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
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 :
Room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Road, LONDON WC1X 8JR
Note: The Function Room is
accessible by stairs only.
Programme 2017/2018 Meetings
Hoare’s Irish Railway Photos” presented by Roger Joanes
was an English railway enthusiast, who travelled extensively in Ireland
between 1956 and 1964, taking a special interest in lines and stations
then threatened with closure. He bequeathed his 2,000 photos to the IRRS
and a selection will be presented by Roger Joanes, a frequent visitor to
Ireland himself since 1960. Roger will concentrate on lesser-known
locations, so you’ll be taken to Timoleague, Tomkin Road and Trillick,
as well as old favourites like Fintona and Killybegs. Enjoy great memories
of both broad and narrow gauge
Great Railway Engineers” by Gerald Beesley
Beesley enjoyed a distinguished railway career, starting in CIE and
recently retiring as (Irish) Commissioner for Railway Regulation. Irish
railway engineers (civil and mechanical, indigenous and incomers) punched
well above their weight in terms of influencing railway development both
in Ireland and worldwide. Gerald will select ten of the best of these
strong and often colourful characters, and will recount their remarkable
lives and achievements.
Railway Architecture – the GNR(I)” by Siobhan Osgood + AGM
plus a complimentary Christmas drink (Followed by the
London Area AGM)
Siobhan has undertaken award-winning research at Trinity College
Dublin into the GNR(I)’s distinctive architecture. Formed by an
amalgamation of separate railways, the GNR(I)’s first chief engineer, WH
Mills, realised the benefit of a company-wide corporate building style,
and designed the characteristic red, yellow and black brickwork -
incorporated into a more modern architectural style than was in use
elsewhere at the time, and which can still be seen today. Siobhan will
discuss its key architectural features and how important it was to a
developing company, its staff, surroundings, identity and its future.
Harbour and Military Railways” by Andrew Waldron
Irish Industrial Railway Historian, Andrew Waldron, looks at the Port and
Harbour Railways of Ireland, including Dublin, Belfast and many other
locations, followed by a focus on various Military Railway applications
from the 1880s to the 1990s. He will use many rare and previously unseen
photos, from the unique Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners
railway system and the Belfast Port and Dock Authority through to dozens
of images showing the use of railways by the Military Authorities
throughout Ireland. A treasure trove!
14 years on” by Anthony McDonald
mark the opening of LUAS in 2004, the IRRS published a special Journal
describing its development. Anthony is an IRRS stalwart (Asst. Premises
Manager at Heuston amongst other duties) and brings us up to date with
operations and developments since – extensions to Brides Glen, The Point
and Saggart, lengthened trams, accidents etc. and most recently the
construction of tracks through the city centre to extend the Green Line to
Broombridge. LUAS has been embraced by Dubliners and has become an
integral and vital part of city life
Tales of Irish Railway Travel in the mid-1950s” by Michael Davies
Davies has made over 125 visits to Ireland. Tonight, he returns to recount
further his early travels in Ireland, portraying just what it was like to
be a young enthusiast in an unfamiliar land. He will dwell on his
discovery of the SL&NCR in 1952 and his visits to the railways of Cork
from 1956-62. This will be followed by reflections on his long fascination
with the Cavan & Leitrim Railway, including reminiscences from some of
its great characters.
GNR(I) lines to Newcastle and Derry”
by Charles Friel
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.
our railway drawings and models at SCALEFORUM, Stoke
September (10.30 – 17.30) and Sun 24th September 2017 (10.00 – 16.30)
IRRS publications, Irish railway books, Irish models and
Irish locomotive drawings,
visit the IRRS (London Area) at
Model Railway Exhibition, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Saturday 25th November (09.15 – 18.00) and Sunday 26th
November 2017 (09.45 - 17.00)
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
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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