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 1st February 2019 at 7.30pm


John Perkin takes us on a tour of the Birmingham railway network in the days of steam


Friday 4th January 2019 at 7.30pm

” Early Travels with a Cine Camera”

Ron Davies joins us for his annual presentation, this time looking at some of his early cine films. Ron has travelled extensively over many years and has a vast library of railway films. His railway knowledge makes for an entertaining evening.


Friday 7th December 2018     at 7.30pm

A Continental Selection   Bob Sweet

Bob Sweet visits us again to show another selection of his superb photography, this time, on the continent.

Bob has been a regular visitor to Bishop’s Castle and his images appear regularly in the railway press.


Friday 2nd November

Railway and Transport Films  – John Rimmer

An evening of fascinating and entertaining films.
A day in the life of a London terminus,           Moving industrial equipment in North Wales, Relaying St Pancras in LMS days (look out for the man with the saw!) and more.                         Health and safety? No chance!





Friday 5th October 2018 at 7.30pm
Railways before the Rocket – Peter Brown

Peter Brown tells the story of early tramways and railways, the precursors of what we have today. We even go back into classical times to see what the Greeks and Romans were up to!



The Monthly Meetings are back!
Friday 7th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Northern Railways in the Days of Steam
Geoff Cryer

Geoff Cryer’s interest in railways began when his grandfather took him, as a young child, to see the steam trains at the local station.

Photo by Geoff Cryer
GWR no. 6000 King George V passes the old Condover railway station on its way home to Hereford, after working a steam special to Shrewsbury

The monthly talks are taking a Summer break and will start again on 7th September. Meanwhile there are lots of events in the coming months.

SATURDAY 18th AUGUST at Ludlow Racecourse


On Saturday May 26th BCRS will be raising funds for the Weighbridge Project with a stall and display boards in Bishop`s Castle Town Hall during the Spring Bank Holiday Craft Fair 10am-4pm

Central Wales Line Trip Saturday 9th June.
Keith Lucas has traditionally organised a trip on the Central Wales Line to Llandrindod in early June and it’s been suggested that we change slightly and make the visit on Saturday 9th June. The train leaves Broome, which is our normal joining point, at 0935 (Craven Arms 0929, Knighton 0953) returning from Llandrindod at 1542. The fare is £7.10 (unless if you have a railcard). If you’re planning to come, you can, of course, just turn up but it would nice to know who’s coming. Just let John Rimmer know and he’ll notify Keith Lucas.

Abbey Station, 192A Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6AH
June the 17th
‘Shropshire’s Buses and Lorries’
Working with local enthusiasts, we are celebrating Shropshire’s memories of its bus and lorry services: most of these companies, now long gone. Midland Red and the other rural bus companies will be remembered, together with the wide number of family haulage companies ranging from Parry’s of Bayston Hill to Swains of Stretton and so many others.


A bold new initiative from Welshpool Town Council, the event will celebrate all forms of transport from boats to horses and a wide variety of vehicles – classic; vintage; commercial and agricultural. For more details visit http://welshpooltransportfestival.org.uk/

* The BCRS display boards and sales table will be in The Corn Exchange in Welshpool Town Hall on both days *


FRIDAY 4th MAY at 7.30pm


Tom Brady will tell the story of the 1921 Abermule accident.

The Abermule Train crash on the 26th January 1921 involved a head on collision
between a west-bound stopping train from Whitchurch, and an east-bound express
from Aberystwyth. It was caused by a miscommunication between staff, a mistake
which cost 17 lives on that January day. Fifteen passengers, including a director of
the railway, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, and the driver and fireman of the stopping
train were killed in the crash.
Both engines involved were 4-4-0 passenger locomotives.



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.