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Preservation Society


2018 - 2019

Each year since its formation the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has held a series of winter meetings. This winter's meetings are at two venues :

The meetings cover diverse topics, from historical reviews of Scotland's railway heritage and studies of the contemporary railway scene, to examining practices abroad. The broad range of topics are bound to appeal no matter what anyone's individual interest, and are highly recommended to anybody in the area.

Admission to all meetings is free and is open to all, whether members or non-members.
A collection is made to help defray room hire costs.


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Meetings organised in conjunction with
The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
and are held on
Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or
Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

in the Meeting Room,
Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria Terrace

Organisers -
Dr Peter Howell (SRPS) Tel: 0131 334 5232
Richard Thorburn (RCTS) Tel: 07774 066009

Thursday 11 October 2018
A Creative Tourist Eclipses the Scouts
Sam Woods
An illustrated account of CTAC Tours, Leyburn Excursions and Scout Rail Cruises.

Thursday 8 November 2018
Ex-North British and Caledonian Railways in Granton and Leith
Kenneth Williamson
An area with a plethora of lines of both companies.

Thursday 13 December 2018
Aberdeen Joint Station: 150 Years of History
Keith Jones
A look at the history of the Caledonian and Great North Joint station.

Saturday 19 January 2019
"Building Scotland’s best Railway"
Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance Managing Director
The Scotrail Alliance MD will explain what the ScotRail Alliance is doing to realise the railway improvements, and how he, as ScotRail Alliance MD, is leading.

Saturday 9 February 2019
EGIP : Electrification and upgrade of the E&G route
Dr I A Glen
Dr Glen will outline the work involved in upgrading the Edinburgh & Glasgow route.

Thursday 14 March 2019
Art in the Railway
Leo du Feu
The artist to Abellio ScotRail discusses content of artist, landscapes and nature.

Thursday 11 April 2019
The North British Locomotive Company at War
John Ross
Engineering related military work undertaken by NBL during World War One.

Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)
Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)


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All meetings are held on
Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

in the Vestry Hall,
Holy Trinity Church
Avon Street

Organisers -
Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777
Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814

Tuesday 9 October 2018
A Scottish Steam Tour, part 4
Sam Woods
Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Our Railways in WW1
Jim Summers
A presentation on the subject at the centenary of the armistice.

Tuesday 11 December 2018
Recent Travels – at Home and Abroad
Bob Avery
More from his excellent collection.

Tuesday 8 January 2019
From the Caledonian Railway Association Archive
Alistair Maclean
A look at images held in the large CRA Archive, featuring locomotives, stations and more.

Tuesday 12 February 2019
West Coast Main Line Glasgow Central to Carlisle
Hamish Stevenson & David Hall
Images from Roy Crombie & Morrison Bryce Collections supplemented by some recent images.

Tuesday 12 March 2019
Sixty Years Behind the Camera – part 1
Keith Sanders
A renowned photographer displays some of his fine images.

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