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 (December) 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 :
Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR
Note: The Function Room is
accessible by stairs only.
Irish enthusiast and regular contributor to the Journal, Barry Carse,
revisits the London Area with fascinating new research about the Valencia
Harbour branch. Building on a recently discovered report, “Closing of
Unremunerative Branch Lines” written by railwaymen rather than
accountants, he will describe the branch, its history and its steam and
diesel locomotives, finishing with railcar trials and GAA specials.
most westerly and scenic Irish line had a character all of its own.
Future Fleet Development on Irish Rail”
has principal responsibility for the procurement, maintenance and
overhaul of all rolling stock operated by Irish Rail. He will not
only cover day-to-day operations but, with continuing pressure to
drive down costs, will look at many recent innovations including
remote diagnostics, condition monitoring, acoustic monitoring of
bearings, automatic wheel measurement and other measurement systems.
He will also take a look forward to consider what form future Irish
rolling stock might take, and how it might be operated and
Chief Mechanical Engineer, Irish Rail
||“With Lance King in Ireland – CIE 1958 - 1964”
(Followed by the London Area AGM)
Area Committee member, Leslie McAllister, pays tribute to our late
founding Chairman, Lance King, with a first selection of Lance’s
photos (now digitised). Lance was a skilled photographer and left a
fine record of day to day steam on Dublin suburban trains and on the
famed branches such as Loughrea, Ballaghadareen, Edenderry, Tullow,
Clara and Youghal, Steam and diesel in daily service on the CB&SCR
feature, as well as the memorable railtour with the last “Bandon
tank”. A snapshot of great change 60 years ago.
Plus a complimentary
Christmas drink and followed by the London Area AGM at
20.45 (to be addressed by the first IRRS President, Dick Fearn)
Magnificent Folly – the Burtonport Extension Railway”
and enthusiast, Roger Crombleholme, tells how the BER became a legend in
its own time for its wayward operation, broken down engines, bad
management, erratic driving, poor punctuality, lost goods and a running
battle with the Board of Works. But, oh, how we wish we could make that
epic journey again on the 3ft gauge from Letterkenny, never mind the four
hours on hard wooden seats in unlit coaches, to make the perilous crossing
of the Owencarrow valley on a stormy night and arrive on the rocky shores
of Burtonport. This was Irish narrow gauge at its most extreme and most
||“NIR – the
Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
“The good, the bad and the ugly” is a reflection of Colin’s 30 years with NIR, from working on track through to managing staff. The talk stems from a number of accidents and incidents, each of which identified the need for change. Today`s NIR is very different from that of the railway of 30 years ago. The many characters from the old days (and their stories) have been replaced by investment, equipment, safety, performance, competency. Colin describes how the whole culture of the railway has changed and how that has come about.
Signalling & Telecom Engineer, NIR
Former Irish Rail manager and railway expert, Oliver Doyle, explores the fascinating history of Wexford’s railways. This rich agricultural county, noted both for farm produce and manufacturing farm machinery, had a good railway network. There was keen competition to gain rail access to Wexford and Waterford and the GWR, jointly with the GS&WR, became involved with its line from Rosslare Strand – Waterford, over the fine Barrow bridge. Oliver’s talk will take an expert look at the rise and demise of Wexford’s railways and their traffic.
Steam” superbly photographed by Messrs Clements, Morris and Macartney
IRRS Photographic Archivist, Ciarán Cooney has skillfully restored the classic photos of Bob Clements, Denis Morris and J Macartney Robbins. Enjoy stirring shots of 400s, 500s and 800s hard at work. There will be rarely-seen places like Clara Midland and Inny Junction. Then high-wheeled J5s on the Midland doing everything from cattle trains to excursions, and 2-4-0’s in the west.. The talk moves on to the SL&NCR, the GN, the B&CDR, and the NCC moguls, mogul tanks and 4-4-0’s. This is a veritable feast of classic Irish steam.
our railway drawings and models at SCALEFORUM,
Stoke Mandeville on
September (10.30 – 17.30) and Sun 23rd
(10.00 – 16.30)
IRRS publications, Irish railway books, Irish models and Irish locomotive
drawings, visit the IRRS (London Area) at
Railway Exhibition, Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Saturday 24th November (09.45 – 18.00) and Sunday 25th
November 2018 (09.45 - 17.00)
London Area of the IRRS runs this popular event, now in its 40th
season, to be held in Chiswick
Town Hall (West London) from 11.00 – 15.00 on Saturday
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)
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.”
friends are reminded that the London Area programme will be updated on this
website as further details become available.
you can always contact the London Area at our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Railway Record Society Limited
Revised: August 09, 2018