Bedford Branch

Chairman: Bill Davies Click to E-mail
Secretary: Chris Jones Click to E-mail


In normal circumstances, 13 meetings are held each year at 19:30 - 22:00 in
St John's Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0DL
(unless otherwise stated)

Admission £2.00 Members, £3.00 Non-members (includes free tea or coffee).  Refreshments are served at half-time
You can buy new and second-hand books and other items at all indoor meetings.

Meetings Programme 2024

4th June The Midland Heads for Wales: Part 1 Hereford–Brecon, by Chris Jones
The Midland Railway, not wanting to be left out of the "Dash for Swansea", takes the hard way; via running powers, takeovers, even renting shed space and almost entirely single line working. Includes a selection of photographs taken by the late Alan Jarvis.
2nd July Real Steam, Here, There & Everywhere, a digital presentation by David Scudamore.
A celebration of pre-preservation working steam in Britain and around the world in the last 65+ years, with over 50% of photographs having been taken in the UK.
Please note change of speaker and subject
13th August Chairman's day out. Where will we go this year?
3rd September The Railways of Devon and Cornwall, by Michael Clemens
This presentation uses film, B&W and colour images & covers many of the lines across the two counties and the steam locomotives that worked over them during the early 1960’s.
1st October Thomas Brassey and his work, by David Hunt
Arguably the most important contractor of the Victorian age who was responsible for much of the Railway development in the years when most of our railways were built.
15th October AGM. Followed by A Tribute evening to the late Ken Dickens, Geoff Biggs & Chris Foren
5th November A Broad-Gauge Journey: Part 1 London to Swindon presented by the Rev Canon Brian Arman (President of the RCTS)  Beginning at Paddington we take a historical, photographic, journey along Brunel’s great mainline to the West.
3rd December Slides from the late Derek Cross collection, presented by David Cross
A welcome return visit with a further selection of his father’s classic photographs.
17th December Christmas Meeting. A further selection of films from Frank Banfield’s extensive film library with food from the local chippy

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Bedford Past Meetings 2023

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Bedford Past Meetings 2020-2022

Summaries of Past Meetings 2020-2022

Bedford Outdoor Visit Reports

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