West Riding [WRD]

D9006 Un-named passes Copley Hill Shed en-route to Leeds Central with the Down 'West Riding Ltd' - 12.4.1962. Photo provided by Gavin Morrison
D9006 Un-named passes Copley Hill Shed en-route to Leeds Central with the Down 'West Riding Ltd' - 12.4.1962. Photo provided by Gavin Morrison

Welcome to the West riding Branch pages of the RCTS website.  Members' meetings are convened on the third Thursday of the month from September through to June and are held at the Methodist Church Hall in Saltaire, commencing at 7.30pm usually finishing around 9.30pm.

Speakers from around the country offer presentations covering a wide range of railway subjects across the ages, mainly in digital format, although both slide and film show formats often feature.

For the summer months of July and August focus concentrates onto outdoor activities at local railway establishments of interest.

RCTS members, non-members/visitors and guests are welcome to attend all of our meetings for which a donation of £2.00 is requested, which also covers interval refreshments.

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Bob Green
tel: 01347 811174
email: westriding@rcts.org.uk
1 Thompson Garth, Stillington, York YO61 1NN


C. W. Jagger
Linfit, Henley Mount, Rawdon, Leeds, LS19 6PX


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Meeting reports

“Looking Back”

20 May 2022

Presenter: Bill Jagger Due to unforeseen circumstances the programmed speaker for the meeting in May was unable to attend and Branch Chairman Bill Jagger stepped in to present the second…

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Branch AGM + Members’ Presentations

29 Apr 2022

The excellent trend of post-Covid meeting attendances continued when another excellent collection of members turned out for April’s Annual General Meeting of the Branch.  Political matters were quickly dealt with…

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“From the Back of the Cupboard”

17 Mar 2022

Presenter: Steve Batty Steve Batty, a prolific photographic contributor to the pages of “The Railway Observer” was the presenter of the March indoor meeting, who narrated his show of top…

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Tramways of the Dales (Part II)

23 Feb 2022

Presenter: Stewart Liles The February meeting commenced with a formal presentation to David Beeken who has been awarded the very first “Certificate of Appreciation” by the Board of Trustees in…

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“Extreme Gricing”

26 Jan 2022

Presenter: Austin Hughes The first meeting of 2022 was a presentation by branch member Austin Hughes, telling of a couple of distant trainspotting adventures to the title of “Extreme Gricing”.…

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Photographic Journeys

16 Dec 2021

Presenter: John Holroyd December’s well attended pre-Christmas meeting was presented by John Holroyd which was to comprise of several differing but distinct elements.  Phase one illustrated extensive coverage of the…

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The John Bearpark Collection

18 Nov 2021

Presenter: Vic Drake Encouraging consistent numbers continue to attend indoor Branch meetings as once again nearly thirty members and friends met for the November gathering. This was a presentation by…

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AGM + Members’ Presentations

21 Oct 2021

October’s monthly meeting was the Covid delayed 2021 AGM.  Attended by a good number of members political matters were quickly dealt with.  Of significance existing committee members were confirmed as…

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Looking Back

30 Sep 2021

Presenter: Bill Jagger Following excellent attendances at each of the two earlier summer outdoor meetings the trend continued when yet another goodly collection of thirty members and friends attended the…

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19th August 2021 · Evening of Observation at Doncaster

19 Aug 2021

The on-going reintroduction of branch meetings continued into August when, in quite reasonable weather conditions, a double figure attendance of members and friends journeyed to Doncaster for a well enjoyed…

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21st July 2021 · Visit to Bradford Model Engineers, Shipley

21 Jul 2021

After many long months branch activities were resumed when an outside evening visit to the Bradford Model Engineers was arranged. No doubt the perfect weather conditions and enhanced degree of…

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20th February 2020 · “The Calder Valley”

20 Feb 2020

Presenter: Steve Armitage Another well attended meeting in February witnessed a superb presentation of images given by Steve Armitage illustrating the delights along the lines of the Calder Valley. This…

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16th January 2020 · “Steam Day Shed Bashing”

16 Jan 2020

Presenter: Vic Drake A very well attended meeting gathered for the first session of the new decade and all were treated to a programme of high quality monochrome illustrations taken…

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12th December 2019 · “A Christmas Quiz and Memories from 1969”

12 Dec 2019

Presenter: John Holroyd The pre-Christmas entertainment was presented courtesy of Deputy Branch Chairman John Holroyd who entertained members and friends with a widely varying programme comprising of his superb photographic…

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21st November 2019 · “Variations – Far and Wide”

21 Nov 2019

Presenter: Gavin Morrison A very different style of presentation was given by a favourite of the Branch, Gavin Morrison, which allowed members of the audience to select differing groups of…

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24th October 2019 · “BR 60’s North West Steam in Glorious Kodachrome”

24 Oct 2019

Presenter: Anthony Bowles To soften the onset of the winter nights the October evening meeting was presented by Anthony Bowles showing archived photographs taken by the late Gerald Dixon. The…

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3rd October 2019 · “Steam – East of Wakefield”

03 Oct 2019

Presenter: Roger Hepworth Following shortly behind the regular September evening meeting was the autumn afternoon session, which attracted the usual steady number of attendees. A most interesting and detailed presentation…

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19th September 2019 · “The Work of Bill Ashcroft”

19 Sep 2019

Presenter: Mike Taylor The new season of meetings began in September when Mike Taylor from Burnley presented a digitised selection of photographs taken by the late Bill Ashcroft, who was…

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15th August 2019 · Evening at Doncaster

15 Aug 2019

In quite reasonable weather a double figure attendance of members and friends journeyed to Doncaster for a late August afternoon/early evening of observation thus bringing the 2018/2019 programme of meetings…

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17th July 2019 · Outdoor Visit

17 Jul 2019

A visit to the lines of Bradford Model Engineers was the destination for this year’s outside evening event where ‘playing with trains’ perfectly described an evening of enjoyment. The two…

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20th June 2019 · Members’ Presentations

20 Jun 2019

The meeting held in June was the last of the current seasons of indoor meetings which comprised of presentations by branch members. Austin Hughes led the way be describing the…

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30th May 2019 · “Along the Trackside”

30 May 2019

Presenter: Steve Batty At the end of May the second of the season’s afternoon meetings was a presentation by well-known photographer Steve Batty who was making a very welcome return…

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16th May 2019 · “Railway Films of Cam Camwell”

16 May 2019

Presenter: Ian McInnes By way of something different the May meeting comprised of a showing of DVD material derived from 1950’s and 60’s filmed material taken by the late ‘Cam’…

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11th April 2019 · “Diverted”

11 Apr 2019

Presenters: Phil Lockwood and Enid Vincent Phil Lockwood and Enid Vincent were to present another of their “Diverted” series of talks to the members at the April meeting. On this…

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21st March 2019 · 1975 – A Good Year!!

21 Mar 2019

Presenter: Robin Lush Robin Lush, a well-known local railway photographer and enthusiast of some note provided the entertainment for the March evening meeting. Displaying a superb top class array of…

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7th March 2019 · Branch AGM

07 Mar 2019

In the first week of March the Annual General Meeting of the Branch was held. After a few words in respect of the passing away of our colleague and friend…

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