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    David Maidment “A professional railwayman in South Wales in the 1960s”

    March 6, 2017 - Author: Peter

    David Maidment “A professional railwayman in South Wales in the 1960s”

     

    David Maidment was appointed Stationmaster Aberbeeg after training as a WR ‘Traffic Apprentice’ in May 1964 during the changeover from steam to diesel traction, and moved in 1965 to be Area Manager Bridgend which included the Tondu and Llantrisant valleys as well as the main line.
    In 1967 he acted for short periods as both District Terminals and then Operating Officer at Swansea and was then four years as Divisional Train Planning Officer for the Cardiff Division.
    He later moved on to work at both WR and BRB HQ as Head
    of Productivity Services before becoming Chief Operating Manager LMR in 1982, the BRB ‘s first Reliability & Quality Manager in 1986 and Head of Safety Policy in 1990 after the Clapham Junction accident developing BR’s proactive safety management systems.

    He will give an illustrated talk, concentrating in particular on the South Wales elements of his work, although putting this in context of his overall career.

    David founded the Railway Children charity in 1995 and will bring some of his self-published and ‘Pen & Sword ‘ books he has authored, and will offer these at 20% discount with all the profit being donated to the charity.

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    Both Society Members and Non Members are welcome to attend our meetings, and tea or coffee is provided free of charge during the interval.
    Entry is free for Members on production of a current Membership card, and a donation of £2.00 is requested for Non Members.

    Meetings are held at the Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr Cardiff, CF15 8DF
    (Adjacent to the junction of Park Road and the main road through Radyr.)
    Doors open from 19.00, meetings commence at 19.30
    Members – Free, visitors – £2.00 donation
    Complimentary tea or coffee during the interval.

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    RCTS South Wales

    February 20, 2016 - Author: Peter
    Railway Correspondence and Travel Society S. Wales

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    Stephen Gay
    “Railways in the Cornish Landscape”

    March 9th 2016

    The Old Church Rooms, Park Road,
    Radyr, Cardiff, CF15 8DF

    Stephen will give his own Yorkshire take on this subject with his own illustrations, anecdotes and (probably) poems; not to be missed.

    “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again …”
    That classic opening line from REBECCA the romantic suspense novel by Daphne DuMaurier

    “Last night I dreamt I went on the sleeping car train to Penzance again…”.
    The opening line from RAILWAYS IN A CORNISH LANDSCAPE a slide show by Stephen Gay .

    Join Stephen and his faithful German Shepherd dog WRAWBY on their journeys and adventures exploring the railways of Cornwall.
    Using recently taken slides, this presentation will also include historical information, a few poetry readings and many laughs along the way!
    WRAWBY will not be present at the show , but will appear on a few pictures.

    This show will include the Calstock / Gunnislake , Looe , Fowey and Newquay branch, not forgetting the main line to Truro, where this show will finish.

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    Both Society Members and Non Members are welcome to attend our meetings, and tea or coffee is provided free of charge during the interval.

    Entry is free for Members on production of a current Membership card, and a donation of £2.00 is requested for Non Members.

    Meetings are held at the Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr Cardiff, CF15 8DF
    (Adjacent to the junction of Park Road and the main road through Radyr.)

    Doors open from 19.00, meetings commence at 19.30
    Members – Free, visitors – £2.00 donation
    Complimentary tea or coffee during the interval.

    rcts_south_wales@yahoo.co.uk

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    Railway Correspondence & Travel Society South Wales

    January 14, 2016 - Author: Peter

    Railway Correspondence and Travel Society S. Wales

    February 10th 2016

    Noel Thompson – “An SLS/Alan Jarvis Evening of Photographs”

    No introduction necessary for Noel, he was our branch secretary for many years, tonight he has been given access to the evocative photographs of the late Alan Jarvis.

    5317 at Canton Shed in 1953

    5317 at Canton Shed in 1953

    “AN SLS/ALAN JARVIS EVENING OF PHOTOGRAPHS
    In the words of the Hennessey’s song title, Alan was Cardiff born and Cardiff bred and lived for most of his life in the Victoria Park area of the city. He was a prolific and distinguished photographer and following his death in 2014 his collection was given to the Stephenson Locomotive Society. We are able to enjoy tonight’s selection of photographs from Alan’s collection thanks to the agreement of the SLS.
    Alan’s ashes were scattered near the railway at St Fagans, a favourite location of his, and our journey begins and ends there. The majority of tonight’s photographs were taken in South Wales, but we will also travel to North and West Wales as well as a number of locations over the border. The photographs in the first half are almost all taken in the 1950s and are in black and white which gives us the opportunity to see a number of pre-grouping locomotive classes at work. The second half will feature colour photographs from the 1960s. Some of the photographs are familiar to the presenter from Alan’s published work, most are not.
    Not all the pictures are of trains. Railway infrastructure and trams and trolleybuses will also be seen. I am confident that everyone will enjoy the evening as much as I have had in choosing what to include.”

    Noel Thompson

     

    Both Society Members and Non Members are welcome to attend our meetings, and tea or coffee is provided free of charge during the interval.

    Entry is free for Members on production of a current Membership card, and a donation of £2.00 is requested for Non Members.

    Meetings are held at the Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr Cardiff, CF15 8DF
    (Adjacent to the junction of Park Road and the main road through Radyr.)

    Doors open from 19.00, meetings commence at 19.30
    Members – Free, visitors – £2.00 donation

    Complimentary tea or coffee during the interval.

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    Great Western Upgrade + Inter City Express Project

    June 7, 2015 - Author: Peter

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    Wednesday 10th June – 19:30

    The Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF,

    Stuart Baker will speak at the RCTS meeting about the upgrading and electrification of the Great Western mainline, and the Inter City Express Programme.
    Both Society Members and Non Members are welcome to attend our meetings, and tea or coffee is provided free of charge during the interval.
    Entry is free for Members on production of a current Membership card, and a donation of £2.00 is requested for Non Members.

    http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/south_wales/
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    https://www.facebook.com/RCTSSW

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    RCTS Wed 8th April “My Travels in 2014 – John Day”

    March 21, 2015 - Author: Peter
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    66730 at Ipswich
    14 September 2011
    John Day

    The next monthly talk by the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (South Wales), will be on 8th April 2015

    “A Year in my Life – My Travels in 2014 — John Day”

    All RCTS talks are held at :-
    The Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF

    and start at 19:30 (doors open 19:00)

    Both Society Members and Non Members are welcome to attend our meetings, and tea or coffee is provided free of charge during the interval.

    Entry is free for Members on production of a current Membership card, and a donation of £2.00 is requested for Non Members.

    southwales@rcts.org.uk or RCTSSW@gmail.com
    http://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/south_wales/index.htm
    Facebook – http://tinyurl.com/lh2z9vk

     

     

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    A Musical Harvest Bunch

    October 10, 2014 - Author: Gareth Morlais

    Live music: there’s a concert to celebrate the new harvest at St John’s Church Hall Danescourt on Saturday 11 Oct at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 with £3 concessions. Details from 02920 568629

     

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    Radyr Cour Road Saved

    July 30, 2014 - Author: Gareth Morlais

    Here’s a message from Simon Field, who led the effort to stop the development of a housing estate o Radyr Court Rd. It seems the scheme was eventually blocked on grounds of safety. He writes:
    “I am delighted to inform you that the appeal has been rejected by the planning inspector.
    “Whilst the Inspector found that ‘the proposed development would not harm the open space resource in the surrounding area’, she did conclude that ‘there would be some detriment to the character and appearance of Radyr Court Road but not sufficient to be decisive by itself’.

    “Her decision to dismiss the appeal rested on her main conclusion that ‘the proposal would have a significant detrimental impact on highway safety’.

    “The full report from the Planning Inspector will be posted on the web site later today.

    I’d like to thank you for your support over these past several years.  It is clear that the strong local opposition to this proposed development was heard by the Council’s Planning Committee, and the Inspector clearly noted the written and oral representations made during the appeal.

    With kind regards,

    Simon

    Simon Field

    www.saveradyrcourtroad.org.uk

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    Radyr Court Road planning appeal inspector site visit

    June 7, 2014 - Author: Gareth Morlais

    Many readers will be aware of the plans to build new homes on the green land of Radyr Court Road by Nabatean Ltd.

    The aptly-named Simon Field of the Save Radyr Court Road group has written to say that the Planning Inspector appointed to make the final decision will visit the site at 2pm on Thursday 12th June 2014. He invites residents who oppose the plans to meet him at 2pm on the same day at the bottom of Spooky Lane at the end of Radyr Court Road.

    The visit follows the planning inquiry conducted over two days in City Hall, Cardiff, in May.

    Simon says that “counsel for the owners of the land emphasised that the path that runs from the end of Radyr Court Road (by the gates across ‘Spooky Lane’) across the land towards Radyr Woods is not a right of way, and as it is entirely privately owned, it can be closed at any time (but) we believe that continuous open access for the length of that path has existed for a very long time – certainly more than 20 years.”

    Looking ahead to the site visit, Simon adds: “Whilst we are asked not to enter into any debate regarding evidence, we are allowed to point things out to the inspector. So we would like a good turnout of local residents, to demonstrate the strength of feeling against the planning application, and to highlight how much we value and make use of the land and its various footpaths.”
    If you want to go along to the appeal inspector’s site visit, go to the bottom of Spooky Lane at the end of Radyr Court Road at 2pm on Thursday 12th June 2014.

     

    Photo from Simon Field's http://www.saveradyrcourtroad.org.uk website

    Photo from Simon Field’s http://www.saveradyrcourtroad.org.uk website

    Cross-posted on LlandafPost.

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