Surrey [SRY]

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Venues

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Contacts

Chairman and Fixtures Officer
Tom Kolisch
tel: 01483 711922
email: surreychair@rcts.org.uk
or surreyfixtures@rcts.org.uk

Secretary

Irene Rabbitts
tel: 01932 855015
email: surrey@rcts.org.uk

Treasurer

Bob Ellison
tel: 01483 715447
email: surreytreasurer@rcts.org.uk

Outdoor Fixtures

Richard Whitehead

Exhibitions/Book Sales

Andy Davies
tel: 01932 855015
email: surreyexhibitions@rcts.org.uk

Meeting reports

The View from the House

20 May 2021

Speaker: Chris Loder – MP for West Dorset Chris is unusual as an MP on the Transport Select Committee as he has first-hand experience of working on the railways.  He…

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15 April 2021 · Taking trains abroad before the Tunnel

15 Apr 2021

Presenter: Dave Coxon Everyone was welcomed, before a minute’s silence for HRH Prince Philip whilst photographs of the late Prince were shown. Dave introduced himself with a brief outline of…

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18 March 2021 · The High Speed Train’s impact on the Railways

18 Mar 2021

Presenter: Andrew McLean – Assistant Director and Chief Archivist, National Railway Museum RCTS Surrey Branch organised the evening as a joint meeting with the Southern Friends of the National Railway…

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18 February 2021 · Railway Safety – Lessons from Privatisation

18 Feb 2021

Presenter: Cliff Perry, Railwayman All were welcomed especially our speaker Cliff Perry, who would be talking about railway safety and providing an update since his previous visit to the branch…

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21 January 2021 · HS2 – An Overview

21 Jan 2021

Presenter: Paul Seller – Interim PMO Director, HS2 Paul was originally scheduled to talk to the branch in October 2019 but was taken ill at the very last minute so…

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15 December 2020 · AGM + Leatherhead Station: The Stationmaster’s House

15 Dec 2020

Presenter: Andy Davies The business of the Branch AGM went smoothly with the agenda, minutes of the previous AGM, reports and accounts all having been circulated in advance. They were…

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24 November 2020 · Classic Southern Electrics in Colour

24 Nov 2020

Presenter: David Brown After being introduced, David went straight into his presentation. A number of railway companies were experimenting with electrification by the early 20th century and David explained how…

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27 October 2020 · Bringing Back the Brighton Belle

27 Oct 2020

Presenter: Gordon Rushton The presentation started with a question – why restore a 1930s train for 21st century mainline use as this is ‘insanely difficult’? It was said that it…

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22 September 2020 · South Western Railway

22 Sep 2020

Presenter: Mark Hopwood, Managing Director (MD), South Western Railway (SWR) We welcomed Mark as the speaker at our first virtual branch meeting. He explained that he was only supposed to…

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12 March 2020 · Sir Nigel Gresley – his work and times

12 Mar 2020

Presenter: Chris Nettleton, honorary editor of the Gresley Magazine, membership secretary of The Gresley Society Chris briefly introduced himself before going straight into the presentation. Herbert Nigel Gresley was born…

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25 February 2020 · Vivarail

25 Feb 2020

Presenter: Adrian Shooter – CEO Vivarail Long-time career railwayman Adrian Shooter described how he had retired about 8 years ago but quickly became bored after only two weeks of retirement.…

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21 January 2020 · National Railway Museum

21 Jan 2020

Presenter: Anthony Coulls – Senior Curator, National Railway Museum Our original speaker from the National Railway Museum (NRM) was unable to attend so we welcomed Anthony Coulls, Senior Curator instead.…

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17 December 2019 · An Evening with Gordon Pettitt preceded by the Branch AGM

17 Dec 2019

Presenter: Gordon Pettitt The meeting held on 17 December 2019 comprised the Branch AGM and ‘An evening with Gordon Pettitt’ separated by an interval for socialising and enjoying some excellent…

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26 November 2019 Part 1 · Network Rail – Putting Passengers First

26 Nov 2019

Presenter: Andrew Haines – Chief Executive Officer, Network Rail Andrew Haines was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Board member of Network Rail (NR) in August 2018.Prior to this…

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26 November 2019 Part 2 · From Bank Manager to Train Driver

26 Nov 2019

Presenter: Alan Nichols, Train Driver retired Alan kindly stepped in at short notice when Andrew Haines advised that he would have to leave early because of his work commitments. He…

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22 October 2019 · High Speed 2

22 Oct 2019

Presenter: Paul Seller, Commercial Director, Infrastructure Directorate, HS2 Please note that this did not go ahead for reasons which will be apparent when reading the report Our booked speaker Paul…

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10 October 2019 · Flying Scotsman – Steam, Sweat and Tears

10 Oct 2019

Presenter: Mike Corbett, ex Project Manager, Flying Scotsman Mike’s recent involvement with Flying Scotsman (FS) began when First Class Partnerships (FCP) were contracted to manage the project in 2012 after…

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24 September 2019 · South Western Railway – an Update

24 Sep 2019

Presenter: David Wilby, Regional Development Manager, South Western Railway A relative newcomer to railways, David’s background is in planning, including transport planning in his previous job at Wokingham Borough Council.…

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21 May 2019 · Elstree & Borehamwood – the first 150 years

21 May 2019

Presenter: John Cartledge – former Head of Policy and Research at London TravelWatch Our booked speaker was unable to attend so John stepped in to tell us about his home…

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30 April 2019 · The Anniversary Tour

30 Apr 2019

Presenter: Steve Ollive Steve introduced himself and explained what the talk was about – a railway tour in Europe to celebrate three sixtieth birthdays and a silver wedding anniversary with…

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26 March 2019 · Clan Line

25 Mar 2019

Presenter: Chris Meredith Chris gave a brief outline of his early contact with the Merchant Navy class of steam locomotives as a child living in Broadstairs, before providing an outline…

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14th March 2019 · 40 Years of Preserving the Legendary Deltics

14 Mar 2019

Presenter: Murray Brown – Deltic Preservation Society Murray began with a brief resumé of his background in railways mentioning that his father used to work for ICI and knew Dr…

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