Gloucestershire Transport Events 2017

2017 looks like being an exciting year in Gloucestershire and the counties surrounding it as these transport events reveal.



Weston Super Mare Model Railway Show at will be held at The Campus, BS24 7DX on 10 September 2017.


The Cheltenham Branch of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Club will be held on each of the dates below at 1930 at The Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2SY

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Remembering the Withered Arm
Nigel Wassell

The Southern’s mainline west of Exeter was well
known amongst enthusiasts, as trains departed
from Exeter in the opposite direction to the GWR
ones. Other notable features included the Meldon
viaduct and parallel stations at Lydford. Nigel will
present a then and now style show of the line.






Lydney Model Railway Show will be held at Dean Academy, Lydney, on 23 and 24 September 2017


A few technically minded Dwarfs in the Blue Mountains have developed Middle Earth’s first steam locomotives and a railway to link their mines to other communities. The Hobbits were not keen on the technology at first but they are now accepting it, especially as it brings in new supplies of pipe weed and wine. When visiting Hobbiton End, look out for the town band on the platform, the cool store dug into the rockface and the memorial built to Frodo Baggins, the ring bearer himself. It measures 8 x 2 ft.A Model Railway Exhibition for the Three Counties and South Wales organised by the M5/M50 Narrow Gauge Modellers will be held at Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, GL20 8DF ( close to M5 Jcn 9)  from 1000 to 1630 on Saturday 7 October 2017.  Adults £6.00 /  5-15 year olds £3.00.  Full details can be found here but Hobbiton is one of the layouts confirmed.







Tuesday 17th October 2017
The Life of 7903 Foremarke Hall
John Cruxon

This engine was built in Swindon in 1949 under
BR and named after a house in Derbyshire. It’s
first shed was Old Oak Common before
transferring to Cardiff East Dock until 1964.
Currently in beautiful working condition on the
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.


The Gloucester Model Railway Show will be held at Thomas Keble School, Eastcombe, Stroud, on 21 and 22 October 2017


The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway will hold its third annual Heritage Diesel Weekend between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 July 2015. Among the attractions will be the Bury Hydraulic Group's blue liveried Class 35 Hymek D7076 and my 4mm scale diorama Ming Ing among a number of model railway layouts in the diesel locomotive shed at Toddington.The Autumn 2017 Cheltenham GWR Modellers Exhibition in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal and sponsored by Cheltenham Model Centre will be held at St. Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, GL51 3NU from 1000 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017. Admission: £4 adults, £2.50 children.  £9 family (2 adults + 2 children under 14 years). Layouts will include (0 Gauge) Mooreswater (P4 Gauge)  Allt-y-Graban Road, Hillside Exchange (00 Gauge) Alkerton Road, Bishop Street Yard, Elderdyke for Clogger, Minehead, Thomas.  (3mm)  Chipping Compton, Three Acres.  4mm static displays will include Ming Ing (pictured)






Thornbury Model Railway Show will be held at The Chantry, Thornbury, on 18 and 19 November 2017.


Tuesday 21st November 2017
My Early Days
David Maidment OBE

David started his railway career with BR Western
Region as a clerk before joining the Traffic
Apprentice scheme. Amongst his many other
roles he was Chief Operating Manager for the
London Midland Region from 1982-86. He is
currently involved in the Railway Children charity.


Tuesday 19th December 2017
The History of Swindon Works Volume 1
Brian Arman

The society’s chairman will give us an in-depth
look at the early years of the works, first opened
on the 2nd January 1843.



Tuesday 16th January 2018
Eastleigh to Romsey and Salisbury.
Nigel Bray

This is Nigel’s third talk for us on the railways of
Hampshire, following on from the previous shows
the line’s history and services will be covered in
detail, so please come along and support a local



Tuesday 20th February 2018
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam
Railway and the Broadway Extension
Alan Bielby

With the imminent opening of the newly built
replica station and signal box on the extension to
Broadway, tonights show will tell the story of how
the railway has developed and grown over the last
30 years.


Tuesday 20th March 2018
South Wales and a Little Bit More
Stuart Warr

After scanning his collection of slides from the
early 1970‘s onwards, Stuart will present a digital
show covering the South Wales area up to the
present day.


Tuesday 17th April 2018
The Branch Annual Business meeting

Visitors are welcome as usual. Your branch needs
you, please attend if you can. To be followed by
Members entertain. Please bring along a selection
of your best slides or digital images to share with
the rest of the branch. Alternatively give a short talk on a railway subject.

















Before the Manchester Ship Canal could be completed in 1894 the (fictional) aristocratic owner of the salt marshes between Ince and the River Mersey insisted on an aqueduct under, rather than a swing bridge over, the canal to be built to offer “free and unfettered” access between them and his oil refinery and model town of Runport St Nicola.Hucclecote Model Railway Show will be held at Hucclecote Methodist Church, Caribrooke Road, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3QP – on the Number 10 bus route from Gloucester to Cheltenham – from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday 18 June 2018.  Admission £4.00, accompanied children free.  Runport St Nicola featured in the 2017 show but at the time of writing attractions have yet to be announced.















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