What’s on

We meet on the first Friday of the month from September to May. All meetings are held at the Methodist Hall, Station Street,Bishop’s Castle, SY95AQ.  They commence at 7.30 pm and finish approx. 10.00pm


FRIDAY APRIL 6th at 7.30pm

50 Years a Railwayman

Tony Goff has had a 50 year association with British railways ending his career as a senior manager. In 2005 he chaired the inquiry into the 2002 Potters Bar accident. Tony will talk about his career and describe some of the events that shaped it.



All members are warmly invited to attend the
Friday 2nd March 2018
at 7.30 pm.
In the Methodist Hall, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle

The agenda will include reports from the current officers and election of officers and committee members for the coming year.
Plus an opportunity to hear about our busy year, moving out of the Museum and into The House on Crutches. Also, future plans for the weighbridge project.

This is your opportunity to meet other members and to have your say on how the society is run. Your views are welcomed as every member is an important part of the society.
If you have any items for the agenda, regardless of whether you are able to attend the meeting, please send them as soon as possible to Secretary Peter Mills email: ps.mills@btinternet.com

FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2018 at 7.30pm

HOW THE CANAL ALMOST CAME TO BISHOP`S CASTLE                                                           Professor Michael Rosenbaum returns to tell the story of how a canal was once considered for South Shropshire linking the Leominster and the Montgomery Canals

These were both constructed, although not completed as the promoters had originally intended. Funds could initially be raised, but it was two decades of war in foreign lands that delayed construction. With peace came the railways, which led to plans for rural canals to be abandoned forever. The talk will include details of how the canal would have been promoted locally and where it would have been constructed in the vicinity of Bishop’s Castle.


Friday 5th January 2018 at 7.30pm
PRESERVED STEAM On B.R. including the central Wales line
– with Ron Davies
It is always a pleasure to welcome Ron back for the first talk of the new year.        His extensive knowledge of railways guarantees an entertaining and informative evening.



Friday 1st December 7.30pm

Building the 81st Grange – Paul Appleton and David Huntbach



“From a Class of 80 locomotives no ‘Granges’ survived the cutters torch, a glaring omission in the ranks of preserved locomotives.
No. 6880 is under construction at the Llangollen Railway’s workshops so come and find out how the ‘Grange’ class locomotives became the ‘engineman’s engine’, why we have chosen to build Betton Grange, and hear about the progress we’ve made.”



November 3rd    Constructing the Worcester to Hereford Railway – Gordon Wood

Constructing the Hereford and Worcester railway line: featuring Colwall-Malvern Tunnel, Ledbury Tunnel, River Severn Railway Bridge, Foregate Street Bridge, Rainbow Hill Bridge, Ledbury Viaduct, Malvern Link Station, Great Malvern Stati