The Friends of the
National Railway Museum

South of England Group
Vice Presidents: Vice Presidents: David Buck; Peter N Townend

Last Update

  2 July 2017


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Diary of Events



These are the last Briefings sent to members of the FNRM living in the South of England - No 83 is the final one issued. Future reports of the Group's activities appear in the NRM Review (not currently available on the web).  They are available to view as pdf files, for which you will need Adobe Acrobat, or similar reader. The advantage of pdf is that the display will appear exactly as the original Briefing was produced.
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83 - April 2017 2500 AGM report, Evening Lectures: David Maidment - At the Toss of a Coin; Mike Hudson - The History of the Pullman Car; Britain on Film - Railways, Outreach Reports: Warley MRX, East Beds MRX, Leamington & Warwick MRX, Alexandra Palace
82 - November 2016

1700 AGM and New Year Social, The New Meeting Rooms, Evening Lecture: Ambulance Trains and The Benguela Railway, Conference Report: Railway Work - then and now, Flying Scotsman at Tyseley, Outreach Report: Flying Scotsman Trips, South West Herts MRX, Bishop's Stortford MRX, TADrail
81 - April 2016

1200 Changes to Briefing, The Flying Scotsman Inaugural Train, Project Wareham by Frank Roberts, Funeral Trains by Nicholas Wheatley, Members' Evening, Outreach report to Rushden Mixed Transport, Obituary Roy Bell and Dorothy Brown
80 - December 2015

950 Lynton and Barnstaple Railway by Peter Miles, War Office Locomotive Trust by Kim Winter, Outread report to Tyseley
79 - September 2015

1100 Visit to Science Museum Wroughton, Visit to the Statfold Barn Museum, NRM Collection and Research by Andrew McLean, Outreach report to London Museum of Water and Steam.
78 - July 2015


London Museum of Steam and Water, Members' Evening, Possible Visit to Wroughton, A Curious0 Scrapbook. The New N.R.M. Miniature Railway, Winston Churchill Fund – Final Position, Outreach Report, Evening Lecture Programme, Leicester North Museum Award

77 - March 2015

Winston Churchill – Project (Nearly) Completed, Bridging the Gap and Leicester North Museum – GCR, James Cholmeley Russell, AGM
76 - December 2014

1100 North Yorkshire Moors Railway presentation by Philip Benham, London Transport Acton Depot signalling afternoon, Winston Churchill Exhibition, London Post Office Railway lecture by Chris Taft
75 - October 2014

2200 Progress on Winston Churchill, The NRM Signalling Collection by Russell Hollowood, Forest of Dean summer visit, Death of Roger Emerson.
74 - July 2014

500 Final information on Summer Outing, Winston Churchill – The Exhibition, NRM & LTM Friends Signalling, Outreach to Alexandra Palace and South West Herts, Sisters in the Far East (visit to Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto, Japan), The Directors's Cut (Address by Paul Kirkman, Director NRM)
73 - March 2014


AGM Report, Building My Own Railway (John Jolly of Mangapps Railway), Mid-Hants Railway and Winston Churchill, Restoration of GWR 2-8-0 No 4253 (Charlie Masterson and Brian Atkins)

72 - December 2013

AGM and New Year Social notice, Restoring Cheltenham, Re-purchase of Captain Bill Smith RNR nameplates, Heritage Traction on the Underground, Progress on Winston Churchill
71 - September 2013

Outing to the Rother Valley Railway, Railways Change Lives at TNA and NRM, A Personal View of Flying Scotsman by Roland Kennington, The ACE at Battledown by Philip D Hawkins, Summer Outing report to Middleton Railway, Mallard at Grantham, Plans for Summer Outing 2014, Winston Churchill progress, Borough Market Junction Signal Box restoration started, Outreach to Northampton and Grantham
70 - June 2013

930 Late Summer outing notice, Railways Change Lives conference, March and April Lectures - the Gilliam Collection, Winston Churchill Update, Then and Now - Selby, Borough Market Junction Signal Box
69 - March 2013

Changes to Spring lecture programme, Six A4s at NRM, New product lines, Bridging the Gap - the Rother Valley Railway, Outreach and mainline steam tours
68 - December 2012

Lecture by Gordon Reed; Plans for 2013 Summer Outing; The ACE at Battledown – A progress update; Update on Winston Churchill Appeal; Outreach report to Banbury, Tring/Wing. Peterborough and Warley; Borough Market Junction Signal Box; Report on members' (USA Railroads) evening
67 - October 2012

Steve Davies leaves the NRM, Change to November meeting, On and Off the Rails by Bill Davies, Outreach to Northants and Banbury, Summer outing to Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Winston Churchill at Great Dorset Steam Fair and Mid-Hants Railway
66 - June 2012

Welcome to Dick, Farewell to two Stalwarts (Alan Pegler and Leo de Rothschild), Volunteer Opportunities for South of England Group, John Wesley Comes Home, Some Antipodean Trains, Living North Eastern, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Summer Outing, Mainline Steam Trains
65 - March 2012
No65 view
No65 print
Alan Pegler Obituary, 150 Years of London Underground, Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, Summer Outing Plans, Outreach to East Beds MRX and London Festival of Railway Modelling
64 - December 2011

An Evening with Sir William McAlpine, Princes Risborough North Signal Box, A Camden Walk, FNRM at the NEC, Members' Evening, Outreach to Banbury, Tring, and the NEC, Richard Causebrook obituary
63 - September 2011

Job of the Curator Anthony Coulls (NRM), FNRM Embroidered clothing, Railway Children at Waterloo, Rail vs Air to Frankfurt
62 - June 2011

Camden Heritage Walk, Members' Evening report, Group Summer Outing Report to Embsay, Outreach Report to S.W. Herts model railway show, Flying Scotsman unveiled, GB IV Odyssey, Winston Churchill - Getting It Together
61 - April 2011
2011 AGM report, Members' Evening advance notice, Camden's Railway Heritage, Outreach report to East Beds MRX and Alexandra Palace, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Winston Churchill fundraising launch, Locomotive Timing and Load-Book

60 - December 2010


Wandering Tornado, Winston Churchill proposal, Monster Moves, Outreach, AGM notice

59 - October 2010


Steve Davies (Director NRM) addresses Group, NRM exhibit at Milestones Museum, RHDR, Outreach

58 - June 2010


AGM and members' evening, Outreach, Main-line steam tours, Rocket at Hyde Park, Summer outing to Nene Valley Railway

57 - March 2010


Rescheduled AGM notice, Steam in China, Travelling Post Office, Wooler comes to Basingstoke, Railway Children to Waterloo, Outreach Report, Mainline Steam Excursions

56 - December 2009


Evening Talks: Belinda Morris on the palns for NRM Great Hall, Paul Hepworth on GNR Suburban resignalling, The Euston Arch, Outreach report to TADrail & NEC, Riachard Inwood and Mike Smith on Moved By Steam, AGM notice

55 - September 2009


Summer Outing to East Lancs Railway, Travels with Ollie, Lord Nelson Book, Streamlined Duchess

54 - June 2009


Flying Scotsman Appeal, Railways of Switzerland, Eastleigh Experience, Unveiling a Legend (GNR J52), All Gas and Flared Trousers,

53 - March 2009


AGM Report, Members' Evening, Collection Locos on the Mainline, 1247 Repaint, Outreach, New Postcards, Lord Nelson update, Flying Scotsman update, Summer Outing Arrangements, Elections to Council

52 - December 2008


AGM Notice, Wensleydale Railway, Railways at War, Summer outing to Statfold Barn, Outreach to TADrail and Warley, Sales on the move

51 - September 2008


Summer Outing to Amberley, Rails to Metroland by Dr Clive Foxell, Dedication to Captain Bill Smith, Four A4s at York, Steaming through Austria, Outreach report to Quainton Road

50 - June 2008


Be Safe Men - Making Railway Workers Safe 1900 to 1939 by Dr Mike Esbester, 1968 and all that, Spanish Practices, Outreach to Alexandra Palace, NRM Locos in the south