Railway Correspondence and Travel Society



September 14th 2016


Mike Beale (of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust)
“The End of the Line June 1965 to March 1966 and the Aftermath”

After many years of decline and neglect, the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway, which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branches to Burnham-on-Sea, Wells and Bridgwater, finally closed to passengers in 1966. The illustrated talk has been developed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this significant event and chronicles the life of the railway from publication of the closure notice in June 1965, through the false closure in January 1966, the subsequent emergency timetable, to the final weekend of 5th & 6th March 1966 and immediate aftermath.

The presenter, Mike Beale is descended from 3 generations of S&D railwaymen and is a Director of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust. The Trust is based at Washford on the West Somerset Railway, where it has a museum, shop and restoration workshops. Activities are planned throughout 2016 to commemorate the anniversary. For further information, visit www.sdrt.org.

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”

14th December 2016

David Lewis “The Port Talbot Railway: A History”

Our meetings are held at :-
The Old Church Rooms, Park Road Radyr CF15 8DF.

Doors open at 7.00 p.m. – Meetings start at 7.30 p.m.

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

Complimentary Tea and coffee.

We also have a free mailing list, which contains items of railway interest, relevant to South Wales.

Contact Peter Fortune peter.fortuneuk@gmail.com or rctssw@gmail.com for more details



Author: Peter

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