Summer 2021 Newsletter

Greetings everyone and may I say it is great to be back!

Hopefully now that things have started to get back to ‘normal’ we can all start to live a far better life than we have had to endure since early 2020. On a personal note, I must apologise for not having kept in contact with branch members throughout the pandemic however due to work commitments much of my spare time has been spent catching some sleep as well as trying to work from home which was a totally new experience. Having said that I have grown to enjoy not having to suffer the daily commute and have benefitted from zero travel costs and the risk of falling victim to COVID.

Branch meetings will therefore recommence on 15 September 2021 at the Railway Institute, Eastleigh and I will be delving into my photographic archives to come up with the ‘Chairman’s Delight’. As you will be aware we did not hold the 2021 AGM earlier in January 2021 and I therefore intend to hold an ‘interim’ AGM prior to the meeting on 15/09/21 commencing at 18:45 hrs. This will fulfil the needs of the Charity Commission and the usual AGM will take place in January 2022. Copies of the interim AGM Agenda, Minutes of the AGM held in January 2020 and a copy of the Financial Accounts (including a summary of the current financial year from the Branch Treasurer).

A copy of the 2021/2022 Branch Meeting Programme is also included for your attention. We have tried to re-book the speakers previously arranged for those dates cancelled due to the pandemic however April 2022 is still to be finalised. Please check the Railway Observer and the Society website for any changes to the programme. All meetings held at the Railway Institute will be in accordance with government guidelines for indoor meetings. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance to the meeting room and participants may choose to wear face masks if they so wish. Social distancing will be maintained as per government guidelines.

Due to work commitments my railway related time has been very minimal however I managed to finally participate on a rail-tour from Eastleigh in early August (The Blue Boys Merrymixer) at the sixth time of asking and it was great to be able to ride behind a variety of DRS traction and to arrive back early at Eastleigh having left there nearly 19 hours beforehand!

Hopefully the next newsletter will include some more local railway news. The next newsletter will be in December 2021 and should confirm details of the April 2022 and the 2022 AGM papers.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Bank Holiday weekend and very much hope to see you on 15/09/2021 when the Branch resumes its regular programme of meetings.

Regards and stay safe.

John Godfrey, Chair, RCTS Solent Branch        


To be held at 18:45 on Wednesday 15 September 2021


The Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM held 22 January 2020 
  3. Matters arising from the last AGM
  4. Chairman’s Address
  5. Acting Secretary’s Report (to be delivered by the Chairman)
  6. Treasurer’s Report (including interim summary for the 2021 year to date)
  7. Adoption of Reports
  8. Appointment of the Branch Officers & Committee (until at least 26/01/2022)
  9. Any Other Business

Note: The position of Branch Secretary is vacant following the passing of Ted Vaughan in October 2019. The Chairman is unable to continue to fulfil both roles and therefore it is essential that this role is filled. Anyone interested in taking on this role is asked to contact the Chairman, John Godfrey (07850 220009).

John Godfrey

Chair, RCTS Solent Branch

25 August 2021



The Branch attended the Southampton Model Railway Exhibition at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh SO50 5BX on 25&26 January 2020 10:00-17:00 (Sat) and 10:00-16:30 (Sun). With John Godfrey, Dave Doulton, Paul Gosling, Martin Hilton and John Goodrich manning the stand.

Edward C Vaughan, long term Secretary of the Solent Branch passed away in the early hours of 15 October 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Ted, as he was known to everyone, was a stalwart of the Branch and will be sorely missed by members of the Branch. As Chair of the Branch for some 30 years I have been able to rely on Ted providing a first class service in all things relating to the Society.

Ted, born in Sydenham in 1943 took to trains from early in his life. His sister remembers accompanying him on visits to local stations such as Welling and his home station Sydenham and then helping with marking off numbers in his Ian Allan books.

Following a career in finance Ted migrated north before returning south and finished his working career in Southampton.

Apart from the RCTS Ted was a volunteer at the National Trust property at Mottisfont Abbey and supported the Hythe Tramway.

Teds contribution to all these bodies will be sadly missed.

Ted was cremated at the Test Vally Crematorium on 31 October. The Society was well represented and at his own request Ted was cremated in a white casket bearing pictures of 4472 Flying Scotsman together with suitable soundtracks of steam train departing and the Slow Train by Flanders & Swan.

John Godfrey

Chair, Solent Branch RCTS

Quote from our branch Chairman

“Passed the (Eastleigh) Works around 13:45 looked like an open day in the making! Two Green 47’s, Green 37, various 73’s, ROG 47 and DRS 57. The yard yielded 60026, 3 x 08’s, celebrity 66’s (679 for one), 1 x Maritime liveried 66 plus several GBRf liveried ones and a couple of DB examples. Oh and a Colas 70. Who says there is no variety on the network these days!!”

4th October 2019

61306 “Mayflower” on Princes Risborough to Weymouth tour passing through Eastleigh. 27th June 2019.

56103 and 56091 on Southampton Up Goods to Westbury, approaching Romsey on the Chandler’s Ford line. 25th June 2019

800111 and 801108 winding their way around Eastleigh station with 66846, 66850, 66104 and 66192 plus an UID GBRF 66. 6th May 2019

Last updated: 27th August