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Thursday 10th November 2016
SRPS Quiz

Scottish Branch - Meeting report - 10th November 2016

The November meeting featured the SRPS Quiz, between teams representing SRPS Railtours, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh & RCTS Scotland. RCTS Scotland team members were Ronnie McAdam (captain), Keith Sanders and Robert Walker. Lanarkshire defeated Railtours in the first round, RCTS Scotland triumphed over Edinburgh in the second round. A well fought final round saw Lanarkshire defeat the RCTS Scotland team and win the competition.
A well attended turnout witnessed the competition, which featured some tricky questions for the respective teams.
Our thanks to the SRPS for the preparatory work behind the scenes, without which the evening would not have been possible.

Thursday 13th October 2016
A Scottish Steam Tour - Part 3
Sam Woods

Our October meeting “A Scottish Steam tour part 3”, with Sam Woods, went ahead without the author due to him being indisposed. The pen drive containing the presentation was available, allowing the presentation to proceed as intended.
Many of the images were taken by North East England photographers, and are part of the J.W. Armstrong Trust. Photographers included Cecil Sanderson, John M. Boyes, Stuart Sellar, W. A.C. Smith, Ken Cockerill, Morrison Bryce, Prof. S.W. Hampton & Henry Casserley et al.
Featured items included Glasgow tram 488, ex C.R. Beetlecrusher, a tender-cab fitted ’Jumbo’, Yoker, St. Enoch station with 60534 Irish Elegance, plus a variety of ex C.R.. H.R., G.S.W.R., & L.N.E.R. locos. Additional locations comprised Fairlie Pier, Greenock Ladyburn shed, Wemyss Bay and a cl.33, Troon harbour, Ayr, the ‘Port Road’, Dumfries station, Stranraer, Kilmarnock, & loco scrapping at Kilmarnock works.
Hamish Stevenson provided valuable commentary during the proceedings, much appreciated by those attending this very enjoyable evening of nostalgia.
A short Q & A Session concluded the evening.

Thursday 14th April 2016
My Work Travels
Max Fowler

Our April meeting featured Max Fowler with the presentation “My work travels”. The author’s work takes him around the UK, his camera always to hand.
A ‘Where is it?’ quiz preceded the main presentation.
The Inverness-London HST at Blackford introduced freight and passenger workings in various liveries. Aberdeen Harbour produced a Mud Oil train arriving, Aberdeen station hosting the Virgin coaches used for Carnoustie Open Championship specials. An ex Fastline 66 at Laurencekirk, Virgin EC HST at Arbroath, Cl.67 + Fife coaches at Rosyth, 2 67s on test train at Uddingston, cl.60 on long tank train, Newport 3 car 158, coal trains for former Didcot PS, metals train at Newport, Cl.70 on Freightliner approaching Carluke, Robeston tanks double-headed near Crewe & an Alexander bodied Cl.144 at Sheffield were noted.
Other locations included Avonmouth, Bescot, Cameron Bridge, Gourock, Wemyss Bay, Stafford, Tyne Dock to Drax workings at Hartlepool, Cardiff Canton & classes 142, 143, & 150, Sandbach, Peak Forest and Cl.60s, Chester with Merseyrail 507s/508s & Crewe Basford Hall, with spotters recording every loco, coach, wagon & box number!
Trams from Sheffield, Birmingham Metro to Wolverhampton & Dublin at Connolly Station were observed.

A most interesting evening for those attending.

Thursday 10th March 2016
Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Joint Railway
Angus Rex

Our well-attended March meeting featured Angus Rex with the presentation “The Railways of Galloway”.
A comprehensive tour of the various lines then & now, highlighted the still extant railway infrastructure, particularly on the abandoned stretches. Starting at Dumfries, the final westbound service to Stranraer via Castle Douglas & Newton Stewart prefaced the route description. Stations included New Galloway, Dalbeatie, Glen Luce, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart and its branches to Whithorn & Garlieston, the Portpatrick branch, the Kirkcudbright branch, Castle Kennedy, Dunragit, Challoch Junction, Barrhill, Pinwherry, Creetown, Stranraer Harbour & Cairnryan Military Railway, whose large marshalling yards, utilised heavily during D-Day preparations, were highlighted.

Portpatrick was the nearest port to Ireland in the early 1900s, troop trains were frequent, requiring larger locomotives than was the norm. Glen Luce viaduct, large Water of Fleet viaduct and Sorbie Creamery also featured. At Kirkcudbright, a Standard 4MT was on a passenger train. Standard 4 76xxx, 80xxx & LMS Black 5s worked the bulk of services, examples of other classes working as required. Boat trains to and from Stranraer Harbour produced ’Britannia’ Cl.7s on occasion. The Ro-Ro ferry tsss ‘Caledonian Princess’ boosted car traffic following its introduction.

A lively Q&A session followed a most nostalgic evening.

Saturday 13th February 2016
Looking back at the nineties
Hugh Gould, RCTS National President (retired)

Our February meeting featured Hugh Gould, the Society’s retired President, with the presentation “Looking Back at the Nineties”.
Hugh took us on a tour of Europe, the USA and some of his UK haunts.
Beginning at Penarth in 1990, we visited Cardiff Central, then the Staten Island ferry, saw Amtrak Electrics in New York, and NY Subway Line 1 at its northern terminus of 270 Street. Detroit Michigan Avenue station provided a Chicago service, whilst the Museum at Union, Illinois, contained tram 714 of CNSM and Shay steam locomotive, among others. Hugh stayed overnight in a Motella, on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, comprising cabooses converted into suites. Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of No. 8, and UP ‘Big Boy’ 4017, was visited.
Amsterdam Central produced a 1200 class electric, whilst in Copenhagen Central a new Inter-City DMU was viewed.
The LT weekend specials between Amersham and Harrow-on-the-Hill featuring Pannier Tank 9466 and LT Tank No.1 were viewed.
The then current Regional Railways livery was seen, as was Channel Tunnel Shuttle line construction with a visit to Sangatte.
Stations visited included Looe, Liskeard, Falmouth, St. Ives, Stafford, Skegness, Jordanhill, Partick, Queen Street and a newly opened Larkhall.
A lively Q&A session followed.

Saturday 16th January 2016
A Photo Review of 2014/5
Keith Sanders

The January meeting was a well-attended presentation by Branch Member and Digital Group member Keith Sanders, with the presentation “A photo review of 2014/15”.
Interesting operations included empty aviation fuel tanks from Linkswood, near Markinch, shortly before RAF Leuchars closed, Fiddlers Ferry-Hunterston coal empties, Manchester ‘bins’ at Oxwellmains, and Torness nuclear flasks.
Other subjects included newly restored ”KOYLI”, the Hartlepool-Georgemas Jct. pipes, NR Test trains, one with 31106 and ex Mk2 DBSO, Borders Railway rail trains, Barnetby Semaphores, Arriva cl. 67 on Manchester-North Wales service, cl.92 on sleepers at Drem loop, and American drama students decanting at Prestonpans.
Rail tours and steam specials included 46115 “Scots Guardsman” ascending Beatock bank on GB duty, No. 9 taking the return train to York, SNG on an excursion, 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” at Culross, “Royal Scotsman” at Longniddry, SRPS Glenrothes-Skipton and Abellio Inverness-Stirling steam special with Tornado at Gleneagles.
Franchise changes brought forth East Coast VTEC, SERCO Caledonian Sleeper, and Cl.68 on Fife Circle services.
‘Borders Railway’ opening included the Royal train and subsequent steam specials and images of five ‘Borders’ locations before, during and after construction, including Fushiebridge, Borthwick Bank and Tynehead, ended the presentation.
An active Q & A session followed.

last updated: 16/11/16