Meeting Reports

Meeting Reports


Monday 11th March 2019
Branch AGM, Photographic Competition and Members' Slides (and Digital Images)

Our seventeenth Branch AGM took place on Monday 11th March. In his opening remarks, Chairman Chris Meredith summarised the Branch’s activities during the past year, with other reports following from the various Branch Officers. Chris Meredith, Peter Wilson, Jeremy Harrison and Andrew Jones were re-elected to their respective posts. Discussion took place on the voluntary admission donations requested from attendees at meetings, and those present (except one) accepted that these would be increased from the April 2019 meeting. This formal part of the evening was followed by the Branch Photographic Competition, run by Andrew Jones and won by Jeremy Harrison with his picture of 1450 and autocoach 178 crossing Victoria Bridge on the Severn Valley Railway. The Society Archivist, Andy Davies, then described the work carried out by volunteer members to enable the former Station Master’s house at Leatherhead to be opened as the Society’s Archive and Library on 6th October 2018. Andy explained that it would regularly be open to members (dates will be in the RO), and encouraged us to patronise it. Jeremy concluded the evening by showing a selection of photographs, mainly taken on photographic charters on preserved railways, from late 2017 up to the previous day.

Monday 11th February 2019
Pictures from the Bill Jackson Collection: Part 1, 1952
Brian Jackson

At our meeting at Croydon on Monday 11th February Society member Brian Jackson presented photographs taken by his father entitled "Pictures from the Bill Jackson collection - Part 1 – 1952”. Brian explained that at this period colour photography was prohibitively expensive, and therefore these were exclusively black-and-white. Almost all were taken in late 1951 and 1952, mostly in close proximity to Brighton. As this was soon after the formation of British Railways, Bill had concentrated on veteran ex-Southern Railway locomotives, which had survived into British Railways ownership. Even when displaying the first lion-and-wheel emblem most of these were in extremely grubby condition. However, an occasional example was in immaculate ex-works condition. Then Brian moved away from Brighton to show some early shots of the Golden Arrow with BR Standard 'Britannia' class Pacifics 'William Shakespeare' and 'Iron Duke'. Finally he treated us to a view of the last G.W.R. “Saint" 4-6-0 'St. David' on a railtour, and some Eastern Region B1 and L.M.R. Class 5 4-6-0s on excursions from “north of the river". Interspersed with the steam engines were a few photos of diesel and electric locomotives, and some dock-side views of steam ships. As this presentation was billed as “Part 1” members were left waiting eagerly for Part 2!

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