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 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
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.