Club News

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GREETINGS: A happy New Year and best wishes for 2020 to all our members.                                                                                 

TONIGHT: Making his first visit to BRS, we’re pleased to welcome Bryan Longbone with his show: “A Centenary of Doncaster Station & Associated Life.”

RAILWAY CHARITY FOR 2020. Our new railway charity for 2020 is “The Friends of Rolleston Station.” Looking forward to 2021 we need to choose a Railway Based Charity for 2021 and this decision will be taken at our A.G.M. on Wednesday 18 March, so far only one suggestion has been made and that is to support the new build 82045 on the Severn Valley Railway. If you have an alternative idea, please see me tonight. After the AGM we’ll present the cheque to members of the Great Central Bridge the Gap Team who in turn will give us an update on the project.

NEXT SHOW P. S.O.V 2019. By tradition our February slot is always allocated to Preserved Steam on the Main Line by Dave Richards & Karl Jauncey, make sure you have enough money with you to buy your copy.

MEMBERSHIP CARDS: Dave Hook has membership cards ready for those who haven’t collected them yet & he’ll also take payment from members. 

SNOWBALL DRAW: There will be a Snowball draw tonight for those members who’ve already paid; the prize will be £20.


Opened in Sudbury, Derbyshire dealing mainly in second-hand OO gauge and stocking a good range of locomotives, wagons, coaches, track and accessories. It can also carry out repairs and servicing. Address: Sudbury Junction, Lord Vernon's Old Offices, Sudbury Courtyard, Sudbury Hall, Sudbury, Derbys DE6 5HS. (2 minutes from the A50 and A515). Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Tel. 07789-147005 & 07452-955664.


Members must collect their new membership card before 9th January to qualify for the first Snow Ball Draw. Remember that the first 2020 monthly meeting is on the 8th January and the speaker has been highly recommended by Stepen Gay.


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Tonight Dave Hook will have Members envelopes containing: membership renewal forms for 2020; the programme of presenters for 2020; AGM notification forms; and a Christmas card.

Please note that as the first Wednesday in January is on New Years Day, the January 2020 Meeting will take place on the second Wednesday on the 8th.

Several packets of the late Roger Knight's photos will be on the stage for collection.

MODEL RAIL-EX: Congratulations to Chris Eaton and Jeff Howard for once again organising a most succesful event. Thanks also to the numerous members who volunteered to help the smooth running of the event and to Members who visited the show. However, next year's will be the last one, unless new organisers come forward to take over from Chris & Jeff.

PHOTO EXHIBITION & PIE AND CHIPS SUPPER: The last event was the most succesful ever, so much so, that next year we will hold it in the main hall. But it will be held on Wednesday 21 Octoberbut - not as shown on the 2020 programme.

NEXT MONTH'S MEETING ON 4 DECEMBER: We look forward to welcoming once again Bill Chapman, a former railway employee and a fine photographer. His presention will be: Wales in the Mid 1960s and Early 1970s. He plans to cover the lines in the former Cambrian area and North Wales along with the early days of Narrow Gauge Preservation.


Our presenter on 4th September is Chris Banks who concludes his mammoth alphabetical tour of locomotive depots with "Engine Sheds Part 12 - The Finale". Les Nixon makes his annual visit on 2 October.

The Pie, Peas & Chips Supper and Photographic Exhibition take place on Wednesday 9 October at the usual time but in the lounge. Please bring your own photos for display. Dave Hook has mounting boards available free of charge for this purpose. So see him and also get Your Pie, Peas & Chips tickets at £4. I will also have a slide show of 50 images of Southern Steam for your entertainment.

BRS MODEL RAIL-EX : Don't forget our annual show at the National Brewery Centre on Sunday 3 November from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Admission is £5. If you can help with the stewarding arrangements, please get in touch with Chris Eaton or Jeff Howard. And, now is the time to start looking out for those unwanted items of railwayana for sale on the members' stall.


NEXT MONTH: Wed. August 7th our presenter will be Andrew Goodman, managing director of “Moveright”. Andrew moves locos around the country hence the title “I Moved It My Way!” He is also a keen enthusiast and owns some locomotives himself. 

BURTON JUBILEES: In the June issue Vol. 28 no.9 of British Railways Illustrated there is an article concerning the repairs carried at 17B to the Jubilees by yours truly. Thanks also to members Malcolm Crick, Paul Forbes & Dave Fleming for their help in compiling the article. There are 14 photographs of Burton based Jubilees both at Burton & around the country to illustrate it. Dave tells me that the decision to base so many of the class at Burton was because 17B had a full maintenance staff at the time & Burton was also a central location for loaning the locos out elsewhere.



Note that all future meetings of Leicester Railway Society will be held at the Braunstone Civic Society, 209 Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2PP. This change also applies to the Quiz. This notice came from stephensignalman@talktalk.netSubject who asks that interested persons should edit their email settings.


Way back in April 1997, BRS produced Newsletter issue no. 24 and in it was an article 'Recollections' part 1 by railwayman Don Watson, a BRS member until his death in 2016. His son, Lez, has been trying to find a copy of the second and final part which was scheduled to have been in issue 25 in May 1997.


AGM Wednesday 20 March

This year, after the official business, Richard Sant, the Chairman of the Patriot Society, supported by Neil Collinson, the Treasurer, will give us an hour long presentation on its current situation as it approaches the finish line. We will also present the Patriot Society with a cheque for £440 from our railway based charity last year,

For our railway charity this year, we are supporting the Great Central “Bridge the Gap” challenge, so please remember the donation box as you come in on Club Nights.

The Ivanhoe Line

A local group has been set up to lobby for this line be re-opened. Its last meeting at the “Railway Inn” in Swadlincote was attended by over 70 people. Check our ‘Events’ page for details of its next meetings.


​BRS Railway Charity

Thank you for your superb support for the Patriot Project - at February's meeting I will let you know how much was raised. Also I hope to organise a one hour presentation from the Patriot Project to take place after the A.G.M., - unfortunately Dave Fleming isn't in a position to make his traditional presentation.

Please let me know if you have a suitable project in mind to support next year so that members can make a choice at the A.G.M.


​​Model Railway Exhibition - New Organisers Required

The very succesful 2018 RAILEX is over, and Chris Eaton and Jeff Howard have given advance notice that they will be stepping down from their role as organisers after the 2020 Railex. So, if you may be interested in taking over from them, firstly talk it over with either Chris or Jeff. Training.  and assistance will be given to the vounteers. The advance notification means that anyone taking over has the opportunity to shadow the existing team  Please speak to me if you need more information.

Christmas Social: There will not be a social this year as the Committee felt that the event had fallen out of favour.

​Membership Fees for 2019: As was agreed earlier this year, current members are to be given a membership "holiday" for 2019 but they will still need to collect their envelopes with all their details inside.

​CLUB NIGHT CAR PARKING: If you ever find the car park is full, additional parking can be found at the Active Car Park on the opposite side of the road to Marston's main entrance.

​"PATRIOT PROJECT": Courtesy of member Chris Canner, DVDs were offered for sale at £1 each at our August meeting and all the proceeds are going to the Patriot Project. At the previous monthly meeting the sale of books, plates and 17B replica plates raised £82. A donation of £35 from the family of the late Barry Nicholls, together with monetary donations on the night raised in excess of £130 for the Project. 


After many years of waiting, for which I apologise, we are now showing photos on the web site. There is still a slight technical adjustment to be made but photographs are there. The majority of the photos will be of winning (1st, 2nd & third) photos from our own annual competitions. These will be regularly re-cycledly so that the display changes and new photos can be added. So if you are a winner, or even a multiple winner, please send your photos via this site or on disk including: your name, tltle of the photo and the year it was a winner. Occasionally, other photos of interest will also be shown like the two examples now on view - members on a Wardle's Dawdle and on a visit to Rampart. Members can submit such photos which show achievements or events which reflect well on the Society. (20180405)


Three of the decisions taken at the AGM were as follows. As the Society was once again in a healthy financial state, the Committee announced that the annual membership fee would not be charged for 2019. Secondly, the title of Honorary Vice President was granted to long-serving Lilly Atkins - we wish her well. The third decision was that the 'Good Cause' project for 2019 ould be the Great Central's bridge and embankment appeal.  (20180405)


The project for 2018 is the new-build Patriot 'The Unknown Warrior' which could be completed early in 2019. Please give generously - the collecting box is on the table as you come in Marston's Club.The first 'Good Cause' started in 2017 when the first beneficiary was the LMS 6201 'Princess Elizabeth project'. The final sum collected then was £420 which included £60 from the unclaimed money from the membership number roll-over draw. (20180405).

​JUBILEE 'MADRAS': We are pleased to announce that the 'Madras' railway enthusiasts group from Shropshire has made contact with us again and some of its members are hoping to attend one of our monthly meetings this summer. (20180405).

THEFT FROM ROLLESTON STATION SITE: Member Clive Baker has reported that the 'ENGINES MUST NOT PASS THIS POINT' sign has been stolen from the Rolleston on Dove station site. The sign has a white background with red lettering. Please, if you hear or see anything about this theft, please contact Clive on (20180208).

​​MIDLAND 4F 0-6-0 No. 44120: You may remember Alan Eastham who was searching for a photograph of 44120. Speaking to him recently he said that he nearly got a third of the way to meeting his goal. How only a third you may ask? Well, he put in a bid on Ebay for a photo of another 4F which was coupled to 44120 which had just its cab in the picture. Even then he was out-bid so he is still looking.


Category A:  1st. Dave Hook - 46100 on Nene Valley Railway ;  2nd. Dave Hook - Kiddy dawn;  3rd. Andy Colson - Isle of Man against the sun

Category B:  1st. Dave Hook - Derby Station downpour;  2nd. Andy Colson - Derby and snow;  3rd. Andy Byron - Class 37 at Clay Mills

Category C:  1st. Adam Crick - Dog in Class 2 cab;  2nd. Adam Crick - Gathering on East Lancs;  3rd. Malcolm Crick - 'Bittern' at Bewdley

Overall Winner - Dave Hook

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered.

​​​​ASTON LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT - MIDLAND 4F 0-6-0 No. 44120: "This is an appeal for a photograph of 44120 that was allocated to Aston loco depot from 1953 until its withdrawal in November 1959. During those seven years it would have been a regular performer mainly on freight trains but to my knowledge no photograph has ever been found. Why was it so camera shy. It’s the only locomotive running in 1959 where a photograph has never been found. Surely it was a regular performer in the Greater Birmingham area."I started collecting photographs of all BR Steam Engines that were running in 1959 in 1976 and have built a collection of photos from books and magazines in my own collection and then bought photos from numerous collectors and libraries. In recent years the internet and scanners have been very useful to complete many gaps and along with fellow ‘photospotters’ I think weve just about covered every published photo. There were just under 16,000 engines in 1959 and I've got them all apart from this one. "I've exhausted all the material in all the major museums in the UK including the vast material in the archives at the National Railway Museum and concluded that no other photo exists-UNLESS- perhaps someone living in the Aston and surrounding areas might have a family photo of a Railwayman with the engine or, perhaps local trainspotters from the time might have a photo in their private collection. Naturally Railway Modellers too might be a valuable place to look hence this approach to The Burton Railway Society. "I would be most grateful if this appeal could be passed on to your members in the hope that it might lead to finding a photograph. Failing that, any suggestions as to where further approaches could be made would be invaluable. Naturally I would make a donation to the club if one turns up where the loco is identifiable. I" would be most grateful for any assistance you may be able to offer." Alan Eastham

QUERY ON HEAD CODES IN 1970s: A retired second man from Nottingham is looking for information on head codes from the 1970s so that he can fill some gaps in his diary. He says that Nottingham used to work grain trains to Shobnall - 8E90 & 8E92 - and he would like to know where they went to re-loading and where did 8E92 start from. He will be very grateful for any information. To reply go to 'Contacts' above or phone 01283-550915.


Judging of the annual Photographic Competition took place on Wednesday 19 October 2016. The results were:

Category A: 1st  Andy Colson - "IoM by the sea"; 2nd Dave Hook - "Statfold chimneys"; 3rd Andy Bryon - "Bury night shot"

Category B: 1st Ken Bull - "Class 47 at Rugeley"; 2nd Andy Colson - "Turbostar in the country"; 3rd Mark Ratcliffe - "Metrolink Depot"

Category C: 1st  Andy Bryon - "Fox on the line"; 2nd Andy Colson - "IoM confrontation"; 3rd Dave Hook - "Nemesis Class 31 livery" 

The overall winner was Andy Colson for "IoM by the sea". Congratulations to the winners and to all those who submitted entries because the overall standard was very high this year. Thanks were extended to local photographer, Ollie Daniels, who acted as the sole judge of the photographic entries. The attendance was higher than usual (no doubt due to the attraction of the Pie & Peas) which caused Mark Ratcliffe to wonder if next year's event should not return to the main hall. Before the proceedings commenced more of Roger Newman's excellent photographic collection was running on the screen and after the pie & peas Mark ran through them again one-by-one.

BARRIE NICHOLLS: The sale of our late-member Barrie Nicholls's railway collection made £148 for MacMillan Cancer. His cousin Derek and Barrie's family thank all who helped to raise this amount.


Following much work, this Society document has been put on line at This covers the period 1875 to 1911. Type in the surname you are interesred in, then "Click Here at the top of the Burton section. If you find a relative the site mangers would like you to contact them.


See the 'Links' page for details of BRS Member Chris Canner's Bookshop (including his website) if you would like to get in touch with him between meetings.

VISIT TO RAMPART, DERBY 18 NOVEMBER 2011: To see the report and photographs,  Click here

PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUMS: The Society has several photographic albums mainly of scenes in and around Burton with a few covering a wider area and some devoted to loco portraits.


Eric is a local man who travelled all over the country photographing trains, but also took a considerable number in Burton. Eric is unfortunately now blind and the Society purchased his collection of 17 albums from him. These are kept at the Club and can be readily accessed on Club Evenings should members or visitors so desire. Requests should be made to the Club night organiser Mark Ratcliffe. They are titled:

The Burton Area

Burton Mainly Jubilees & Scots
Derby Shed & Works
Early Diesels At Derby
LMS Classes 40024 - 54398
GW Classes Vale of Rheidol No.7 - 3814
GW Classes 3824 - 6023
GW Steam Around The Country
SR Classes Vol. 1 A1X - Lord Nelson
SR Classes Vol. 2 Lord Nelson - USA Tanks.
LNER Classes A4 / A3 / A! / A2
LNER Classes A2 - D49
LNER Classes D49 - A8
Mixed Bag GW / SR / LNER
Around The Country Featuring LMS & BR Standards
BR Standards & Irish Locos
Crewe / Shrewsbury & Snow Hill


This features 50 photographs taken at Cadley Hill Colliery by this well-known photographer.


Twenty-three volumes of diesel photographs plus a few electrics are also available at the Club H.Q. These photos are 7" x 5" in size, many taken around Burton and are generally stored in albums according to classes. The photographic quality of these is mixed and some are quite poor, but they form a record in many cases of the recent past.

The Society holds the following albums which contain many first class shots with some in colour and some rare shots eg. 92220 'Evening Star' on 17B Burton Shed.

The 17B Albums (2 Volumes)
Burton Brewery System (2 Volumes)
A North Staffs Album With Reference To The Burton Area.

These albums are looked after by Committee Chairman Mark Ratcliffe and a special request is required in order to view them. They are usually made available to members at least twice a year.


'Diaries of a Trainspotter' - illustrated talk by Michael Harvey


'Brewery Railways' by Ian Peaty

'Brewery Railways of Burton on Trent ' by Cliff Shepherd

'British Steam Nostalgia' by Colin Garratt

'Leicester and Burton Branch Railway' by H N Twells

'Life on the Leicester Line' by Tony Gregory

'LMS Album' by C C Dorman

'LMS at War' by G C Nash

'North Staffs Locos' by K Hopkins

'Our Model Railway - the Bass System Railways in Burton' by H N Twells

'Rail Centres - Derby' by Brian Radford


The Society now has in its possession the Graham Coxon Scrapbooks. These contain articles pertaining to railway interest with many items being of local interest, there are three volumes altogether.


2007 members were kept entertained by Mark Ratcliffe with the screening of 70 slides. The first 14 were a mixed bag of pre-Colour Rail Slides by CCQ & ADC which Mark obtained from a recent visit to the Mid Hants Railway. These slides featured scenes from all over the country and included some rare colour shots of pre-nationalisation steam. Next came half a dozen local scenes of industrial locos at work at Tutbury Plaster Works & Bagworth Colliery. The second magazine was dedicated to bygone scenes in Derbyshire with just an occasional excursion over the border. Steam locomotives were the main subject matter, but a few diesel locomotives and a couple of DMUs were screened.