Railway Exploration


Activity

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


News

Railway Exploration – September

September meeting will host part 2 of our look at the Harborough railway scene of 40 years ago.  There will be a presentation on some Chinese steam railways and our usual look at the railway seen through the eyes of an artist.   As always, coffee & biscuits will be served beforehand . Dudley Brown   […]

Train crossing bridge, Little Bowden

Railway Exploration – August

August will follow on from our last meeting’s theme of “fast trains” and be in contrast to the more leisurely pace of the Harborough railway scene of 50 years ago.  There will be some photo snippets and videos to refresh the memories of those times and doubtless some of our long-standing Harborough members will be able to fill in […]

Chapel Brampton

Railway Exploration – July

Group members had a fine day for the field trip to the heritage railway at Chapel Brampton and were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of progress that has been made since our last visit several years ago.  The Stationmaster’s hostelry provided excellent morning coffee and lunch to round things off.  Next month we will […]

Railways – March

Our sessions regularly take a brief look at the railway through the eyes of an artist, writer or film maker – a surprising number of famous artists liked trains!  Recently we have had presentations on: Brunel’s participation in Cotswold railway riots, a 1950s train stuck in Yorkshire snowdrifts for 3 days, the role of the […]

Railway Exploration – December

The Railway Exploration Group continues to grow in number; we are now In our sixth year and have recently welcomed several lady members.  In recognition of November as a month of remembrance we had a short presentation on the contribution of the railway and its staff during two world wars. Important: please note that the […]

Railway Exploration – October meeting

Our last meeting studied the classic ‘Five Ages of a Railway – from birth to death’ as exemplified by the remains of a former GWR Midlands line.  We saw some work of the great American artist Edward Hopper who epitomised American life sometimes through his railway scenes.  An architectural tour of the grandeur of Dunedin […]

Railway Exploration – October meeting

Our September meeting welcomed two new faces for a taster session and hopefully they enjoyed our varied discussion and presentations which ranged from funeral trains in the south of England to the forerunner of HS2 in the North.  On 18th October we shall meet as usual at the Bowling Club, Kettering Road at 1030am to […]

Railway Exploration – September meeting

Our last meeting comprised a most enjoyable visit on a fine summer’s day to the privately-owned former railway station at Theddingworth.  In September we shall meet as usual at the Bowling Club, Kettering Road, Market Harborough (3rd Wednesday of the month – September 20th 10:30 am) for our usual discussions over coffee followed by presentations. […]

Railway Exploration – August meeting

Our next meeting on Wednesday, 16th August will, subject to weather, comprise a field trip to the now privately-owned former railway station at Theddingworth.  We shall meet as usual at the Bowling Club, Kettering Road, but at the slightly earlier time of 10am for coffee prior to the visit.  There will be an alternative wet […]

Railway Exploration – July meeting

Our next meeting on 19th July will, subject to the weather, comprise a field trip to a place of local railway interest.  An alternative indoor programme will continue our study of other interesting railway topics.  Phil Danks.