Milton Keynes [MKY]

Photo by Mark Richards
66505 heading north through Milton Keynes Central with an intermodal service. 350130 is departing Platform 1 with a Euston service. 26th February 2022

Welcome to the Milton Keynes branch pages on the RCTS website. Here you will find details of our meetings held each month from March 2024 at the The Quadrant: MK (Network Rail offices) in Milton Keynes, conveniently sited for the railway station and bus stops and with plenty of free parking. In January and February we host our meetings online on Zoom.

We aim to offer a varied and interesting selection of subjects and speakers throughout the year covering the local railway scene and beyond. We organise outdoor visits during the summer months which have included visits to heritage railways, signal boxes and driver simulators.

Contact details for our Branch Chairman and Secretary are shown below if you have any queries about our branch or meetings.

We are a friendly branch and welcome everyone to our meetings, whether you are an existing RCTS member, interested in joining or just want to see a particular presentation.

What's on


Our meeting room is located in The Quadrant: MK, the Network Rail building which is located just a short walk from Milton Keynes Central railway station and bus interchange. There is also free parking nearby. The venue provides modern and comfortable facilities and is fully accessible. Please click on the venue name for more info and directions.

MK meeting room
Meeting room 2


Steve Dexter
Tel: 07515 621099

Secretary / Fixtures Secretary

Mark Richards
Tel: 07399 923720
7, Parkside, Furzton, Milton Keynes. MK4 1BX

Meeting reports

Travels in 2023

04 Jan 2024

Our first meeting of 2024, on Zoom, was presented by local member John Tigg with his reflections on travels by rail during 2023. This took us across the country, from…

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The Railway Over The Stainmore Pass

02 Nov 2023

We were joined by Chris Rowley, Network Rail’s Capacity Planning Director at our November meeting who took us on an engaging journey on the railway across the north Pennines from…

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Cathedrals of Steam

05 Oct 2023

We welcomed well known transport journalist and commentator, Christian Wolmar, to speak at our October meeting on his 2020 book, Cathedrals of Steam. We were taken on an informed and…

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Midland Main Line Electrification

07 Sep 2023

For the first part of our September meeting we were joined by Gavin Crook (Network Rail Principal Programme Sponsor) and Duncan Cale (Infrastructure Interface Lead East Midlands Railway) to talk…

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92 Squadron – From Rust to Renaissance

06 Jul 2023

On the 6th July Steve Lacey and Kevin Wilkins of the “92 Squadron” Preservation Society gave the Milton Keynes Branch an excellent presentation on the history and work done to…

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The Waverley Route

01 Jun 2023

We were pleased to welcome Dennis Lovett to our June meeting with an illustrated presentation about the Waverley Route, focusing particularly on its latter years and subsequent revival of the…

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London King’s Cross to York

04 May 2023

Stephen Gay made a welcome return to the Milton Keynes Branch on 4th May, his sixth presentation to our local members, and again an insightful and colourful evening’s entertainment ensued.…

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Nothing stays the same

06 Apr 2023

We were delighted to welcome 35 members and non-members to our meeting on 6th April to hear from Mike Corbett on his fascinating, varied railway career. We were treated to…

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The LMS Patriot Project

02 Mar 2023

The first indoor meeting of 2023 was held at our new venue of the Network Rail offices at The Quadrant in Milton Keynes. We were pleased to welcome both familiar…

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A Pictorial Journey along the East West Rail Route

02 Feb 2023

A healthy attendance of 65 on Zoom enjoyed a fascinating evening travelling along the route of the East West rail link from Bletchley to Bicester in the company of Milton…

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Northampton Gateway

05 Jan 2023

We started the New Year with a Zoom presentation on the new strategic railfreight terminal being developed at Northampton Gateway adjacent junction 15 of the M1 and the Northampton Loop…

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06 Oct 2022

It was a pleasure to welcome Peter Graham, Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Freightliner, to our meeting on 6th October. Peter’s presentation was split into three themes, starting…

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125 Group – The Inter-City 125 in Preservation

01 Sep 2022

We were delighted to welcome two members of the 125 Group, Alex Wood and John Tattersall, who gave us a thorough presentation on the group, its activities and successes since…

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Three Decades of Change on the Footplate

07 Jul 2022

Lee Davies, a driver for CrossCountry, delivered an entertaining presentation on his 30-year career in the railway to our meeting in July. The journey started with Lee recounting his formative…

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East West Rail Update

09 Jun 2022

We welcomed Stephen Barker (on his fourth visit to the Milton Keynes Branch) and Stuart Edwards (his first) from the East West Rail Company to update us on progress with…

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Roaming the Southern Rails from Portsmouth

03 Feb 2022

Presenter: Mark Richards On the 3rd February the Milton Keynes Branch were educated and enlightened about the history and operation of the rail network around Portsmouth by local member Mark…

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The Metro-Vick Co-Bo Story and East West Rail

06 Jan 2022

Our opening meeting of the new year featured two excellent presentations much enjoyed by an audience of 56 RCTS members from far and wide. Steve Dexter, our chairman, started the…

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Vivarail: designing and building low-emission trains for the UK

07 Oct 2021

Presenter: David Horton Our first indoor meeting for over 18 months saw a healthy attendance of around 20 members enjoy an insightful talk about Vivarail from its Chief Mechanical Engineer,…

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2nd September 2021 · The Great Central Railway – Rapid Travel in Luxury

02 Sep 2021

Presenter: Ray Schofield We were pleased to welcome Ray Schofield to our first meeting after the summer break, attended by an audience of 44 members and non-members over Zoom. Ray…

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1st July 2021 · Wolverton Works and its Royal history – behind closed doors

01 Jul 2021

Presenter: Phil Marsh Phil Marsh, railway consultant, journalist and author delighted an audience of 61 with an inside look at Wolverton Works, its Royal visitors, and trains from 1842 to…

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3rd June 2021 · Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway

03 Jun 2021

Presenter: Barry Taylor Barry Taylor adapted and made pictorial additions to his presentation “The Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway (SMJR)” to deliver a most enjoyable talk via Zoom on 3rd…

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6th May 2021 · High Speed Testing in the UK since 1970

06 May 2021

Presenter: Dave Coxon We had another healthy attendance of 61 members and non-members at our May meeting to hear from Dave Coxon the fascinating story of high-speed testing on the…

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1st April 2021 · Prince of Wales, New Steam for the 21st Century

01 Apr 2021

Presenter: John Rawlinson John Rawlinson from the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust entertained an audience of 59 at our April meeting, with the story of the project to build a ‘new’…

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4th March 2021 ·

04 Mar 2021

Presenter: Jack Boskett Our March meeting welcomed well-known railway photographer Jack Boskett, who delivered an evening of diverse, interesting, and breath-taking images of the railway and other more esoteric subjects.…

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7th January 2021 ·

07 Jan 2021

Presenters: Steve Dexter, Clive Pepper Our opening meeting of 2021 was attended by an online audience of 36 to receive two excellent presentations. These were delivered by the Branch Chairman,…

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