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Speaker Meetings


Our programme for the forthcoming season is attached. programme 22 23

Things are returning to normal, following Lockdown and we are pleased to offer monthly meetings. Details are given in the programme but please note that we are recommencing live speaker meetings at our former venue, the Calthorpe Arms in central London, in November and December. Arrangements for the New Year will be announced later. The live November and December meetings will also be broadcast via Zoom for those unable to attend the Calthorpe Arms.

 If meetings are on Zoom, In order to use Zoom, those on the London Area e-mail list will be sent further details of how to join the meetings. 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. The next Events page will be updated if any changes occur and readers should check under this tab for the latest information at all times.



Thurs 8 December 2022

“Reflections on being CEO of Irish Rail” by Dick Fearn + AGM


Dick will reflect on his time with Iarnrod Eireann/Irish Rail, initially as Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2005, but more particularly as Chief Executive from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. Having previously spent 30 years with the railways in Britain before moving to Ireland, Dick recalls the very strong political support he found for the railways in Ireland, compared with the post-privatisation fragmentation of the rail industry in Britain. He will look back on the job satisfaction he gained from overseeing Irish Rail’s major growth and modernisation programme of the time, including the reopening of closed lines and greatly increasing the frequency and quality of service on others.

followed by the London Area AGM at 21.00


Thurs 19 January 2023

“Digitising the IRRS Archives + GNR(I) carriage design” by Richard McLachlan
Using archival carriage drawings

Richard spearheads the photographic digitisation of IRRS archives. He will explain the technical challenges and the use of modern camera technology to produce top-quality readable images, particularly of text and dimensions on old drawings when graphical standards were variable. He will then use internal papers passed between the General Manager and the Locomotive Superintendent to illustrate the design process for new carriages, followed by Diagrams and photographs of the resulting vehicles, including innovative internal features and the introduction of bogie coaches.

Thurs 16 February 2023

“On Tour with Lance King 1961-70” by Leslie McAllister

J15 No.125 at Ballybrophy on 1961 Joint Tour

Mainly photos taken on railtours starting the 1961 “All Ireland” tour, but covering other railway scenes along the way

Lance King left a collection of quality images. Tonight, Leslie bases his presentation on Lance’s coverage of railtours starting with the 1961 Joint Tour, then the 1964 tour, plus IRRS tours and the RBAIRS tour to Ballylinan. After 1964, Lance covered the early RPSI tours extensively, especially after 1968 when there was little or no main line steam in Great Britain. En route, Lance also photographed the modern railway evolving, and turned his camera away from steam on many occasions. The usual mix of steam, diesel and remarkable photography by the revered Founder of the London Area.

Thurs 16 March 2023

Our previously advertised speaker has withdrawn for family reasons. A replacement speaker and subject will be advertised soon.

Thurs 20 April 2023

“Rails through Connemara” by Jon Beaumont
The Galway – Clifden Line

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..

All meetings will be held from 19.00 – 21.45. 


IRRS (LONDON AREA) SALES STANDS featuring digitised Irish railway drawings

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition (NEC, Birmingham)

Sat 26 Nov (09.45 – 18.00) and Sun 27 Nov (09.45 – 17.00)

TRANSPORT COLECTORS’ MARKET (TCM) organised by the IRRS (London Area)
Chiswick Town Hall, West London: 
Our proposed March 2023 Market has been cancelled. Our next Market will be March 2024. 

See our website for further details