The Hixon Railway Disaster with Richard Freeman @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
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.

Heritage Railways of NZ and Australia @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
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.

Being a Railwayman in the 1960s and 1970s with Gordon Ferris @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Gordon is a VoBR member and volunteer. His 37 years railway career started in 1963 as a Junior Porter on Wigan North Western station and ended in 2000 as Managing Consultant of his own railway contracting company. His experience covers Railway Signalling, Station Supervision, Area and Regional Operations and Traincrew Management and Railways Board Senior Safety Auditor and Accident Investigator.
He will talk about his first 10 years as a railwayman taken from his Kindle e-Book which is a recommended read as all sales profits go to VoBR.

During the evening we usually have a break for a raffle and is an opportunity to get a drink.


Building ‘The Unknown Warrior’ Patriot Project- Kevin West @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kevin West is the chief engineer of the Patriot project, an inspiring project to build a new LMS Patriot class 4-6-0 as a memorial locomotive to the war dead. Kevin has supervised every stage of the build so it will be a fascinating insight into how to go about such a challenging project. Don’t miss it!

Donations collected will be divided equally between VoBR and the Patriot Project

The Hereford, Ross and Gloucester with Dr Martin Connopprice @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Martin’s presentation will start with the early history of this IK Brunel line before taking the audience on a journey from Gloucester to Ross and Hereford – an attractive route which was sadly terminated by Dr.Beeching in 1964. There will also be some observations on the 19th century broad gauge/ standard gauge debate. There will be a very brief glimpse of the line from Ross to Lydbrook, which provided the last freight traffic through Ross, and a few photos of locations along the line as they are today.

Rebuilding Broadway Station, with Jo Roesen @ Berkeley Arms Hotel
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come and hear Jo talk about how they rebuilt the station, the trials and tribulations and the eventual reopening to traffic.