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Social Calendar of Events . . .

Come along to one of our talks/presentations at the Roundhouse.

Our popular Social Evenings have returned to the Roundhouse.

All presentations are held in the Roundhouse lecture theatre commencing at 19.30 and finishing between 21.45 and 22.00. Doors open at 19.00.
Presentations are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise indicated.
Hot and cold drinks are available from the buffet before 19.30 and during the interval.
Admission is normally £3.00 for members and £5.00 for non-members.
Free parking on site.

Everyone welcome.

2022 Social Evenings...

20th January

Dave Darwi - 65 Years of Change

As a lifelong railwayman Dave has witnessed many changes over the years. More of Dave’s amusing tales, anecdotes, and images from his lengthy career.

17th February

The 225 Group Introducing The 225 Group

Benjamin Denton-Cardew and Chris Curtis of The 225 Group join us for a very special social evening.  Having recognised that the introduction of the LNER Azumas on the East Coast Main Line would result in the eventual withdrawal of the Class 91s and Mark 4s, the erstwhile InterCity 225s, Ben, Chris and the late Graeme Wright founded The 225 Group to celebrate the fleet’s history and many achievements, promote its continued operation on the main line and support its longevity into preservation. In what is planned to be their first public presentation they will provide a summary of the fleet’s history, what has been achieved by the Group so far and what it has planned for the future.

17th March

Anthony Hicks - Where Would You Like to Go Part 2?

Anthony returns with another evening of audience participation. Anthony will offer a selection of different topics, allowing the audience to select what they would like to see. A good choice of wide-ranging subjects portraying Anthony’s interests and photographic skills will be on offer.

21st April

Les Nixon - A Look at the Railways of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Images from the 1970s when Les lived in the country. Mainly working steam, including Garratts and steam railcars, not to mention an electric unit built in the UK. Many of the locos seen also have UK connections. All accompanied by interesting stories and anecdotes.

12th May*

Chris Booth The Dukeries Route – A Look at the LD&ECR

In the days when coal was ‘king’ an ambitious plan was laid for an east to west rail route connecting Warrington to a new dock at Sutton-on-Sea. Grandly titled the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway, as history was to show, the line would reach neither Warrington nor Sutton-on-Sea, with only the Chesterfield to Pyewipe Junction section and a branch to Sheffield ever being completed. Take a look at the self-styled ‘Dukeries Route’ and its branches through the lenses of photographers from a period of over 100 years.
*The second Thursday of the month.

16th June

Steve Armitage, The Great Railway Time Machine Presents: WCML - Part 2

Rugby to Preston. Superb and rare scenes from the L&NWR, LMS and BR eras in black and white and colour. Nearly all previously unseen or not seen for generations, the images have been restored to pristine glory.

21st July

Chris Jones, 72010 Hengist - ‘The Building of a New Clan’

A two-part show: The first half deals with how the Standard designs came about under British Rail and looks in detail at the design and reasoning behind the new locomotives, concentrating on the Class 6 variant. The second half of the show looks entirely at “Hengist”, taking in the current state of progress and the latest technologies used in its construction. It also looks at the location of CTL Seal in Ecclesfield where 72010 is being built. More information on the project can be found at

18th August

Martin Bromley - The Favourite Railway Journey of my Youth

Born in Lutterworth, we look at the favourite journey of Martin’s youth, Rugby–Market Harborough–Seaton Junction–Stamford–Wansford (now the headquarters of the Nene Valley Railway) and then we look in at Railworld as we arrive at Peterborough East.

15th September

Howard Turner - Memories of Sheffield Victoria to Chesterfield Central

Pictures, tales and anecdotes from the days when Howard lived in Renishaw, between April 1958 and August 1960, and regularly commuted six days a week from Renishaw Central on the 0825, a Leicester Central to Manchester Central train, returning on the 1749 from Sheffield Victoria, a Leicester Central train calling at all stations except Belgrave & Birstall, which was regularly worked by a Staveley D11.

20th October

Gavin Lake - Going for Scrap

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and some surplus locomotives and units inevitably await the fate of the cutter’s torch. This presentation embraces over 50 years of visits to depots, marshalling yards, storage sidings, works and scrapyards in pursuit of the very last shots of old favourites. Locations include MC Metals at Glasgow, Vic Berry’s at Leicester, Ron Hull’s and Booth’s at Rotherham, plus Swindon, Crewe, Laira, Old Oak Common, Toton, Eastfield, Ipswich and many more. See images of Vic Berry’s incredible stacks, learn why Polish scrap locomotives are securely locked and Jim McWilliam’s incredible help on a visit to his yard in the 1990s.

17th November

Andy Barclay - Travels of the Late Alan Lovecy

Alan travelled widely and tonight’s show is taken from his extensive collection, with scenes from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, from many parts of the country.

15th December

Christmas Social

Wait and see!


Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.