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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 2016) or £5 (all other months) for non- members but refunded if you join the Society on the night.

All meetings will be held from 19:00 – 21:45 
in the :
Function Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR

Please Note: The Function Room is accessible by stairs only.

Programme 2017/2018 Meetings 

Date Subject
19th April 2018
“The GNR(I) lines to Newcastle and Derry”  by Charles Friel
Archivist, historian and RPSI activist, Charles Friel pays us another visit. He starts with lines closed in 1956 - an illustrated journey along the busy Belfast to Banbridge line, the cross-country extension to meet the BCDR at Newcastle and the sleepy branch to Scarva. Then he presents a recording of an evocative BBC NI television programme, largely based on the cine of the late Fred Cooper, made to mark the 50th anniversary of the closure of the fondly-remembered former GN route from Portadown to Londonderry (Foyle Road) in 1965.

See our railway drawings and models at SCALEFORUM, Stoke Mandeville on

Sat 23rd September (10.30 – 17.30) and Sun 24th September 2017 (10.00 – 16.30)

And for IRRS publications, Irish railway books, Irish models and Irish locomotive drawings, visit the IRRS (London Area) at 

Stand B100,

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Saturday 25th November (09.15 – 18.00) and Sunday 26th November 2017 (09.45 - 17.00)


The London Area of the IRRS runs this popular event, now in its 39th season, to be held in Chiswick Town Hall (west London) from 11.00 – 15.00 on Saturday 17th March 2018.

The Hall is accessible by London Underground (Chiswick Park or Gunnersbury), London Overground (Gunnersbury), South West Trains (Chiswick or Kew Bridge) or bus.
35 sales stands selling a huge range of transport items – books, magazines, maps, photos, Irish railway drawings, DVDs, timetables, postcards, models, specialist publications etc.

IRRS (London Area) WEBSITE

In addition to this principal IRRS website, the London Area has its own website at http://www.irrslondon.com where you can find more information about London events – past, present & future.”


Members and friends are reminded that the London Area programme will be updated on this website as further details become available.

In addition, you can always contact the London Area at our e-mail address: irrslondon@hotmail.com

And if you would like to be added to our e-mail address list, please send us an e-mail.

You will then be e-mailed with programme reminders and updates as they are issued.  



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