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



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

Railway Exploration – April

Graham Clark will recount his visit to the steam railways of Pakistan and explain how “make do and mend” contributes to the efficient running of a railway.  Coffee and chat from 10.00 onwards with presentations starting at 10.20.  If you can no longer remember what life was like before Brexit do come and join us […]

Railway Exploration – March

  Our pre-meeting cup of coffee contains milk which may well have come from another country though in 1850, London’s milk was supplied by 20,000 cows kept within 9 miles of the Bank of England.  We shall be looking at how the railway gradually enabled farmers from far and wide to participate in this profitable […]

Railway Exploration – February

It’s often very cold in February so we’ll be warming ourselves up by looking at how they fed the steel furnaces at Corby with the help of Thomas’s friend  “Percy the Small Engine”  long since retired to Harborough’s Glebe Road Traction Club.  Of further note we still have several items – including an interesting bedstead […]

Railway Exploration – January 2019

January is when we start to look for our summer holidays.  Your writer will assist the group, possibly even bring back memories, with a photographic foray into the “Camping Coach” and a look at how the railway companies participated in the provision of holidays in much the same way as package-holiday airlines do today.  We […]

Railway Exploration – December

Tony Cook is working on his 5th volume of “Fascinating Stations” and we look forward to more old photos and quirky details of station place names during 2019.   A recent visit to York by your writer unearthed an unusual bed with railway connections and also, a piece of stonemasonry commemorating one of the most influential […]