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Narrow Gauge Railways & the Lincolnshire Area Narrow Gauge Group


Narrow Gauge Railway Society ® - website


This page has been 'under construction' for too long. Suffice it to say that I have been involved in narrow gauge railways for many, many years. My first introductions to the narrow gauge were to the gravel pit railway at Burton Fen, near Lincoln and the ironstone tramways at Greetwell, and to the industrial scene at Newsum's joinery works on the Fosse Dyke in Lincoln. In those days, nearly 60  years ago there was also open access to the Docks at Boston, Lincs., and it was on Sunday visits to these that that I first experienced the 'potato railway' at Nocton. Notes on other lines in the 'West End' of Lincoln and 'Newsums' are available. Whilst they are not narrow gauge there are some interesting diagrams of Lincoln's railways in the 1950-59 period on this website: these show the extensive system of 'industrial' lines in the City at that time.


I have worked as a 'Traffic Volunteer' (Guard) on the Talyllyn Railway (Mid-Wales) for over forty years. On my journeys to Tywyn I have often stopped to visit my friends on the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, and my involvement with the smaller gauges has led to me being Secretary of the Lincolnshire Area of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society ®. The Lincolnshire Area of the NGRS (generally) meets on the 2nd Wednesday of alternate months at the 'The Golden Eagle’ 21 High Street, Lincoln, LN5 8BD (PLEASE NOTE: The December meeting will be at the ‘Unison Club', Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1UL), with a start time of 7.30pm. We finish for 10.00pm. We offer a range of events that we hope is of interest to all interested in narrow gauge and minor railways. The Lincolnshire Area (aka the Lincolnshire Narrow Gauge Group) is an Area Group of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society ®.


Our current programme (and an idea of the sort of things we get up to) are below.


2018 Programme

January 10th: Members Slides  of  2017: continued


February 14th -  'Videos from Darjeeling': Peter Barnes


April 11th   'Sentinels from Sri Lanka': Harry (& Sam?) Billmore


June 13th   'Quarries & Tramways of the Yorkshire Dales part two': Stewart Liles


August 8th   'Slates from Dinorwic & Nantlle': Andrew Neale TBC


September 12th  Meeting TBC


October 10th    'Industrials in B&W'- a continuation of 'Hand, Hoof & Rope':  Adrian Foster


December 12th  AGM & Slides of 2018


2017 Programme


January 11th: Cancelled


February 8th: Members Slide Night & continuation of AGM Presentations


April 12th: ‘Bord na Mona: Irish Turf Board’ -Dave Billmore


June 14th:  ‘Quarry Railways & Tramways of the Yorkshire Dales’ -Stewart Liles


August 9th: ‘The Fowler Story’ - John Pease


October 11th: ‘'An Extra Six Inches: the British Army's 2ft 6 in Gauge Railways in the Middle East 1915-19': Iain Logie


December 13th: AGM & Slides of 2017



2016 Programme


January 13th: Members Slide Night & continuation of AGM Presentations


February 10th: Statfold Barn night - Alan Bowler & Graham Lightfoot (& others) present slides of Statfold Barn Railway.


April 13th: ‘The Ruston Story’ - Andrew  Neale


June 8th:  ‘Sierra Leone Railway Museum Project’ - Helen Ashby


August 10th: Ian Drummond - ‘A Talyllyn subject’


October 12th: ‘Austrian Industrials’: Adrian Foster


December 14th: AGM & Slides of 2016


2015 Programme


January 14th: Members Slide Night & continuation of AGM Presentations


February 11th: ‘High Latitudes, Little Engines, Cold Seas: Railways of the Arctic & Antarctic Islands’ - Tim Hudson


April 8th ‘A Small matter of a Military Coup: a trip to Volos’ - Alan Bowler


June 10th: ‘Sewage Farm & similar railways’ - Geoff Hankin (Transferred from October)


August 12th: ‘Protecting the Nation’s Art Treasures: the National ‘repository’ at Manod Quarry, N Wales’ - Chris Mackenzie


October 14th: ‘The Chairman’s Miscellany’: Alan Burgess, Chairman, NGRS


December 9th AGM & Members Slides of 2015 - As always - please restrict yourself to 15 minutes (err, not 45, Mr ...) and first timers go first.


2014 Programme


8th January:  ‘Carry On AGM’ Additional meeting to give those who didn’t have a chance to show slides in December a chance to do so.


12th February: NGRMT at North Ings Farm: the story  so far: Chris White


9th April: ‘Hands, hooves & cable - a journey in monochrome’ - Adrian Foster.


4th June: ‘Ed Lund Memorial Evening’ - John Smallwood with vintage cine from the collection of the late Ed Lund. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE


13th August: ‘Slates from Blaenau’ - Andrew Neale


8th October: ‘Narrow Gauge Miscellany’ - John Scholes


10th December: AGM & Slideshow - A retrospective of the year 2014. Speakers are limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first! (If the event over-runs there is the prospect of an additional event in January 2015)


2013 Programme


9th January,: ‘Carry On AGM’ Additional meeting to give those who didn’t have a chance to show slides in December a chance to do so.


13th February: ‘European narrow gauge in the 1970s’ by Andrew Neale.


10th April: ‘Hands, hooves & cable - a journey in monochrome’ - Adrian Foster. CANCELLED due to illness - replaced by  ‘Indian ng & metre gauge archive’


12th June: ‘The Welsh Narrow Gauge in the 1950s & 1960s - a journey in transparencies’ - David Mitchell.


7th August:  ‘South Africa & Zimbabwe’ - vintage video by Mel Haigh. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.


9th October: War Dept Light Railways of World War One’ - Kim Winter (War Office Locomotive Society).  CANCELLED - Replaced by ‘Railways of Sardinia  plus Colorado & German updates’ - Graham Lightfoot. Change of venue (this event only) to SLHA, Jews Court, Lincoln. LN1 2LS


11th December: AGM & Slideshow - A retrospective of the year 2013. Speakers are limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first! (If the event over-runs there is the prospect of an additional event in January 2014)


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2007 Programme

 

February 14th:  'Health & Safety Sahib? No Problem Sahib' 'What is Health & Safety' - 23 years in India & Nepal  :Tim Hudson


April 11th 'Cuba' :Lawson Little


June 14th :'A Week of N.G. days out'. Alan Bowler


August 8th.'Compressed Air Locomotives': Nick Kelly


October 10th: 'A - Z of Narrow Gauge Railways in Britain: from the resources of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn'. Chris White


December 12th.: AGM & Slideshow


2008 Programme

 

February 13th: 'Welshpool Topics': Dave Billmore


April 9th: 'Railroading the States - 2006/7: Colorado & Wyoming'. Mick Melbourne & friends


June 11th. 'A - Z of Narrow Gauge Railways in Britain: from the resources of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, Tywyn': Part 2. Chris White


August 13th. 'Muscles on Railways': A return visit by ... Nick Kelly


October 1st: Narrow Gauge in Ontario, in the 1860s, 70s and 80s: Rod Clarke


October 8th: 'Ratty Topics': John Taylor


December 10th: AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first!

      

2009 Programme

 

February 11th: Ironstone Mining from Greetwell to Barkston. Stewart Squires


April 8th: The Great Alex Hurd 2009 Video Show by the one and only ... Alex Hurd


June 10th: Steam on the Cambrian & Talyllyn in the 1960s; (& hopefully) Austrian Narrow Gauge in the 1980s (film by John Smallwood & Ed Lund):  John Smallwood


August 12th. The Modern Industrial Railway - Europe, the UK and the USA: Nick Kelly


October 14th: 'When the Wall Came Down'. Graham Lightfoot


December 9th AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first! (and, as agreed, in 2009 people with slides and first timers get first go).

 

2010 Programme

 

February 10th: Slow Train to Sargan: Tim Lockley


April 14th: Steam in Central & East Africa: David Mitchell


June 9th: Running the Cambrian section. Larry Bridges


August 11th. 2'0" gauge in the British Isles: Fred Pugh


October 13th: Kirby Green Miniature Railway. Stuart Ravell


December 8th. AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker  (and, as agreed, in 2009 first timers get first go)  CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

      

  

2011 Programme - As this is the 60th Anniversary of the UK (& World) Preservation movement the talks this year have a ‘nostalgic’ theme.


January 12th: Postponed from December 8th. AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker  (and, as agreed, in 2009 first timers get first go)


February 9th:  Peru & Bolivia - narrow gauge, standard gauge, & Lake Titicaca steamers.Tim Hudson


March  12th & 13th (Saturday & Sunday) - not one of our events but members can often be found at Narrow Gauge North


April 13th : ‘Nostalgia evening’. Members slide night (nothing younger than 20 years old, if possible, and please try and limit yourself to 15 minutes)


June 8th ‘Fifty Years a Talyllyn Volunteer’ - Gordon Rhodes  (Due to circumstances beyond his control Gordon has had to cancel. We are looking for a replacement, but the meeting will take place). REPLACED BY ANDREW NEALE - Subject TBA


August  10th;  ‘Leeds Built Locomotives around the World’ : Ron Redman


October 12th ‘Colorado - Railroad Heaven’ - Graham Lightfoot


December 14th: AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first!


2012 Programme


February  8th : ‘Poland, 2011’ Chris White CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER - NEW DATE - see below


March 13th TUESDAY  ‘Poland, 2011’ Chris White - POSTPONED FROM FEBRUARY


April  11th: Not quite a Tim & Mick show, but ‘Indian retrospect’ - DHR, KSR & INRM from 1990 to 2011, with hopefully some DHR material from the 1970s (& Nepal Govt Rly if I can get it copied)


June  13th: ‘Early Days on the Talyllyn Railway’’ - Gordon Rhodes


August  8th: ‘Nostalgia evening’. Members slide night (nothing younger than 20 years old, if possible, and please try and limit yourself to 15 minutes)


September 12th :ADDITIONAL MEETING - ‘War Dept Light Railways of World War One’ - Kim Winter (War Office Locomotive Society) - Possible joint meeting with the Lincolnshire Branch of the Western Front Association. DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE NGRS THIS MEETING WILL NOT NOW TAKE PLACE. TJH 10/08/2012


October 10th :  Film Presentation - Burma - including the Burma Mines Railway: Mel Haigh.


December 12th : AGM & Slideshow - limited to 15 minutes per speaker - 'first timers' go first!



Membership of the Lincolnshire Area Group of the NGRS ®is open to anyone interested in narrow gauge and light or industrial railways - membership of the NGRS ® is not necessary to attend our meetings. A small charge is made to cover expenses. For further details please contact me (ngrs [at] photrek.co.uk) or telephone me on 01522 524672.


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© Lincolnshire Area NGRS & Tim Hudson. 18th October, 2017