PEAK RAILWAY ASSOCIATION – SHEFFIELD BRANCH PROGRAMME 2018
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 2 July
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 3 December
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.