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** NORTH MIDLANDS AREA GROUP SCHEME

The Society would like to establish a Midlands area group to replace the recently defunct Staffordshire area group, and David Jones has offered to co-ordinate efforts. Anybody interested in helping and/or attend meetings is invited to contact David.

It would be useful to know which centres people might be able to attend (Stoke, Stafford, Uttoxeter, Burton, Derby and Lichfield are suggestions) and how much per meeting you would think it worth contributing to meet costs. It is possible that joint meetings with another Society could be a way forward – any suggestions would be appreciated. David can be contacted on email at davidandrosjones@hotmail.co.uk or at 22 Maple Close, Doveridge, Ashbourne DE6 5LU

 

East Anglia Group

(Supporting the Welsh Highland Railway Society)

David Gander  dh.gander@virgin.net


NGRS members are welcome to attend the Welsh Highland Railway Society meetings (East Anglia Group) held at: 

The Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH.

We meet up any time after 6-6.30pm as an evening meal is available in the restaurant or bar at reasonable prices. (Fulbourn is easily accessible from the A14 and M11 and is served from Cambridge by Stagecoach bus Citi 1 Note: Bus runs every 30 minutes. Car parking can be busy at the pub, but there is space available on Church Lane, a 3-5 minute walk away).

Meetings start around 8pm with a halfway break for coffee (1.20 per person), and we finish around 10pm. There is a charge of 2 per meeting (3 for non-members). We usually meet on the third Thursday of the month (except for December, which tends to vary), with a break for January and between June and September (inclusive).

 

Lincolnshire Area Narrow Gauge Group

(Click for branch web-site & program)

Tim Hudson

52 Long Leys Road, Lincoln, LN1 1DR 

e-mail: ngrs(at)photrek.co.uk

 

Meetings : Meetings are now held in the ‘Function Room’ at the ‘Golden Eagle’, 21 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 8BD commencing at 7.30pm (room available from 7.00pm) and finishing by 10.00pm. Non-members are welcome.

 

Program 2017 -18:

January 10th 2018 -  Members Slides of 2017 continued

February 14th - 'Videos from Darjeeling': Peter Barnes

April 11th - 'Sentinels from Sri Lanka': Harry (& Sam?) Billmore

June 13th - 'Quarries & Tramways of the Yorkshire Dales part two': Stewart Liles

August 8th - 'Slates from Dinorwic & Nantlle': Andrew Neale TBC

September 12th - Meeting TBC

October 10th - 'Industrials in B&W'- a continuation of 'Hand, Hoof & Rope': Adrian Foster

December 12th - AGM & Slides of 2018

 

 North Staffs &

Sth Cheshire Area

Peter Moore      

Tel: 07824-340777  

email; peter.loxx(at)gmail.com

 

NOTE:  Sadly this group has now closed. However, if a member or members would like to take up the role of group organiser or secretary, we would be happy to pass on the baton, the contact lists and so forth. We thank everyone who was able to enjoy the talks we organised this year for their support.  

From Peter Sladen and Peter Moore

 

For more information please contact Peter Moore above.

London & Southern Area

Peter Lemmey

82 Etheldene Ave, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3QB

e-mail: peterlemmey(at)waitrose.com

 

Meetings are held on Monday evenings at The Model Railway Club, Keen House, Calshot Street, London N1 and are run jointly with the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway. The venue is a few minutes walk from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. Refreshments are on sale from the bar, and there is a bookstall.  All members and friends are most welcome.

Programmes now begin at 7.00pm and finish by 9.30 pm with an interval of half an hour.

Program 2017 -18:

Monday 8 January 2018  Adrian Garner : Monorails of the 19th Century

Adrian's book on this topic is well-known; his illustrated talk will include the Listowel & Ballybunion but as well cover many other steam monorails including the Boynton, Meigs, Bradford & Foster Brook etc.

Monday 12 February  The Leighton Buzzard Railway: Tony Tomkins

Tony will bring us up to date on recent developments on Buzzrail and its interesting plans for the future; he is a long-time vice president of the railway.

Monday 12 March   Welshpool & Llanfair Update : Geoff Gaunlett

More insights into life on the W&L over the last year or two. Geoff  makes a hands-on contribution to running the line from the footplate, and his digital reports on progress are always fascinating.

Monday 9 April  Michael Reilly : Sweat, Sugar and Shays - Narrow Gauge Railways of Taiwan

There were once over 4000km of narrow gauge (sub 3ft 6in) lines in Taiwan, over 1300 km on gauges less than 2ft. Today, barely 5% remains. Michael will combine a historical overview with more recent developments.

The April meeting will be the last in the current series.

The London and Southern Area's next meetings season will begin in October 2018. The programme will be published in NGN and online in due course.

 

Wessex

 

NGRS members are welcome to attend the Welsh Highland Railway Society (Wessex Group meetings, held at The Flowerpots Inn, Cheriton, Hampshire.

 

The pub has its own microbrewery attached, and serves good food.

 

See Meeting Dates (Welsh Highland Railway Society Website link) for contacts and other details etc.

 

Yorkshire

Rod Tickner

email: yngrs(at)tickneronline.co.uk

 

Meetings : Held on Thursday evenings, starting at 7.30pm in the Epicentre at the Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, LS7 2QG (Tel: 0113 262 9759)

The building is open from 7.00 pm - donation please of 2 to cover expenses. Light refreshments are available at 50p.

 2017/2018 Meetings

4 Jan

AGM - Tramways Around the British Isles Since 1945

John Meredith 

1 Feb

Recent Travels in Europe and the U.K.

Mike Swift

1 March

Quarries & Tramways of the Yorkshire Dales part two

Stewart Liles 

5 April

North Wales Slate. Dinorwic & Nantlle

 Andrew Neale

3 May

Brick & Tile Works of Yorkshire & Humberside

Geoff Hankin 

Note:: NGRS Local Area Groups are generally run by NGRS members and are not managed by, nor form part of, Narrow Gauge Railway Society Company Limited by Guarantee.

OTHER MEETINGS

 

Members are cordially invited to attend the meetings of: 

Stephenson Locomotive Society (Kendal) and Kent & East Sussex Railway group at Ashford (Kent).

 

Malvern Narrow Gauge Group is an open group in the Hereford & Worcester area. Their contact is Bill Burton / Morris Portsmouth Tel: 01684-567928 / 592079 and at June 2017 their meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of alternate months (Feb/Apr etc) in the United Reformed Church Hall, Malvern Link, just down from railway station at 8:00 pm. All NG enthusiasts are welcome.

 


 

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