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2017/18 Events

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

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

Thursday 18th January 2018

“Port, Harbour and Military Railways” by Andrew Waldron

Andrew Waldron

Leading Irish Industrial Railway Historian, Andrew Waldron, looks at the Port and Harbour Railways of Ireland, including Dublin, Belfast and many other locations, followed by a focus
on various Military Railway applications from the 1880s to the 1990s.

He will use many rare and previously unseen photos, from the unique Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners
railway system and the Belfast Port and Dock Authority through to dozens of images showing the use of railways by the Military Authorities throughout Ireland.

A treasure trove!

Thursday 15th February 2018

“LUAS 14 years on” by Anthony McDonald

To mark the opening of LUAS in 2004, the IRRS published a special Journal describing its development. Anthony is an IRRS stalwart (Asst. Premises Manager at Heuston amongst other duties) and brings us up to date with operations and developments since – extensions to Brides Glen, The Point and Saggart, lengthened trams, accidents etc. and most recently the construction of tracks through the city centre to extend the Green Line to Broombridge.

LUAS has been embraced by Dubliners and has become an integral and vital part of city life.

Thursday 15th March 2018

“Further Tales of Irish Railway Travel in the mid-1950s” by Michael Davies

Michael Davies has made over 125 visits to Ireland. Tonight, he returns to recount further his early travels in Ireland, portraying just what it was like to be a young enthusiast in an unfamiliar land. He will dwell on his discovery of the SL&NCR in 1952 and his visits to the railways of Cork from 1956-62.

This will be followed by reflections on his long fascination with the Cavan & Leitrim Railway, including reminiscences from some of its great characters.

Thursday 19th April 2018

“The GNR(I) lines to Newcastle and Derry” by Charles Friel

Archivist, historian and RPSI activist, Charles Friel pays us another visit. He starts with lines closed in 1956 – an illustrated journey along the busy Belfast to Banbridge line, the cross-country extension to meet the BCDR at Newcastle and the sleepy branch to Scarva.

He will then present a recording of an evocative BBC NI television programme, largely based on the cine of the late Fred Cooper, made to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of the fondly-remembered former GN route from Portadown to Londonderry (Foyle Road) in 1965.