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Speaker Meetings

We have arranged a full season of monthly talks but due to Covid-19, the October, November and December talks will be delivered online at 19.00 on the dates given.

Those on the London Area e-mail list will be sent further details of how to join the meetings, which will be on Zoom. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please apply to . Codes and joining instructions will be e-mailed shortly before each talk. Please also check our website for any updates to this programme.

ONLINE MEETING Thursday 10 Dec 2020 “With Lance King in Ulster” by Leslie McAllister + London Area AGM
Lance King
                                              Leslie McAllister  &   the late Lance KingAX32 WebWarrenpoint, three different classes of  GNR(I) 4-4-0s prior to hauling their return trains to Portadown and Belfast on Sunday 26 June 1960″. Lance King Collection, Copyright IRRS

London Area Committee member, Leslie McAllister, pays a further tribute to our late founder Chairman, Lance King, with Lance’s photographs taken in the North of Ireland in the last years of steam. The 1960s saw a halving of Ulster’s railway mileage, but not before Lance faithfully recorded the Great Northern route to Derry; the Warrenpoint Branch; steam hauled passenger and goods trains on both the GNR and NCC main lines; daily steam suburban trains into Belfast and the last vestiges of the Donegal narrow gauge lines. 2020 marks fifty years since the end of mainline steam traction in Northern Ireland and Leslie will mark that anniversary by following Lance as he recorded the famous Stone Trains helping to build a motorway. A heady mixture of nostalgia!

followed by the London Area AGM at 21.00

It has not yet been decided whether to hold our January – April meetings physically or online. Please consult our website for an update on the situation.

Thursday 21 Jan 2021 “Irish Ambulance Trains of the Great War” by Charles Friel
CPF on 186 14-03-2020small - photo by Westway Productions  Great War Ambulance Train No 13 approaches Omagh on 1st May 1915 - photo by Norman Holland

Irish railway preservationist, photographer, and author, Charles P Friel brings us his researches into No 13 Ambulance Train, provided by the GNR(I) and No 14 Ambulance Train, provided by the GSWR. The talk includes details of the vehicles involved and their adaptation using many rarely (if ever) seen photographs and drawings as well as Charles’ researches into the trains’ hitherto almost-unknown movements. The talk includes details of how the vehicles were used back in ‘civvie street’, including some reused in a World War II Ambulance Train.

Thursday 11 Feb 2021 – Speaker to be Advised

Thurs 11 Mar 2021 – Speaker to be Advised

Thursday 22 Apr 2021 “Rails through Connemara” by Jon Beaumont
Jon Beaumont The-Connemara-Railway-1895-1935-5The-Connemara-Railway-1895-1935-2
Lifetime enthusiast, preservationist and author, Jon Beaumont, draws from his recent book about the life and times of the shortlived Galway-Clifden line, open from 1895-1935, setting it in the economic and social circumstances of the time. The line was opened to support (abortive) plans for a major fishing industry and a transatlantic shipping terminal at Clifden. Compounded by the burning down of the railway hotel at Recess in the ‘Troubles’, the line struggled to an early demise, even though it had stimulated early development of a local tourist industry. Jon will show many rare photos.

** talk rescheduled from our 2019-20 programme


We regret that our Market planned for March 2021 has been cancelled due to Covid-19