VoBR Film Night: the Day the S.S. ‘Great Britain’ Came Home @ The Berkeley Arms Hotel
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This is the story of the emotional day in 1970 when the SS Great Britain came home to its birthplace and the events leading up to its rescue. 

The first part of the evening is devoted to members’ short railway films

From Parkend to Cinderford, with Ian Pope @ Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Cafe
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A DFR event, this is an illustrated historical talk by Ian Pope. It is a glimpse into the future as much as the past because it covers the part of the DFR that is being extended northwards further into the Forest, with the ultimate goal of reaching Cinderford.

Midland Extremities’, with Terry Nicholls @ The Berkeley Arms Hotel
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From S&D to the S&C, Terry’s show comprises 200 slides starting with Templecombe to Bath and on to Mangotsfield & Bristol.  Bristol area scenes include Barrow Road Steam Shed & the Midland Main Line to Westerleigh.

The second part covers the Settle – Carlisle line with a mixture of steam and diesel workings.

The Well-Trained View: artists’ views of Victorian Railways @ Vale of Berkeley Railway
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Following his excellent talk on Gloucestershire railways, Tony Conder returns with this fascinating perspective of how the railways looked to artists of the day.  The talk covers information on travelling by train from the earliest days of rail travel to the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. Travel brought opportunities for all but introduced moral dilemmas about travelling together in carriages. This talk looks at manners, etiquette, rail safety  and how the Victorians developed rail travel.