Meet our Members

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!

Click on the names to read each member’s full profile.

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IRRS London Area Meet Our Members Form

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Richard McLachlan

Richard McLaclan is active both in the London Area IRRS and also as a Board Member of the parent body in Dublin, with a special interest in digitising images.  He is also Manager of the annual Transport Collectors’ Market in Chiswick. A graduate of Durham University, where he studied Applied Physics and Electronics. His career was with PO Telephones. 

Richard Yudin

Richard is a retired tropical agriculture specialist, working worldwide, 25 years with Fyffes. Earned a CMILT qualification with a paper on plantation transport. He joined London Area since he lived in Harrow at the time. Main railway interest is Operations in general, having experience managing logistics, sometimes involving railways.


Leslie McAllister

Leslie McAllister is Publications Officer of the London Area. Another founder member of the RPSI initially as Book Sales Secretary in 1972.  He has served on the Committee ever since, bar a gap while working in Hong Kong.


John King

Retired Records Officer from British Rail, Railtrack and Network Rail. Originally a member in the ’70s but now re-joined. John is interested in the politics of Irish Transport. He lists his other hobbies – Local History in SE London where he lives. 

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John Hatton

Treasurer of the IRRS London Area and many other organisations in Chesham, John is a semi-retired financial advisor who fell in love with Ireland and its railways after winning a trip for two on the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland Tour in 1988. Heavily involved in the society, John also enjoys folk music and singing. 

Colin Boocock

A member since 1955, Colin is a retired railway chartered mechanical engineer and has travelled around the world by rail – from London to Beijing, Perth to Sydney, Argentina to America and back via Irish Rail. His interests include railway history and photography and he has written twenty books, three of which are about Irish railways.

Bob Cockcroft

Since being part of the Merseyside MRS P4 GNR(I) group in the 1970s, Bob’s interest for Irish railways expanded to rolling stock and architecture, especially on the former Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway. A retired Market and Consumer Research Consultant, Bob’s world railway journeys have taken him from the walls of Derry to the heights of Peru.

Alan O’Rourke

Editor of the New Irish Lines newsletter, Alan taught public health for over 20 years at Sheffield University. A member of the IRRS London Area since 1978, he has written many papers about railway history and has presented for the IRRS twice. Keen on model building, he also knew the publican featured in Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes.

Bill Allen

Former Chairman and President of the British Dental Association, Bill has been a member for over 15 years. His interest in locomotives led to his love of photography with his favourite station of Mullingar being of particular interest for family connections. Involved with cricket, golf and the arts, he was also responsible for approving EU memberships from 2004.

Diarmaid Cowhie

A financial analyst for CIÉ in Dublin, Diarmaid has been an active member of the IRRS London Area, setting up its website, organising talks and participating on the committee. Interested in the infrastructure of railways, his dream is to travel on a luxury train across India. He also supplied Game of Thrones with the mechanisation for their gory fight scenes.

Tim Morton 

Chair of the IRRS London Area, Tim is a retired transport consultant and has been a member since the 1970s. With a passion for steam locomotive performance he has travelled the world with a stopwatch and recorded steam loco performance on five continents.


Siobhan Osgood 

Siobhan is researching the architecture of the Great Northern Railway in Ireland for her PhD at Trinity College Dublin. Interested in the design and impact of the railways on Irish society, she has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall.