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London Area Meetings

 Updated 16/1/18


London Area Meetings

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 future meetings are as follows  -

Thursday 8th February:Nick Lera 80 Years of the French Narrow Gauge. A digital show based on a variety of original material. Starting with Nick’s early 1960’s slides of the Reseau Breton, PO Correze and the Vivarais followed by some rare 16mm of the Tramways Correze by the late John Snell. Next Nick’s own films depict Vivarais Mallets galore in the heyday of preservationist Jean Arrivetz, the Provence line with a 2-4-6-0 and an 0-6-0T, La Mure’s 1930’s Secheron electrics in the scenic Drac gorge and WD Baldwin 778 at Froissy. Finally some clips of the 1938 farce ‘Gargousse’ featuring a race between a charabanc and a C de P 2-4-0.

Thursday 8th March: Bob Quinn Metre gauge around the World. A slide show from one of our long-standing members. After standard gauge, metre gauge is the most widespread gauge in use worldwide and this show will feature all four continents. It will be mainly but not exclusively feature steam at work.

Thursday 12th April: Simon Colbeck Thirty Years a Gricer Part 1, the Chemical Years. Simon has given a number of digital presentations at the CRC but his snapping goes back to the pre-digital era and tonight we shall see some of the results. A traditional slide show showing real steam in action on four continents between 1992 and 2007 in Poland, Germany, Cuba, Zimbabwe and China.   (This is a change to our advertised program as or speaker Tom Wyatt has unfortunately passed away. It is hoped to show some of his slides in a future tribute program)

Thursday 10th May: Robin Gibbons The Locomotives of China series - a venture in self-publishing. A powerpoint presentation about the standard gauge locos.

Thursday 14th June: David Thornber Sugar Mills of Negros, Phillipines, 1978-83 A digital show.

Thursday 28th June: An afternoon at Leighton Buzzard - our annual foreign-themed outing

For full details follow this link CRC LBR Invite 2018

Thursday 12th July: Mike Bunn The French High Speed Rail Network A digital presentation.

After the traditional summer break in August our 2018/19 season starts on 13th September 2018. Offers to present shows either in London or Stafford are always welcome. Please contact Adrian Palmer at or 07774 859871 for further information.


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