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Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri

Welsh Highland Railway Society

Group Information:

North Wales Group
West Midland Group
South West Group
East Anglian Group
Wessex Group
Heritage Group

West Midland Group

Contact: Mike Hadley, Round Hill, Stock Green, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6TB

Tel: 01386 792877    Fax: 01386 792080   e-mail: mike@mandhhadley.co.uk

MEETINGS 2016/7      

Meetings are held at (A) Dennis Carson Room, Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close (off Oak Tree Lane), Bournville, Birmingham B30 1UA or (B) other location mentioned in the text.
Please contact Mike Hadley for any further information.
Unless otherwise stated, meetings start at 7.30 pm and end at about 10.00 pm.

Remainder of 2016:

(A) Thursday 20th October:  ‘The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, from Preservation to Today’ by Richard Perkins:  This is a talk about the line since preservation from the earliest days to the Broadway extension, including an insight into future developments.

(A) Thursday 17th November: ‘The History of the Cromford and High Peak Railway’ by Brian Sullivan:  This is part one of the history of the line, which is expected to run to four parts.  One of the most fascinating lines in the country which one nineteenth century writer described as “the skyscraping High Peak Railway, with its corkscrew curves that seem to have been laid out by a mad Archimedes endeavouring to square the circle”.

December: No meeting


(A) Thursday 19th January: ‘Chemins de Fer du Calvados’ by Peter Lee. The Chemins de Fer du Calvados was a 600mm network serving Falaise, Arromanches, Ouistreham, Bayeux, Caen and other towns in Normandy. Much of it closed in the 1930s but parts survived until the D Day Landings, when tanks destroyed much of the track. The first train of the day on 6th June 1944 reached Luc sur Mer, at one end of Sword beach, never to complete its journey. At its height the system extended to 234 kilometres.

(B) 3.00 pm Saturday 11th February: Members’ Social and Annual General Meeting at Round Hill, Stock Green, Redditch. Wives/husbands/partners welcome. Bring some food and, if you have some, bring your railway slides. Nominations for the committee either before the AGM (in writing to the address at the bottom of this page) or at the AGM. (If you are coming Mike Hadley would appreciate a ‘phone call first in order to ascertain numbers)

(A) Thursday 16th March: ‘The Great Western Society’s Steam Railmotor’ by Peter Jennings of the Great Western Society. This locomotive (is that the correct description?) was built in 1908 and restoration was completed in 2011. Peter will take us through its history, how it works and its post-restoration trips including the Looe and Brentford Branches.

(A) Thursday April 13th: ‘Trains in 2016’ by Dave Waldren. Dave’s films are legendary, both for the content and the film quality. This will be no exception. Featuring our own WHR trips to Chasewater and Amerton, also covering special events at Fairbourne, Corris and more in the first half, and after tea, Rio Grande steam on the Cumbres and Toltec and Durango and Silverton 3 foot gauge railroads in Colorado, USA.

(A) Thursday May 18th: ‘The New LMS Patriot Project The Unknown Warrior’ by Richard Sant of the LMS-Patriot Project. This is the story of the Baby Scots and the project to build a new one. The original locomotives were designed by Sir Henry Fowler and went into service from 1930 onwards and all were scrapped at the end of steam.
(A) Thursday 15th June: ‘Fifty Years a Railwayman’ by Adrian Shooter. After a career in the upper echelons of British Rail, Adrian became the chairman of Chiltern Railways (a post which he held until 2011), and is of course, owner of the Indian themed 2ft gauge Beeches Light Railway which runs around his house in Oxfordshire. I believe he is currently chairman of Vivarail. This you really should not miss!

Further information: Mike Hadley, Round Hill, Stock Green, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6TB
Tel: 01386 792877/07860 828876    e-mail: mike@mandhhadley.co.uk                                               

Group Activities - follow this link to see a collection of photographs taken over the years during Group activities 

 West Midlands Group paint the water tank at Rhyd Ddu

The West Midland Group funded a replica replacement Lamp Hut at Beddgelert. The Group laid the concrete base and has ordered the building from Buildings Bespoke of Hereford (the same company that supplied the waiting shelter at Pont Croesor).  The building was installed in the Spring of 2011

The original hut was supposedly used for the storage of lamp oil, but there is evidence that an extra layer of concrete was added to the floor after the railway's closure. The extra floor had a trough running end to end with a drain at one end. There is speculation that it may have been used as a slaughterhouse by a local farmer.

The new hut is used for general storage.

Cymdeithas Rheilffordd Eryri is a Registered Charity, №1094938

All content webmasters or as indicated - This page updated 6th October 2016  by David Tidy