That was the year that was …. 1965

A presentation by Geoff Plumb


We are very grateful to Geoff Plumb for standing in at the last moment with this presentation as our booked speaker had tested positive for Covid-19. Our members were treated to a superb evening of photographs from 1965, one of Geoff’s “That was the year that was” series.

The show progressed monthly through the year. A couple of the earlier shots were of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral train hauled by Battle of Britain loco 34051 Sir Winston Churchill.

We saw several rail-tours throughout the evening, the first being an RCTS tour from Crewe to Carlisle via Blackburn, Hellifield and the S & C, returning via Shap with 46115 Scots Guardsman. 7029 Clun Castle showed up several times at various locations, as did “The Blue Pullman” very new at the time. Another RCTS rail-tour featured was (LNER 2) from Leeds to Tyneside via Teeside, with K2 3442 “The Great Marquis” in control. Geoff lived quite close to the Metropolitan & Great Central line at the time and this line featured on occasions all evening, with some good scenic shots and a wide range of locomotives. We also visited Basingstoke and its surrounding area with many examples of Merchant Navy locos working the express services. We also saw derelict sheds with lines of scrapped locos at places like Bletchley, Old Oak Common, Southall and Feltham and also the larger sheds/works at Eastleigh & Crewe. Other locations such as the Isle of Wight and North Wales featured, as these areas were particular favourites of Geoff and the family. Towards the later part of the presentation a few diesels began to appear. A great nostalgic evening with some superb photography.


Dave Elsdon

Branch Secretary