Scotland [SCT]

Glenfinnan Viaduct by Laura Hurn · Image credit: Network Rail
Glenfinnan Viaduct by Laura Hurn · Image credit: Network Rail

Dates for your diaries

Perth Model Railway Show ~ a celebration of model railways 

SATURDAY 29th & SUNDAY 30th JUNE 2024

At the Dewars Centre, Glove Street, Perth PH2 0TH


2024-25 Winter meetings - all at Scots Guard Club, opposite Haymarket station

All will be afternoon meetings: 1400 to 1530

Thursday 10th October
Thursday 14th November
Thursday 12th December
Saturday 11th January
Saturday 22nd February
Thursday 13th March

Once speakers and other arrangements have been confirmed, full details will appear under 'What's On' below.

Important announcement

The Branch is pleased to advise that, due to increasing room hire costs at our previous venue, we have been successful in obtaining a new meeting venue in Edinburgh. Our Winter Meetings will, from October 2024, be held within the Function Room, The Scots Guards Club, 2 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh.

The Club is directly across from Edinburgh Haymarket station and is very well served by buses and trams that stop across the road. The Function Room is on the first floor. The stairway is Stairlift equipped, no elevator/lift being fitted.

All meetings will be afternoon events, no evening meetings being planned, to encourage as many members to support the Branch Meetings. We hope to see as many of the Branch membership at our new venue.

Details of our meetings and speakers will be published as soon as they are available.


Richard Thorburn
RCTS Scottish Branch Secretary

The Scots Guard Club, opposite Haymarket station.
The Scots Guard Club, opposite Haymarket station.

What's on


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The Scots Guards Club
2 Clifton Terrace
EH12 5DR


Richard Thorburn
tel: 0131 623 3137 Mobile: 07774 066009
2 Tryst Park, Hunter's Tryst, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh, EH10 7HD


Kenneth M Falconer

Web Co-ordinator

Callum MacLeod

Meeting reports

Transforming the West Highland Line

12 May 2024

Saturday 2nd March 2024 The final Branch meeting of the season featured the Branch Treasurer, Callum MacLeod, presenting “Transforming the West Highland Line”, recalling his stint as Business Manager Highland…

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Museum of Scottish Railways

14 Apr 2024

Scottish Branch Meeting Report – Saturday 10th February 2024   The Branch welcomed Dr Becky Peacock, SRPS Museum Director, with the presentation “Museum of Scottish Railways, past, present and future”.…

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Pictorial Review of 2022 & 2023

12 Feb 2024

Saturday 13th January 2024 The Branch were delighted on Saturday 13th January to welcome Branch member Keith Sanders, assisted by Davie Hall, Keith presenting his latest “Photographic Review” covering 2022…

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Early Glasgow Electrification

12 Feb 2024

Tuesday 5th December 2023 The Branch were delighted to welcome on Tuesday 5th December 2023 Robert Gardiner and Andrew Boyd with the presentation “Glasgow Suburban Electrification”. This was a very…

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Locomotive and Coach Liveries Part 2

07 Nov 2023

Our November Meeting featured Branch Member Stuart Malcolm with the presentation ‘Locomotive and Coach Liveries Part 2’, providing a very varied selection of images, mostly around Edinburgh. Beginning at Linlithgow,…

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SCT Branch Combined 2022/2023 AGM

03 Oct 2023

Scottish Branch recently held their Combined AGM covering 2022 and 2023, 12 members attending. Due to Covid the Branch AGM was a year behind, 2021’s AGM being held in 2022.…

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Ayrshire slide show

11 Feb 2023

Scottish Branch – Meeting report – 11th February 2023 The February meeting of Scottish Branch was “Ayrshire slide show”, presented by Hamish Stevenson assisted by Davie Hall on the Digital…

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Transport on the Isle of Man

14 Jan 2023

Scottish Branch – Meeting report – 14th January 2023 Our January meeting was “Transport on the Isle of Man”, presented by Ian McInnes, who has visited the Isle of Man…

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In and out of Control

08 Dec 2022

Our December meeting was “In and out of Control”, presented by Jim Summers. Jim never worked in Control but worked very much with Control during his railway career, always being…

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Liveries old and new, and liveries that cannot be repeated

10 Nov 2022

Our November meeting was “Liveries old and New/Liveries that cannot be repeated”, presented by Branch member Stuart Malcolm. Stuart conducted the attendees on a tour of the UK, recording locomotive…

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Scottish Branch 2021 AGM report

27 Oct 2022

The much deferred Scottish Branch AGM for 2021 was held during the last week of October. Branch Committee Members agreed to continue in post and were re-elected en bloc. The…

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The Railways of Aberdeen

07 Apr 2022

Class Z5 No. 68192 (ex GNSR) at Kittybrewster shed. Image credit · Rob Freeman Our April meeting “The Railways of Aberdeen”, was presented by Keith Jones from Aberdeen. A photograph…

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Railways around Edinburgh

10 Mar 2022

Our March meeting “Railways around Edinburgh”, was presented by Branch Chairman Ken Falconer. Starting at St Leonards, we journeyed via Duddingston, North Leith, South Leith & Leith Central stations, Seafield,…

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The Story of Wormit and the Tay Bridge Disaster

12 Feb 2022

  Our February meeting “The Story of Wormit and the Tay Bridge Disaster”, was presented by Charlie Armstrong. Sensible learned men agree the three main causes of the Tay Bridge…

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Photographic Review of 2020 and 2021

15 Jan 2022

Keith Sanders with the presentation “Photographic Review of 2020 and 2021”, headlined our first public meeting since March 2020. Covid constrained Keith’s photography, 720 images being recorded in 2019, 221…

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25th January 2020 · ‘Photographic Review of 2018 and 2019’

25 Jan 2020

Presenter: Keith Sanders Our well-attended January meeting featured Keith Sanders with the presentation “Photographic Review of 2018 and 2019”. The attendees witnessed a collection of images in chronological order. 2018…

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12th December 2019 · ‘A Walk Along the Balerno Branch’

12 Dec 2019

Presenter: Kenny Williamson Our December meeting produced a healthy attendance to view the presentation “A walk along the Balerno Branch”, with Kenny Williamson. The 6 mile Balerno Branch, opened in…

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21st November 2019 · ‘Annual General Meeting & Members Presentations’

21 Nov 2019

The meeting was attended by a number of members. The business was transacted relatively quickly, the increased Branch membership level resulting from the Free Membership offer during 2018 being generally…

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14th November 2019 · ‘From the Caledonian Railway Archive’

14 Nov 2019

Presenter: Alistair Maclean Our well-attended November meeting featured Alistair Maclean with the presentation “From the Caledonian Railway Archive”. The archive comprises paper & similar items, including articles, photographs, transparencies and…

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11th April 2019 · The North British Loco Company at War

11 Apr 2019

Presenter: John Ross Our well-attended April meeting featured John Ross from Elgin with the presentation “The North British Loco Company at War”. The company history, Neilson/Neilson Reid, Dubs & Sharp…

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14th March 2019 · “Sketching Scotland by Rail”

14 Mar 2019

Presenter: Leo Du Fu. Our March meeting saw a healthy turnout for the presentation “Sketching Scotland by Rail”, by artist Leo Du Fu. Mr Du Fu is Artist in Residence…

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9th February 2019 · ‘Electrification of the E & G route”,

09 Feb 2019

Presenter: Dr.Ann Glen Our February meeting saw a very healthy turnout for the presentation “Electrification of the E & G route”, by Dr Ann Glen. EGIP [Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme]…

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19th January 2019 · ‘Building Scotland’s best railway

19 Jan 2019

Presenter: Alex Hynes, Scotrail Alliance Our January meeting saw a very large turnout for the presentation “Building Scotland’s best railway”, from Alex Hynes, MD of the Scotrail Alliance, a partnership…

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