.

23 Mar 2024

Rev Canon Brian Arman, Society President, returned to the heart of Gt. Eastern territory to present the concluding part of his talks on the Gt. Western Railway’s (GWR) Swindon Works,…

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Steam Days at Colchester by Dave Goodyear

23 Mar 2024

David Goodyear’s wonderfully illustrated, interesting, well researched show about “Colchester In The Age of Steam 1843-1962” was received to great applause. It embraced both the history and the memories of…

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Roaming around London with a camera by Geoff Brockett.

20 Jan 2024

A well-structured, wide ranging, quick-fire photographic slide film presentation “ROAMING AROUND LONDON WITH A CAMERA” was provided by Geoff Brockett, who in retirement has made good use of the TfL…

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Roaming around London with a camera by Geoff Brockett.

20 Jan 2024

A well-structured, wide ranging, quick-fire photographic slide film presentation “ROAMING AROUND LONDON WITH A CAMERA” was provided by Geoff Brockett, who in retirement has made good use of the TfL…

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AGM followed by Images from the 60s and 70s by Keith Partlow.

16 Dec 2023

The Ipswich branch held its AGM on December 11th and after the usual formalities the committee were re elected unanimously. David Beecroft, retired as Chairman, but remains on the committee,John…

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A life in Railways by Colin Fisher.

25 Nov 2023

Colin Fisher spoke about his interesting career in “A Life on the Railway” having joined the British Railways as young man in 1978. He started at Harwich Parkstone Quay, which…

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Heinikin Days Part One by Andy Grimmet

01 Nov 2023

Our guest at the October meeting was retired train driver Andy Grimmett to present Heinekin Days Part One. Andy had recently retired from Ilford Depot and presented a railway miscellany…

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Lost Railways of Suffolk

17 Sep 2023

On 11 September our guest was Nathan Dodd who presented Lost Railways of Suffolk. From the Sudbury to Haverhill Stour Valley route in the south to the Waveney Valley Tivetshall…

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Railtours and Specials-The last forty years

30 May 2023

On 13 May our booked speaker was unable to attend so John Day stepped in to present Rail tours and Specials-the past forty years part one. The first special showed…

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East Anglian Railways-The last Twenty Years.

25 Apr 2023

On April 3rd our guest was local photographer Ian Scotchman to present East Anglian Railways-20 years of change. Starting in 2004 after the change over between Anglia Railways and ONE,…

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Swindon Works.The Hawksworth Years 1941 until closure.

16 Mar 2023

On 13 March Society President,Canon Reverend Brian Arman presented Swindon Works-The Hawksworth Years until closure. Frederick Hawksworth succeeded Charles Collett as CME at Swindon Works in 1941 until 1949 and…

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A View from the Route

22 Feb 2023

On 13 February our guests were Sarah-Jane Crawford and Charles Baker from Network Rail to present A View from the Route. The Anglia area was described in detail together with…

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AGM and Making Tracks in Mid Norfolk

21 Dec 2022

The branch held its AGM on December 12th and after the usual formalities the committee were re elected unanimously to serve another year although our chairman gave notice that he…

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The Epping and Ongar Railway

21 Dec 2022

On 14 November our guest was Rodger Green to describe The Epping and Ongar Railway. The story of the line includes the relationship of nineteenth century railway civil engineers,George Bidder,…

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The Borders Railway

21 Dec 2022

On 10 October Dave Pearce presented Over the Border or Ramble around The Cheviots. He described the history and route of the former North British line from Hexham on the…

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A Railway Quiz

20 May 2022

On 9 May we welcomed branch member Glen Richards to present his Railway Quiz. This was a series of ninety six questions in eight categories based on his nationwide travels…

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The HST 125 Story

22 Apr 2022

Our guest speaker on 11 April was John Zabernick to present The HST125 Story. The history of the project was outlined from original concept in 1969,the design and construction of…

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Tebay from E Bay

14 Feb 2022

At our February meeting we welcomed Dave Pearce to present more Tebay from Ebay images. This was a selection of the above purchased from the online auction site and featured…

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AGM followed by Member`s Choices

15 Dec 2021

On December 15th the Branch held its AGM which was combined with the previous AGM which had been postponed owing to the pandemic. The Branch committee were re elected en…

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A DMU Miscellany

10 Nov 2021

10 November 2021 On November 10th our guest was Robert Warburton to present a DMU Miscellany. The original units were introduced by the Great Western in the thirties but under…

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Preserved Railways.Past,Present and Future

11 Oct 2021

11 October 2021 Our guest on October 11th was Peter Smyth to present Preserved Railways, Past, Present and Future. The origins of the Railway Preservation Movement were described including pioneers…

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Northern Rails Past and Present

13 Sep 2021

Our branch meetings recommenced on 13th September with Steve Batty presenting Northern Rails Past and Present. Starting our journey at Selby we saw a wide variety of workings across Yorkshire…

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Swindon Works-The Collett Era Part 2

09 Mar 2020

9 March 2020 On 9 March we welcomed Society President Brain Arman to present Swindon Works The Collett Era Part 2. Having been appointed CME in 1922 to succeed Churchward,…

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The Alan Valentine Collection

10 Feb 2020

10 February 2020 On February 10th our guest was Brian Dyes from the Ipswich Transport Museum to present The Alan Valentine Collection. Alan was a native of Ipswich and a…

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Modern Traction in the 1960`s

05 Feb 2020

5 February 2020 On February 5th our guest was David Percival to present Modern Traction in the 1960s. This was a selection of images taken nationwide featuring a wide variety…

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13th January 2020 · ‘The Harwich Branch’

13 Jan 2020

Presenter: Dave Goodyear On January 13th our guest was Dave Goodyear to present The Harwich Branch. The eleven mile route from Manningtree to Harwich, now promoted as ‘The Mayflower Line’…

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9th December 2019 · ‘Branch AGM & Members’ Presentations’

09 Dec 2019

On 9 December the branch held its AGM and the treasurer reported a healthy set of accounts and recommended that membership donations at meetings be reduced. This was accepted and…

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4th December 2019 · ‘East Midlands Memories Collection’

04 Dec 2019

Presenter: Geoff King Our speaker on 4 December was Geoff King to present East Midlands Memories Collection. The history and development of the routes in the Leicester Area was described…

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11th November 2019 · ’50 Years of Scottish Railways – Part 3′

11 Nov 2019

Presenter: David MacLean Our guest on November 11th David MacLean, a retired senior signalling engineer, presented 50 years of Scottish Railways Part 3. The History of the Highland main line…

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6th November 2019 · ‘Lt. Col. Holman F. Stevens – The Man and His Empire’

06 Nov 2019

Presenter: Hugh Smith On 6th November our guest was Hugh Smith to present Lt. Col Holman F. Stephens-The Man and his Empire. He was born in 1868 and trained as…

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14th October 2019 · ‘T’ebay – Part 2’

14 Oct 2019

Presenter: Dave Pearce On 14th October we welcome back Dave Pearce from Norwich for the second instalment of his T’eBay presentations. All the images were sourced from the web-based eBay…

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9th September 2019 · ‘That Was the Week, That Was – 1963’

09 Sep 2019

Presenter: Geoff Plumb On 9 September our guest was Geoff Plumb to present ‘That Was the Year That Was-1963′. After seeing childhood family images, it was clear how his enthusiasm…

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8th April 2019 · ‘West Country in 1960s and1970s’

08 Apr 2019

Presenter: John Cashen On April 8th , John Cashen presented his talk “West Country in 1960s and 1970s” comprising steam and diesel in black and white and colour. His talk…

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4th April 2019 · ‘A Tribute to the Late Hugh Ballentyne’

04 Apr 2019

Presenter: John Chalcraft The images were mainly black and white from 1952 to the mid-sixties and showed the rail network countrywide, including some of the secondary and rural routes such…

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11th March 2019 · Swindon Works -The Golden Years- Plus [From 1914]

11 Mar 2019

Rev Canon Brian Arman (Bristol) On March 11th Society President Brian Arman paid a return visit to present Swindon Works-The Golden Years plus(1914 onwards) . We started with The Trip,…

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