IRRS LONDON AREA
During the winter months, the London Area of the
IRRS provides a welcoming forum in England for those who are interested in
Irish transport, particularly railways.
Speaker meetings are
from 19.00 – 21.45. A wide selection of Irish transport books, DVDs and
ephemera is usually on sale. Entry is £3 for IRRS members; £3 (January
2015) or £5 (all other months) for non- members but refunded if you join
the Society on the night.
Change of Venue
Oct & Nov
Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR
Room, Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, LONDON WC1N 3ES
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Irish steam alive - the work of Heritage Engineering Ireland"
Peter has been
Locomotive Officer and Board member of the RPSI since 1973. He will
explain how the main RPSI workshops at Whitehead have grown as the
complexity of overhaul work has increased. Then, in 2011 the RPSI set up
"Heritage Engineering Ireland Ltd", a wholly owned subsidiary
company using fulltime staff to handle both RPSI engineering work and
outside contracts. This illustrated talk describes how the vital work of
restoration and maintenance of Irish steam locos is undertaken today, the
problems encountered and the use of many traditional heavy engineering
skills which have largely disappeared elsewhere.
: Function Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR
West Clare Railway”
Chair, Michael Walsh, presents splendid photographs of the West Clare in
the 1950’s taken by Les Hyland and restored by Ciaran Cooney.
Supplemented by his own memories of the line, Michael will look at the
relaxed way the line was operated – mainly by diesel but with some
lingering steam operations. Seasonal destination changes, manual shunting
and novel methods of handling emergency stops at Miltown contributed to
the line’s unique charm, as immortalised in the song : “Are you right
there, Michael, are you right?”
: Function Room, Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James Street, LONDON WC1N 3ES
lay behind the 1957 GNR(I) Closures”
youth in Northern Ireland (NI), Steve has had a lifelong interest in the
GNR(I). He will lead us through the many complex political, media and
social discussions leading up to the 1957 closures. The 1956 announcement
by the NI government about the future of those sections of the GNR(I)
within the country was, to say the least, controversial. There were many
strongly held divergent views in NI as well as in the neighbouring
counties in the Republic. Steve’s presentation will include contemporary
BBC NI material which highlights the key issues and sensitivities at the
time. An intriguing summary of the thinking of the day!
by the London Area AGM - Start Time 2045)
Ireland’s Rail Network at the beginning”
opening of the Dublin & Kingstown in 1834, an Irish Railway Commission
was established to produce a blueprint for the future development of
railways throughout the island. Dr O’Dwyer, who worked with Irish Rail
and is now an Associate Professor at Trinity, Dublin, has researched this
amazing task. Working with incomplete mapping and embracing a developing
railway technology still in its infancy, the Commission foresaw the role
and extent of railways in Ireland. The work of this distinguished group of
engineers, surveyors and mathematicians remains a model of rational
engineering planning, standing the test of time.
17th March 2016
the Lens of Cyril Fry (part 3) :
and other Byways” Cyril Fry, well known for his model railway "Irish
International Railway and Tramway System", was also a photographer,
active from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Hassard Stacpoole, custodian
of part of his photographic collection, will show a fascinating selection
of his colour slides and black and white photographs, looking at the
narrow gauge systems of the County Donegal, Cavan and Leitrim and
elsewhere. We will also see images from the less visited parts of the
broad gauge, including IRRS St Patrick day tours and a trip down the
14th April 2016
Cork and a Bit More”
Born and bred
round Cobh Junction/Glounthaune, Ken is now an Irish Rail driver. He will
share his extensive memories of the local railways in the late 1980’s.
His pictures will give a real insight into the Youghal – Cobh – Cork
area at the time and will include such historical scenes as the last train
at Youghal, A Class locos ploughing through grass on the Youghal branch,
tractor shunting at the Tivoli oil siding, the Cork turntable, semaphores
and ETS instruments, Knock specials and much more. Relive the East Cork of
30 years ago!
COLLECTORS’ MARKET – Saturday 12th
London Area of the IRRS runs this popular event, now in its 37th
season, to be held in Chiswick Town Hall (in west London) from 11.00 –
15.00 on Saturday 12th March 2016.
Hall is accessible by London Underground (Chiswick Park or Gunnersbury),
London Overground (Gunnersbury), South West Trains (Chiswick or Kew
Bridge) or bus.
sales stands are planned selling a huge range of transport items –
books, magazines, maps, photos, DVDs, timetables, postcards, models,
specialist publications etc.
(London Area) at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition (WNMRE)
(09.45 – 18.00) and Sunday 29th
November 2015 (09.45 - 17.00)
IRRS publications, Irish railway books, Irish models and Irish locomotive
the IRRS (London Area) at Stand B33, WNMRE, National Exhibition Centre,
see our locomotive drawings and models at SCALEFORUM,
Stoke Mandeville on Sat 19th
September (10.30 – 17.30) and Sun 20th
September 2015 (10.00 – 16.30)
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