Bradford Railway Circle 

Circle Diary

Meetings are held at Bradford Mechanics' Institute Library (2nd floor: lift access available), 76 Kirkgate, Bradford BD1 1SZ. Unless shown otherwise below, meetings will start at 2:00pm.

2024 Programme subject to change
Jan. 10th The Isle of Wight & Back Twice in a Day   POSTPONED: Venue still unavailable. See new date below: Feb. 21st. Robert Clarke
Jan. 24th AGM & Members' Night   NB New date.
Feb. 7th Old Fashioned Slide Show Alan Ward
Feb. 21st The Isle of Wight & Back Twice in a Day   NB New date. Robert Clarke
Mar. 6th Steam Days in Scotland, LMS Lines Steve Armitage
Apr. 3rd 1960s Railway Scene as seen by Leslie Metcalf Chris Taylor
May 1st Fifty Years Back John Holroyd
May 29th Stately Trains Stephen Middleton
June 26th A Mixed Bag of Trains John Whiteley
July 24th [Title/Speaker swap] 50 Years of Scottish Railways and Travel Chris Davis
Aug 21st [Title/Speaker swap] A Tale of Two Stations- The Saga Continues Philip Lockwood
Sep. 18th AMTRAK's California Zephyr Julian Halstead
Oct. 16th Steam Memories from the David Lane Archive Ben Gordon Taylor
Nov. 13th Where Would You Like to Go? Anthony Hicks
Dec. 11th AGM & Members' Night

2023 Archive
Jan. 11th Just Trains John Whiteley
Feb. 8th Sixty Years Back John Holroyd
Mar. 8th Excursions 50 Years Ago Roger Hepworth
Apr. 5th A History of Low Moor MPD Granville Dobson
May 3rd My Footplate Experiences Granville Dobson
May 31st Toronto & Vancouver 1981 (plus vintage steam) Dave Peel
June 28th [Title/Speaker change] WCML Part 3 - Preston to Glasgow Steve Armitage
July 26th In Search of Big Steam in Spain Mike Swift
Aug 23rd From the Back of the Cupboard Steve Batty
Sep. 20th French & Belgian Steam Colin Boocock
Oct. 18th [Title/Speaker change] Neville Hill Depot - Diary of an Escapee Peter Holden
Nov. 15th Railways in the Lake District Martin Bairstow
Dec. 13th AGM & Members' Night   CANCELLED: Venue unavailable. To be rescheduled.

2022 Archive
Jan. 12th An A-Z of Railways - Part 1 [Title/Speaker change] Chris Davis
Feb. 9th St Pancras to Carlisle Roger Hepworth
March 9th An Austrian Trip - Part 2 John Holroyd
Apr. 6th West Coast Main Line - Part 2 Steve Armitage
May 4th Swiss Narrow Gauge, East of Geneva Ray Wilkinson
June 1st The Railway Slides of Peter Fox - Part 2 Andrew Barclay
June 29th Australia Bill Jagger
July 27th India - a Pot Pourri John Holroyd
Aug. 24th Stateside Wanderings Chris Taylor
Sep. 21st Tracks Abroad (NB Meeting starts at 2pm) Julian Halstead
Oct. 19th Journeys of a Canal Travelling Man Paul Monahan
Nov. 16th Zermatt for the Matterhorn (NB Meeting starts at 2pm) Robert Clarke
Dec. 14th AGM & Members' Night

Feb. 10th Trans-Canada 1981 (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Ian Button
Mar. 24th Bradford Area 1980-2021 (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Peter Holden
April 7th On The Narrow Gauge (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Philip Lockwood
April 21st A Yorkshire Railway Quiz (answers) (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Bill Jagger
May 19th 2019 - Britain Before Lockdown (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Peter Holden
June 2nd Trans-Siberian I - Irkutsk & Lake Baikal 1986 (VIRTUAL MEETING, NOT AT SEDBERGH) Ian Button
Sept 22nd Belgium - Trains, Trams & Beer! also Sale of Railway Books (PHYSICAL MEETING AT SEDBERGH) Peter Holden
Oct. 20th A Railway Miscellany (PHYSICAL MEETING AT SEDBERGH) John Whiteley
Jan. 15th Travelling the Rhaetian Railway (including the Landwasser viaduct). Robert Clarke
Jan 29th Across India by Train Colin Boocock
Feb 12th BR - Now and Then. Steve Fort
Feb 26th Transforming Rail David Horne LNER MD.
Mar 11th 50 Years Back. John Holroyd
Mar 25th Mixture No.6      Cancelled Dorothy Burrows
Apr 8th 20 Subjects.        Cancelled Gavin Morrison
Apr. 22nd Rails in Wales 70s and 80s  Cancelled John Bromfield
May 6th An A to Z of Railways. Cancelled Chris Davis
May 20th Merchant Navy Class   Cancelled Dave Peel
Jun 3rd Steam Video from Britain and Europe Cancelled Jan Van Frausum
June 17th A Railway Miscellany  Cancelled John Whiteley
July 1st West Coast Main Line, Part 2 Cancelled Steve Armitage
July 15th Railways of Ireland Part 2 Cancelled Keith Preston
July 29th Railway Preservation Society of Ireland Cancelled Norman Forster
Aug 12th Stateside Wanderings Cancelled Chris Taylor
Aug 26th Along the Lines with Modern Traction Cancelled David Tillotson
Sept 9th A Quick Look at Slow Trains Cancelled Dave Peel
Sept 23rd Industrial Steam Cancelled Steve Fort
Oct 7th An Austrian Tour Cancelled John Holroyd
Oct 21st Swiss Narrow-Gauge East of Geneva Cancelled Ray Wilkinson
Nov 4th Journeys of a Canal-Travelling Man Cancelled Paul Monahan
Nov 18th Tracks Abroad Cancelled Julian Halstead
Dec 2nd Photography Competition Cancelled Tom Ickringill
Dec 16th 75th AGM, Followed by Member’s Night Cancelled  
Dec 30th “The Slides of Peter Fox” part 2 Cancelled Andy Barklay

Jan. 2nd Long Ago Far Away; Ian Button
Jan 16th Before the Railways Came, An Intro. To Canals Paul Monahan
Jan 30th German Narrow Gauge John Holroyd
Feb 13th Isle of Man Transport. Julian Halstead
Feb 27th Steam Locomotives You Wouldn’t Believe Paul Abel
Mar 13th Mixture No.5 Dorothy Burrows
Mar 27th 10 Years plus at Platform 5 Robert Pritchard
Apr 10th Australia and New Zealand Peter Holden
Apr 24th The Slides of Peter Fox. Andy Barclay
May 8th The Rise and Fall of USA Passenger Trains Chris Davis
May 22nd Bradford City Transport (part2) Ian Dougill
June 5th Steaming Through Lancashire and West Riding Steve Fort
June 19th Flying Scotsman and all 78 Others! Dave Peel
July 3rd WCML Part 1 Euston to Crewe. Steve Armitage
July 17th Around the UK in Classic Railway Posters. Jane Ellis
July 31st Railways of Ireland Keith Preston
Aug 14th Steam, Steam and more Steam. David Tillotson
Aug 28th Steam Train Travel Through the countryside to the coast Gary Hayhurst
Sep 11th Bradford Favourite Transport, (Bradford's Trolleybuses) Your Webmaster
Sep 25th From Contraction to Expansion Paul Bigland
Oct 9th Not Switzerland Tonight Philip Lockwood
Oct 23rd 50 Years Back John Holroyd
Nov 6th Midland Railway Outpost - Railway and Maritime Operations.
Lancaster, Morecambe & Heysham. Presented by Martin Bairstow,
Jan Papatz and Alan Whittaker
Nov 20th Where Would You Like To Go Anthony Hicks
Dec 4th AGM  
Dec 18th Halifax to Hong Kong by Train Geoff Budd
Jan 3rd  Crewe to Carlisle Return  Steve Fort
Jan 17th  40 years back  John Holroyd
Jan 31st  Fire up the Pentax  Steve Batty
Feb 14th  Cold Wednesdays The Restoration of the Last Leeds Horse Tram  Jamie Guest
Feb 28th  A selection of Scanned Slides - Cancelled due to snow  John Whiteley
Mar 14th  Mixture No. 4  Dorothy Burrows
Mar 28th A selection of Scanned Slides  John Whitney
Apr 11th  Railways of the Jungfrau Region  Robert Clarke
Apr 25th  Bradford City Transport  Ian Dougill
May 9th A Railway Presentation Gavin Morrison
May 23rd  Railways & Tramways of the Yorkshire Dales Quarries And Mines (Part 2)  Stewart Liles
Jun 6th  1980  Robin Lush
Jun 20th  The LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 A Celebration of “Second Rank” Power! Dave Peel
Jul 4th  Railways around the Midlands in the 1970s  John Bromfield
Jul 18th A Man Who Built Bridge  Bill Jagger
Aug 1st  The Cromford & High Peak Railway  John Evans
Aug 15th  Looking Back  Bill Jagger
Aug 29th  Railway Travels  David Wilkinson
Sep 12th  Bradford Railways in Colour  Jan Rapacz and Alan Whittaker
Sep 26th  BR Class 91  Paul Corrie
Oct 10th  Irish Railways Today  Julian Halstead
Oct 24th  Steam to Diesel  John Evans
Nov 7th  Photography Competition  Tom Ickringill
Nov 21st  50 Years Back  John Holroyd
Dec 5th  73rd AGM followed by Members Night  
Dec 19th  African Travels Of Wadey  Eddie Lumb
Jan 4th My Australasian Trip Keith Preston
Jan 18th West Highland Sleeper Julian Halstead
Feb 1st What Might Have Been? Jamie Guest
Feb. 15th "Sir Thomas Bouch - Hero? Villain?  Or Bad PR? Bill Jagger
Mar.1st Vintage Trip from South to West Yorkshire. Dr Les Nixon
Mar 15th 70s and 80s A Bit of This and a bit of That. Paul Corrie
Mar 29th Here and There Dorothy Burrows
Apr 12th A Railway Quiz. John Holroyd
Apr 26th Australia Chris Taylor
May 10th Great Northern Outposts vol. 2 The Halifax Thornton & Keighley Railway Jan Rapacz and Alan Whitaker
May 24th Railways - Social History and the Rural Railway. Rob Shorland Ball
Jun 7th Welsh Steam in the 1950s John Carter
Jun 21st Modernisation Plan, Diesels at Work Howard Bolton
Jul 5th 1986 BR and Preserved Railways John Bromfield
Jul 19th Railways of the Great War Colin Hatton
Aug 2nd Yorksksire Dales Quarry Railways and Tramways Stuart Liles
Aug 16th Digital Images from outside Britain 2013 - 2017 Peter Holden
Aug 30th Members Night - when you are all invited to bring something to entertain / interest us. Suggestions are digital images, slides, photo prints, railway relics and ephemera or a brief talk. Presentations can be any length but with a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 10 minutes please. Relics and ephemera can be put out on the tables but as ever are at your own risk.  
Sep 13th "Run VT un-edited Jim Bennett
Sep 27th Yorkshire, USA & SA Mike Swift
Oct 11th Forty & Fifty Years Back John Holroyd
Oct 25th Excursions from Bradford Roger Hepworth
Nov 8th Mind the Gap. (London Underground) Jason Cross
Nov 22nd Train Songs Spencer Vine
Dec 6th 72nd AGM, followered by Members Night.  
Dec 20th Looking Back. Bill Jagger
Jan 6th Aire Valley Rail User's Group Keith Preston
Jan 20th BR Blue. Julian Halstead
Feb 3rd. A Railway Quiz Peter Holden
Feb. 17th. The Class 40 Preservation Society. Martin Butterworth
Mar.2nd. The Middleton Railway. Ian Dobson
Mar.16th. The First Five Years of Digital Photography. Alan Ward
Mar.30th. A Continental Compilation. John Holroyd
Apr. 13th. Decapods, Giesls and Albatross. Stuart Lindsey
Apr. 27th. The years of 2008 & 2009'What I Photographed Robin Patrick
May. 11th. A History of Eastleigh Locomotive Works. Colin Boocock
May 25th. The Deltic Preservation Society. Richard Walsh
Jun 8th. From ICI to BRB Chairman- 42 years on the Railway. (But NOT Beeching!) Stuart Baker,
Jun 22nd. Scottish Railway Miscellany 1978-1981. John Bromfield
Jul 6th. Tourist Trains of Ecuador & Peru. David Peel
Jul. 20th. Looking Back I Enjoyed It. Bill Jagger
Aug.3rd. Great Northern Outposts Volume 1 Alan Whitaker and Jan Rapacz
Aug.17th. Pioneer Line, Midland 1907 Electrification to Morecambe Jamie Guest
Aug 31th. A Swiss Mixture. Philip Lockwood
Sep.14th. RCTS Railtours from the late 1950's to the present day Gavin Morrison
Sep 28th Steaming Around the UK. David Tillotson
Oct 12th. Run VT (unedited) Jim Bennett
Oct.26th. Forty & Fifty Years Back. John Holroyd
Nov.9th. Photography Competition. Tom Ickringill
Nov.23rd. London Underground. David Wilkinson
Dec 7th. 71st AGM, followed by Member’s Night.
Dec. 21st Wandering with Wadey Eddie Lumb

Jan.7th   Big 4 Steam to BR Steam by John Whiteley
Jan 21st   CANCELED DUE TO SNOW rescheduled for Feb 4th
Feb 4th   Recent European Travels by John Holroyd
Was Mixture number 2 by Dorothy Burrows
Feb 18th   North America Revisited by Chris Davis
March 4th   Modern Traction in Recent Years by Steve Batty
March 18th   More Ramblings From An Ex Signalman by Dave Scriven
April 1st   1990s Part 3 by Peter Holden
April 15th   Wadey's Wanderings by Eddie Lumb
Apr. 29th The Route of the Master Cutler by Ken Granger
May.13th Northern Rail by Pete Myers
May 27th.UK mainline Steam (digital) by Ben Collier
Jun 10th. German and Austrian Steam 1969 by Noel Coates
Jun 24th.The Grassington Branch by Peter Huff
Jul 8th. Grand Central by Sean English  Replaced by Dorothy Burrows
Jul 22nd. Tramways of Leeds by Ian Dougill
Aug 5th.Outside Visit
Aug 19th Lost Lines to Nottingham by Simon Swain (Replaced by Peter Holden Night pictures)
Sep.2nd Steam In and Around York by Chris Nettleton.
Sep.16th Ravensthorpe Story of a Station by Mike Swift
Sep.30th The Robert Whitfield Show, UK steam 1948-1958'. Peter Berry.
Oct 14th. Still On Film, Another 200 to View     Paul Corrie
Oct.28th. 40 Years Back John Holroyd
Nov.11th. Steam and Diesel in the West Riding   Jim Livesey
Nov 25th. "Around Britain by Rail" presented by John Holroyd. Dec 9th. AGM, followed by Member’s Night
Dec 23rd. Monsoon Tours Faces & Places    Philip Lockwood

Jan.8th. Colour Rail Slides 1950s 1960s. Keith Preston
Jan 22nd. A Potpourri of all Gauges. John Holroyd
Feb 5th. Another Brighton Byway. Tony Newnham
Feb. 19th. The Railways of Nidderdale. Chris Henderson
Mar.5th. What Are Railways For? Rob Shorland-Ball
Mar. 19th. Do You Remember? Dorothy Burrows
Apr. 2nd. Mainline Steam UK and Overseas. Dave Collier
Apr. 16th. Railways Behind The Scenes. Paul Bigland
Apr.30th. Uphill All The Way, The Snowdon Mountain Rly. Geoff Queen
May14th. A Northerner Down South Part 2. David Peel
May 28th. 1975 Robin Lush
Jun 11th. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Alexa Stott
Jun 25th. Old Flames – memories of a Low Moor fireman Granville Dobson (NB Change of speaker)
Jul 9th. Dave Scriven’s Rambles. Himself
Jul. 23rd. 5 Thousand Miles in Search of a Tram to Roundhay. Jamie Guest
Aug.6th. The Streamlined Trains and Mallard’s Record Run. Chris Nettleton
Aug.20th. It’s All About Us.Eddie Lumb
Sep.3rd. Outdoor Meeting
Sep.17th. Steam Everywhere – Everywhere Steam. David Tillotson.
Oct.1st. Trans Pennine and Northern England Modernisation and Electrification Stuart Baker
Oct 15th. Trains Across India. Colin Boocock
Oct.29th. Photography Competition. Tom Ickringill
Nov.12th. Thirty and Forty Years Back. John Holroyd
Nov.26th. 45 Years of Railway Photography Part 3. Les Nixon.
Dec 10th. 69th AGM, followed by Members Night;