Next Events

All meetings are from 19.00 – 21.45 in Central London in the Function Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR

This room is accessible by stairs only and a selection of Irish transport books is usually on sale.

Entry is £3 members, £5 non-members (£3 in December only). The non-member entry fee is refunded if you join the Society on the night.

Download the IRRS London Area Programme 2019-2020

The best buses to the Calthorpe Arms are the 17 from and to Kings Cross and London Bridge and the 46 from and to Kings Cross and St Bartholomews Hospital. Alight at the Guilford Street bus stop
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Thursday 2 April 2020
“Last Glimpses of the Traditional Railway in Northern Ireland and Securing the Future” by Derek Young

BR Platforms (1)Derek Young (author of Ulster Transport Authority in Colour) experienced the 1960’s railway scene. Steam locomotives gave way to diesel railcars; traditional signal cabins gave way to colour-light signals, lines closed, freight disappeared. But it was also a decade in which the foundations were laid for today’s immensely successful Northern Ireland Railways.

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Derek would have presented an evening of photo memories with many previously unseen glimpses of the 1960’s in rarely photographed areas of the former Great Northern, NCC and Co Down.

We hope to re-schedule Derek in the forthcoming 2020-21 programme




 Speaker Meetings

 We have fixed dates for next season’s meetings as follows  :

All from 19.00 – 21.45, Function Room, Calthorpe Arms
252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR

Thursday 15 October 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020

Thursday 10 December 2020

Thursday 14 January 2021

Thursday 11 February 2021

Thursday 11 March 2021

Thursday 22 April 2021

We will announce speakers and subjects later in the summer, but it is likely that we will invite the speakers from the cancelled last two meetings of this season,

Michael Davies and Derek Young.


Saturday 13th March 2021
10.30 – 15.00 at Chiswick Town Hall (west London)

The London Area of the IRRS runs this popular event, now in its 42nd season, to be held in Chiswick Town Hall (west London) from 10.30 – 15.00 on Saturday 13th March 2021.
The Hall is accessible by London Underground (Chiswick Park or Gunnersbury), London Overground (Gunnersbury), South Western Railway (Chiswick or Kew Bridge) or bus.

30 sales stands selling a huge range of transport items: books, magazines, maps, photos, Irish railway drawings, DVDs, timetables, postcards, models, specialist publications and lots more.