Events


Indoor meetings

Monday 16th September
Chester
Northern Rails West Of The Pennines
Steve Armitage
Steve from Leeds will show a wide range of railway images from the LNWR/MR pre-grouping era to BR in North West of England and North Wales. Steve is an expert restorer of old photos and the show will contain some historical gems.
19.30
Wednesday 2nd October
Liverpool
To Hell And Back
Bevan Price
Bevan, a Branch member for 60 years, presents his photographs during his 50 years of rail travel throughout Britain and Europe.
13.30

Outdoor

Tuesday 8th October
DONCASTER
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 21st October
Chester
South Wales Railways Since The 1970s
Stuart Warr
A look back at the changing face of railways across South Wales since 1973, featuring steam and diesels working all manner of services with a few rare views. The presentation will show a hypothetical journey from east to west with diversions along the many branch-lines in the area.
19.30

Outdoor

Tuesday 12th November
LEAMINGTON SPA/NUNEATON
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 18th November
Chester
Railway Safety
David Maidment
David will discuss the change in railway safety management systems and safety culture from his experience in South Wales in the 1960s, as Regional Operating Manager of the LMR in the 1980s. Also as Head of Safety Policy at the BR Headquarters in the 1990s after coordinating the response to the Judicial Inquiry on the Clapham Junction accident of 1988.
19.30
Wednesday 4th December
Liverpool
Liverpool and its Railways
John Ryan
A look at the varied railways of Liverpool and its surrounding over many decades by former British Rail civil engineer.
13.30

Outdoor

Tuesday 10th December
STAFFORD
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 16th December
Chester
1960s Southern Branch Lines
David Miller
A 1960s archive of black and white photographs mainly of Southern branches but also from further north, with some interesting diversions. Images never seen before
19.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 14th January 2020
Cheshire Day Ranger [including Halton Curve]
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 20th January 2020
Chester
AGM followed by The Ffestiniog Railway
Geoff Coward
The branch AGM will be followed by Geoff's presentation with q look at the steam locos of the Ffestiniog Railway, past present and future. Then a trip along the line from Porthmadog to Bleanau Ffestiniog, looking at each station, maintenance facility and scenery. The presentation should start around 2015 and is available all including non-members.
19.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 28th January 2020
Lancashire Day Ranger
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Wednesday 5th February 2020
Liverpool
The Black & White Collection Of Bill Ashcroft
John Sloane
Bill Ashcroft was a well-known name in Lancashire steam railway circles and John Sloane from Wigan will present some of his large collection of monochrome pictures from the steam era.
13.30

Indoor meetings

Tuesday 11th February 2020
West Midlands Day Ranger [to include Hereford & Nuneaton]
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Monday 17th February 2020
Chester
The Unknown Warrior The Patriot Rebuild
John Hastings-Thomson
The LMS Patriot project are rebuilding a Patriot, The Unknown Warrior and this presentation will describe the huge amount of work and money involved to build a new steam locomotive.
19.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 25th February 2020
Cumbria Day Ranger
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Tuesday 10th March 2020
Doncaster
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 16th March 2020
Chester
The Lever Brothers Railways Of Port Sunlight
Mike Lister
The talk commences with the Storeton tramway and the railways used for constructing Port Sunlight but principally it will tell the story of Levers railways. The soap factory was constructed in 1888 and its railways covered 54 track miles and the talk will describe the railway within the soap factory and other factories at Bromborough. The locomotives, rolling stock and its traffic, both normal and special will be seen.
19.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 24th March 2020
South Pennines Day Ranger
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Wednesday 1st April 2020
Liverpool
L&Y Engines At Work
Paul Shackcloth
Paul Shackcloth is the photographic historian for the Manchester Locomotive Society who have a large collection. This talk will show Lanky locomotives at work over the whole of the ex L&Y network, including Liverpool Exchange
13.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 7th April 2020
Newcastle including Metro System
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

Indoor meetings

Monday 20th April 2020
Chester
Another Colourail Journey
Paul Chancellor
A Ninth Colour-Rail Journey will again trawl this vast collection of images for both views from across the country and through time, so expect both steam and modern traction to appear with may be the odd bit of infrastructure thrown in for good measure.
19.30

Outdoor fixtures

Tuesday 5th May 2020
South Wales
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Southend & Shoeburyness
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Tuesday 14th July 2020
Edinburgh & Dundee
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Tuesday 11th August 2020
Bluebell Railway
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk
Tuesday 8th September 2020
Midland main line by HST
For Information on the observation & Day Ranger days please contact Alan Turton on 01606 854227 or e-mail Merseyside@rcts.org.uk

CHESTER

Meetings are held at the Town Crier PH, City Rd, Chester CH1 3AE, located directly opposite the railway station. The meeting room is on the first floor, approached by a flight of stairs.

A donation of £3 is requested from non-members and £2 from members.

Meetings start at 19.30 and finish around 21.45.

LIVERPOOL

Meetings are held at Haig House Social Club, Woolton Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 5NQ. The meeting is on the ground floor and has a ramped and staired approach.

Haig House is located about 100m west of Liverpool South Parkway station. Exit the station, walk to the main road (don't cross it), turn left for about 100m and the club is on the left (big white building).

A donation of £3 is requested from non-members and £2 from members.

Meetings start at 13.30 and finish around 15.45.

Last updated: 1st May 2019