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 second-hand railway books is also on sale.
Our current season of meetings continues as listed below. Offers to present shows either in London or Stafford are always welcome. If you can help please contact Adrian Palmer at email@example.com or 07774 859871 to discuss. Both digital and slide presentations are welcome. Please note we currently have an urgent need for a London speaker in June 2019 (preferably a digital presentation) and there are also vacant slots in spring 2020.
Thursday 14th February: Peter Lemmey A tribute toJohn Snell. A traditional slide show. The late John Snell of Romney Hythe & Dymchurch fame gave a very popular slide show to the CRC a few years ago. Peter Lemmey has been given access to John’s extensive slide collection and will present a selection. You may expect narrow-gauge to feature strongly in this show.
Thursday 14th March: Geoff Warren Steam in Java and Sumatra. A traditional slide show. Indonesia hosted a great variety of narrow-gauge steam locos well into the 1980s and beyond. It was an appealing destination because of the friendly railway staff and beautiful tropical scenery as a photogenic backdrop. This presentation will feature steam on both the national railway and sugar mill networks.
Thursday 11th April: Tony Bowles Gerald Dixon’s World of Steam. A digital show. All continents will feature in this wide-ranging presentation covering the 40 year period between 1960 and 2000. The show will be based on digitised slides in the care of the Restoration and Archiving Trust based at Toddington.
Thursday 9th May: Mike Swift Return to Australia. A traditional slide show covering visits to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria between 1983 and 2008. It will feature preserved steam working and in museums together with mainline and commuter operations using modern traction. It will also feature the 2 foot gauge sugar systems in Queensland.
Thursday 13th June: TBA
Thursday 20th June: Annual outing to a narrow gauge railway. Further details to follow but keep this date free in your diaries!
Thursday 11th July: These are the days! A return of the ‘Those were the days’ feature featuring both slides and digital, ancient and modern. Expect to see several presenters showing Mexico, USA, India and more.
After the traditional summer break meetings restart on Thursday 12th September.