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.