The CRC meets at St.Paul’s Church Centre, Rossmore Road, Marylebone, London NW1 6NJ. This is an attractive hall which offers a comfortable environment for our meetings. It is a short walk north from Marylebone station on the west side of the line. Rossmore Road crosses over the railway at the station throat. Bus routes 139 from Waterloo to West Hampstead and 189 from Brent Cross to Oxford Circus pass the door. It is outside the congestion charge zone and parking is free after 18.30 on both single yellow lines and meters.
Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of each month except August - doors open 18.30 for 19.15 start, and there is a small admission charge to cover the cost of hiring the hall: light refreshments are on sale from 18.30 and during the interval. A changing selection of preowned railway books is also on sale.
Following the lockdown as a result of the Corona virus, meetings at Rossmore Road have been suspended since April. It was hoped to restart meetings for the 2020/21 season on 10th September. However, because of the continuing uncertainty and restrictions on meetings it is impracticable to do this. Instead we will hold a virtual, online, meeting using Zoom to broadcast a digitised slide show put together by Simon Colbeck.
Originally planned for October, “Travels with Roy Miller” will feature slides from his collection. The late Roy Miller was a life-long enthusiast for all things steam: an active member of the Ffestiniog railway and a regular at traction engine rallies all over the country. With the end of steam on British Railways in 1968 Roy started travelling around Europe to catch the last of steam on the continent. This show features Poland, Germany and Hungary in the 1970’s.
Many members will be already be familiar with Zoom as many groups similar to ours are already successfully holding meetings this way. You may attend by using a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. Although a microphone or webcam are necessary for full participation, it is still possible to attend and enjoy viewing and listening to the show without these. Some simple instructions for using Zoom have been produced by the Marlow & District Railway Society and the Croydon RCTS who have kindly agreed to share them with us. https://rcts.org.uk/croydon/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2020/07/Zoom-Simple-Meeting-Instructions_V3.pdf
The meeting is free and open to all, worldwide, but registration in advance is required. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkf-ChrjsoGNw9Z_HEijUzsrpKmW8khglp After registering a confirmation email will be sent containing the link needed to join the meeting. The Zoom broadcast will start at the usual time of 19.15 - join meeting from 19.00.
A further announcement will be made about the status of the October meeting - members are reminded to retain their 2019/2020 season tickets which will be valid for this season.