Recent Meetings

Friday 21 September 2018

BLYTH AND TYNE PART III:- Newsham to Percy Main, Manors North and Tynemouth incl. Avenue and Collywell Bay Branches

Ed Orwin


Friday 7 September 2018
THE END OF B.R. STEAM TRACTION ON THE MAIN LINE IN 1968

Malcolm Paul

Friday 18 May
2018
ROPE & CHAIN HAULAGE ON RAILWAYS IN BRITAIN

Colin Mountford


Friday 27 April     2018

N.E.R. TYNESIDE ELECTRICS:- A Pictorial Record

David Fraser

Friday 13 April     2018

‘SIGH’ FOR A DELTIC

David Thomas

Friday 23 March  2018

DAS DEUTSCHE REICHSBAHN (D.R) EAST GERMANY 1984 TO 1990

Dr. Ing. Prof. F.W. Hampson

Friday 9 March  2018

HOME AND ABROAD: JOURNEYS WITH MY CAMERA

Ian Britton

Friday 23 February 2018 CENTRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MEMBERS’ EVENING

Friday 9 February 2018

TO EUROPE FOR STEAM – WEST GERMANY 1974

Trevor Ermel


COAL TRAFFIC IN THE NORTH EAST DURING THE 60s’ & BRANCH LINES IN THE NORTH EAST DURING THE 50s AND 60s

Alan Brooks


Friday 26 January 2018

SOUTH EAST NORTHUMBERLAND RAIL USER GROUP (SENRUG) UPDATE

Dennis Fancett

Friday 12 January 2018

ISLE OF MAN AT LAST!

Phil Kirkland

Friday 8 December 2017

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

A seasonal social evening of contributions from members and friends including the John Morris Photographic Competition.

Friday 24 November 2017

A RECORD FOR POSTERITY – UNDERGROUND HAULAGE AT THORESBY COLLIERY, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, 2015

Colin Mountford

Friday 10 November 2017

A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A RAILWAY ENTHUSIAST – 1986

Malcolm Paul


Friday 27 October 2017

THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NER TYNESIDE ELECTRIFICATION 1890- 1967. Part 6 – A MISCELLANY

Bill Donald

Friday 13 October 2017

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

Dr. Michael Bailey

A Joint Meeting with The Newcomen Society 

Friday 29 September 2017

BLYTH & TYNE RAILWAY: PART 2 – North of Newsham

Ed Orwin

Friday 15 September 2017

A VISIT TO ALL THE LONDON SHEDS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT!

David Dunn 

Friday 1 September 2017

INTERPRETING THE SOURCES FOR THE OPERATION OF THE DURHAM AND SUNDERLAND RAILWAY, 1836 - 1860

Colin Mountford


Friday 12 May     2017

RAILWAY LANDSLIP REMEDIATION THROUGH THE YEARS

Clare Brint – Senior Asset Engineer (Geotechnics), Network Rail

Friday 28 April    2017

THE FESTINIOG RAILWAY

Howard Burchell


Friday 7 April    2017

‘ANCIENT AND MODERN’ – A look back over 60 years of railway photography in the UK and overseas

Dr. Ing. Prof. F.W. Hampson


Friday 24 March  2017

‘GREENWOOD’ SLIDE EVENING

Les Paul

Friday 10 March  2017

RAILWAYMAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Philip Benham

Friday 24 February 2017 CENTRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MEMBERS’ EVENING

Friday 10 February 2017

BUILDING THE CANADIAN PACIFIC MAIN LINE IN THE WEST

Ken Aiston

Friday 27 January 2017

A HECK OF A DISASTER – 28th FEBRUARY 2001

Neal Clarke


Friday 13 January 2017

THE SGR (STANDARD GAUGE RAILWAY) PROJECT IN AFRICA

Phil Kirkland

Friday 9 December 2016 CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

A seasonal social evening of contributions from members and friends including the John Morris Photographic Competition.

Friday 25 November 2016

TWO YEARS IN THE LIFE OF A RAILWAY ENTHUSIAST – 1984 & 1985

Malcolm Paul

Friday 11 November 2016

THE LIFE OF IAN S. CARR - THE SUNDERLAND RAILWAY PHOTOGRAPHER

Neil Sinclair


Friday 28 October 2016

LESS USUAL ASPECTS OF MODERN FRENCH TRAMWAYS AND METROS

Graham Jellett


Friday 14 October 2016 COLOUR AROUND HERE AND OWER THERE!

Translated - NEWCASTLE AND CARLISLE IN COLOUR

A tale in three parts told by David Dunn. We started close to home with a wide ranging selection of photographs in and around Newcastle. As well as steam and a few diesel locomotives, there were views of Tyneside buildings, trolleybuses and ships on the Tyne. This was followed by a further railway-focused selection in Carlisle. Following the vote of thanks and usual meeting business, the finale was a selection of items of infrastructure in the North East such as station buildings, coal drops and buffer stops. The photographer was also a modeller, and his eye for detail was clear in many of the photographs.


Friday 30 September 2016

ELECTRIFICATION: 25kV OVERHEAD LINE

Robert Daffern of Furrer+Frey GB Ltd opened with a brief history of overhead electrification and the technical and commercial drivers for its introduction. He then went on to describe the evolution of the overhead line and its associated structures and plant items in the UK, including some of his own experiences whilst working for Network Rail and more recently Furrer+Frey. A number of short film clips illustrated testing of new components and also dewirements. Robert's current assignment is on the Great Western Mail line electrification scheme and he showed some of the latest overhead line equipment including the solid conductor rail being deployed through the Severn Tunnel.

Friday 16 September 2016

BLYTH & TYNE RAILWAY: PART 1 – Rails Around Blyth

Ed Orwin

Friday 2 September 2016

THE NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Rob Langham

Friday 6 May     2016

DEVELOPMENT OF THE A1 AND P2 LOCOMOTIVES

David Elliott, Director of Engineering for the A1 Locomotive Trust described the specification of the new-build P2 locomotive. With frequent reference to the design details of Tornado and the lessons learnt therefrom, David described the detailed design and development of the components of the new locomotive, which is to be named 'The Prince of Wales'. The talk was illustrated with a number of CAD drawings and photographs of the construction to date.

Friday 22 April    2016

JOHN WILSON CARMICHAEL, RAILWAY HISTORIAN AND MARITIME ARTIST

The Reverend Peter Barham recounted the results of his research on Carmichael, conducted whilst on a sabbatical from his ecclesiastical work. Carmichael was born at the very end of the eighteenth century in the Ouseburn district of Newcastle upon Tyne. After some spells at sea and an apprenticeship as a carpenter, he turned early in his adult life to full-time work as an artist and illustrator. Much of his work portrayed boats and ships, and is noted for its attention to detail and for its accuracy and Peter showed a number of paintings which included the River Tyne. He did however include railways in his portfolio, most notably a collection of illustrations of the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway in its early days. He also collaborated with John Dobson to illustrate some of Dobson's proposals and constructions in Newcastle, including the Central Station. In later life Carmichael moved to London and later to Scarborough where he died in 1868.

Friday 8 April    2016

STEAM IN NORTHUMBRIA

Ian McInnes gave a presentation of colour slides - mostly ColourRail - of steam in action from the Humber to southern Scotland. Most of the pictures were taken post-Nationalisation and covered main lines to humble branch lines. An entertaining evening of reminiscences.


Friday 18 March  2016

HITACHI RAIL EUROPE – ACHIEVEMENTS, PLANS AND THE CHALLENGE AHEAD

Jim Brewin, Head of Business Development, Hitachi Rail Europe Limited outlined the history of Hitachi Rail and highlighted its supply of high-speed trains for the initial Japanese Shinkansen. Hitachi Rail Europe's first supply into the British market was the Class 395 Javelin trains for Southeastern and contracts are now in progress to supply Class 385 EMUs to ScotRail and Class 800/801 for GWML and ECML services. Jim described a number of the technical design features of their products and their worldwide capability including the new production facility at Newton Aycliffe and the recent aquisition of Ansaldo Breda. He concluded with an outline of their product ranges and how they address the future market in Britain.


Friday 4 March  2016

AN EVENING WITH DAVID DUNN

David took us on a personal tour of Newcastle and the surrounding area with scenes in the (mainly post-WWII) steam era, including a number of his favourite locations and locomotives. Many of the views were supplemented with his reminiscences as well as those of the audience. Even a few buses and diesel locos crept into the presentation. David was warmly applauded for providing an entertaining evening. We were delighted to welcome a substantial number of visitors to the meeting.


Friday 19 February 2016

CENTRE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MEMBERS’ EVENING

A review of 2015, with reports from the officers and other members of the committee. Mike Richardson volunteered to be an Independent Examiner and a vacancy for a McDowell Trustee was unfilled. The evening concluded with some short presentations of 35mm slides by Alan Brooks and Bill Hampson.


Friday 5 February 2016

THE MINOR RAILWAYS OF THE BERWICK AREA

Roger Jermy commenced this latest episode in his review of the minor railways of Northumberland with a horse-worked line that conveyed stone from quarries at Huds Head to the quay at Spittal. Further artefacts near Berwick included a double tunnel in Tweedmouth and a tunnel under the ECML at Marshall Meadows that may have conveyed seaweed. Our tour then traversed a wide arc to the south west, ending in the area south of Wooler with a narrow gauge line serving sand and gravel quarries during WWII at Hedgeley.


Friday 22 January 2016

BLAND BLUE BOXES? – Part 3

Malcolm Snowball continued his review of what life looked like when BR rolling stock was painted blue. The scenes ranged from Inverness to Swanage with a good few in and around Tyneside, and depicted a time when loco-hauled passenger and wagonload freight trains were routine sightings on the network. Of particular local interest were DMUs operating the final days of BR trains on the South Shields branch. Malcolm closed his talk with a brief look at blue (and formerly blue) stock in the years since the corporate blue era ended, including the current preservation scene.


Friday 8 January 2016

REVIVING THE FRANCO-ETHIOPIEN RAILWAY

Phil Kirkland described the genesis and history of the meter gauge railway in Ethiopia from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. This line is currently substantially inactive and the whole line is being replaced with an electrified standard gauge line to facilitate transport of goods to and from the port at Djibouti and to substantially reduce passenger transit times. The planning for the new line and the methods being adopted by its Turkish and Chinese constructors were described, together with the country's plans for further phases of rail transport expansion across the whole country.


Friday 11 December 2015

CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

The evening opened with a presentation by David Dunn of photographs of each class of ex-LNER locomotives from A4 to U1. Malcolm Snowball then hosted the John Morris Photographic Competition. Members and guests viewed the 35 photographs entered into the Competition and cast their votes. The winning entries were announced as:

3rd  'Stopping by Request' by Malcolm Snowball. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s 2-8-2, River Mite, heading the 11.50 Dalegarth to Ravenglass arriving at Muncaster Mill to collect waiting passengers on Friday 12th June 2015.

2nd  'One of Scotswood's Finest' by John Irving. Newcastle-built Stanier Class 5MT 45231, The Sherwood Forester, on The Fellsman, 1T53 15.12 Carlisle to Lancaster at Low Baron Wood Farm, Armathwaite on Wednesday 10th June 2015.

1st 'A Battle Scene' by Malcolm Snowball. Battle of Britain class 34070, Manston, approaching Corfe Castle station on the Swanage Railway with the 14.40 ex Norden on Sunday 3rd May 2015. The photograph was taken from the adjacent castle’s remains.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman reported that announcements of our upcoming meetings will be broadcast under the Twitter hashtag of #NewcastleSLS.


Friday 27 November 2015

THE RAILWAY HOTELS AND INNS OF NORTHUMBERLAND, DURHAM AND CUMBERLAND

John Irving described how the public house owners of northern England were instrumental in creating the first railway passenger services in the World on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and how the relationship between pubs and railways has developed over 200 years.

Friday 13 November 2015

TWO YEARS IN THE LIFE OF A RAILWAY ENTHUSIAST – 1982 AND 1983

Malcolm Paul took the meeting on a tour of the railway scene in 1982 and 1983. Local scenes included Class 56 on coal trains and activity in Tyne Yard. Further afield we glimpsed a preserved railway in East Anglia, an open day at Carlisle Upperby and EMU maintenance in London.


Friday 28 October 2015

ARMSTRONG’S ALTERNATIVE ALPHABET

Richard Barber, Secretary of the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust, presented a selection of photographs from the Trust's collection, captured by a variety of photographers. Subject matter ranged widely across Britain and across the decades since WWII. Steam, diesel and electric locomotives were interspersed between images of water, road and air transport.


Friday 16 October 2015

1960s AND 70s RAILWAY NOSTALGIA

Trevor Ermel's presentation chronicled his early engagement with the railway scene with black & white photographs from the '60's and colour from the '70's. Many were of local scenes and events in and around Tyneside and covered the final years of steam through to the second decade of mainline diesels in Britain with views of Deltics, Claytons and many more.


Friday 2 October 2015

NARROW GAUGE TAXONOMY

David Stewart-David outlined a variety of methods of characterising narrow gauge railways and used photographs from his own collection to illustrate the characteristics of a wide variety of railways from across the world. These ranged from miniature pleasure lines through 'conventional' mineral-carrying lines to conventional railways such as the Swiss Rhatische Bahn. Some railways using the Stephenson gauge were also included as examples of narrow gauge, such as the AVE lines in Spain, as they exist alongside a 'standard' gauge which is broad gauge!








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