- Southampton and Waterside
- South West London
- Thames Valley
- Woking and Guildford
The Community Centre, Amery Hill, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HN
On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
25th Jan. The Railway Inspectorates work. by Inspector Rowan Joachim
22nd Feb. AGM / Railway update by Colin Chambers
22nd Mar. Andy Mellors the MD of the South Western Railway
26th Apr. "Preparing St Pancras for HS1". by Mervyn Dunwoody
24th May. Railway Renaissance by Garth David
28th June. Southern Sunset ‘67 by John H Bird
26th July. No Meeting
23rd Aug. History of French Railways by Michael Bunn.
27th Sept. Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Ships by Martyn Davies
25th Oct. TBC
22nd Nov. TBC
The meeting are in the members room (Lounge bar), on the ground floor and is wheel chair accessible. For the interval, the bar is open but, Tea / Coffee are from a machine in the Community Centre reception area
Car Parking at Alton Community centre is free after 18:00 hrs.
There are plenty of places within walking distance of the Community centre that serve food, but some do not start service until 18:30.
Entrance Fee is £3.00
For further information telephone David Mould on 07711 824335, email email@example.com
West Croydon Baptist Church at Spurgeon's Bridge, Whitehorse Road, West Croydon CR0 2JH
On the second Friday of the month at 7:30pm.
12th Jan. Canadian Pacific Project by Dr Becky Peacock PhD.
9th Feb. The Rother Valley Railway by Trevor Streeter.
9th Mar. The Crampton Locomotive Project by Richard Pease.
13th Apr. AGM and Members slides
11th May. Southern Memories by Jeremy Harrison.
8th June. 35006 P&O Group Chris Ardly
13th July. TBA
10th Aug. No Meeting
14th Sep. Bluebell Railway Horsted Keynes Projects
12th Oct. History of the French Railways by Michael Bunn
9th Nov. "Project 27" the restoration of P class loco on the Bluebell Railway by Clive Emsley.
14th Dec. Christmas Meal at the Banana Leaf restaurant
West Croydon railway, bus and Tramlink stations are only 5 minutes walk away and buses 50, 75, 157, 289, 450, 468 pass nearby.
The purpose of the Croydon Group is to support the Mid Hants Railway physically and financially, and to provide local members with monthly talks and information on developments on the the Railway. Every year, through our fundraising, we donate over £500 to specific projects on the Railway, to help to keep steam running between Alton and Alresford.
You can help the Group support the Railway by coming to our monthly meetings on the second Friday of each month, except August: non-Members are also welcome. For your £1.50 (2010) entrance fee we can offer the chance to:
- be entertained by a varied programme of transport speakers;
- chat to like minded enthusiasts;
- bring a friend along as well;
- publicise the Group by taking and displaying copies of our programme sheet;
- publicise the Railway by taking bulk supplies of leaflets for display;
- help distribute the quarterly Mid Hants News magazine to local members;
- help us with the occasional publicity stand;
- dispose of your loose change in our model Bulleid coach;
- win a prize in our monthly raffle;
- give your old aluminium cans to us to sell towards Group funds;
- travel in our Bulleid coach No. 4211 on our annual trip on the line;
- work on the vintage coaches and wagons owned by some members of the Group - see Preservation News for more details!
For general group information telephone secretary Chris Le Corney on 01843 843215
or for details of volunteer coach restoration, John Cook on 020 8699 6647
The Railway Social Club, opposite Fratton Railway Station, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 5BL
On the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm.
19th Dec. Members slides with mince pies
16th Jan The Railway Environment by Steve Bigley
20th Feb. Last days of Steam in Poland By Deryck Swetnam
20th Mar. I owe, I owe its off to work I go By Ted Vaughan
17th Apr. Goslings Gallivants 2017 by Paul Gosling
15th May. Transport Pot Pourri by Ian Copplestone
19th June. AGM
17th July. Devon Belle, part 1 By Ken Mumford
21st Aug. No Meeting
18th Sep. TBA
16th Oct. TBA
20th Nov. TBA
18th Dec. Members slides with mince pies
For further information contact David Meyer,
46 St. Barbara Way,Anchorage Park, Hilsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 0UT
Telephone 02392 671251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Southampton and Waterside
The British Rail Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FE.
On the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm.
20th Dec. Christmas film show
17th Jan. Subjects connected with the letter ‘S’ by Ted Vaughan
24th Jan. AGM
21st Feb. Shillingstone and S&D Project by Mandy Ross
21st Mar. Talyllyn Railway by Eric Nicholson
18th Apr. Network SouthEast by Chris Green.
16th May. The Southern in Devon and Cornwall By Mike Pym
20th June. Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs
18th July. Observation Evening at Eastleigh Station from 17:00hrs
15th Aug. No Meeting
19th Sep. TBA
17th Oct. TBA
21st Nov. TBA
19th Dec. Christmas film show
For more information contact David Mead 42 New Road, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7BS Tel. 02380 293186 e-mail email@example.com
Meetings are held jointly with The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society whose Branch Secretary is E. Vaughan, 7 Blackdown Close, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton, SO45 5QS tel. 02380 849533.
South West London
Surbiton Hill Methodist Church, 39 Ewell Rd., Surbiton KT6 6AF
On the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for 7:30pm.
5th December Christmas Social
2nd Jan. A Vintage Film Show
6th Feb. Baie de Somme Steam Festivals by Michael Bunn
6th Mar. More of Matt Allen’s Photographs
3rd Apr. AGM + The Railway’s Canadian Pacific Project by Dr Becky Peacock
1st May. Southern Electrics – Part 2 by David Brown
5th June. 50 Years on the Southern by Jim Collins
3rd July. A talk by Ron Howes
7th Aug. No Meeting
4th Sep. Exploring my local railway – A look at the Railways around Ash and Aldershot by Alan Norris
2nd Oct. A talk by Christian Wolmar
6th Nov. Steam on the Southern 1965 to 1967 by Ian Wright
4th Dec. Christmas Social
The entrance to the Church Hall is through the door to the left of the building. It is always locked and we will have an access key card to let people in. If no-one is on the door, please press the buzzer and someone will come.
Parking is in the spaces (about 20) down both sides of the church, but as there are three rooms in the Hall, we may be sharing the spaces. If they are all full, which we are told does not often happen, then there is free parking in the street outside. There is disabled parking in front of the church.
Buses 281 and 406 stop close to the Church Hall, and K2 stops nearby. The venue is about 500 yards walk from the south side of Surbiton station.
Admission is £2.00 per meeting at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.
For more information telephone Secretary Stuart Saunders on 020 8979 6484
The Community Centre, Southwick St., Southwick (near Shoreham-by-Sea), West Sussex BN42 4FW
On the third Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
21st Dec. John Every’s Phoenix iron works – trams, railings and decorative iron work by John Blackwell
18th Jan. AGM and Members Memories of 2017.
15th Feb. The Joys of Transport in central Europe. by Nick Kelly.
15th Mar. Railway Recollections. by Peter Winchester.
19th Apr. William Galbraith consulting engineer for the LSWR by Keith Goodsell.
17th May. Rails to Hastings J Blackwell.
21st June. It’s not standard gauge by M Stroud
19th July. No Meeting
16th Aug. No Meeting
20th Sep. Fifty years of train watching at Weybridge by Mike King
18th Oct. Southern electric and the development of commuter services by Ian Fyvie
15th Nov. A surprise from your treasurer
20th Dec. Christmas films by Keith Carter
For further information contact Peter Winchester on 01903 762280, Mr M. E. Stroud on 01273 550818 or Nick Kelly on 01273 703489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Upstairs room) Church House, Church Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8AX
On the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm, except July, August and December when there are no meetings.
25th Jan. Pompey Pictorial by Ken Mumford
22nd Feb. AGM and MHR Update
22nd Mar. Austrian Railways by Neal Kearns
26th Apr. Quiz and Joint Meeting with Reading Transport Group
24th May. Railway Photography by David Canning
28th June. TBA Graham Bilbe
26th July. No Meeting
23rd Aug. No Meeting
27th Sep. Members’ Photos, Slides, DVDs and Memories
25th Oct. An Update on the CANPAC Restoration Dr Becky Peacock PhD
22nd Nov. Railway Holidays by David Homer
27th Dec. No Meeting
A newsletter, The Mogul, is published at each meeting providing news and information about the Railway and topics of local interest.
Arrive at circa 7:30 pm for a prompt start at 7:45 pm. Meeting finishes at 10:00 pm.
There is a small car park at the rear of the building.
Access to the building is via a rear door from this car park.
For more information telephone Rob Latham on 01628 623579, or e-mail email@example.com
Woking and Guildford
St. Nicolas Church Hall, High Street, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4AW
On the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm - doors open 7.30
December 13th (note Second Wednesday) - Christmas Party
3rd Jan. London to Paris by Train. by Michael Bunn. Starts 19:30, 30 minutes earlier than normal.
7th Feb. The End of the Line (S&D) by Mike Beale
7th Mar. AGM + 75079 - Restoration of our Std 4
4th Apr. Britain on Film: Railways
2nd May. The Great Cockrow Railway by Mike Underwood
6th June. Lynton & Barnstaple Railway by Mike Pearce
Wednesday 20th June. Annual Evening Run on The Watercress Line. A round trip from Alton departing at 19.30. All welcome so bring along family, friends and work mates. Cost £X.00 each.
4th July. Southern Lines in Devon & Cornwall by Michael Pym
5th Dec. Christmas Party, with Films and Quiz
For a small admission fee, you will enjoy an entertaining evening with refreshments. You will be able to obtain the latest information about the railway and group outings and there will be books, magazines and other railway items for sale at very reas. All MHRPS members are most welcome - please bring your families and friends too, we will encourage them to join the Society! The hall is open from 7.30pm. Each year we make a significant donation to the Railway for a key project - this year we have supported the 75079 restoration project. Nearby parking costs £1.00.
If you would like to receive further information about the Watercress Line, or even become a working volunteer on the railway, and to bbok your place on the outside visits please contact our Secretary, Dave Pegg at 280A Worplesdon Road, Guildford, GU2 9XW (S.A.E. Please). Telephone (01483) 834062 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org