Journey from Kings Cross to York, with Stephen Gay

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Stephen Gay makes a welcome return to take us on a journey on the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross to York, with images from 40 years ago to the present day.

‘The Waverley Route’

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Dennis Lovett is a former Manager with BR, Silverlink and Virgin Trains and latterly worked for Bachmann. His talk will cover the 98.25 miles of The Waverley Route from Edinburgh to Carlisle, covering all the major stations, infrastructure and depots on both the original line, plus the reopened Borders Railway, which currently terminates at Tweedbank.

92 Squadron – from rust to renaissance

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The Battle of Britain Locomotive Society owns and operates ex-British Railways Bulleid ‘Battle of Britain’ class pacific locomotive No.34081 ’92 Squadron’, named after the famous Spitfire squadron based at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Kevin Wilkins and Steve Lacey will outline the history, restoration and operation of this historic locomotive.

The Midland Main Line Electrification Upgrade’

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Gavin Crook (Network Rail Principal Programme Sponsor) and Duncan Cale (Infrastructure Interface Lead East Midlands Railway) will outline the development of the route over recent years, including the introduction of 4-tracking, electrification, platform extensions, new maintenance facilities and traincrew depots

Cathedrals of Steam

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Christian Wolmar, transport writer, broadcaster and author of numerous books, traces the development of the major London stations, providing unique insights into their history, with many entertaining anecdotes, and celebrates the recent transformation of several of these stations into wonderful blends of the old and the new.

The Railway over the Stainmore Pass: Post War Boom & Bust on the North Trans-Pennine

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Chris Rowley (Network Rail Capacity Planning Director) has a particular affection for the Trans Pennine Stainmore route (Bishop Auckland – Kirby Stephen – Penrith) closed in 1962. He has written an authoritative history of the route, England’s highest main line, which is published in November. The talk will cover the history of the line and…

Milton Keynes Branch Annual General Meeting

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AGM and member’s presentations. Further details to be confirmed nearer to the date.

Travels in 2023

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For our first meeting of 2024, please join us on Zoom with member John Tigg who will take us on his travels through 2023, from the lineside on the WCML to Fawley Hill, and from Tallylyn to Barrow Hill.

East West Rail Update & The Newport Nobby

Virtual Meeting Virtual Meeting, United Kingdom

Join us for another evening of members' presentations on Zoom. Clive Pepper will present an update on the developments with East West Rail and Steve Dexter will take a look back at the Newport Pagnell branch line.

Britain’s Railways Through The Lens – an evening with Jack Boskett

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Back by popular demand, our first face to face meeting of the season welcomes multi award winning photographer Jack Boskett, who has an extensive catalogue of railway images in his portfolio and regularly travels across the UK to follow different excursions and special train movements.

Great Central Railway – Re-Unification

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Tom Ingall from the Great Central Railway gives a talk on possibly the UK’s biggest heritage railway project, the re-unification of the two halves of the preserved section of the Great Central and the connection with Network Rail.

The Vintage Trains Story – the rise to a Train Operating Company

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Joint meeting with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Mike Corbett gives a talk on the history and development of Birmingham based ‘Vintage Trains’ to Train Operating Company status, together with the Tyseley collection of steam and diesel locomotives, including the application of modern technology to heritage stock to enable main line operation.