Meet our Members – John

The Irish Railway Record Society in London is a hub of railway enthusiasts from all walks of life. We ask the same questions but always get different answers!

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Member John Hatton

Occupation I am a semi-retired Financial Adviser and what you might call a ‘serial’ Treasurer. I am the Treasurer of the IRRS London Area and the Chesham Folk Club: I have always enjoyed listening to folk music and singing, especially Irish, but do not perform myself. I say I play the money! I am also Treasurer and Trustee for the Chesham & District Community Association and Chesham Museum.

Do you have a role in the society?
I am the Treasurer and committee member of the IRRS London Area. It is a wonderful association and I enjoy working with my fellow committee members.

When did you first become a member of the Irish Railway Record Society in London and why?
I had been aware of the IRRS for many years as a result of my membership of the Railway Preservations Society of Ireland. I saw a talk with Charles Friel advertised and decided to attend. I have been attending meetings ever since. One of the first meetings I attended was the AGM when I was asked to assist the Treasurer – and that invitation can prove fatal!

What is your favourite Irish railway station or location and why? Heuston Station, Dublin because I love the floor tiles and ‘feel’ of the place. But I’d also say the ‘old’ Limerick Junction before it lost its unique identity.

What area of railways interests you the most?
I enjoy locomotives, infrastructure and people, but particularly train travel. Much of my first trip to Ireland included travel in the crew coach. Behind the ‘Jeep’ in a dilapidated coach, the views from which included site of the wheels and track through gaps in the floor – and enjoying the Guinness – magic!

If you could take a journey on any railway in the world, which would it be? Or describe it if you’ve already done it!
I would like to travel on the Trans Canada (The Canadian). I have no particular connection with Canada but the experience sounds very attractive, particularly the scenery.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? 
Folk Singing, Irish particularly. I ‘discovered’ Ireland following winning a trip for two on the 1988 RPSI Tour and fell in love with the country. In subsequent years I travelled extensively soaking up the culture whilst enjoying traditional Irish music in the ‘far west’.