Railway Exploration


The Railway Exploration Group has an attendance regularly in the 20s. We have a broad membership including an increasing number of lady members, all of whom are welcome to contribute – and often do so. Expert help with presentations is available if needed.  Our interests lay in all aspects of the railway with regular attention to both local and historical aspects – “Anoraks” are normally left at home and reserved for our occasional good-weather field trips!

This fascinating group has an appeal to Railway Buffs and Innocent Railway By-Standers alike.  The learning and understanding curve is gentle, captivating and invariably illustrated by first class research, photography and by film.  The group’s speciality line is the old Peterborough to Rugby line and the various routes that radiated from Market Harborough.  A highly recommended group for ladies and gentlemen members!!

Where and when

We meet at any time after 10.00am (3rd Wednesday, Bowling Club, Kettering Road) for coffee and a natter, with the serious business starting at 10.30.

Other information

New members are very welcome and more information is available from the group leader. Do come along for a taster session if you're interested – we won't even charge you the £2 room fee!

Contact details

Phil Danks 01858 463922


First in the Field - Locomotive

Railway Exploration – February 2020

Railway companies have always used publicity & advertising – especially during the 1930s when finances were in decline and road competition presented a serious threat.  We’ll take a look at how they managed this aspect of the business & how it spawned some highly-prized pieces of artwork for today’s collectors. Our next meeting is at […]

Railway Exploration – January 2020

An essential constituent of the steam locomotive diet is water. We’ll start the year by looking at how the railways coped with this requirement which sometimes necessitated expensive engineering and always careful management by drivers & firemen.  Should you be intrigued by the illustration alongside then come along to our next meeting (10.00 am Wednesday […]

Painting by Espagnat

Railway Exploration – December

PLEASE NOTE: The Railway Exploration Group does not meet in December. Our next session will be on Wednesday January 15th (10.00am 3rd Wednesday of the month at Kettering Road Bowls club).  We ended this year’s session with a ghostly story from the Great Western Railway of 1925; this was preceded by guidance from Birdwatching Group’s […]

Railway Exploration – November

As we approach the Christmas season it’s time for ghost stories and for our last meeting of the year we have an “Armchair Theatre” production of the creepy events befalling two passengers who missed the last late-night train. Meet in the Bowling club at 10am Wednesday 20th November for nerve-strengthening coffee & psychological support!

Railway Exploration – October

Come fly with me! During the 1930s the railways suffered intense competition from other forms of transport. Part of the fightback was to set up their own airlines in the spirit of the time as epitomised by luxurious & streamlined fast trains like the Coronation Scot. Join us for pre-fight briefing & coffee in the […]


Railway Exploration – September

Last month we looked at signal box history & types. In September we’ll cover signalling equipment & procedures and what can happen when things go awry. Coffee at the Bowling club from 10.00 onwards, do come for a taster session – the coffee’s not bad either!  

Signal Box

Railway Exploration – August

The Victorian equivalent of today’s air traffic control system – signalmen & signal boxes will be the main topic for our next meeting on Wednesday August 21st. With safety considerations in their infancy the 19th century train was sometimes a dangerous way to travel. Coffee at the Bowling club from 10.00 onwards – we look […]

Railway Exploration – July

At our next meeting (Wednesday July 19th) we’ll see how easy it is to be mistaken on location, identity and details of old railway scenes and discuss some ways of getting to the right answers .  Several new members have joined us recently and we further extend a warm invitation to all you guys & […]

Railway Exploration – June

  Our June meeting takes in the annual field trip.  This year it will be a visit to Lowesby, where the old railway station on the Leicester holiday line to Skegness has been lovingly restored as a private residence; followed by lunch in a Langton hostelry.  We’ll meet at the Bowling club for pre-excursion coffee […]

Railway Exploration – May

We shall be taking a look at Isambard Brunel’s solution to the Victorian HS2 project – his was no less controversial.  Coffee and chat from 10.00 onwards with news & presentations starting at 10.20.  Come and join us in the Brexit-free zone of 19th Century fine British engineering!  Dudley Brown