Events




CRAG meeting dates for the 2018/2019 season:



04 October 2018 - Scott Prentice, Head of Business Development, ScotRail on "Timetabling the best railway Scotland has ever had"

01 November 2018 - David Ross, author of "Scottish Railways, 1923-2016"

06 December 2018 - Graham Whiteley on "East African Railways in December 1974/January 1975 and the development of East Africa's railways" (accompanied by mulled wine and stollen)


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07 February 2019 - Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager, TransPennine Express on TPE's future plans - especially the new Nova 1 and Nova 2 services planned for introduction in the summer and early part of 2019 respectively

07 March 2019 - Ann Glen, railway author and campaigner, on "The E&G and EGIP"

04 April 2019 - Tom Curry, Operations Manager, Caledonian Sleeper on the process whereby the new sleeper coaches and accompanying locomotives were specified, acquired and put through all the hoops to enable them to enter revenue service (I might give this a snappier title in the future!)


02 May 2019 - Cllr. Lesley Macinnes, Convener, Transport and Environment Committee, the City of Edinburgh Council

   As always, our meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, at 7.30 p.m.
   I hope very much to see many of you once again in the coming months. Please also feel free to pass this information on to any friends and colleagues you think might also be interested in coming along.

                Lawrence


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OTHER RAILWAY RELATED MEETINGS of INTEREST, 2018-2019


CILT Scotland


Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 30 October 2018
(1730 for 1800) Venue:SPT Offices, 131, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5JF
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:"Missing the Bus?" by Eric Stewart, Transport Strategy Manager, Glasgow City Council.

Few people have greater experience in the procurement and delivery of bus services than Eric Stewart, who will share with us his concerns about the challenges that face the sector from legislation on partnerships, local franchising, municipal operations, open data and Smart ticketing and from the introduction of Low Emission Zones. Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0446
Tea and coffee will be available.

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Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 6 November 2018
(1730 for 1800) Venue:Royal Scots Club, 29-31, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:North Korea: a look inside the world's most secretive country" by Keith Jones

North Korea is the world's most secretive state, yet occasionally it welcomes parties to tour its railways and other transport. Railway historian Keith Jones contrasts what he found there with adjacent China. Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0444
A light buffet will be available.

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Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 20 November 2018
(1730 for 1800) Venue:Royal Scots Club, 29-31, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:"Rail Baltica" by Andrew Parrott

Chris Tarrant's Extreme Rail Journeys revealed how the railways of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were fought over by the Germans and Russians, with frequent regauging of the networks. Andrew Parrott knows the Baltic States well from service there in his Army days, and will take their story from Imperial Russia through the interwar republics to independence, when rail's decline gave way to eventual recovery symbolised by the building of a standard-gauge railway which is progressing through Lithuania. Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0445
A light buffet will be available.

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Day, Date & Time:Wednesday 16 January 2019
(1730 for 1800) Venue:Royal Scots Club, 29-31, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:The Annual Scottish Region Political Event
Presentation by Councillor John McLellan, Edinburgh City Council

As editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, John McLellan played a key role in the 2005 vote on congestion-charging. Elected last year as Conservative councillor for Craigentinny & Duddingston, he now has an Opposition perspective on the administration's transport priorities, but continues to pen a weekly column in the Evening News and also contributes to The Scotsman, often writing about transport issues including the tram extension. Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0xxx
A light buffet will be available.

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Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 19 February 2019
(1730 for 1800) Venue:Royal Scots Club, 29-31, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:"Delivering holidays by rail" by Rob Carroll, General Manager, Railtrail Tours

For 37 years Railtrail Tours based in Leek have been offering escorted rail-based holidays in Britain and Europe using scheduled rail services. Their general manager Rob Carroll will explain the challenges of keeping pace with changing rail operations as high-speed networks expand but overnight trains are cut back. He will also talk about the joys of putting together special holidays such as the Great German Rail Ale Trail and the Big Five Mountain Railroad Adventure.

CILT CPD Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0449
A light buffet will be available.

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Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 14 May 2019
(1730 for 1800) Venue:West of Scotland Signalling Centre, 90 Cowlairs Road, Glasgow, G21 1DA (nearest station Springburn)
Click here for a map Topic & Speaker:Visit to the West of Scotland Signalling Centre hosted by Mark Ilderton

The Integrated Control of the ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the real-time running of the rail network throughout Scotland. Disruption whether caused by the railway or by external events is managed from here so as to minimise the impact on passenger and freight customers. Its head, Mark Ilderton, was recognised as Young Professional of the Year at the 2018 Rail Business Awards. Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0450
A light buffet will be available.







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    IMechE Railway Division - Scottish Centre



    Please click the event heading for further information.
    • Event Type: Technical lecture
      25 October 2018 17:30 to 20:00
      Glasgow Caledonian University
      Matthew Spence is Network Rail’s Route Delivery Director in Scotland will explain how the A2I project is improving journey times and capacity between Scotland’s two most northerly cities.
      Industry: Railway

    • Event Type: Technical lecture
      13 December 2018 17:30 to 18:00
      Glasgow Caledonian University
      Speakers from Network Rail in Scotland will describe the Scottish electrification programme, its strategic approach, lessons learnt and successes to date, and proposed improvements to deliver more efficient electrification in future.
      Industry: Railway
    • Event Type: Technical lecture
      21 March 2019 17:30 to 19:30
      Glasgow Caledonian University
      A member of the Hitachi class 385 project team will describe the challenges of managing the interface between train and infrastructure to bring this new electric multiple unit into service in Scotland
      Industry: Railway
    • Event Type: Technical lecture
      18 April 2019 17:30 to 19:30
      Glasgow Caledonian University
      An update on the Scottish Rail Freight Strategy
      Industry: Railway
    • Event Type: Technical visit
      16 May 2019 17:30 to 19:30
      Haymarket Depot - Edinburgh
      An opportunity to see ScotRail's "new" HSTs at Haymarket depot and learn about the challenges of their service introduction
      Industry: Railway








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      SRPS/RCTS

      WINTER MEETINGS

      2018 - 2019

      Each year since its formation the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has held a series of winter meetings. This winter's meetings are at two venues :

      The meetings cover diverse topics, from historical reviews of Scotland's railway heritage and studies of the contemporary railway scene, to examining practices abroad. The broad range of topics are bound to appeal no matter what anyone's individual interest, and are highly recommended to anybody in the area.

      Admission to all meetings is free and is open to all, whether members or non-members.
      A collection is made to help defray room hire costs.


      EDINBURGH

      Edinburgh Map

      Meetings organised in conjunction with
      The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
      and are held on
      Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or
      Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

      in the Meeting Room,
      Quaker Meeting House
      7 Victoria Terrace
      Edinburgh
      EH1 2JL

      Organisers -
      Dr Peter Howell (SRPS) Tel: 0131 334 5232
      Richard Thorburn (RCTS) Tel: 07774 066009

      Thursday 11 October 2018
      A Creative Tourist Eclipses the Scouts
      Sam Woods
      An illustrated account of CTAC Tours, Leyburn Excursions and Scout Rail Cruises.

      Thursday 8 November 2018
      Ex-North British and Caledonian Railways in Granton and Leith
      Kenneth Williamson
      An area with a plethora of lines of both companies.

      Thursday 13 December 2018
      Aberdeen Joint Station: 150 Years of History
      Keith Jones
      A look at the history of the Caledonian and Great North Joint station.

      Saturday 19 January 2019
      To be confirmed.

      Saturday 9 February 2019
      To be confirmed.

      Thursday 14 March 2019
      Art in the Railway
      Leo du Feu
      The artist to Abellio ScotRail discusses content of artist, landscapes & nature.

      Thursday 11 April 2019
      To be confirmed.


      Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
      The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)
      Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)

      MOTHERWELL

      Motherwell Map

      All meetings are held on
      Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

      in the Vestry Hall,
      Holy Trinity Church
      Avon Street
      Motherwell
      ML1 3AD

      Organisers -
      Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777
      Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814

      Tuesday 9 October 2018
      A Scottish Steam Tour, part 4
      Sam Woods
      Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

      Tuesday 13 November 2018
      Our Railways in WW1
      Jim Summers
      A presentation on the subject at the centenary of the armistice.

      Tuesday 11 December 2018
      Recent Travels – at Home and Abroad
      Bob Avery
      More from his excellent collection.

      Tuesday 8 January 2019
      From the Caledonian Railway Association Archive
      Alistair Maclean
      A look at images held in the large CRA Archive, featuring locomotives, stations and more.

      Tuesday 12 February 2019
      West Coast Main Line Glasgow Central to Carlisle
      Hamish Stevenson & David Hall
      Images from Roy Crombie & Morrison Bryce Collections supplemented by some recent images.

      Tuesday 12 March 2019
      Sixty Years Behind the Camera – part 1
      Keith Sanders
      A renowned photographer displays some of his fine images.







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    LRTA


    All meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL at 7.00 p.m. (please note starting time).

                         

    Friday 26 October 2018 - John Hampton: Tramways of Graz and Vienna

    Friday 23 November 2018 - George Murray: Further Edinburgh Trams Nostalgia from Staddon Archive

    Friday 25 January 2019 - Jim Harkins: Pollution, and the OSLO Effect

    Friday 22 February 2019 - John Wilson: Achievements in Strasbourg and Karlsruhe

    Friday 29 March 2019 - Daniel Giblin: Integrated ticketing

    Enquiries to Vic MacKinlay, 29 Corslet Road, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5LZ. Tel.01314492945
    Email: vic-iona.mackinlay@orpheusmail.co.uk


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    from http://www.capitalrail.org.uk/events

    CRAG meeting dates for the 2017/2018 season:

    CRAG meetings for the forthcoming 2017/2018 season have been organised as follows:

    Thursday 5th October 2017: Allan McLean, outgoing Chairman, Campaign for Borders Rail (http://www.campaignforbordersrail.org/), will
    will reflect on progress made so far and the current campaign to extend the line through Hawick to Carlisle.

    Thursday 2nd November 2017:
    Members of the Edinburgh University Hyperloop team will give us an update on this innovative technology which, if successful, would allow travel from Edinburgh to London in 45 minutes. How this might be achieved will make an interesting talk so please come along and learn about future travel technologies.

    Thursday 7th December 2017: Jonathan Pugh, Head of Strategy and Planning, Network Rail Scotland
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    Thursday 1st February 2018: Alastair Young, High Speed Rail Project Manager, Rail Policy, Transport Scotland

    Thursday 1st March 2018: David Shirres, Editor, Rail Engineer, will give a presentation entitled “To open or not to reopen” - an “illustrated talk on what makes a good rail re-opening scheme and what does not”. [PLEASE NOTE: due to the severe snow on 1st March this meeting was postponed. It will now take place on Thursday 29th March]

    Thursday 5th April 2018: Rodger Querns, Programme Director, Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) will give an illustrated talk on current progress with EGIP and the related capacity improvement works at Edinburgh Waverley.

    Thursday 3rd May 2018:
    Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail Alliance. Our AGM will follow this meeting.


       As always, our meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, at 7.30 p.m.
       I hope very much to see many of you once again in the coming months. Please also feel free to pass this information on to any friends and colleagues you think might also be interested in coming along.

                    Lawrence


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    SRPS

    from http://www.srps.org.uk/srps/meetings.htm

    EDINBURGH

    Edinburgh Map

    Meetings organised in conjunction with
    The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
    and are held on
    Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or
    Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

    in the Meeting Room,
    Quaker Meeting House
    7 Victoria Terrace
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2JL

    Organisers -
    Dr Peter Howell (SRPS) Tel: 0131 334 5232
    Richard Thorburn (RCTS) Tel: 07774 066009

    Thursday 12 October 2017
    A Scottish Steam Tour Part 4
    Sam Woods
    Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Thursday 9 November 2017
    Mysteries of Merseyside
    Bob Mowat
    Its Railways made simpler.

    Thursday 14 December 2017
    My Professional Railway Life
    Irvine Roy
    His BR (& Network Rail) Career of almost 50 years, lastly as Shift Signalling Manager at Edinburgh Signalling Centre, following his predecessors' careers with GNSR & LNER in NE Scotland.

    Saturday 20 January 2018
    Photographic Review of 2016/2017
    Keith Sanders
    A welcome return from Keith.

    Saturday 10 February 2018
    Vanished Railways of West Lothian
    Harry Knox
    A presentation by the author of a recent book of that title.

    Thursday 8 March 2018
    The Forth Railway Bridge
    Miles Oglethorpe
    From the Forth Bridge to the Shinkansen – a historic link between Scotland and Japan.

    Thursday 12 April 2018
    A Scottish Steam Miscellany
    Ken Falconer
    A presentation from his selection of vintage photographs.


    Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
    The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)
    Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)

    MOTHERWELL

    Motherwell Map

    All meetings are held on
    Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

    in the Vestry Hall,
    Holy Trinity Church
    Avon Street
    Motherwell
    ML1 3AD

    Organisers -
    Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777
    Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814

    Tuesday 10 October 2017
    A Scottish Steam Tour, part 3
    Sam Woods
    Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Tuesday 14 November 2017
    The Caledonian in Lanarkshire
    Hamish Stevenson & David Hall
    A photographic survey of the area which was the 'Caley’s Bread and Butter'.

    Tuesday 12 December 2017
    The Customer Face of the LMS
    John Paton
    An illustrated look at stations, posters, signs and publicity.

    Tuesday 9 January 2018

    Bob Cleary

    Tuesday 13 February 2018
    Dark Doings at Low Level
    Jim Summers
    A look at some of the hazards of working the Glasgow Central Railway.

    Tuesday 13 March 2018
    Mechanised Marshalling Yards and The Trans Siberian Railway
    Barrie Spink
    Two talks on different subjects.

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    from http://www.lrta.org/meets.html

    LRTA Edinburgh


    Friday 24 November 2017 - Edinburgh 19.30. George Murray: New slides of First Generation Edinburgh Trams.

    Friday 26 January 2018 -Edinburgh 19.30. Iain MacDonald: Progress on GARL, Glasgow Airport Rail Link.

    Friday 23 February 2018 - Edinburgh 19.30. Tim Kendell: Tram-trains, a clarification.

    Friday 23 March 2018 - Edinburgh 19.30. George Lowder: Transport for Edinburgh developments.


    Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EDINBURGH. (Enquiries to Vic MacKinlay, 29 Corslet Road, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5LZ. Tel.01314492945. Email vic-iona.mackinlay@orpheusmail.co.uk)

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    from http://www.ciltscotland.com/events.php

    CILT Scotland

    Please note that the Royal Overseas Club has now closed so future CILT meetings will be held in the Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby, Edinburgh.

    Forthcoming Events

    This page details the forthcoming Scottish Region events.

    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 28 November 2017
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"Scotland's Towns Partnership" by Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnerships

    Founded in 2014 and chaired by Professor Leigh Sparks,Scotland's Towns Partnership aims to provide a single voice for Scotland's towns. As Scotland's largest towns' collective, it represents and promotes the diversity of our towns and places, and supports those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them. Its role is to act as a hub for relevant news and resources, knowledge and good practice; to support learning and community through events; to influence and share policies that impact on towns; and to raise the profile of Scottish towns - which it does principally through the annual Scotland's Towns Week campaign that encourages towns to run activities and the public to use their local services.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0436.
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      
    Day, Date & Time:Monday 4 December 2017
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"Growing railfreight: the Tarmac experience" by Chris Swan, Tarmac senior manager, rail and shipping.

    Tarmac is one of British railfreight sector's largest customers, with a strong UK-wide network of Rail depots delivering aggregates and cement. 70% of the traffic from the Oxwellmains cement works near Dunbar goes by rail. Tarmac recently invested in new wagons (46 new JPAs sourced via VTG & Colas Rail) for its Scottish operation and that, plus new facilities on site in Aberdeen have allowed us to deliver a Railfreight solution to Transport Scotland for the delivery of materials into the Aberdeen Western relief road.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0418
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      
    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 23 January 2018
    (1400 for 1430)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The Scottish Region Annual Political Event
    Reform Scotland by Alison Payne, Research Director, Reform Scotland

    Reform Scotland is an independent public policy institute which works to promote increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility. Its policies cover the following broad themes: Better and more accountable government; Greater devolution within a federal UK; Shared prosperity based on a dynamic economy; Stronger local communities; Modern, high-quality infrastructure; and Effective and responsive public services.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0437.
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
    Day, Date & Time:Wednesday 21 February 2018 - POSTPONED
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"Carplus's work in promoting Car Clubs across Scotland" by Morag Haddow, Car Club programme manager at Carplus Scotland

    Carplus and Bikeplus promote the shared transport sector, including car clubs, bike sharing and 2+ car sharing, and is a not-for-profit, environmental transport NGO working for accessible shared mobility in the belief that new approaches to car use ownership and bike sharing complement public transport, cycling and walking, contributing significantly to reducing congestion and the unwelcome environmental, social and health costs of motoring today. Carplus and Bikeplus provide technical support, best practice guidance and practical advice to car club and bike share operators, community groups, local authorities and transport authorities to assist in setting up and developing shared transport schemes. They promote pioneering innovative projects and research the scale and impact of shared transport on air quality, congestion, CO2 levels and access to transport, acting also as a resource centre on 2+ car sharing and the integration of shared mobility schemes.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0417
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online


    Day, Date & Time:


    Tuesday 6 March 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE
    Topic & Speaker:The Scottish Region Annual Sustainable Transport Event
    "Visiting every part of Scotland" by Bill Taylor

    "I've been everywhere man!"* How well do you know Scotland? How do you decide if you have been everywhere? Come and hear Bill Taylor tell us how he finally managed to visit every part of Scotland - well at least 1082 parts of it. What impressions remain for him after a lifetime's journey?
    * With apologies to Johnny Cash
    Bill has his own personal consultancy where he aims to help heritage and tourism project developers navigate the complex world of project delivery and to make the best for communities and regions through tourism and heritage working together.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0439.
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
     



     

    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 20 March 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:

    The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

    Topic & Speaker:"The National Railway Museum" by Andrew McLean, Curator of the National Railway Museum

    The world's greatest railway museum with almost 1 million visitors per year at York and Shildon, NRM is home to over 300 years of history and more than a million objects. There one can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse and let off steam in the outdoor play area. As well as capturing history, NRM has a role in chronicling today's developments and in providing networking opportunities for current railway professionals.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0415
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      
    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 10 April 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:Forth Ports Head Office. 1 Prince of Wales Dock, Edinburgh, EH6 7DX.
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"The Port of Leith" by Kenny Williamson, Operations Manager Leith, Rosyth & Burntisland - Forth Ports Limited

    Established in 1967 as the Forth Ports Authority, the company became responsible for pilotage on the Firth in 1988. Privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1992, it acquired the Ports of Dundee and Tilbury. In 2007 it bought the Nordic Group, who manage terminal operations at Chatham. Four years later Forth Ports agreed to a takeover by the Arcus European Infrastructure Fund. The Port of Leith is the largest, enclosed, deep-water port in Scotland and has the capability to handle ships up to 50,000 DWT.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required.Quote booking code SR0440.
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      
    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 17 April 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:

    The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

    Topic & Speaker:"The Finest Road in the World: the story of travel and transport in the Scottish Highlands" by James Miller

    Trains and stagecoaches stuck in snow, wild storms driving sailing-ships off course, traffic pile-ups on "killer" highways - stories abound about the horrors of travel in the Highlands and Islands, and have done so as far as records go back. James Miller tells the dramatic yet humorous story in which some of the figures are familiar - General George Wade, Thomas Telford and Joseph Mitchell among them - but there are others too, including Lady Sarah Murray, who advised "Provide yourself with a strong roomy carriage, and have the springs well corded".
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required.
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      


    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 9 October 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:

    The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

    Topic & Speaker:"The Settle & Carlisle Railway" by Drew Haley, General Manager, The Settle & Carlisle Railway Development Company

    England's greatest scenic railway, the Settle & Carlisle line finally escaped the shadows of Beeching in 1989 and since then has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in which local and long-distance passenger flows, freight (whether originating or passing through) and heritage activities all play their part. Drew Haley tell us how the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company works alongside The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and The Settle-Carlisle Railway Trust to formulate an overall strategy for the line's future development as a vital part of the national network.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0xxx
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online
      
    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 20 November 2018
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:

    The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

    Topic & Speaker:"Rail Baltica" by Andrew Parrott

    Chris Tarrant's Extreme Rail Journeys revealed how the railways of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were fought over by the Germans and Russians, with frequent regauging of the networks. Andrew Parrott knows the Baltic States well from service there in his Army days, and will take their story from Imperial Russia through the interwar republics to independence, when rail's decline gave way to eventual recovery symbolised by the building of a standard-gauge railway which is progressing through Lithuania.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0xxx
    A light buffet will be available.
    Click here to book online


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    from http://www.capitalrail.org.uk/events

    CRAG meeting dates for the 2016/2017 season:

    CRAG meetings for the forthcoming 2016/2017 season have now been organised as follows:

    Thursday 6th October 2016: Wendy Ball, author of the Borders Railway Guide (bordersrailwayguide.co.uk/), will give an illustrated talk on her guide to the Borders Railway - available in interactive form online and in printed format.

    Thursday 3rd November 2016: Graham Meiklejohn, Regional Development Manager, TransPennine Express, will speak to us about the new TransPennine franchise. We may also hear of First's plans for open access services on the East Coast Main Line.

    Thursday 24th November 2016: Nigel Harris, Managing Editor of "Rail" magazine, and Christian Wolmar, regular columnist in "Rail", well-known rail journalist and author and President of Railfuture, will be our guest speakers. The meeting will be conversational in style - Nigel Harris hopes to find someone to, as he puts it, "chair and referee the to-and-fro between Wolmar and I". The meeting is part of a planned tour of Britain and other initiatives to mark the 21st anniversary of Nigel's editorial team at "Rail".
       Please note - this meeting will start at 7.45 p.m. as it will be preceded in the same room by a meeting of the Wensleydale Railway Association (WRA) Scotland Branch. Members are encouraged to go along to hear a talk on the Wensleydale Railway by Ken Monkman, Chairman of the WRA, at 6.45 p.m..

    Thursday 2nd February 2017: George Lowder, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh, will be our speaker - accompanied by Lea Harrison, Managing Director, Edinburgh Trams.

    Thursday 2nd March 2017: John Yellowlees, ScotRail Honorary Rail Ambassador, on "How Edinburgh lost its suburban lines".

    Thursday 6th April 2017: Andrew McLean, Head Curator, National Railway Museum.

    Thursday 4th May 2017
    Scott Prentice, Head of Business Development, ScotRail (please note that this talk replaces that planned from Jonathan Pugh, Head of Strategy and Planning, Network Rail Scotland, on the finalised Scotland Route Study, as he is now subject to "purdah" in the run-up to the UK General Election on 8th June). Our AGM will follow this meeting.


       As always, our meetings are held in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL, at 7.30 p.m.
       I hope very much to see many of you once again in the coming months. Please also feel free to pass this information on to any friends and colleagues you think might also be interested in coming along.

                    Lawrence

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    SRPS

    from http://www.srps.org.uk/srps/meetings.htm

    EDINBURGH

    Edinburgh Map

    Meetings organised in conjunction with
    The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
    and are held on
    Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or
    Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

    in the Meeting Room,
    Quaker Meeting House
    7 Victoria Terrace
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2JL

    Organisers -
    Dr Peter Howell (SRPS) Tel: 0131 334 5232
    Richard Thorburn (RCTS) Tel: 07774 066009

    Thursday 13 October 2016
    A Scottish Steam Tour Part 3
    Sam Woods
    Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Thursday 10 November 2016
    SRPS Grand Challenge Quiz
    Questionmaster - Alistair Maclean
    Teams from around the SRPS test their railway knowledge in their annual bid to win the SRPS Challenge Trophy.

    Thursday 8 December 2016
    North Korea by Rail
    Keith Jones
    Illustrated presentation from this reclusive country from a 2015 visit.

    Saturday 21 January 2017
    NCB Kinneil Colliery, Bo’ness
    Robert Jardine
    Its origins in the community: serfs and ‘Superpit’. Illustrated.

    Saturday 11 February 2017
    Digitised Black & White Images of Vintage BR steam, part 2
    Dr David Williams

    Thursday 9 March 2017
    Then and Now on the Great North of Scotland Railway
    Dr Mike A Cooper
    From a recently completed GNSRA book which he edited.

    Thursday 13 April 2017
    Bendy Engines
    Mike A Stephen
    Beyer Garratts, Fairlies, Meyers in Europe, Africa, Australia and Britain.

    Thursday 11 May 2017
    Railways of Scotland
    Dr Les A. Nixon
    A Circular Tour of Scotland's Railways from the 1960’s to the Present Day.


    Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
    The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)
    Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)


     

    MOTHERWELL

    Motherwell Map

    All meetings are held on
    Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

    in the Vestry Hall,
    Holy Trinity Church
    Avon Street
    Motherwell
    ML1 3AD

    Organisers -
    Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777
    Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814

    Tuesday 11 October 2016
    A Scottish Steam Tour, part 2
    Sam Woods
    Photographs of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Tuesday 8 November 2016
    Digitised Black & White Images of Vintage BR steam, part 2
    Dr David Williams

    Tuesday 13 December 2016
    120 Years of Corkerhill Depot, 1896 – 2016
    David Coddington
    A presentation showing various Locomotives etc. throughout the history of Corkerhill Depot.

    Tuesday 10 January 2017
    Trains, Boats & Planes - With the Emphasis on Trains
    Bob Avery
    A selection from his wide and varied collection of images.

    Tuesday 14 February 2017
    My Cine Films from 1958 Onwards (part 3)
    W Stuart Sellar
    A welcome return by Stuart, assisted by David Hall.

    Tuesday 14 March 2017
    Roaming the World’s Railways
    Alistair Maclean
    Images of railways from Britain and around the world with a predominance of steam – of various gauges.


    from http://www.lrta.org/meets.html

    LRTA Edinburgh

    Friday 28 October 2016, 1930 – Paul Geissler: Melbourne’s Victorian Railways trams

    Saturday 19 November 2016, 14.00 - Unveiling of commemorative plaque at former Braids Valley Park Terminus (Comiston Road, opposite Riselaw Road).

    Friday 25 November 2016, 19.30 - George Murray: 60th Anniversary of Last First Generation Edinburgh Tram.

    Friday 27 January 2017, 19.30 - Lea Harrison: To be confirmed.

    Friday 24 February 2017, 19.30 - Brian Patton: On Rails Above, in and under Paris.

    Friday 24 March 2017, 19.30 - Neil MacKenzie: A Personal Look at Trams Old and New.

    Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EDINBURGH. (Enquiries to Vic MacKinlay, 29 Corslet Road, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5LZ.

     Tel.01314492945. Email vic-iona.mackinlay@orpheusmail.co.uk

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    from http://www.ciltuk.org.uk/Events/InstituteEvents/NationsRegionsGroupsListing/Scotland.aspx

    CILT Scotland

    22 November 2016


     

    Highland Survivor - The story of the far north line

    BOOK NOW

    22/11/2016 18:00:00 - 22/11/2016 19:30:00


    When: 22nd November 2016, 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
    Where: Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB

    Speaker: David Spaven, Consultant and Writer on Railways

    David Spaven's book updates the story of Britain's longest rural railway from reprieve in the Beeching era.  There was a period of freight revival, it withstood the collapse of the Ness Bridge and exclusion from the Dornoch Firth crossing and with the coming of the Highland Rail Partnership investment occurred in new stations and commuter services, improved trains and a better tourist offering.  Now it is narrowly-focused on passengers and faces operating challenges that could pose a threat to survival.

    A light buffet will also be provided.

    Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membership@ciltuk.org.uk quoting the
    event code: SR0410.

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    Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

     

    14 February 2017

     

    East Germany 1971 - A study tour by tram

    BOOK NOW

    14/02/2017 18:00:00 - 14/02/2017 19:30:00


    When: Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
    Where: Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB 

    Speaker: Graham Whiteley CMILT

    East Germany 1971 – a land run by the Stasi and the Communist party.  The country still displays effects of the war with hardly a car on the streets as the East Germans continued paying reparations to their Soviet masters.  But every city had its trams, giving a unique insight into this strange society, and the lack of commercial activity provided a distinct aesthetic.  A youthful Graham Whiteley took his first ever foreign tour that took him from the Berlin’s Unter den Linden to Karl Marx Stadt and many other corners of a land that now looks so long ago.

    A light buffet will also be provided.

    Please note bookings are not required to attend this event.

    Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free



     

     

    28 February 2017

     

    The annual Scottish sustainable travel event: The work of Cycling Scotland

    BOOK NOW

    28/02/2017 18:00:00 - 28/02/2017 19:30:00


    When: 28th February 2017, 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
    Where: Cycling Scotland, 24 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4BG
    Meeting Point: Reception Desk

    Speakers: Keith Irving, Chief Executive, Cycling Scotland

    Cycling Scotland is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee that receives funding from Transport Scotland to bring cycling out from the fringes of everyday life and into the mainstream, aiming to establish cycling as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option.  Cycling Scotland conducts the National Assessment of Local Authority Cycling Policy whose reports result from feedback from local authorities on progress on developing, implementing and monitoring cycling policies.  Working with others, Cycling Scotland helps create and deliver opportunities and an environment so that anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely.

    A light buffet will also be provided.

    Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membership@ciltuk.co.uk quoting the
    event code: SR0397.

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    Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free








     

     

    14 March 2017

     

    Mobility as a service

    BOOK NOW

    14/03/2017 18:00:00 - 14/03/2017 19:30:00


    When: 14th March 2017 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
    Where: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Meeting Point: Foyer

    Speaker: Dr George Hazel

    Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as a concept has emerged over the last few years and is now is being developed around the world.  Future mobility services will need to be user focused, seamless and valued by the customer.  Scotland has expertise and experience in key areas and a supportive Government infrastructure, and is the right size to offer companies the ability to trial MaaS products at a suitable scale before going global.

    A light buffet will be provided.

    Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membership@ciltuk.org.uk quoting the
    event code: SR0404.

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    Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free



     

    04 April 2017

     

    The Forth Bridge

    BOOK NOW

    04/04/2017 18:00:00 - 04/04/2017 19:30:00


    When: 4 April 2017, 17:30 for 18:00 - 19:30
    Where: Royal OverSeas League, 100 Princes Street Edinburgh  EH2 3AB
    Meeting Point: Front desk

    Speaker: Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland

    Scotland's greatest engineering icon and best-loved structure, the Forth Bridge is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In this eclectic presentation marking Scotland's year of history, heritage and archaeology, Dr Miles Oglethorpe of Historic Environment Scotland will tell us how it has entered the national psyche.


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    Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: membership@ciltuk.org.uk quoting the event code: SR0411.

    Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free



     



    from http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Scottish-Region/Scottish-RD-Centre/events

     

    IMechE Railway Division Scotland

     

    Please click the event heading for further information.

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    08 December 2016 17:30 to 19:30

    Glasgow Caledonian University - tbc

    Different but similar - Bus, Rail and Tram Engineering

    Industry: Railway

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    19 January 2017 17:30 to 19:30

    Glasgow Caledonian University

    Brian Sweeny will describe current and future electrification programme in Scotland

    Industry: Railway

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    16 February 2017 17:30 to 19:30

    Glasgow Caledonian University

    Chris Tait will describe how HSTs are being introduced on ScotRail services

    Industry: Railway

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    14 March 2017 17:30 to 19:30

    Royal Scots Club - Edinburgh

    A speaker from Craigentinny will explain the changes needed for the depot to maintain the VTEC and ScotRail Hitachi trains instead of its current workload Joint event with IMechE Edinburgh & South East Scotland Area

    Industry: Railway

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    20 April 2017 17:30 to 19:30

    Glasgow Caledonian University

    Joost Mortier will describe the challenges of the introduction of widespread smart ticketing for ScotRail trains Joint event with Young Rail Professionals

    Industry: Railway

    Event Type: Technical lecture

    18 May 2017 17:30 to 19:30

    Glasgow Caledonian University

    A speaker from Ansaldo will give explain the features of UK’s first trains to have unattended operation

    Industry: Railway

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    from http://www.lmrc-action.org.uk/

     

    LMRC – LevenMouth Rail Campaign

     

    16 November 2016 - Public Talk - Reconnecting communities - lessons from the Borders Autumn Series#3

    Allan Maclean of Borders Rail Campaign on "Lessons from the Borders rail reconnection".

    6.30pm Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Methil Docks, Ajax Way KY8 3RS

    Free and open to all. Refreshments provided

    Contact: LMRC@mail.com

    Further information: www.lmrc-action.org.uk

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    from http://www.spokes.org.uk/

     

    Spokes – The Lothian Cycle Campaign

     

    Public meeting: Benefiting Business through Cycling

    ·  Thursday 10 November 2016, 7.30-9.30pm

    ·  Doors open 6.45 for coffee, stalls & chat.  Tea/Coffee served until 7.15

    ·  Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh


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    CRAG meeting dates for the 2015/2016 season:

       Here is advance notice of the meeting dates for CRAG for this coming 2015/2016 season.
       All meetings will be held, as usual, in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, at 7.30 p.m..
       I hope that you will be able to come along to our meetings over the next eight months. Please do feel free to pass on details of our meetings to anyone else you think might be interested - all are welcome.
       Please note that, due to Tuesdays being fully booked next year at the Quaker Meeting House, we've had to shift our meetings for 2016 to the first Thursday of the month.
       If you wish to pay your 2015/2016 subscription directly into the CRAG bank account, please send £10 to 

    Bank of Scotland (Edinburgh Portobello) A/c: 00145382 Sort code: 80-18-31

       You can, of course, also send a cheque for £10 to our treasurer, John Webster, at 69 Malleny Avenue, Balerno, Edinburgh EH14 7EL (tel.: 0131 449 5003) - or simply pay at one of our meetings.

       I look forward to us meeting up again soon.

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    Tuesday 6th October 2015 - Damien Henderson, Scottish Affairs and Media Manager, Virgin Trains (along with colleagues) will give an illustrated talk on the achievements so far and future plans for the East Coast franchise.


    Tuesday 3rd November 2015 - Dr Ann Glen will give an illustrated talk on the rebuilding of the Waverley route to Tweedbank - based on her book "The Waverley Route - Its Heritage and Revival".

    Tuesday 1st December 2015 - Norman Hall will talk on his experiences back in the late 1960s of saving the North Berwick line from closure.

    - no meeting in January -

    Thursday 4th February 2016 - David Spaven will give an illustrated talk on his latest book - "The Railway Atlas of Scotland"

    Thursday 3rd March 2016 - Gordon Pettitt, former Managing Director of Regional Railways and the last General Manager of BR's Southern Region, will give an illustrated talk based on his recently published book "The Regional Railways Story". PLEASE NOTE that, due to ill-health, Gordon Pettitt has kindly asked Chris Green (former General Manager and creator of ScotRail, Managing Director Network SouthEast, Managing Director BR InterCity and finally Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Trains before retiring) to give this talk in his place. Chris helped Gordon with the book and also the presentation to be given to CRAG.

    Thursday 7th April 2016 - Jon Veitch, Hitachi Rail Europe's general manager for Scotland, fresh from a trip to Japan to see the first pre-series trains for Scotland (Class 385) being readied for shipping and testing, will give us an overview of the Hitachi business, its heritage and reputation as well as details of the Super Express Trains (AT300), the Class 385 (AT200) and other topical themes.

    Thursday 5th May 2016 - Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance, will be our speaker. Our AGM - usually a short affair - will follow this meeting.


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    Other railway-related meetings being held in the 2015/2016 season:

    CILT

    from http://www.ciltscotland.com/events.php

    Forthcoming Events

    This page details the forthcoming Scottish Region events.


    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 3 November 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The Annual Scottish Sustainable Transport Event
    The work of Living Streets Scotland by Chris Thompson, Schools and Projects Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland

    Living Streets celebrated in 2014 the 85th anniversary of its formation as the Pedestrians Association, and works with professionals and politicians to make sure that every community can enjoy vibrant streets and public spaces. Their Walk to School and Walk to Work campaigns reach every area of Scotland. Through their Walkable Communities project, they empower community groups to deliver improvements to their walking environment. - A recent YouGov survey for Living Streets has found that 66% of British adults are in favouir of Intelligent Speed Adaptation which prevents a vehicle from exceeding the speed limit being made compulsory for buses and coaches and 70% for lorries and vans.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be available.

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    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 17 November 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The Annual Scottish Rail Event
    "The Thornton Junction - Levenmouth rail link" by Dr Allen Armstrong, Secretary. LMRC

    Levenmouth including the towns of Leven, Methil and Buckhaven is now Scotland's most populous urban area not on the rail network, yet the 5-mile branch line from Thornton Junction survives in Network Rail ownership and is operational for coal traffic as far as Earlseat. Other freight opportunities could include the distiller Diageo at Cameron Bridge and the Fife Energy Park at Methil. Levenmouth is an area of high unemployment which the Campaign believes could be alleviated by restoring a passenger service facilitating access to jobs in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Edinburgh. Could Levenmouth be Scotland's next line reinstatement after the Borders Railway?

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be available.

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    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 8 December 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:Meeting Room GH614, Graham Hills Building, University of Strathclyde, 40 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QE
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"The Caledonian Sleeper" by Peter Strachan, Managing Director, Serco Caledonian Sleeper

    Launched on 31 March as a free-standing franchise, the Caledonian Sleepers link London six nights a week with five Scottish destinations. Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience. From 2018, the Caledonian Sleeper will take a leap forward thanks to an investment of over £100M in 75 new state-of-the-art carriages. Other improvements now in hand include installation of guest information totems at each of the 48 stops, onward travel information and free station WiFi access for all guests.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event and no booking require

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    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 26 January 2016
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The Scottish Region Annual Political Event
    Helen McArdle, transport correspondent of The Herald

    Since becoming The Herald's transport correspondent in 2013, Helen McArdle has seen how issues of passenger and freight transport play out across the political spectrum, notably in the run-up to Holyrood and Westminster elections. Here she considers whether we get the politicians that we deserve and how our profession can better equip them to deliver the transport provision that we need for our economic success and social fulfilment.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking:

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    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 23 February 2016
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"The History of Cycling in Scotland" by Dr Nicholas Oddy

    Nicholas Oddy tells us how cycling in Scotland got off to an uncertain start that as in other countries has become shrouded in myth. When liberated from boneshakers and penny-farthings, cyclists emerged as style-conscious but showed a reluctance to engage with transport policy-makers and so went on to be marginalised by motorists. When a revival came about in modern times, it has put health and fitness above cycling as a mode of transport.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be available.

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    Day, Date & Time:Tuesday 10 May 2016
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue:The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass, she has mighty engines that provide a whiff of nostalgia for some and are sure to impress all! Waverley has been 40 years sailing in preservation, and David Shirres will tell us about the challenges of keeping this grand old lady afloat.
    Cost & Booking:There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be available.

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    SRPS

    from  http://www.srps.org.uk/srps/meetings.htm

    The Scottish Railway
    Preservation Society

    WINTER MEETINGS

    2015 - 2016

    Each year since its formation the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has held a series of winter meetings. This winter's meetings are at two venues :

    The meetings cover diverse topics, from historical reviews of Scotland's railway heritage and studies of the contemporary railway scene, to examining practices abroad. The broad range of topics are bound to appeal no matter what anyone's individual interest, and are highly recommended to anybody in the area.

    Admission to all meetings is free and is open to all, whether members or non-members.
    A collection is made to help defray room hire costs.


    EDINBURGH

    Edinburgh Map

    Meetings organised in conjunction with
    The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
    and are held on
    Thursday evenings at 7.30pm or
    Saturday afternoons at 2.30pm

    in the Meeting Room,
    Quaker Meeting House
    7 Victoria Terrace
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2JL

    Organisers -
    Dr Peter Howell (SRPS) Tel: 0131 334 5232
    Richard Thorburn (RCTS)

    Thursday 8 October 2015
    A Scottish Steam Tour Part 2
    Sam Woods
    Images of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Thursday 12 November 2015
    The Waverley Route
    Ken Falconer
    An illustrated journey down the line with steam & diesel, with an update on the rebuilding.

    Thursday 10 December 2015
    The Borders Railway
    Colin Macdonald
    The official story of the rebuilding programme from the perspective of Network Rail officials.

    Saturday 16 January 2016
    Photo Review 2014 – 2015
    Keith Sanders

    Saturday 13 February 2016
    Looking Back at the Nineties
    Hugh Gould
    Scenes from far and wide in my first decade of retirement.

    Thursday 10 March 2016
    The Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Joint Railway
    Angus Rex
    Forgotten Railways of Galloway.

    Thursday 14 April 2016
    My Work Travels
    Max Fowler
    A digital presentation.


    Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
    The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)

    MOTHERWELL

    Motherwell Map

    All meetings are held on
    Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

    in the Vestry Hall,
    Holy Trinity Church
    Avon Street
    Motherwell
    ML1 3AD

    Organisers -
    Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777

    Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814






    LRTA
     
     

    Venue for Meetings

    As usual all meetings for 2015/2016 will commence at 7.30pm and will be held in:
               
                Quaker Meeting House

              7 Victoria Terrace

              Edinburgh EH1 2LJ

    The meetings will be held in the large Meeting Room on the top floor and are booked for the last Fridays of October, November, January, February and March. We intend to start the meetings promptly at 7.30 p.m. and finish by 9.30 p.m.

    Friday 30 October 2015 - Graham Whiteley: Memories of the GDR in 1971

    Friday 27 November 2015 - Keith Jones: Croydon to Calcutta

    Friday 29 January 2016 - Andy Steel: Alternative Power Supplies

    Friday 26 February 2016 - John Hampton: Blackpool Tramway - From Conduit car to Flexity

    Friday 01 April 2016 - Gavin Booth: A Busman Looks at European Trams (please note the change of date from 25 March)

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    Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division in Scotland

     

    from http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Scottish-Region/Scottish-RD-Centre/events

     

    Caledonian University, Glasgow

    We usually meet in Glasgow's Caledonian University in either its Centre for Executive Education or the Govan Mbeki building which can be seen on the campus map which can be downloaded and printed.

    This map shows the location of Glasgow Caledonian University. You can also use it to get directions.

    Click on the event heading of interest to you below for further information.

    • Event Type: Technical Lecture
      17 September 2015 17:30 to 19:30
      Caledonian University - Glasgow
      A description of the work and challenges to enable the line through Winchburgh tunnel to be electrified
      Industry: Railway

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    Wensleydale Railway Association Scotland Branch


    Dear CRAG supporter
    I am pleased to let you know that on Thursday November 26th at 7pm in St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh, the Scottish Branch of the Wensleydale Railway Association will be holding our annual public talk. 

    Last year we were very fortunate to have David Spaven come to give us a very timely talk on the Borders Railway.  Since then of course, much has happened. The new railway is now open and is much in the news - not all of it for the right reasons!   Furthermore, it has ignited renewed interest and discussion on the potential future rail developments in Scotland.

    It is therefore very timely that this year we have been extremely fortunate in arranging for John Yellowlees, the External Relations Manager with Abellio, to come and talk to us.  The focus of John's talk will both reflect on how ScotRail operations have been going in the eight months since Abellio took over the franchise as well as discussing what is in store by way of future developments.

    What could be of more interest at this time?  It should be a fascinating evening!! 

    The presentation and Q&A session will be followed by refreshments and nibbles, a chance to mingle and chat with other attendees.

    Many thanks
    Stew Green

    Chair, Wensleydale Railway Scotland Branch
    wrascotlandchair@live.co.uk

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    'OUT OF AFRICA' - A FREE PUBLIC TALK, MONDAY APRIL 25th 2016, 7pm to 8.30pm

     

    Dear CRAG Member

     

    Wensleydale Railway Association - Scotland Branch are delighted to announce that we have arranged for Jim Mitchell, Principal of Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd, to give a public talk on his epic commission to find and then bring a North British-built Class 15F locomotive all the way from Bloemfontein in South Africa to Glasgow's Riverside Museum. 

     

    This truly was a huge and exceptional exercise and Jim's fascinating story featured on one of TV's Monster Moves documentaries.   

     

    The talk will take place at St Cuthbert's Church Edinburgh and will be followed by refreshments and a chance to mingle and socialise (donation requested).  This promises to be a fascinating and incident-filled journey!  Do PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW, it will be good.

     

    Stew Green

    WRA Scotland Chair

     

    Email      wrascotlandchair@live.co.uk


    Tuesday 13 October 2015
    A Scottish Steam Tour
    Sam Woods
    Images of Scottish Railways in the 1950s from a group of photographers from NE England; includes material from the late Cecil J B Sanderson.

    Tuesday 10 November 2015
    SRPS Grand Challenge Quiz
    Questionmaster - Alistair Maclean
    Teams from around the SRPS test their railway knowledge in their annual bid to win the SRPS Challenge Trophy.

    Tuesday 8 December 2015
    Vintage BR Steam in Digital Colour
    Dr David Williams

    Tuesday 12 January 2016
    Control – In or Out of?
    Jim Summers
    My experiences working with Railway Control.

    Tuesday 9 February 2016
    The Industry and Railways of Granton
    Kenneth Williamson

    Tuesday 8 March 2016
    My Cine Films from 1958 Onwards (part 2)
    W Stuart Sellar
    A welcome return by Stuart, assisted by David Hall.

    There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0373.
    Click here to book online

    Archive record of previous meetings:

    CRAG meeting dates for the 2014/2015 season:

       Here is advance notice of the meeting dates for CRAG for this coming 2014/2015 season.
       All meetings will be held, as usual, in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, at 7.30 p.m..
       I hope that you will be able to come along to our meetings over the next eight months. Please do feel free to pass on details of our meetings to anyone else you think might be interested - all are welcome.
       Patrick Hutton is currently working on those dates for which we do not as yet have speakers confirmed. We are hoping to have speakers from Serco on the new sleeper franchise, from Edinburgh Trams and from the new franchise holder for ScotRail. I will, of course, update you on these details as I learn of them.
       If you wish to pay your 2014/2015 subscription directly into the CRAG bank account, please send £10 to 

    Bank of Scotland (Edinburgh Portobello) A/c: 00145382 Sort code: 80-18-31

       You can, of course, also send a cheque for £10 to our treasurer, John Webster, at 69 Malleny Avenue, Balerno, Edinburgh EH14 7EL (tel.: 0131 449 5003).

       I look forward to us meeting up again soon.

                                 Lawrence

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    Tuesday 7th October 2014 - Andy Savage, Executive Director, Railway Heritage Trust

    Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Annette Filby, Development Officer for south Scotland with the Association of Community Rail Partnerships

    Tuesday 2nd December 2014 - Dr Allen Armstrong, Secretary, LevenMouth Rail Campaign

       - no meeting in January -

    Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Alasdair Sim, Tram Interface Manager, and Alf Orriell, Logistics & Relationship Manager - both officials much involved with the tram from the City of Edinburgh Council (our previously advertsised speaker - Tom Norris, Director and General Manager, Edinburgh Trams - is away on holiday)

    Tuesday 3rd March 2015
    - Mike Connelly, Abellio Communications and Stakeholder Management Adviser, on the new ScotRail franchise

    Tuesday 7th April 2015
    - Allan McLean: thoughts on how the railway in and around Edinburgh got to be the way we find it today

    Tuesday 5th May 2015 - Chris Lawton, Franchise and Quality Manager, Serco Caledonian Sleeper

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    Other railway-related meetings being held in the 2014/2015 season:

    CILT

    from http://www.ciltscotland.com/events.php

    Forthcoming Events

    This page details the forthcoming Scottish Region events.










       
       
       
       
       
       







               


       






               


       






               
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    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 27 January 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:The CILT Scottish Region Annual Political Event
    Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convenor of the Transport and Environment Committee, City of Edinburgh Council.

    A teacher by profession, Lesley Hinds was first elected to Edinburgh District Council as a member of the Scottish Labour Party to represent the Telford ward in 1984, later becoming Leader. In 1996 she was elected to represent the Muirhouse and Drylaw ward in the new City of Edinburgh unitary authority. Following the local elections in May 2007 she is now one of four councillors representing the new Inverleith ward. She served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh from 2003 to 2007, and is currently the Convenor of Edinburgh's Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee, where one of her key roles is to regain people's trust following the Edinburgh Trams debacle
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0348.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 10 February 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"Swiss Railways" by Malcolm Bulpitt

    Switzerland is a place of transit between the major European countries that surround it. Swiss Express editor Malcolm Bulpitt tells us how the railways in this mountainous country of diverse cultures and highly devolved government have become a byword for best practice at the heart of a public transport network that thrives on coordination not competition.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0349.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 24 February 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: Dundas & Wilson CS LLP, Saltire Court, 20, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EN
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Scotland's transport: a lawyer's perspective" by Ann Faulds, senior partner, Dundas & Wilson CS LLP

    A board member of both Transport for Edinburgh and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Ann Faulds is Scotland's leading practitioner in the field of transport law. Here she explains how getting the legal framework right is key to keeping Scotland moving across the whole range of activities from road safety to building new infrastructure, and considers how the Scottish Parliament might best take forward the expansion of its powers.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0350.
    A light buffet will be available.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 17 March 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:"Stirling: the transport opportunities of Scotland's smallest city" by Ken Thomson, CILT Scottish Region vice-chairman

    Stirling, Scotland's smallest city sits at the historically strategic transport node where the meandering River Forth cuts between the Castle and the Ochils. Local tourism expert, our very own Ken Thomson, tells us how its unique topography provides challenges for connectivity that can also be turned to advantage, particularly for the promotion of walking and cycling.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0351.
    A light buffet will be available.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 14 April 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: South West Community Cycles by Alyson Tannahill, Project Director, South West Community Cycles

    South West Community Cycles aims to help relieve poverty, improve the health and education of local people and protect the local environment through the provision of affordable bike-related services and activities. Based at Pollokshaws West Station which was officially opened as their new home in August 2013, South West Community Cycles offers:

    - Pollok Park Cycle Hire - Park and Ride facilities for cyclists - Cycle group tours of Pollok Park and South West Glasgow for families, children and individuals with disabilities - Cycle merchandise and part sales - Cycling education programmes - Low cost cycle repairs - Youth Groups - Coffee Shop
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0xxx.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 26 May 2015
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: Perth Railway Station (meet under the main departure board)
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker:Visit to Perth Railway Station hosted by John Yellowlees, along with a ScotRail representative.

    Designed by Sir William Tite, Perth Station sits on the main railway crossroads leading to the north and north-east of Scotland. Since the loss of the Strathmore route in 1967 its layout has often been seen as overlarge for today's requirements, but it also plays a key role in stabling rolling-stock and as a base for traincrew.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR0333.


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    SRPS

    from  http://www.srps.org.uk/srps/meetings.htm

    The Scottish Railway
    Preservation Society

    WINTER MEETINGS

    2014 - 2015

    Each year since its formation the Scottish Railway Preservation Society has held a series of winter meetings. This winter's meetings are at two venues :

    The meetings cover diverse topics, from historical reviews of Scotland's railway heritage and studies of the contemporary railway scene, to examining practices abroad. The broad range of topics are bound to appeal no matter what anyone's individual interest, and are highly recommended to anybody in the area.

    Admission to all meetings is free and is open to all, whether members or non-members.
    A collection is made to help defray room hire costs.

    EDINBURGH

    Edinburgh Map

    All meetings are held
    Thursday evenings at 7.30pm

    in the Meeting Room,
    Quaker Meeting House,
    7 Victoria Terrace
    Edinburgh.

    Organiser - Dr Peter Howell
    Tel: 0131 334 5232

    Thursday 9 October 2014
    The Waverley Route
    Ken Falconer
    An illustrated journey down the Line with Steam & Diesel, with an Update on the Rebuilding.

    Thursday 13 November 2014
    SRPS Grand Challenge Quiz
    Questionmaster - Alistair Maclean
    Teams from around the SRPS test their railway knowledge in their annual bid to win the SRPS Challenge Trophy.

    Thursday 11 December 2014
    The Iron Road
    David Bytheway
    A History of the Railway Lines in Clackmannanshire; Powerpoint & Video presentation.

    Thursday 8 January 2015
    Control – In or Out of?
    Jim Summers
    My Experience working with Railway Control.

    Thursday 12 February 2015
    Travels Over the Years with Fedecrail
    Andrew A Boyd
    Illustrated talk. (Fedecrail is the European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways).

    Thursday 12 March 2015
    Lines to Leith
    Douglas Yuill
    Clarification of the NBR Lines serving Edinburgh's Neighbour.

    Thursday 9 April 2015
    To be advised

     

    Other Railway Talks in Edinburgh are organised by
    The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society (RCTS)
    The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA)
    Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG)

    MOTHERWELL

    Motherwell Map

    All meetings are held on
    Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm

    in the Vestry Hall,
    Holy Trinity Church,
    Avon Street,
    Motherwell

    Organisers -
    Fred Landery Tel: 01698 457777
    Alistair Maclean Tel: 01698 263814

    Tuesday 14 October 2014
    My Cine Films from 1958 Onwards
    W Stuart Sellar
    A welcome return by Stuart, assisted by David Hall.

    Tuesday 11 November 2014
    The Photograph Collection of the late Morrison Bryce (2)
    Hamish Stevenson and David Hall
    Hamish and David put together a further collection of images from Morrison’s wide collection.

    Tuesday 9 December 2014
    Steam in Ayrshire
    Bill Hamilton
    Images from Bill’s collection taken between 1959 and 1967.

    Tuesday 13 January 2015
    Corkerhill Depot 1896-2014
    Dave Coddington
    An illustrated History of the depot from G&SW days to the present.

    Tuesday 10 February 2015
    Gretna and Gallipoli
    Ken Nisbet
    The Royal Scots and Britain’s Worst Railway Disaster.

    Tuesday 10 March 2015
    Kirkby Stephen East
    Mike Thompson
    The Dream Becomes Reality.




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    Venue for Meetings

    As usual all meetings for 2013/2014 will commence at 7.30pm and will be held in:
               
                Quaker Meeting House

              7 Victoria Terrace

              Edinburgh EH1 2LJ

    The meetings will be held in the large Meeting Room on the top floor and are booked for the last Fridays of October, November, January, February and March. We intend to start the meetings promptly at 7.30 p.m. and finish by 9.30 p.m.

    October 2014

    • Friday 31. Edinburgh 19.30. George Murray: Edinburgh tram nostalgia

    November 2014

    • Friday 28. Edinburgh 19.30. Paul Geissler: Australian historic tramways

    December 2014 - no meeting

    January 2015

    • Friday 30. Edinburgh 19.30. Ian Craig: Integration of Edinburgh transport

    February 2015

    • Friday 27. Edinburgh 19.30. Andy Steel: A technical miscellany

    March 2015

    • Friday 27. Edinburgh 19.30. Scott McIntosh: Smaller light rail systems

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    Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division in Scotland

     

    from http://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Scottish-Region/Scottish-RD-Centre/events

     

    Caledonian University, Glasgow

    We usually meet in Glasgow's Caledonian University in either its Centre for Executive Education or the Govan Mbeki building which can be seen on the campus map which can be downloaded and printed.

    This map shows the location of Glasgow Caledonian University. You can also use it to get directions.

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    Forthcoming Events

    This page details the forthcoming Scottish Region events.

    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 17 September 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: Thumbnail photograph

    "The Highland Main Line" by Neil Sinclair, railway author.

    Exactly 150 years ago in September 1863, the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway was opened, only three years after it had obtained Parliamentary approval. This talk by the author of the history of the line will look at the development of a railway which brought major changes to the Central Highlands. It will focus in particular on some of the personalities involved with the building and operation of the route over Britain's highest mainline railway summit.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
       
       
       
       
       
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 15 October 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: Thumbnail photograph

    "Heavy Metal: Motorcycling in the 21st Century" by Keith Evans, Scottish Region Chair

    Keith Evans, logistician and CILT Scottish chair, has enjoyed a lifetime passion for motor cycles. He explains his respect for this stylish mode of transport, and how the power of two wheels has inspired him at home and abroad. In this presentation he will look at challenging legislation and attitudes that plague the modern motorcyclist, and how that might fit into transport and highways planning - plus of course, real ale, heavy metal and more.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 22 October 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Modernising the Subway" by Charles Hoskins, Director of Projects, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

    Thumbnail photograph

    When it opened in 1896, the Glasgow Subway was only the third underground railway in the world after those in London and Budapest. Refurbished in the 1970s, it became affectionately known as the Clockwork Orange, and is now being modernised by SPT with spectacular improvements to stations so as to make it fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 5 November 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Rail replacement transport" by Ian Jeffrey, Regional Manager Scotland, First Rail Support Ltd.

    Successful provision of replacement transport is central to how rail delivers major investment, and climate change has increased the incidence of unplanned disruption. However it is far from simply a matter of running all-stations replacement coaches along the nearest parallel road : peculiarities of railway geography have to be considered, while the need to maintain connections may necessitate separate slow and fast coaches - and other issues that can arise include revenue protection and the conveyance of bikes and luggage.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
       
       
       
       
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 19 November 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "The taxi-operator's perspective" by Tony Kenmuir

    Taxis provide cities with joined-up journeys, yet the taxi-operator's perspective receives insufficient consideration. Tony Kenmuir is a Director of Central Taxis Edinburgh, Scotland's first carbon-neutral black taxi company, and is keen to develop the taxi trade's voice among government bodies and professional institutions. Here he tells us about the vital role played by taxis in the city of festivals and tramworks, where the trade directly employs five thousand people.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 10 December 2013 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Transport for Edinburgh - Integrated Public Transport for the City" by Ian Craig, Managing Director, Lothian Buses

    Lothian Buses are majority-owned by City of Edinburgh Council, and have 70 routes in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian with 700 vehicles and over 2000 staff. From next year they will also operate Edinburgh's first light rail line under the new umbrella Transport for Edinburgh. Here their CEO Ian Craig looks ahead to how the new organisation might deliver an integrated network to keep the capital and its hinterland moving in the years ahead

     
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 14 January 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "British railfreight in the twenty-first century" by David Cross, Head of Customer Service, DB Schenker Rail Logistics

    As the son of Derek Cross, a railway photographer who is fondly remembered particularly in the south-west of Scotland, David grew up within sight and sound of traditional railfreight operations. Now he heads customer service in the Logistics arm of Britain's biggest operator, which is committed to growing rail's market share through investments such as London Gateway, and tells us how railfreight can be promoted viably and sustainably so as to help keep the UK competitive in today's global market-place.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 28 January 2014 (1730 for 1800
    Venue: Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE.
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: The 2014 Annual Scottish Political Event
    Presentation by Alyn Smith, MEP

    Alyn Smith has been since 2004 a Member of the European Parliament representing Scotland for the SNP. He is Scotland's youngest MEP and is Honorary President of both the youth wings of the SNP, the Young Scots for Independence and the Federation of Student Nationalists, as well as a member of the SNP's National Executive Committee. Whether through such issues as ferry tendering, lorry standards, drivers' hours, rail interoperability or trans European networks, decision-taking at EU level substantially shapes the market for transport and logistics, yet most of us know little about how it impacts on us. Here he considers the implications for transport in Europe.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SR318.
    Click here to book by e-mail:
    membership@ciltuk.org.uk
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 11 February 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Community Rail" by Chris Austin

    Chris Austin OBE is a former public affairs director at the British Railways Board, Strategic Rail Authority and Association of Train Operating Companies who now is on the board of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, chairs the Avocet Line Partnership and works as a volunteer on the West Somerset Railway. Here he muses on how rail is regaining its place at the heart of the communities that it serves.

    CILT CPD
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 25 February 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Integrating travel in the Highlands" by Bob Barnes-Watts

    Bob Barnes-Watt is an Inverness-based travel consultant and expert in timetabling systems. He was formerly a DJ in the USA. Here he spins a few tunes on travelling by public transport across the Highlands.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 11 March 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: The Annual CILT Scottish Sustainable Transport Event
    CILT's Cycling Forum by Richard Armitage, non-executive chairman of the TAS Partnership

    Richard Armitage CMILT chairs CILT's Cycling Forum, which regularly discusses cycling with colleagues in other CILT Professional Sectors, especially supply chain, transport planning, active travel & travel planning and bus & coach. Current themes include vocational drivers' health, cycle logistics, and on-road cycling as part of driver CPC courses. Richard has run his own sustainable travel and accessible transport consultancy since 1990 and is non-executive chairman of The TAS Partnership, the public transport consultancy.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 18 March 2014
    (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: CILT in the Nation-Regions by Professor Stuart Cole

    Wales has a developing appetite for transport devolution, and is ahead of Scotland in the role assumed by CILT in giving awards for achievement in transport and logistics. Stuart Cole explores how both countries might work together in CILT and elsewhere to promote their common interests, having regard to the success of another devolved region - London - in collaring funds for transport investment and to the upcoming vote on Scottish independence.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 25 March 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: First ScotRail, Atrium Court, 50, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6HQ
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Improving road safety" by Neil Greig, Institute of Advanced Motorists Director of Policy and Research

    It's a busy time for road safety in the UK, with a Green Paper on new drivers including graduated licensing. In Scotland we can look forward to a lower drink-drive limit and enhanced speed-limit powers plus the impact of ongoing cuts to public sector services, the pothole backlog and the single police force. Neil Greig will discuss these events and relate them to the IAM's independent research programme.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    A light buffet will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 8 April 2014 (1730 for 1800)
    Venue: The Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, 100, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB
    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: "Conserving Scotland's Civil Engineering Transport Heritage - a Personal Retrospect" by Professor Roland Paxton, Heriot-Watt University

    As chairman of the ICE panel for historical works, Roland Paxton works tirelessly to promote awareness of Scotland's engineering legacy. He organised plaque-unveilings for the 250th anniversary of Telford's birth in 2007, and has similarly celebrated Scotland's greatest railway engineer John Miller. He reflects on how we may better appreciate structures ranging from the Forth Bridge to Berwickshire's Union Bridge that form a continuing part of our transport networks.
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event and no booking required.
    Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided at this event.
       
    Day, Date & Time: Tuesday 29 April 2014 (Time to be confirmed)
    Venue: Wabtec Caledonia Works, 23 West Langlands Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 2PY

    Click here for a map
    Topic & Speaker: Visit to Wabtec Caledonia Works hosted by Craig Gibson

    Wabtec are the current owner of the business that began life as Andrew Barclay. With UK premises at Kilmarnock Loughborough and Doncaster, they have established a key role in supplying the rail industry with refurbished and repaired trains. Recent work at the Kilmarnock site includes refurbishment of HST vehicles for First Great Western
    Cost & Booking: There is no charge for this event but booking through Corby is required. Quote booking code SRxxx(to be confirmed).
     


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