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The Local Area Group of the Swanage Railway Trust
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The PRC provides support for the Swanage Railway Trust and the Swanage Railway. Our main focus is the presentation of railway-oriented talks, slide and film shows. Our meetings include an "update" on the latest happenings on the Swanage Railway. Details of our latest programme are shown below.

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Meeting Programme
Date Description Type Speaker
11-Jan-19 Of tangerine, chocolate and Irish cream: a transport odyssey around Britain and Ireland. Presentation Gavin Johns
This talk discusses the opportunities presented for enthusiasts of all modes of transport in Britain and Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s. We will look at rail in particular, with detailed examples from all the regions of British Railways and Ireland. The 1950s were the last significant decade for steam, leading to the total demise of main line steam a decade later. Rationalisation accelerated resulting in a railway in the 1970s that was fundamentally different from that which existing 20 years before. This presentation is based on the extensive range of material collected by one enthusiast who fully used the benevolent attitude British Railways in particular had towards enthusiasts.
08-Feb-19 Building The Lunatic Line 1896 to 1901 Presentation Kevin Patience
The “Lunatic Line” was the political name of the Uganda Railway built across British East Africa through hazards including monsoon rains, man-eating lions, disease, and warring tribes.
08-Mar-19 The Railways of Yeovil Brian Jackson
Brian makes a further visit to the PRC to talk about Railways in Yeovil.
12-Apr-19 A Wander round the West Country Presentation Colin Stone
Further details to come
10-May-19 French Railways Michael Bunn
Further details to come
Venue: Village Hall, Haycraft's Lane, Harman's Cross, Dorset BH19 3EB 7.30pm unless otherwise stated