Railway Correspondence & Travel Society South Wales

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

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.

Author: Peter

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