Welcome to the Watford Branch pages of the RCTS website.
Both physical and online Zoom meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, apart from August when we take a summer break.
Physical meetings are held at Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Clarendon Rd, Watford WD17 1JJ, in the first floor Conference Room (this is a recent change from the third floor Lecture Hall) – at present, physical meetings are scheduled until December 2023, Zoom meetings will recommence for the winter months of January 2024 until March 2024.
Members from all branches are welcome to attend all our meetings, as are non-members, visitors, and guests – and membership is easily available. A door donation, at physical meetings, of £2.00 is requested from members, and £3.00 from non-members, this entitles you to a raffle ticket as well. Refreshments are usually available at these meetings for an extra £0.50 – serve your own at Zoom meetings (!)… Donations for Zoom meetings, in units of £2.00, can be made via the website if you so wish, to help alleviate costs that still continue in the background, even when we are not having physical meetings
Several members meet up prior to physical meetings at the local Wetherspoons (‘The Moon Under Water’, 44 High Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 2BS) for a meal and a chat – all welcome to join us, though we may not all get to sit together. We are there from around 17:30.
Meetings start at 19:00, the room is available from around 18:30 and we finish around 21:30. The venue is a few minutes’ walk from Watford Junction Station or Watford High Street and local buses stop outside. There is limited car parking at the venue, generally available after 18:00, also local multi-storey car parks and on-street parking, free after 18:30.
We generally organise at least one outdoor fixture during the warmer months to railway-themed destinations – potentially subject to any further government restrictions with regard to the Covid-19 situation.
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Aldersgate Station (now Barbican), Then & Now. Image Credit: Brian Hardy 3rd October 2023 Meeting. We welcomed back ever popular presenter Brian Hardy, former Head Controller at London Transport and…Read More
5th September 2023 Meeting. For the start of our new season we welcomed back John Day, from the Ipswich Branch, with the theme of following the Route of ‘The Canadian’,…Read More
A sight we had not expected to see again – steam on the main Line! The train that started the great return to steam movement that we still enjoy today…Read More
6th June 2023 Meeting We welcomed Mangapps Railway Museum owner and curator John Jolly for a very interesting talk all about this wonderful venue near Burnham-on-Crouch. John was a farmer…Read More
2nd May 2023 Meeting For our 2nd May meeting we welcomed branch member Michael Reade for his presentation of ‘European Misadventures’. Starting off in 1964 over in Germany his job…Read More
4th April 2023 Meeting Indian Hill Railways It was the time of the AGM, and this was duly held and dispatched within thirty minutes. There were no surprises and the…Read More
7th March 2023 Meeting. For our final Zoom meeting of the year we welcomed GWSR Senior Station Master Dave Boot, who has been with the GWSR since the start and…Read More
7th February 2023 Meeting For our February meeting, which was the second of our three Winter Zoom meetings, we welcomed Branch Committee member Rob Freeman with ‘More from Oz in…Read More
For our January meeting we resumed with a Zoom to let people stay in the warmth of their homes and welcomed GWSR Volunteer John Dyer presenting ‘Railways and me –…Read More
1st November 2022 Meeting For our November meeting we welcomed back Brian Hardy, former Head Traffic Controller on London Underground for more fascinating insights into the London Underground. There were…Read More
4th October 2022 Meeting Today we welcomed South Essex Branch Member Geoff Brockett, whose name you will know as a regular supplier of information to the RO, with his…Read More
6th September 2022 Meeting. Our booked speaker had to call off and is re-scheduled for next year, so Colin Hall stepped into the breach for the following talk. The…Read More
5th July 2022 Meeting For our last meeting of the season on 5th July we had our regular July speaker, Watford Branch Chairman Geoff Plumb with another in his series…Read More
A Broadgauge Journey from Paddington to the West – Part 1, by Reverend Canon Brian Arman, 7th June 2022
7th June 2022 Meeting For our June meeting we had our much travelled Society President, Reverend Canon Brian Arman, visit us to show his slide presentation of ‘A Broad Gauge…Read More
3rd May 2022 Meeting Our scheduled speaker for May had to cancel at the last moment due to Covid issues and our Branch Chairman Geoff Plumb stepped into the breach…Read More
AGM, Followed by ‘Vivarail: designing and building low-emission trains in the UK’, by David Horton, 5th April 2022
Watford Branch AGM, Followed by ‘Vivarail: designing and building low-emission trains in the UK’, by David Horton. April is the new month of our Branch AGM, and this was over…Read More
1st March 2022 Meeting We welcomed Darren Smith from TDI [Transport Design International] to talk about The Revolution Very Light Railway, a train for the quieter branch lines. Its launch…Read More
1st February 2022 Meeting For our February Zoom meeting we welcomed former Branch Secretary Bernie Holland, who presented ‘YOURS FAITHFULLY’, a look at the photographs of Jack Faithfull and some…Read More
Presenter: Stephen Gay For our first physical meeting since March 2020 we welcomed Stephen Gay for his eighth Watford visit with his presentation of ‘EAST COAST MAIN LINE – PART…Read More
Presenter: Rob Freeman This was going to be a physical meeting, our first since March 2020, but our usual venue was unavailable and also after taking a poll amongst Branch…Read More
Presenter: Geoff Plumb It’s July and that means only one thing at Watford, the eagerly anticipated presentation by our Branch Chairman Geoff Plumb with another in his evocative series of…Read More
Presenter: David Postle Adrian White*, our booked speaker for the meeting had to call off the evening before the presentation but he suggested a friend who l managed to get…Read More
Presenter: Dave Boot For the first Tuesday of February 2021 we had another Zoom meeting with a show entitled ‘Ramblings of a Head Station Master’ by Dave Boot, who worked…Read More
Presenter: Rob Freeman This is the time of year for our Branch AGM and we had 23 Branch members in attendance as well as quite a few visitors. There were…Read More
Presenter: Geoff Plumb After having our Branch Meetings postponed for April, May and June, due to the virus pandemic, we arranged a Zoom virtual meeting organised by David Jackman (Society…Read More
Presenter: Jason Cross For our 3rd March meeting we welcomed Leicester-based Jason Cross for a first visit to present ‘Capturing the present and re-creating the past’. We saw many locomotives…Read More
Presenter: Brian Hardy For our February meeting Brian Hardy paid us a return visit for ‘A Pictorial Review of the 1935-1962 Tube Stock Family’ which followed on from his Standard…Read More
Presenter: David Cross On 2nd July 2019 we welcomed David Cross to the branch for the first time to present ‘An evening with Father’s slides – Steam within the M25’.…Read More
Watford Branch Outing Report. On Sunday 2nd June 2019 I organised a full day out on the GWSR and along with myself there was a healthy attendance of seventeen members…Read More
Presenter: David Jackman On the 6th October we welcomed RCTS Webmaster David Jackman, who went to great lengths at fairly short notice to present the show ‘North from Euston in…Read More