Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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May 19th 2017     (note early date to avoid Bank Holiday)

“An evening of steam nostalgia” was a talk by Simon Foote  

On a warm summers day in 1959 at Kings Cross Station in London, a group of schoolboy trainspotters have gathered at the far end of one of the platforms. Lunch consists of a pack of sandwiches, a bottle of Tizer and a frozen jubbly. Ahead of them are the smoking portals of Gasworks Tunnel. A distant chime whistle is heard and the cry goes up "It's a streak"!!   Lunch is hastily replaced by Ian Allan ABC's, notebooks and pencils.

The unmistakable outline of an A4 Pacific emerges into the sunshine and eyes are strained to be the first to spot the smokebox number. A cheer goes up as 60022 Mallard runs past towards the buffer stops.

Fast forward to 2017 and it's occasions like this which have inspired "An evening of steam nostalgia" -  a colour slide show with stereo sound to bring back memories of British steam at work.  

May 14th 2017

Club Sunday outing to Amberley

May 1st 2017

Railway themed anniversary at Ashurst (New Forest) - see below

May 27th & 28th 2017

Exhibition by the New Forest Model Railway Society - see their website

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On Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May 2017, the local Community Group held a Family Fun Day at the station and in the adjoining “The New Forest” pub garden.

Starting with a re-enactment of the Opening Ceremony of 1847 at 11.00 am, the Victorian dressed party  saluted the SW Trains stopping train at 11.40 am.  Then the activity switched to the pub garden where a miniature railway offered children rides.


in the MARQUEE

Ocean Harmony Barbershop Chorus and The Bourne Valley Jemz Jazz Band are provided the music throughout the day. 

photo by Peter Adams