Sheffield [SFD]

May 10 2006 Sheffield station. After waiting in one of the centre roads for over 30 mins the EWS company train consisting of DVT 82146 + coaches 10546 + 10211 +11039 was propelled north by 67029 at 17:00.  Image Credit : Enid Vincent
May 10 2006 Sheffield station. After waiting in one of the centre roads for over 30 mins the EWS company train consisting of DVT 82146 + coaches 10546 + 10211 +11039 was propelled north by 67029 at 17:00. Image Credit : Enid Vincent

The branch was formed in March 1950 and we are pleased to say that some of the original and early members are still attending indoor meetings. The geographical area covered by the Branch includes the Hope Valley, Chesterfield, Retford, Doncaster and Barnsley.

In years gone by the Branch organised rail tours and outdoor visits to railway sites, principally locomotive depots. Recently however, outdoor visits have been few and far between due to the loss of suitable railway sites and the restrictions now in place following the privatisation of the railway system.

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Sentinel shunters and railcars

13 Oct 2021

Presenter: Paul Abell For our second attended meeting of 2021/22 season, we were delighted to welcome Paul Abell back to Sheffield, with his presentation on Sentinel shunters and railcars. Pleasingly,…

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The Slides of Alan Lovecy

29 Sep 2021

Presenter: Andy Barclay Well, it was good to be back! The face-to-face meetings programme of the Sheffield Branch resumed on Wednesday 29th September after a break of around 18 months…

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8th June 2021 · ‘From Railways to Royalty’

08 Jun 2021

Presenter: Jack Boskett For our final Zoom meeting of the summer season, we welcomed renowned professional photographer, Jack Boskett from Tewkesbury for his talk ‘From Railways to Royalty’ with 44…

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11th May 2021 · ‘The Railways of Scotland over the last ten years (2010-2020)’

11 May 2021

Presenter: Stuart Fowler We welcomed 61 participants to our May virtual meeting to hear Stuart Fowler talking about ‘The Railways of Scotland over the last 10 years (2010-2020)’. His full-time…

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13th April 2021 · ‘I didn’t waste 2020’

13 Apr 2021

Presenter: Stuart Hicks On 13 April Stuart Hicks, Thames Valley Branch Secretary, presented ‘I Didn’t Waste 2020’ via Zoom with 44 participants. Despite the restrictions caused by Covid lockdowns etc,…

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9th March 2021 · ‘The new fleet for Merseyrail’

09 Mar 2021

Presenter: David Powell There were 54 virtual attendees for this talk by David Powell, who was involved in developing the tram systems of Nottingham, Manchester Metrolink and Edinburgh, is now…

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9th February 2021 · ‘Steam Trams – locomotives on the streets’

09 Feb 2021

Presenter: Paul Abell On 9 February we were joined by 44 Zoomers to hear Paul Abell’s presentation “Steam Trams – Locomotives on the Streets”. Paul started by explaining that the…

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12th January 2021 · ‘2020 – What a year that was’

12 Jan 2021

Presenter: Robert Pritchard On 12 January, via Zoom, we held our AGM when Derek Stuckey, who has recently retired, was able to accept the post of Chairman. Jim Bryant, former…

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8th December 2020 · ‘The Photographic Artistry of Railway Cameramen’

08 Dec 2020

Presenter: John Hillier On 8 December we held our 3rd virtual meeting when John Hillier of Rutland presented “The Photographic Artistry of Railway Cameramen” – and what a draw it…

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10th November 2020 · ‘Railways in and around Chesterfield’

10 Nov 2020

Presenter: Glynn Waite We held our second Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 10 November with David Jackman as technical support and with 33 participants. We welcomed Glynn Waite who, despite suffering…

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13th October 2020 · ‘A to Z of Great Central Locomotives’

13 Oct 2020

Presenter: Bob Gellatly Our first virtual meeting using Zoom took place on Tuesday, 13 October with 32 participants (and our cat) when Bob Gellatly, Journal Editor of the Great Central…

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9th March 2020 · ‘Memories of a Sheffield Trainspotter’

09 Mar 2020

Presenter: Ted Parker A night of nostalgia was promised when Ted Parker of Yarm visited on 9 March with his presentation ‘Memories of a Sheffield Trainspotter’. Ted, born in Sheffield…

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24th February 2020 · ‘The Dukeries Route’

24 Feb 2020

Presenter: Chris Booth We eventually had a superb presentation by professional railwayman, Chris Booth on ‘The Dukeries Route’ – LD and EC Rly, covering completed route and branches. An author…

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10th February 2020 · ‘ A Taste of Japan’

10 Feb 2020

Presenter: Gordon Davies I don’t know if it was the aftermath of Storm Ciara but the attendance was very poor for the excellent presentation ‘A Taste of Japan’ by our…

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27th January 2020 · ‘The L & Y in LMS Days’

27 Jan 2020

Presenter: Noel Coates For our first evening meeting of the year on Monday, 27th January, we welcomed back Noel Coates from Burnley with his talk – the L & Y…

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13th January 2020 · Disused Stations

13 Jan 2020

Presenter: Alan Young Many members will be familiar with the disused station website ( and so it was with eager anticipation that those attending our first meeting of 2020 waited…

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25th November 2019 · ‘An Eighth Colour Rail Journey’

25 Nov 2019

Presenter: Paul Chancellor Our last speaker for the autumn season was Paul Chancellor who presented his Eighth Colour-Rail journey. It had been some years since we last welcomed Paul to…

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11th November 2019 · ‘Sheffield and South Yorkshire – Past and Present’

11 Nov 2019

Presenter: Michael Eggenton On 11 November Michael Eggenton made a welcome return to the Branch with a special programme tailored for our local audience. Taking us around Sheffield and South…

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28th October 2019 · ‘The 125 Group – Preserving the HST’

28 Oct 2019

Presenter: John Zabernik At our second meeting in October we had a most interesting presentation by John Zabernik of the 125 Group. John, a nominee for the prestigious Train Driver…

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14th October 2019 · Audience Selection

14 Oct 2019

Presenter: Gavin Morrison Our meeting on 14 October opened with the sad and unexpected news that Alan Lovecy, our Branch Chairman (since 2014) and longtime Secretary had died suddenly the…

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23rd September 2019 · ‘The Peter Fox Collection – Steam, Diesel and Electric Traction through the Decades’

23 Sep 2019

Presenter: Andrew Barclay The first meeting of the 2019/20 session on Monday 23rd September was rather poorly attended by past standards. However Andrew Barclay’s presentation of 200 more slides from…

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25th April 2019 · ‘Tram Operations of SYPTE’

25 Apr 2019

Presenter: Christopher Hopkinson For the final meeting of the 2018/19 session, 20 members and guests assembled for a presentation from Christopher Hopkinson the SYPTE Tram Concession Manager on the Sheffield…

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8th April 2019 · ‘A trainspotter’s Odyssey’

08 Apr 2019

Presenter: Brian Arman – RCTS President An excellent end to the indoor meeting session. On 8th April, the branch was pleased to welcome the Society President Brian Arman who came…

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11th March 2019 · ‘Ex BR Shunting Locomotives at Home and Abroad’

11 Mar 2019

Presenter: John Wade Many thanks to Brian for making the long journey to Sheffield to provide an excellent evening’s entertainment of nostalgia covering an area not too familiar to the…

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