Thames Valley [TVY]
Welcome to the Thames Valley Branch pages of the RCTS website.
We hold physical (meeting room or lineside observation) meetings during a typical year. Physical meetings are held at Didcot Civic Hall and observation meetings at various stations around our area.
RCTS members, non-members, visitors, and guests are all welcome to attend all our meetings. A door donation, at Didcot Civic Hall meetings of £4.00 is requested (free refreshments are usually available during the interval at our Didcot Civic Hall meetings). For the 2023/2024 season we are holding two afternoon meetings for which a donation of £3.00 is requested.
The Civic Hall is a 15 minutes’ walk from Didcot Parkway Railway Station. Alternatively Didcot Civic Hall has a large car park which is free for hall users.
Our booked speaker was unable to attend for the April Meeting, his travel arrangements being scuppered by the closure of the main Oxford-Banbury line due to the condition of Nuneham…Read More
The branch welcomed back Mike Beale Mike went through the calendar of the year 1966 January, the Somerset and Dorset line which, ended on the 1st January, although an emergency…Read More
Presenter: Laurence Waters. Laurence was a professional photographer and is now the Honorary photographic archivist for the Great Western Trust at the Didcot Railway Centre. He has also written several…Read More
Presenter: Raymond Schofield Our speaker this evening introduced his talk as one he had prepared for the 175th anniversary of the railway reaching London from York and the inaugural run…Read More
20th April 2021· Tramways of the Czech Republic & Slovakia Part 1 – Prague, Plzen and Most to Lituinov.
Presenter: Robert Pritchard – Fixtures Secretary, Sheffield Branch. The Thames Valley branch welcomed as its speaker for this month Robert Pritchard, a name known to many as Editor, Todays Railways…Read More
Presenter: Mark Hopwood CBE – Managing Director GWR The Thames Valley Branch welcomed Mark Hopwood for this evenings talk. In addition to Mark there were some 81 other persons on…Read More
Presenter: John Sreeves The branch welcomed back John Sreeves, albeit this time via ZOOM for two evenings in October to give a talk, postponed from March earlier this year. One…Read More
The RCTS team of Phil Darlaston, John Temple,N igel Farebrother, Stuart Hicks and Murray Lewis girded their loins to do battle in the annual quiz match away to our friends…Read More
Presenter: Mike Beale For our February meeting our venue was converted into a Tardis as Mike Beale transported us back for a 1950’s and 1960’s look at steam in and…Read More
The December meeting was the usual one consisting of the branch AGM and member’s presentations with seasonal refreshments. The formal part consisted of a review of the year, which turned…Read More
Presenter: John Day The presentation covered the period just before electrification to the present day to cover the last 25 years of Great Eastern electrification. Although parts of the Great…Read More
Presenter: Chris Youett The October meeting had as its speaker a long-term friend in Chris Youett who took us on the first part of a ride on the Pines Express.…Read More
The first person to present was Murray Lewis, who showed the railways of Ukraine. He went at a time before the troubles of recent years, so was able to photograph…Read More
Friday 30th August saw four members from Thames Valley branch enjoy an afternoon of observation at our third new venue of the summer after our visits to Westbury and Clapham…Read More
Presenter: John Hubbard Due to the unavailability of the booked speaker, John Hubbard, (the joint branch president) stepped in with a talk on Industrial Steam in 1969. In 1969 the…Read More
Presenter: John Sreeves John Sreeves from Halcrow presented the second part of his “Railway Heritage Infrastructure” talk. John’s area of expertise is bridges, so these were what he concentrated on.…Read More