Railway Correspondence and Travel Society
Our meetings are held at The Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr, CF15 8DF
Doors open 19:00, meetings start 19:30.
Entrance is FREE for RCTS members and a donation of £2 is requested for non members.
Tea and coffee is provided
A Wheelchair Friendly venue.
For any additional information, please contact the Branch Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org / 01656 856422
PROGRAMME FOR 2018
Wednesday 9th May 2018
Brian Ringer – Strictly Freight Only Part 2
19:30 Old Church Rooms, Park Road, Radyr Cardiff, CF15 8DF
“Strictly Freight Only” (Part 2) is the continuation of an illustrated talk (Part 1 was on Wednesday, 11 May 2016) looking at the history and development of moving freight by rail over the past 58 years (1960 to the present day). It looks at the changes in the operation of railfreight and what caused them, along with fluctuations in the products moved by rail.
Among topics covered are the effects of the 1955 Modernisation Plan, the Reshaping of British Railways (“Beeching Report”), the emergence of the “Railfreight Business” within British Rail, the Channel Tunnel and the Privatisation process.
Mixed in are anecdotes from the presenter’s career, which was spent working in the freight business of the British Railways Board, along with views on what went right and what went wrong during the period under review.
*Saturday 12th May 2018
Weymouth-Bournemouth-Southampton using Severn & Solent Railcard
Depart on 0730 from Cardiff Central changing to 0839 Weymouth at Temple Meads
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Brian Arman (RCTS President) – Broad Gauge Part 2
Chairman : Peter Fortune < email@example.com > / 07963 439903
Branch Secretary: Stuart Warr < firstname.lastname@example.org / 01656 856422
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The nearest bus stop is immediately outside the Old Church Rooms.
If travelling by car, the Old Church Rooms has its own car park.
RCTS South Wales
BRANCH MEETING REPORT
11 APRIL 2018
‘RHONDDA TUNNEL SOCIETY’ BY TONY MOON AND STEVE MACKIE; ‘TINY STATIONS’ BY DIXE WILLS
COMPILED BY STUART WARR
A record attendance of 68 saw a double-header, the first was a presentation by two members of the Rhondda Tunnel Society (RTS) who gave us a very interesting illustrated talk about their plans to reopen the Rhondda Tunnel.
Starting with a short film featuring the actor, Michael Sheen who outlined the aims of the RTS, then we had a brief history with some superb then and now images and finally some superlative rail simulations put together by one of their members, they were jaw-droppingly good!
We wish the RTS success with their challenging plans.
The second part of the evening was being entertained by Dixe Wills, the author of the successful book, ‘Tiny Stations’ and that was his subject, the 2014 book begat Paul Merton’s series entitled ‘Secret Stations’ shown on Channel 4.
We had but one hour and Dixe filled that hour with some great shots and wonderful stories, many very humorous, but some quite scary in his description of the tour he made visiting some of the many ‘request’ stations on the network.
I think that I echo the sentiment of all those present on the night, in hoping and wanting further visits from all of the presenters as they were all superb.
BRANCH MEETING REPORT – 14 MARCH 2018 – ‘RAILWAYS IN A CORNISH LANDSCAPE – PART 2’ BY STEPHEN GAY
COMPILED BY STUART WARR
One of the joys of being the author of the branch meeting reports is being able to eulogise about a Stephen Gay show; in March he made his sixth visit to us and the shows just get better. His subject was the second part of his journeys around Cornwall, Stephen walks the extra mile to get the perfect photograph, or the interesting story. Most of the show was based around the area between Truro and Penzance and featured images on the main-line, branch-line and on some closed lines. We heard some self-penned poems, all relevant to the show, some humorous anecdotes and all was topped-off with superb photographs. One story in particular, has remained in my memory: Stephen visited the site of a long-closed railway and learned of a fatal accident that occurred in 1899, when a shunter was crushed during a derailment. Stephen made enquiries about where the poor shunter was buried, visited the churchyard and found the grave, he was shocked to see that the deceased’s name was Stephen Gay! He remarked that most of us do not get to see our name on a gravestone. Praise was given to the independent tea rooms on the stations at Redruth, Cambourne and St Erth. Brilliant show, Stephen.