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Autumn programme announced

Created on 11/09/2019 @ 12:06

The Welshpool Area Group, which supports the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, has published details of its autumn programme of meetings.

Among the items on the menu are a talk about the early days of the automotive industry, a review of the local Cambrian Railways system, past, present and future, and an account of the London Underground in Victorian times.

Although the group was originally formed by local members of the preserved railway, its meetings have for a long time been open to anyone with an interest in the topics. The talks are held in the Welshpool Council Chamber starting at 7.30 p.m. and a payment of £3 is requested from people attending, to help cover the group’s costs.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are available and there is usually a raffle to raise money.

At present the group is funding a new departure ‘clock’ to show the time of the next train from Raven Square station.

The first meeting of the new season will be held on Monday 16th September. The speaker will be Ian Hughes, a local member of the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, and he will talk about the early days of motor car manufacturing in the UK. During the talk he has promised to reveal some little-known connections with the North Powys area.

In October, their guest will be Trevor Roberts who will speak about the remaining sections of the local Cambrian Railways network, and its likely future in the hands of the new franchise holder, and Transport for Wales.

In November, Bob Robinson will speak about the early days of the London Underground, a system he got to know well during the time that he featured in the Guinness book of records for visiting the greatest number of its stations in the shortest possible time.

Full details of the group and its activities are available on its website -

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