Solent [SOE]

61306 Mayflower
61306 Mayflower on 27th June 2019 on a Railtour. Image Credit : Dave Doulton

Welcome to the Solent Branch page.

The Branch attended the Southampton Model Railway Exhibition at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh SO50 5BX on 25&26 January 2020 10:00-17:00 (Sat) and 10:00-16:30 (Sun). With John Godfrey, Dave Doulton, Paul Gosling, Martin Hilton and John Goodrich manning the stand.


Edward C Vaughan, long term Secretary of the Solent Branch passed away in the early hours of 15 October 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Ted, as he was known to everyone, was a stalwart of the Branch and will be sorely missed by members of the Branch. As Chair of the Branch for some 30 years I have been able to rely on Ted providing a first class service in all things relating to the Society.

Ted, born in Sydenham in 1943 took to trains from early in his life. His sister remembers accompanying him on visits to local stations such as Welling and his home station Sydenham and then helping with marking off numbers in his Ian Allan books.

Following a career in finance Ted migrated north before returning south and finished his working career in Southampton.

Apart from the RCTS Ted was a volunteer at the National Trust property at Mottisfont Abbey and supported the Hythe Tramway.

Teds contribution to all these bodies will be sadly missed.

Ted was cremated at the Test Vally Crematorium on 31 October. The Society was well represented and at his own request Ted was cremated in a white casket bearing pictures of 4472 Flying Scotsman together with suitable soundtracks of steam train departing and the Slow Train by Flanders & Swan.

John Godfrey

Chair, Solent Branch RCTS


Quote from our branch Chairman

“Passed the (Eastleigh) Works around 13:45 looked like an open day in the making! Two Green 47’s, Green 37, various 73’s, ROG 47 and DRS 57. The yard yielded 60026, 3 x 08’s, celebrity 66’s (679 for one), 1 x Maritime liveried 66 plus several GBRf liveried ones and a couple of DB examples. Oh and a Colas 70. Who says there is no variety on the network these days!!”

4th October 2019


61306 “Mayflower” on Princes Risborough to Weymouth tour passing through Eastleigh. 27th June 2019.


56103 and 56091 on Southampton Up Goods to Westbury, approaching Romsey on the Chandler’s Ford line. 25th June 2019


800111 and 801108 winding their way around Eastleigh station with 66846, 66850, 66104 and 66192 plus an UID GBRF 66. 6th May 2019



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Meeting reports

Gosling’s Gallivants

19 Jan 2022

Paul Gosling’s presentation to our meeting on 19 January was Gosling’s Gallivants in which he gave an account of his transport related activities in the last full year before life…

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Members Photographs

16 Dec 2021

Our December meeting consisted on members’ slides and digital images with contributions from 9 members. Eric Nicholass commenced the evening’s proceedings with a selection of slides of London Underground stock,…

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The Illustrated Goods Life – Part 1

17 Nov 2021

We were pleased to welcome Stewart Smith to our meeting on 17 November giving a presentation on The Illustrated Goods Life – Part 1. Upon leaving school Stewart settled on…

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Indian Hill Railways

20 Oct 2021

Presenter: David Peel Our meeting on 20 October saw David Peel take us to India for a tour of its hill railways, though mountain railways would be a more accurate…

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Chairman’s Delight

15 Sep 2021

John Godfrey The Solent Branch held its first meeting since February 2020 on 15th September 2021. Prior to the main presentation an interim annual general meeting was held. The committee…

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Waterloo – Weymouth

19 Feb 2020

Presenter: Mike Pym Unfortunately the speaker booked for the February meeting was unable to give the planned presentation, but an alternative speaker and subject was found in time for the…

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22 Jan 2020

The branch AGM took place on 22 January. The Committee members elected to serve for the coming year were John Godfrey (Chairman and Secretary), Peter Ifold (Treasurer), Dave Doulton (Internet),…

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Southampton Trams

15 Jan 2020

Presenter: Martin Petch With 31 December 2019 marking the 70th anniversary of the closure of Southampton’s tram system it was fitting to mark the occasion with a presentation on the…

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18 Dec 2019

Presenter: Dave Doulton The December meeting of the Solent Branch was the traditional evening of short DVDs which this year followed a continental theme. The first country visited was Switzerland…

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Mid Hants Galas 1989-2019

20 Nov 2019

Presenter: Tony Storey Our November meeting was an exercise in nostalgia as Tony Storey gave a comprehensive illustration of steam galas held at the Mid-Hants Railway between March 1989 and…

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Preparing St Pancras station for HS1

16 Oct 2019

Presenter: Mervyn Dunwoody The October meeting began with the sad announcement by the Branch Chairman of the very recent death of the Branch Secretary, Ted Vaughan, at the comparatively young…

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18th September 2019 · Customer and Communities Improvement

18 Sep 2019

Presenter: Mark Youngman Our intended speaker from South Western Railway, Phil Dominey, was on other Company business and Mark Youngman gave a presentation instead. With an interesting job title of…

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10th August 2019 · ‘Arlington Works Visit’

10 Aug 2019

This was a good visit in that the weather stayed dry until we were leaving, although it was a bit windy. There was a lot to see as shown in…

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19th June 2019 · Observation Evening – Eastleigh

19 Jun 2019

The evening was not one to encourage many members to observe trains at Eastleigh. Dismal weather and a strike by some SWT staff meant reduced activity. One northbound Freightliner appeared…

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15th May 2019 · ‘Czech it out!’

15 May 2019

Presenter: John Godfrey To close the season Chairman John Godfrey spoke on the Czech Republic. The Czech Railways came into being in 1993 and John made his first visit four…

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17th April 2019 · ‘Mixed Transport’

17 Apr 2019

Presenter: Martyn Davies April brought Martyn Davies with a selection of transport slides. Whilst railways dominated the evening we also found aircraft, shipping and buses on the screen. Possibly a…

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20th March 2019 · ‘An Evening of Nostalgia’

20 Mar 2019

Presenter: Mike Ellis Mike Ellis gave an evening of nostalgia at our meeting on 20th March. Extracts of Mike’s video films are included on commercial videos and some of these…

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