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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

Due to restructuring of the central London bus network, two bus routes passing by or close to the Calthorpe Arms have been changed and are no longer a useful means of getting to our meetings.

 Route 45 (King’s Cross – Clapham Park) no longer serves Gray’s Inn Road. It has been curtailed to operate between the Elephant & Castle and Clapham Park only. 

 Route 341 (Waterloo – Angel Road) used to pass through the junction between Gray’s Inn Road and Theobald’s Road. It has now been diverted away from that location (to a more direct route).

Other routes in the vicinity remain unchanged.
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Thursday 13 February 2020
“A Life on The Railways of County Laois” by Sean Cain

Sean Cain

Co. Laois now has more railway operators than any other county including Irish Rail, Bord na Móna, Stradbally Woodland Railway and a private railway. Enthusiast and railway employee, Sean Cain, illustrates all of these as he describes his journey from childhood memories in the 1980’s at Portarlington (A Class, C Class, RPSI specials), watching turf handling at Garryhinch on BnM, volunteering at Stradbally, and to his professional employment as a fitter and relief maintenance planner at the Laois Traincare Depot for the ICR Fleet.

Thursday 12 March 2020
“More Traveller’s Tales from (nearly) Seventy years ago” by Michael Davies

One of the London Area’s favourite raconteurs, Michael will continue the story of his unrepeatable journeys by rail, while describing an Ireland almost forgotten. Since his first visit in 1951, he has visited Ireland 136 times. His remarkable early visits are still fresh in the memory – when he travelled from Tooban Junction in the north to Baltimore in the south, from Howth in the east to Dingle in the west. Covering rail-less areas relied on the generosity of the (then) very occasional motorist while some of the hotels he used were stories in themselves.

Thursday 2 April 2020
“Last Glimpses of the Traditional Railway in Northern Ireland and Securing the Future” by Derek Young

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. Tonight Derek presents an evening of photographic memories with many previously unseen glimpses of the 1960’s in rarely photographed areas of the former Great Northern, NCC and Co Down.


Saturday 14 March 2020
11.00 – 15.00 at Chiswick Town Hall (west London)

The London Area of the IRRS runs this popular event, now in its 41st season, to be held in Chiswick Town Hall (west London) from 11.00 – 15.00 on Saturday 14th March 2020.
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.