Welcome to the new term. As mentioned in the last newsletter, meetings this term will be held in the Ramsden Room, St. Catharines College, and we shall attempt to revert to the slightly earlier starting time of 2030h. Unfortunately, a major conference on privatization, and a reported delay in the production of a certain railway publication have meant a late start to the term, so the first proper meeting of term will be Friday 20th October. However there will then be meetings every week until the end of term.
The first meeting will be Richard Abbott, editor of Modern Railways, coming to talk to us about Railway Privatization. This looks to be a highly interesting talk, and I look forward to seeing everyone there.
The following Thursday sees a CURC visit to Upminster Depot on the District Line. Those wishing to go, please return the attached form to Jonathan Mcallister no later than at the first meeting of term. Even if you have already indicated an interest, could you please return the form to confirm that you wish to go. The visit will start at the depot at approx. 1100h, further details available from Jonathan.
A more international flavour to the second meeting of term - Richard Hope of Railway Gazzette International is also going to talk about privatization, but looking at how the rest of the world has gone about it. This meeting will also be the time to book to dine in formal hall the following week.
Graham, our Secretary, has promised us some good food for our third meeting of term. The cost will be about five pounds, and you should bring your own wine. More detail will be given at the meetings. Even if you don't wish to dine, you should bring some of your own photographs to the members' slide evening afterwards.
I'll expand on the remainder of the termcard a little nearer the time, but I hope to see as many of you as possible at the meetings.Tim Wells