Railway Studies 2
1st Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00
No Fixed Venue
Railway Studies Group 2 has been running since April 2017 in close cooperation with Group 1. Most years several successful talks from one group are repeated for the other group.
There are 8 regular members, one of whom usually brings along a model and explains the history of the class - all manner of Southern and London North Eastern classes have been particular favourites. We update ourselves on local railway matters, such as the recently the collapse of the embankments near Edenbridge, for example.
Members are always encouraged to bring along for discussion a piece of railway ephemera, or a cutting, or a story they have read, though this is not compulsory.
Each meeting will have a major focus, the usual idea being someone gives a talk of about 45 minutes to an hour. Recent topics have included the Harz Mountain Railway (linked to a U3A visit to Germany), the Tattenham Corner line, Railway hotels, the Immingham Docks of the Great Central, the British Transport Police and semaphore signals from the north-west to the south-east of England. Talks are usually supported by a series Powerpoint photos using the TV screen. It's an eclectic mix, naturally dependent on the will and time of the members.
Until this year, we have had the joy of visiting a member's Great Railway Garden layout for one of our outdoor summer meetings and have enjoyed the rock cakes provided.