Sheffield Branch

PEAK RAILWAY ASSOCIATION – SHEFFIELD

BRANCH PROGRAMME 

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 3 October 2016 – “The Route of The South Yorkshireman”  –  slideshow  –  Martin Bromley (Nottingham)

Bradford – Huddersfield – Penistone – Sheffield Victoria – then the Great Central main line to London Marylebone. Martin used to drive on just the Nottingham – Rugby section, but will be showing the full route, and doubtless delivered in his own inimitable style.

Monday 7 November 2016 – “Peter Fox Collection  –  Part 2:  the 1970s”  –  slideshow  –  Andy Barclay

More from the collection of the late Peter Fox of Platform 5 Publications. Tonight, Andy returns to show Peter’s pictures from the 1970s.

Monday 21 November 2016 (7.30pm) – “Railways Remembered”  –  (Film Show at The Central Library Theatre)  –  Rob Foxon

More of Rob’s archive railway film.

Licensed Bar, tea & coffee. In the foyer our usual sales stall with bargain-priced second-hand books, DVDs and model railway items.

Also available, Calendars for 2017 from Platform 5, and large (A5 sized) Christmas Cards (both railway and traditional) by David Charlesworth of Chesterfield, a member of The Guild of Railway Artists, and also packs of smaller (A6 sized) cards from paintings by Eric Leslie produced for the Ashover Light Railway Society.

Our programme for 2017 meetings should be available this evening.

The Central Library Theatre (by The Crucible), Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Start 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm).

Tickets on the door, or from Ian Cosford, 105 High Storrs Road, Sheffield S11 7LD. e-mail: prhtfilms@hotmail.com

Monday 5 December 2016 – Pie Pea & Chips Supper, then “QuickQuiz”, “YourPix”, “Sheffield Area Review of 2016”

Latest news and developments direct from a Board Member. Then John Wade will do another “QuickQuiz” and, after the supper, the slide & digital projectors and laptop are available to show your film clips, slides, and digital pictures (on USB device please; 15 min slots). The evening concludes with Roy Wilson’s “Review of 2016 around Sheffield Area”.

Monday 2 January 2017 (Bank Holiday) – “The Merry-Go-Round has Stopped”  –  digital  –  Dave Darwin

More of Dave’s photos, wry anecdotes, and memories on and off the footplate. Tonight’s focus is on coal traffic looking at various loading methods with colliery screens, bunkers and loading pads, then coal in transit, and finally we see differing discharge arrangements. It seems only yesterday 4w mgr hoppers and collieries abounded in this area, all now gone.

Monday 16 January 2017 (7.30pm) – “Railways Remembered”  –  Film Show at The Central Library Theatre  –  Rob Foxon

“Turn-of-Year Special” with more of Rob’s archive railway film.

Licensed Bar, tea & coffee. In the foyer our usual sales stall with bargain-priced second-hand books, videos/DVDs and model railway items.

The Central Library Theatre (by The Crucible), Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Start 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm).

Tickets on the door, or from Ian Cosford, 105 High Storrs Road, Sheffield S11 7LD. e-mail: prhtfilms@hotmail.com

Monday 6 February 2017 – “Ex BR locos in Industry”  –  slideshow  –  John Wade

Former BR locos at work in industry, spanning the years 1975 to the 1990s when works and factory visits ceased being permitted.

Monday 6 March 2017 – “Switzerland by Rail, Cable and Funicular”  –  slideshow  –  Geoff Proctor

Switzerland’s amazing railways. Pictures from visits 1996-2006 based variously at Spiez, Interlaken and Realp. We see the steam-powered rotary-snowplough at work on the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), also the Furka-Oberalp Heritage Steam Railway over the Furka Pass.

Monday 3 April 2017 – “From Crossrail to The Elizabeth Line”  –  presentation  –  Simon Bennett of Crossrail

Crossrail is due to open in phases from 2017. Europe’s largest infrastructure project to build London’s new railway, including 42km of new tunnels, 10 new stations in central London, and 30 upgraded stations across the rest of the route to add 10% capacity to central London’s rail network and to reduce congestion. An update direct from the horse’s mouth.

Monday 1 May 2017 (Bank Holiday) – “Doug Copley’s Lineside Images” + “The David Odd Collection”

Another two-part evening from our legacy collections. Doug Copley’s cine films include his own commentary and tonight’s films show action at Tinsley Shed, Tinsley Yard, the branch to Smithywood Coking Plant, then Booth’s Scrapyard and the Earles Cement Works branch.

After the interval, Roger shows more steam gems from the 1950s and 1960s from the David Odd slide collection.

Monday 8 May 2017 (7.30pm) – “Railways Remembered”  –  Film Show at The Central Library Theatre  –  Rob Foxon

More of Rob’s archive railway film.

Licensed Bar, tea & coffee. In the foyer our usual sales stall with bargain-priced second-hand books, videos/DVDs and model railway items.

The Central Library Theatre (by The Crucible), Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Start 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm).

Tickets on the door, or from Ian Cosford, 105 High Storrs Road, Sheffield S11 7LD. e-mail: prhtfilms@hotmail.com

Monday 5 June 2017 – “Old Flames”  –  reminiscences  –  Granville Dobson (Bradford)

The title comes from Granville’s book about his cleaning and firing days at Low Moor shed in Bradford (1952-66). Upon closure he moved into Wakefield Control Office, before becoming train crew supervisor at Leeds, responsible for all crew in-and-out of Leeds City station. From there he became an Instructor at Doncaster Training School until retirement. Enjoy Granville’s dry yorkshire humour and witty reminiscences providing an amusing and entertaining evening. Just don’t mention B1s!

Monday 3 July 2017 – “Sigh for a Deltic”  –  digital with sound  –  David Thomas (York)

The sight and sound of Deltics generated a swell of interest, especially towards the end of their era on the ECML. This is David’s slant on those years (1977-82) using his own sound recordings and photographs, captured between London-Edinburgh and out to Leeds, Hull and BREL Doncaster. Like his N E tale last year, the show is orientated around his family but with a later generation, and comes spiced with accompaniment from the Napier orchestra!

Monday 7 August 2017 – “The Jubilees at Millhouses Shed”  –  digital  –  Ted Hancock

A photographic celebration of the LMS built ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 locomotives which were the mainstay of express services from Sheffield to Leeds, York, St Pancras, Birmingham and Bristol from 1935 until the shed closed in 1961.

Monday 4 September 2017 – “Adventures in Europe”  –  slideshow  –  Gavin Lake (Melbourne)

Travels to fourteen different countries in Europe. See a whole plethora of different classes and liveries en route from Malaga in Spain to Burgas in Bulgaria.

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE HARLEQUIN PUB:

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.