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 15 January 2018 (7.30pm)
Film Show – “Railways Remembered” – Rob Foxon

Central Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Doors open 7.00pm
“New Year Programme” including British Narrow Gauge Railways, Railways in Wartime, Loco Spotting days.

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

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

Monday 5 February 2018
“My Swansong” – digital – Ken Horan

Highlights of Ken’s railway photography from his footplate days and his linesiding days, both at home and overseas. A photographic feast with some irreverent banter!

Monday 5 March 2018
“Ten Years Plus at Platform 5” – slideshow – Robert Pritchard

Robert is a news & feature writer at Platform 5, publishers of the Today’s Railways UK and Today’s Railways Europe magazines. He has long been photographing in the UK and abroad, and his involvement with the magazines means that he gets to photograph newsworthy events, and gain access to privileged areas. Tonight 2003-2005.

(Bank Hol) Monday 2 April 2018
“From Monochrome Memories to Medium Format” – 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 starting from the early 1960s from Gloucester, home to the Midland and to the GWR, and visits to his relatives firmly in NER territory in Hartlepool. Humorous tales of shed bunking, footplate rides etc. A nostalgic and entertaining evening.

(Bank Hol) Monday 7 May 2018
“Doug Copley’s Lineside Images” + “The David Odd Collection”

Our legacy collections. Doug Copley’s films include his own commentary and tonight’s film ‘7Y40 Kiveton Colliery to Bolsover Coalite’ (60 mins) also includes the Class 58 bringing the empties from Worksop. Filmed in 1994 the year that Kiveton pit closed on 30 September.
After the interval, Roger Hallatt shows more steam gems from the 1950s and 1960s from the David Odd slide collection.

Monday 21 May 2018 (7.30pm)
Film Show – “Railways Remembered” – Rob Foxon

Central Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Doors open 7.00pm
Tonights theme is freight.

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

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

Monday 4 June 2018
“Big Diesels in the Landscape” – digital – Duncan McEvoy (York)

With the last pockets of diesel-worked mainline services in France rapidly disappearing Duncan would hire a car, carefully plot good photo locations with Google earth, and then patiently wait to get these delightful ‘train in the landscape’ shots. I saw this show at the NRM where it was well received. Hope you enjoy this show as much as I did.

Monday 2 July 2018
“Toy Train to the Clouds” – digital – David Charlesworth (Chesterfield)

David is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists and is also a founding member, Director, and the Magazine Editor of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society supporting this UNESCO World Heritage Site and its wider community. Including photos from his 2016 visit, David presents an up-to-date review of the challenges facing this remarkable railway, which has links with the Ffestiniog Railway in the UK.

Monday 6 August 2018
“The Sheffield-Dore Widening in Pictures” – digital – Ted Hancock

Ted’s extensive photo collection shows the 2-track to 4-track widening in the early 20th century with enlargement of Midland station, bridges rebuilt, construction of Millhouses Shed, and then a detailed look at the extensive alterations at Dore.

Monday 3 September 2018
“Time Machine Visits Midland Metals” – digital – Steve Armitage (Leeds)

Steve’s time machine visits the Peak District, and much more. Steve specialises in digital restoration (b/w and colour) of the steam era from Victorian times to the end of BR steam, and is a custodian of many archives from organisations such as the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and photographers such as Gavin Morrison. The quality of restoration from ‘lost’ photographs involves many hours of work and has to be seen to be believed. One not to miss.

Monday 1 October 2018
“The Favourite Railway Journey of My Youth” – slideshow – Martin Bromley (Nottingham)

Born in Lutterworth, we look at the favourite train journey of Martin’s youth which was Rugby – Market Harborough – Seaton Junction – Stamford -Wansford (now Nene Valley Rly), then we look in at ‘Railworld’ as we arrive at Peterborough East.

Monday 5 November 2018
“Peter Fox Collection – Part 3: The 1980s” – slideshow – Andy Barclay

More from the collection of the late Peter Fox. Tonight, Andy returns to show Peter’s pictures from the 1980s.

Monday 26 November 2018 (7.30pm)
Film Show – “Railways Remembered” – Rob Foxon

Central Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ – Doors open 7.00pm
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. Also railway-themed Christmas Cards and 2019 calendars.

(Our programme for 2019 meetings should be available this evening)

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

Monday 3 December 2018
Pie Pea & Chips Supper with a Peak Rail Director, and then “QuickQuiz”, “YourPix” and Roy Wilson’s “Review of 2018 Around Sheffield Area”

Latest news and developments direct from a Peak Rail Board Member, then John Wade’s “Quick Quiz”. 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), and then the evening will conclude with Roy Wilson’s “Review of 2018 around Sheffield Area”

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.