Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

Our meetings are held at The Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, CF15 8DF and start at 19:30. Doors open 19:00

Entrance is FREE for RCTS members and a donation of £2 is requested for non members.

Tea and coffee is provided


12th October 2016

David Cross “An Evening with my Father’s slides: a 1960’s Journey around the M25”



Starting at Paddington David Cross takes us around a virtual M25 from Western Region to Southern Region
to the Eastern Region and back to Euston , no more than 5 miles from Paddington via the London Midland Region.

Virtual M25 why ? , well all the colour slides were taken by his late Father Derek Cross between 1958 and 1968 long before the M25 was even thought of ! Mostly steam early diesels do appear and his son David thinks an electric as well !


9th November 2016

Pete Berry “The Robert Whitfield Collection: UK Steam 1948 – 1958”

The Robert Whitfield Collection; UK steam 1948-1958’ consists of two halves of 80 images per half, the high quality digital images create much interest and comment, in fact each time I do the show I see something different or someone in the audience highlights a new discussion point.

100a The Mid Day Scot is about to soak the photographer at Moor Troughs.

No definite date available for this one…..I

The show consists mainly of images taken around the Manchester area (but certainly not all) before and after the Nationalisation period, when different motive power and liveries were experimented with.

Robert also travelled by train to the Southern, Eastern and Western regions. Many classes of locomotives (action and static) are shown, including some rare shots!

178bbb 62652 on a Chester to Manchester Central stopper in the Delamere Forest, March 1953.

Audience Feedback from Cornwall to Yorkshire indicate a show not to be missed.

14th December 2016

David Lewis “The Port Talbot Railway: A History”

The fully illustrated talk will be a chronological account of the railway with emphasis on its origins and its impact on the communities it served.


Port Talbot Railway &Docks Company

There will also be information re the major engineering works along the line and the range of locomotives used by the company.
To conclude there will be a brief survey of the enduring impact of a bygone railway on the present-day landscape.


Chairman : Peter Fortune
Branch Secretary: Stuart Warr
email: southwales@rcts.org.uk or peter.fortuneuk@gmail.com
tel:07963 439903


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Find Us

The Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, CF15 8DF, are an 11 minute walk away from Radyr Railway Station, from where there are frequent  trains.

The nearest bus stop is immediately outside the Old Church Rooms.

If travelling by car, the Old Church Rooms has its own car park.

Author: Peter

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  1. Good Evening
    I’m trying to find out what happened to the railway photographs taken by the late Derek Cross and note that his son, David Cross, gave a presentation of his father’s slides to you in 2016. He took some colour photos at Oxted, Surrey, in BR days, prints of which I’d very much like to obtain. Any assistance gratefully received. Please reply to my e-mail address.
    Brian Kidman

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