Event Calendar

The Slough & Windsor Railway Society meets on Friday evenings at The Manor, by Slough railway station, from about 7:15pm. The meeting is open to all, not just members. It usually features an illustrated talk on the subject of railways or some other transport-related theme, often presented by a visiting speaker (see programme below for details). There is a small admission charge to cover costs.

Slough Station
Car Park Closures

Sat 14th Nov – Fri 11th Dec

The West Car Park will be partially or completely closed between these dates.

Please see News Page for further details.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Programme Change

"Friday Nights at The Manor"

Two late additions to the Autumn programme (replacing 'Members' Evenings'):

  • 16th Oct – Windsor Branch – David Grant
  • 13th Nov – New Zealand (Pt 3) – John Fowler

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The evening's talk starts around 7:45pm, with a break at about 9pm when refreshments may be purchased. The Sales Stand is open for No. 3 souvenirs, books, magazines and other railwayana (as available) and for members to arrange loans from our extensive library of railway books.

Important Announcement – Friday Night Programme Change:

Friday, 10th Feb – Western Rail Link to Heathrow – Neil Stevens

This Network Rail presentation had to be postponed, but it is hoped to reschedule it for later in the year (watch website for details).

Instead, Rob Holder will give us another of his excellent Transport Mix evenings.
(Subject to confirmation.)

Programme for 2016

Date Subject Speaker
Jan  1 New Year's Transport Film Evening
Jan  8 Transport Cinema Evening (archive ciné) Frank Banfield
Jan 15 The Digital Year – 2015 Jim Ballantyne
Jan 22 The Blue Plaque to Sir Daniel Gooch Malcolm Lock
Saturday Jan 23 SWRS Sales Stand – Egham & Staines Model Railway Society Bi-ennial Exhibition, Manorcroft School (details here)
Jan 29 Winter Railwayana and Miscellaneous Auction
Feb  5 Slough Estates Jaye Isherwood
Feb 12 Around Great Britain in Twelve Days John Coke
Feb 19 Travels in North Korea – 2014-2015 Colin Miell
Feb 26 Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Co. Paul Joyce
Mar  4 Members' Transport Presentation Evening
Mar 11 A Visit to the Former Jugoslavia Jim Ballantyne
Mar 18 End of Steam in Europe on Home Movies John Coke
Mar 25 Good Friday Transport Film Evening (archive ciné) Frank Banfield
Apr  1 Members' Transport Film Evening
Apr  8 Slough & Windsor Railway Society – Annual General Meeting
Apr 15 Railway Workshops: Ipswich, Queensland Grahame Robinson
Apr 22 End of Steam in Great Britain
on Home Movies
John Coke
Apr 29 Wilts and Berks Canal Paul Joyce
May  6 Further Afield with the Ken Nunn Collection Graham Stacey
May 13 Monitoring Railway Track Bob Crocker
May 20 Brazil and Madagascar Adrian Palmer
May 27 Members' Transport Presentation Evening
Jun  3 >> Programme Change <<
Aircraft from the Local Area
Ken Tilley
Jun 10 Members' Hobbies Presentation Evening
Jun 17 More Trams and Trolleys Graham Bilbe
Jun 24 Summer Railwayana and Miscellaneous Auction
Jul 01 Somerset & Dorset Bob Bunyar
Jul 08 British Rail Diesel Years John Coke
Jul 15 LCGB Steam in China Colin Miell
Jul 22 >> Programme Change <<
More Local Aircraft
Ken Tilley
Jul 29 Transport Mix Rob Holder
Aug 05 Mystery Bus Trip Depart Slough Station at 19:30
Aug 12 Railway Enthusiasts' Barbecue
Aug 19 Members' Transport Presentation Evening
Aug 26 >> Programme Change <<
Tales of the Broad Gauge
Dave Grant
Sep 02 Members' Transport Presentation Evening
Sep 09 Old Pictures of the
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Clive Thompson
Sep 16 China 1988–2000 Ian Silvester
Sep 23 >> Programme Change <<
Members' Evening – Work Experiences
('Heritage Railways' [Iain Pate] – to be rescheduled)
Sep 30 A Tour de France by Narrow Gauge Michael Bunn
Oct 07 >> Programme Change <<
Middleton Railway Trust
– The First 20 Years
Ian Smith
Oct 14 Transport Cinema Evening (archive ciné) Frank Banfield
Oct 21 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Colin Brown
Oct 28 British Trams and Trolley Buses in HD John Laker
Nov 04 >> Programme Change <<
Steam in India – Narrow Gauge Memories
Geoff Warren
Nov 11 Black and White, Fifty Years Ago Graham Stacey
Nov 18 Winter Railwayana and Miscellaneous Auction
Nov 25 London's Transport 1870–1914 Peter Groom
Dec 02 Members' Transport Presentation Evening
Dec 09 Photographic Competition
Dec 16 Festive Transport Cinema Evening (archive ciné) Frank Banfield
Dec 23 Festive Gathering and Big Screen Evening
Dec 30 Farewell to 2016
Sept – Dec Programme details to follow...

Please note that this programme may be subject to change at short notice.
Check website for announcements.

Programme for 2017

Please note that a couple of Friday evenings have been revised since the programme 'went live' at the beginning of December. The updated programme is shown below.

Date Subject Speaker
Jan  6 Basingstoke Canal Paul Joyce
Jan 13 SWRS vs Reading Transport Group – Annual Quiz
Jan 20 Railways of Southampton Gordon Adams
Jan 27 Digital Year Jim Ballantyne
Feb  3 Summer Holiday Barry Hodkinson
Feb 10 >> Programme Change <<
Transport Mix
Rob Holder
Feb 17 Laurie Marshall's First and Third Great Indian Tours, 1978 and 1981 Colin Miell
Feb 24 Britain's Railways in the 1960's Derek Spicer
Mar  3 Spring Railwayana and Miscellaneous Auction
Mar 10 Poland Revisited Jim Ballantyne
Mar 17 British Second Generation Tramways John Laker
Mar 24 Planning a Mainline Railtour Matthew Hills
Mar 31 Kenya Railway Safari Geoff Warren
Apr  7 Slough & Windsor Railway Society – Annual General Meeting
Apr 14 Good Friday Archive Ciné Evening Frank Banfield
Apr 21 Transport Miscellany –
Southend to London
Paul Joyce
Apr 28 New Zealand Consolidated: Part 1 John Fowler
May  5 Big Screen Evening John Coke
May 12 SWRS: Sales Stands, Work Parties and Visits Members' Photos
May 19 Beginnings of Practical Subjects in Schools John Penfold
May 26 Bygones Quiz Terry Ridgely
Jun  2 Transport Mix Shaun Bradbury
Jun  9 Plymouth Ramble Paul Joyce
Jun 16 Summer Railwayana and Miscellaneous Auction
Jun 23 Are Trams Socialist? Christian Wolmar
Jun 30 Members' Presentation Evening
Jul – Dec Programme details to follow...

Please note that this programme may be subject to change at short notice.
Check website for announcements.

Admission Charges

The Friday Night admission charge helps the Society cover the running costs of The Manor and any expense associated with the visiting speaker:

SWRS members:
SWRS members (*concessions):
Under 16s (accompanied)

*Concessions: disabled, OAPs, unwaged

**Non-members: £6.00 for evenings with visiting speakers, £5.00 otherwise

Please Note – Admission Charge Increase:
With effect from 24th April 2015, admission charges for Friday Nights at The Manor have been increased by £1 – the first increase since 2006. Charges were reviewed as a result of commencing a new tenancy agreement with Network Rail.

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