South Wales / De Cymru [SWL]


The South Wales Branch meets monthly every month except August and arranges outdoor visits to Heritage Railways and observations at key railway locations. Recent visits have included observations at Leamington Spa and Nuneaton and trips to the Bluebell and Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The branch produces a monthly bulletin Right Tracks (Cledrau Cywir); please contact the Secretary with your email address if you wish to receive a copy.

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Meeting reports

March 10th 2021 · “Rail Policy in Wales – Looking Back and into the Future.”

10 Mar 2021

Presenter: Professor Stuart Cole 63 Zoomers from South Wales, and England (welcome all) joined us for Professor Stuart Cole’s (Emeritus Professor of Transport at South Wales University) excellent coverage of…

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February 10th 2021 · “Taff Vale railway Part 1”

10 Feb 2021

Presenter: Peter Fortune 57 Zoomers from South Wales, and England (welcome all) joined us for Peter Fortune’s excellent presentation of the Taff Valley railway (part 1). Peter gave us a…

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January 13th 2021 · “Railways in South Wales”

13 Jan 2021

Presenter: Robert Mastermann A record 66 Zoomers from South Wales, and England (welcome all) joined us to for Robert’s “Masterly” presentation of Railway Images in South Wales in the 1960’s…

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9 December 2020 · Holidays in Cornwall

09 Dec 2020

Presenter: Stuart Warr We were joined by 44 Zoomers from South Wales, and England (welcome all) to hear Stuart Warr’s typically thorough and comprehensive round trip of Cornwall’s railways over…

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11 November 2020 · A 1950s Cornucopia Part II

11 Nov 2020

Presenter: Noel Thompson We were joined by 46 Zoomers from South Wales, and England (welcome all) to hear part 2 of Noel’s presentation. Noel started off by completing his comprehensive…

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11th March 2020 · ‘A Ninth Colour Rail Journey’

11 Mar 2020

Presenter: Paul Chancellor In March we received our first visit from Paul Chancellor, owner of Colour Rail and Chairman of the Society’s Development Committee. I don’t why we have waited…

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12th February 2020 · ‘The Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company in Newport’

12 Feb 2020

Presenter: Ray Viney For our February meeting, Ray Viney (of the Monmouthshire Railway Society) gave an excellently illustrated talk about the Monmouthshire Railway & Canal Company in Newport. What had…

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8th January 2020 · Behind the Iron Curtain – Narrow Gauge Steam in East Germany 1969 -1992

08 Jan 2020

Presenter: Nigel Wassell The Branch’s fixture secretary, Nigel Wassell, gave another of his well- researched, informative and superbly illustrated talks following the AGM in January. His subject was a review…

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11th December 2019 · ‘A Selection of Videos’

11 Dec 2019

Presenter: Mike Wilcock An appreciative audience of 42 came to watch Mike Wilcock show videos of the UK railway scene during recent years. Before the interval we saw some views…

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27th November 2019 · ’50 Years Ago’

27 Nov 2019

Presenter: Stephen Miles “Fifty Years Ago” was the title of local boy Stephen Miles’ presentation at the Branch’s second meeting in Swansea on November 27th.It comprised Stephen’s railway photographs from…

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13th November 2019 · ’50 Years on the Beaten Track’

13 Nov 2019

Presenter: Geoff Atkins Local member, Geoff Atkins gave a superb presentation to the Branch in November, witnessed by a record audience of 71. Its title was ’50-Years On The Beaten…

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9th October 2019 · ‘Another Evening With My Father’s Slides – Scotland

09 Oct 2019

Presenter: David Cross The name of the late photographer, Derek Cross is synonymous with superbly crafted railway images; his son, David made a second visit to the branch in October…

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25th September 2019 · ‘Reflections of a Railway Enthusiast’

25 Sep 2019

Presenter: Jeff Morgan This was the first of our quarterly meetings in Swansea to which 12 members and guests heard Jeff Morgan’s autobiographical journey through his railway pleasures. Starting at…

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11th September 2019 · ‘Railways in a Yorkshire Landscape’

11 Sep 2019

Presenter: Stephen Gay September’s meeting was well attended with 28 members and 22 visitors to experience Stephen Gay’s seventh visit to our branch, his subject was ‘Railways In A Yorkshire…

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12th June 2019 · ‘My Railway Career in South Wales’

12 Jun 2019

Presenter: David Maidment The founder of the Society’s nominated charity, The Railway Children, David Maidment made a third visit to our branch in June and gave the audience of 50…

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8th May 2019 · ‘The Railways of Glamorgan and the Valleys’

08 May 2019

Presenter: Stuart Warr Our May meeting coincided with the local Radyr & Morganstown Festival and the subject of the illustrated talk by our Branch Secretary, Stuart Warr was ‘The Railways…

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10th April 2019 · ‘Charter Trains in the 21st Century’

10 Apr 2019

Presenter: Iain Pate The April meeting brought Iain Pate’s humorous and delightfully illustrated talk entitled ‘Charter Trains in the 21st Century’. He has been involved in the preservation movement for…

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13th March 2019 · ‘From Railways to Royalty’

13 Mar 2019

Presenter: Jack Boskett An audience of 52 were entertained by Jack Boskett’s presentation entitled “From Railways To Royalty” at our March meeting in Cardiff. Jack is something of a rarity…

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