From the Chairman and Working Party Organiser
After several happy years meeting at the Oxford Place Methodist Centre in Leeds, we are on the move as the building is to be redeveloped as a hotel. Still in Leeds, from September we will be meeting in the Pullman Room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Lower Briggate, a slightly shorter walk from the railway station, so I’m told!
Unfortunately, room hire charges will be higher than the Methodist Centre which means that the suggested meeting donation will have to rise to £5 in an effort to cover our cost and still leave funds to donate to the Ffestiniog Railway. A minimum of 11 members present will cover our cost. The committee have put together a programme of speakers which I trust will be informative and stimulating.
Working parties have seen a small but stable (until recently) group of us, and work on the track often means replacing baseplates between rail and sleeper with new cast ones which are less prone to failure. In June, during the heatwave, we spent time greasing fishplates and restoring the ballast shoulder on a couple of curves where movement in the heat had occurred.
The track work is varied and in a beautiful part of the Snowdonian National Park so I finish with the usual plea that if you would like to swell our numbers, the contact details remain unchanged, Joe Tarver 01274 551012, mobile 07745 726307 or via firstname.lastname@example.org or, David Colenutt (01422 883391) email@example.com
2018/19 Working party dates
October 12th-14th 2018 November 9th-11th 2018
January 11th-13th 2019 February 8th-10th 2019 March 8th-10th 2019
May 10th-12th 2019 June 7th-9th 2019 July 12th-14th 2019
September 13th-15th 2019 October 11th-13th 2019 November 8th-10th 2019
These dates are Friday to Sunday, but increasingly three of us extend the weekends by travelling on Thursday and working on Friday, and maybe even longer. Feel free to join us!
Meetings Dates: Pullman room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel,LS1 4AE, corner of Lower Briggate and Swinegate.
Thursday18 October 2018 – Adrian Gray-Portmadoc and Harbour station in old photographs
Thursday 15 November 2018 – Robin Leleux-Rails 50 years ago
Thursday 13 December 2018 – Peter Richardson-South African Railways
Thursday 17 January 2019 – Brell Ewart-Civil engineering at the Ffestiniog Railway
Thursday 21 February 2019 – Chris Nettleton-Steam in the North East
Thursday 21 March 2019 – AGM followed by up to date news from a FR Society/Company Director
Thursday 18 April 2019 – John Holroyd-Cromford and High Peak rails
Check out the events calendar.