Sheffield Branch


We meet at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the upstairs room of The Harlequin Pub, 108 Nursery Street, Sheffield S3 8GG. A real-ale pub with ample nearby parking, and evening meals available from 6:00pm if you wish to eat before the meeting. Directions, parking and public transport details are at the end of these notes. To raise monies towards Peak Rail projects, pay for sandwiches at the interval, and to cover speaker expenses, we request a £3 donation on the door. Members and non-members most welcome!

Monday 7 January 2019 – “The Sheffield-Dore Widening in Pictures – Part 2”  –  digital  –  Ted Hancock

Last August a full house enjoyed Part 1 of this show when, such were the number of interesting pictures, we only got as far as Heeley. Part 2 now continues south including the construction of Millhouses Shed and a detailed look at the extensive alterations at Dore.

January  –  Rob Foxon “Railways Remembered” at the Library Theatre


Monday 4 February 2019 – “My Swansong 2”  –  digital  –  Ken Horan

By popular request, more highlights of Ken’s photography from his footplate days and his linesiding days, both at home and his trips abroad. Another photographic feast laced with irreverent banter!

Monday 4 March 2019 – “Trains and Terrains”  –  slideshow  –  Geoff Proctor

Geoff heads for the hills both at home and abroad, so in addition to the UK with the S&C etc. we shall also see the USA with The Silverton & Durango, Switzerland with the Jungfraubahn and the Furka Oberalp Cogwheel Steam Railway, plus Sardinia and some other snippets.

Monday 1 April 2019 – “From Monochrome to Fujichrome”- slideshow  –  Peter Skelton (Gloucester)

Peter, a sparring-partner of Ken Horan (Feb), has agreed to make the long journey to show memories of his early outings to London and elsewhere starting out from the early 1960s from Gloucester, home to the Midland and to the GWR. Also visits to his relatives firmly in NER territory in Hartlepool. Humorous tales of shed-bunking, footplate-rides etc. promise a nostalgic and entertaining evening.


By Road:  The pub adjoins Junction 9 “Bridgehouses” at the northern apex of the Inner Ring Road, providing direct access (follow A61N Barnsley) from the Sheffield Parkway link road from M1 (J33). The postcode of the pub is S3 8GG.

Parking:  After 18:00 patrons of The Harlequin have free parking in the large Aizlewood’s Mill car park. This parallels the Inner Ring Road, and is just behind the pub. Access is from “Spitalfields” which is the lane along the nearside of the pub, and which is immediately left upon leaving J9.

Rail, Tram & Bus:  At Sheffield railway station the footbridge gives direct access to Supertram. Take any tram from the nearest platform for just one stop to Fitzalan Square. There you turn right and continue 400 yards down Haymarket and Waingate to the bridge over the River Don (“Lady’s Bridge”). Immediately over the river, Nursery Street is first left and the pub is at the far end on your right (an easy 10 minute walk).

High-frequency bus routes 3, 7, 8, 8A, 83 and 83A have stops right outside the pub in both directions, and other City Centre bus stops are just 5 minutes walk away. From Argos, Wilkinson’s or the former Castle Market, pedestrians can use the signed “Upper Don Walk” which starts just 100 yards down Bridge Street from Lady’s Bridge, and is to the rear of Snig Hill Police Station. On the Walk, the pub is visible from the bowstring river footbridge.