Calendar

Dec
21
Thu
Dursley Branch Retrospective – Peter Morris @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

DursleyBranchVoBR Member Peter Morris gives us a retrospective look at this lovely and long-gone Midland Railway branch line from Coaley Jct to Dursley in pictures and video.

Below: Map of the branch line

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Above: Coaley Junction

Below: Dursley Station

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During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held.

 

Jan
18
Thu
The Severn & Wye Railway – Ian Pope @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

SevernAndWyeRailwayIan is a widely acknowledged expert on our railway and his book on the Severn & Wye Railway is appreciated as a very comprehensive history of the line. This facsinating illustrated talk will cover the history from its inception up to the present day. Not to be missed – vital education for us all!

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held.

Feb
21
Wed
The Somerset & Dorset Railway from the Air @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

SomersetAndDorsetRailwayAnother in the excellent series of Rich Kelsey’s popular talks, this time showing aerial and other views of how the S&DR route looks today from above.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held.

Please note this is on a Wednesday not a Thursday.

 

Mar
22
Thu
Film Night: The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Filmed at the now closed Longmoor Military Railway, this 1966 film is a lot of fun with lots of nostalgic shots of classic cars and WD locos.

We might also show some Youtube footage of the LMR in action.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held.

Apr
19
Thu
‘It’s a Mystery to Me’ with Iain Mac Call @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

LocoIntIain McCall is the publisher of Locomotives International magazine, shows us some of the Mystery (and Mysterious!) pictures which have appeared in LI over the years. Come along for an entertaining evening looking at the lighter side of railways around the world.

 

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated, and a raffle is held.

May
17
Thu
The Clifton Rocks Railway, with Maggie Shapland @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Maggie will talk about her role as the restoration officer, refurbishing Clifton Rocks Railway since 2005.

The Railway ran from 1893 to 1934 (going bankrupt in 1908 and 1934). It is in a 500′ skewed tunnel on a 1 in 2 gradient. It was then converted for wartime use as overnight shelters, a barrage balloon section, and a BBC transmitting station. This involved building lots of wartime structures on top of the railway lines.

She has recently written a book ‘The Ups and Downs of Clifton Rocks Railway and the Clifton Spa’, the last chapter dealing with conservation versus restoration.

People who have never been inside often want the railway to run again, but the wartime story is as important as the railway story.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held

Jun
21
Thu
The Hixon Railway Disaster with Richard Freeman @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This is the first talk Richard Freeman has given since the publication of this book and not to be missed.

Richard tells the fascinating but horrifying story of the first railway incident to lead to a Parliamentary Court of Enquiry since the Tay Bridge disaster.

Using previous undisclosed information, he casts new light not only on this terrible event itself but also the cover-ups in BR and the government and discusses how close we came to many other similar accidents on level crossings in the 1960s.
“It reads like a detective novel”.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated and a raffle is held.

Jul
19
Thu
Heritage Railways of NZ and Australia @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

RailwaysNZandAusVoBR volunteer Dave Stevenson has visited a lot if not all the heritage and steam railways down under. In this fascinating talk, he gives us a tour, accompanied with video clips of his favourite heritage railway places.

During the evening we usually break for tea and biscuits, where a donation is appreciated, and a raffle is held.