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 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.
Meetings for the remainder of the 2019/20 season are listed below. Offers to present shows either in London or Stafford are always welcome. If you can help, please contact Adrian Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07774 859871 to discuss. Both digital and slide presentations are equally acceptable
Thursday 9th January: Peter Robins Steam Variety in Northern China. A digitised slide show. While the standard fare of double-headed QJ freights will certainly feature, there will be much else besides. It starts with a 1988 visit which covered a wide area from Nancha in the northeast to Lanzhou in the midwest including shots of locos being constructed at Datong and Tangshan as well as several classes of Pacifics and Mikados at work. Later visits up to 2004 show a variety of industrial systems, both standard and narrow gauge, as well as mainline action at various locations including the Jing Peng Pass.
Thursday 13th February: Nick Lera: Indian Narrow Gauge. In a programme change as our scheduled speaker is unavailable, Nick Lera has kindly agreed to step in. Subtitled The Last Steam Survivors, it will feature 1990s sound films of a variety of 2ft and 2ft 6in gauge systems but NOT the familiar Darjeeling line featured in one of his earlier shows.
Thursday 12th March: James Waite Narrow Gauge on Three Continents. James returns to give us a digital presentation based on his travels since his last CRC show. It will mainly feature Europe but the US and Australia will also feature.
Tuesday 14th April (date change because of Easter): Tony Bowles Steam operations around Europe in the 1970s and 1980s A digitised cine production.
Thursday 14th May: Mike Swift In Search of Big Steam in Spain A 1963 tour in south and central Spain.
Thursday 11th June: TBA
Thursday 9th July: Mike Bunn The Railways of Northern France A digital presentation featuring archive material from the steam era as well as the modern day scene and preserved railways.