Ipswich [IPS]


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

September and May either on a Monday or Wednesday depending on the time of year.

Invited donations are Members £2.00 and Non Members £3.50 both of which include refreshments.

A raffle is held at each meeting and the branch sales stand is also present.

The sales stand also attends local Model Railway Exhibitions and Toyfairs.

We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.

What's on


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Bev Steele
tel: 01449 677244
email: ipswich.branch@rcts.org.uk
40 Polstead Close, Stowmarket IP14 2PJ


Dave Beecroft
48 Cloverlands, COLCHESTER, Essex CO4 0QE

Meeting reports

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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