The Locomotive Club of Great Britain was founded in Aylesbury in 1949 by the late Jack Turner. The aim is to foster a keen interest in railways in the UK and abroad. It has over 500 members with some from as far away as Australia. It currently has branches in Central London, North London (Wood Green), Dorking, Brighton, St Albans, Bedford and Newburgh (Parbold, near Wigan). A small donation is usually requested per attendee to cover meeting expenses. Topics range widely, sometimes with speakers who are specialists in their subject. The jewel in the crown of LCGB activities is the overseas tours programme which is planned by members for members only. Tours have been organised to as far afield as the USA, Mexico, Russia, China, India and Sri Lanka, to give only a few examples.
All members receive a copy of the professionally printed and distributed Club journal, the Bulletin, 10 times a year, in printed or electronic form. Member's contributions are welcomed. There is an Annual Club Reunion held on a Saturday at a venue in central London in mid-January. It is a splendid day's entertainment and includes items of both UK and non-UK interest, such as a review of Club overseas study tours. It is free to Members: details of the 2024 Reunion can be seen here.
Apart from giving details of Club fixtures, and containing reports of Club Tours and other events, it gives regional, preservation and overseas news, and reviews of new railway books.
It also contains a range of interesting articles and excellent photographs by members. (The editor always welcomes contributions).
A sample issue can be seen here.
The Club runs an e-mail group, LCGB@groups.io, for members only, to supplement (not replace) the Bulletin as a means of communication to and between members, in particular for situations where the Bulletin production cycle would take too long.
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The Club has a comprehensive library, in Keen House, London, from which books may be borrowed, either directly or via branches.
It has now reopened following the pandemic and a change librarian, and is available to Members only for browsing before Central London branch meetings from ca. 18:00 to 18:30, and at the interval. The Library collection itself has been properly rearranged and the room has been tidied up. The list of Library contents has been completely revised and updated. A set of new procedures for borrowing and returning books is currently being drawn up and will be announced later this year. The intention is to permit access to the Library collection for all members including those who do not live conveniently close to Keen House. All this is thanks to the hard work of our dedicated and professional Club Librarian, Robert Barker, with much appreciated assistance with the Library list from Adrian Palmer.