Calendar

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.