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12 Apr 2017 Parking at The Manor [IMPORTANT]
All SWRS members who are part of the discretionary parking scheme are required to re-register annually.
If you have not already registered for 2017, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 Mar 2017 SWRS Membership Secretary
Unfortunately the Society's Membership Secretary, Eric Belton, has had to step down because of ill health. We thank him for his work and wish him a speedy recovery so that he can be back with us on Friday evenings.
The Committee have co-opted Alan Grace to be Membership Secretary, confirmed at the Society's AGM in April. We thank Alan for taking on this role and look forward to working with him to develop the membership base in the future. Alan has been an SWRS member for several years and is nearly always at The Manor on a Friday evening if you need to speak to him, or his contact details may be found on the Membership page.
20 Mar 2017 2017 Programme – April-June
Programme details for "Friday Nights at The Manor", for April to June 2017, are now on the Event Calendar page. Any changes will be publicised on the website.
Please note that on 23rd June, railway journalist, author, and would-be politician, Christian Wolmar will be visiting us with his presentation: Are Trams Socialist?.
Originally re-scheduled for last December, this talk was again postponed due to Christian's unexpected candidacy in a by-election. Hopefully it will be third time lucky for us!
27 Feb 2017 Jaye Isherwood: The Slough Estates Railway
Slough & Windsor Railway Society has acquired several copies of this book to sell. The definitive history of the Slough Trading Estate and its railway system was written by SWRS member Jaye Isherwood, having been granted access to the company's records and photo archive.
This second, revised, edition (168pp) covers the complete history of the Estate from 1917 to the present. The railways and locomotives are well documented, and the book will be of great interest to members of the Society as we are owners of one of the Estate's locomotives.
The book is out of print and hard to find, so this is a rare opportunity to purchase a new copy, at the reduced price of £20 to members. Just ask at the sales stand at The Manor on any Friday night.
29 Jan 2017 Another Model Railway Donation
SWRS recently received a donation from the family of the late Patrick McDermott. It comprised a series of framed pictures, many with a railway connection, plus a collection of model railway items. Patrick was a relatively recent member of Slough & Windsor Railway Society, member no. 400. The expectation was that the Society might use the items to raise funds at Eton Action, or a similiar event.
The Tri-ang model railway items date from 1958–1965, judging by the Series 3 track (which was in remarkably good condition). Motive power featured a 4-6-2 steam locomotive Princess Victoria, in LMS Black livery, and a light green BR Class 08 diesel shunter. Rolling stock included several blood-and-custard coaches, an operating mail (TPO) coach (complete with lineside structures) and a few assorted wagons. There was also a controller and some lineside fittings.
Unfortunately, the rolling stock wheels are too coarse for our model railway track, although the locomotives otherwise seem to run well. Consequently it is thought the items could be sold on the collectables market and the funds used instead to purchase another steam locomotive for the model railway, possibly this time of LMS origin.
Our sincere thanks to the family for this kind donation.
13 Nov 2015 Parking at The Manor [PINNED]
The West Car Park at Slough Station now has numberplate recognition in use. Tickets (£4 for whole evening) may be bought by phone, online, or from a cash ticket machine beyond the bridge. Blue disabled badge holders may park for free, but still need a ticket.
SWRS Members please note: Thanks to an informal concession from Great Western Railway – for which we are extremely grateful – discretionary parking is now available to members on Friday evenings. This requires prior registration and members must first contact any SWRS Committee member, well in advance, for details.
Please see 'How to find us...' for important additional information.
03 Jan 2017 TV: "Full Steam Ahead"
The excellent 6-part BBC/OU series is once again available on BBC iPlayer until mid-January 2017: Full Steam Ahead
Historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how Victorian railways created modern Britain. It's a fascinating insight into how the coming of the railways affected every aspect of people's lives.
03 Jan 2017 TV: Steamy Christmas Highlights
Several recent TV programmes that you may have missed, available on BBC iPlayer, and well worth a watch...
Flying Scotsman from the Footplate [Available until (approx) 28th Jan 2017.]
A cab-ride with a difference, as cameras follow the progress of Flying Scotsman along the Severn Valley Railway. Interesting background commentary provided by the driver and fireman. (There is another version without the commentary.)
James May: The Reassembler: Hornby Train Set [Available until (approx) 28th Jan 2017.]
Discover the technology inside a model railway locomotive as you watch James May re-assemble a 1970s-vintage model of Flying Scotsman. Can he get it working again?
Peter Pan Goes Wrong [Available until (approx) 31st Jan 2017.]
Absolutely nothing to do with railways or other transport... Included just because I found it so funny (I was crying with laughter).
26 Nov 2016 2017 Programme
Programme details for "Friday Nights at The Manor", for January to March 2017, are now on the Event Calendar page. Any changes will be publicised on the website.
Please note a slight change to the published programme on 22nd April. John Coke will be giving us an archive ciné film evening: End of Steam in Great Britain on Home Movies This replaces the Members' Transport Presentation Evening originally scheduled.
26 Nov 2016 Surprise Model Railway Donation
SWRS recently received a surprise parcel from Scotland containing rolling stock for the Society's OO model railway.
The parcel was sent by Thomson Kerr, a visitor from East Kilbride, who had joined us at The Manor one Friday after a trip to Legoland with his daughter.
Our sincere thanks go to Thomson for this generous donation, which comprised: a Bachmann Class 158 2-car DMU, several InterCity coaches, a static tram model (as yet unidentified) and, most appropriately for us, a Horlicks coal wagon.
(Horlicks was, and still is, manufactured at a factory in Slough, alongside the railway.)
18 April 2016 David Jewell – 1932–2016
We are sorry to report that long-time SWRS member David Jewell died at the beginning of April, aged 83, following a short illness.
David frequently helped Ted Mundy behind the tea bar at The Manor on Friday nights, and in 2013 had been presented with the Society's Alan Christmas Award in recognition of his fund-raising for No.3 by collecting scrap metal, particularly aluminium drinks cans.
A tribute will be published in the next edition of The Triangle magazine.
I must extend thanks to all my fellow SWRS members who expressed their condolences and sent cards following my father's death; especially to the many friends who attended his funeral on 15th April. – Peter Jewell, SWRS Webmaster
30 Jan 2016 TV: "Great British Railway Journeys"
Michael Portillo visits Slough in the latest episode of his travels around Britain following Bradshaw's Guide. (First shown Friday, 29th January.)
After visiting Carter's Steam Fair in Egham, Michael rides both Windsor branch lines, then alights at Slough for a behind-the-scenes visit to the Horlicks factory (which is very interesting - Ed) before continuing to Henley-on-Thames to join a rowing eight.
The BBC2 programme is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until the end of February:
23 Jan 2016 Egham & Staines Model Railway Exhibition
On Saturday, 23rd January 2016, the SWRS presented a sales and publicity stand at the exhibition held by Egham & Staines Model Railway Society.
Besides selling books, mugs, and photos, we chatted to many of the visitors; gave out numerous publicity handouts; sold quite a few Triangle magazines; and our web address was printed in the Exhibition Guide. So, while the funds raised will not make much of a dent in No.3's maintenance budget, our presence at the exhibition will have certainly raised awareness of the Society in the local area.
Our thanks to the SWRS members who helped set-up and man the stand for the day (I think at one point we had seven clustered around the six foot table!) to ensure this was a successful venture for the Society.
22 Dec 2015 Egham & Staines Model Railway Exhibition
Slough & Windsor Railway Society has a sales and publicity stand at the Model Railway Exhibition being staged by Egham & Staines Model Railway Society.
The exhibition is on Saturday, 23rd January 2016, at Manorcroft School, Wesley Drive, Egham, TW20 9LX, from 10:30am to 5:00pm.
For further information, please consult the Egham & Staines MRS website.
Several SWRS members have already agreed to help set-up and man the stand for the day, but we could do with some reserves in case of illness; so if you are attending the exhibition, we would welcome you to step in for an hour or so and give one of the other members a break!
19 Nov 2015 Slough Station Car Park Closures
The West Car Park will be partially closed between 14th November and 11th December – only 40 spaces will be available. This is to enable work related to Crossrail.
SWRS has verbal agreement from GWR that members registered for discretionary parking may use the East Car Park instead during this period. The car park entrance is near Tesco's access road.
For further information, please consult the Crossrail publicity.
16 Nov 2015 Gooch Grave Work Party – 2
Postponed from Nov 14th, the second Work Party will now take place from 9am at St Andrews, Clewer on Saturday, 21st November... weather permitting.
Volunteers are needed to help out – the more the merrier!
Parking is difficult in the area, so please contact John Coke beforehand. (John is usually at The Manor on Friday nights, or his contact details may be found here.)
13 Nov 2015 Gooch Grave Work Party – 1
2016 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Daniel Gooch, former Chairman of the Great Western Railway. Sir Daniel lived in Windsor, and is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Andrew's Church, Clewer. In prepration for next year, Slough & Windsor Railway Society members have been renovating his grave.
During a work party on 31st October, members repaired, cleaned, and painted three of the four heavy, wrought iron chains (probably forged at Swindon Works), and generally tidied the surrounding vegetation.
[UPDATE] Saturday, 14th November – Due to adverse weather conditions, work party postponed to next week.
16 Oct 2015 Sir Daniel Gooch Plaque
On 15th October, a 'Blue Plaque' commemorating Sir Daniel Gooch was unveiled at Windsor Central Station. Sir Daniel was former Chairman of the Great Western Railway, lived in Windsor for many years, and is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew's Church, Clewer.
It is hoped that a more complete news story can be published here in due course.
28 Sept 2015 Parking at The Manor
New parking regulations are in force at Slough West Car Park, with higher prices and number-plate recognition now in use. Tickets (£4 for whole evening) may be bought by phone, online, or from a cash ticket machine beyond the bridge. Blue disabled badge holders may park for free, but still need a ticket from the machine.
This took us by surprise, and various Committee members are investigating alternative parking arrangements, although this may entail a longer walk to The Manor.
Alternatively, remember that The Manor is adjacent to the bus and railway stations, so you could consider using public transport rather than driving, or maybe lift-sharing?
23 Sept 2015 Middleton Trip – 18th Oct
Time is running out! We need to book the coach very soon, and we really need a few more people to make the trip viable. Please reply by this Friday (25th September) if you would like to join us. Note that we will be having a smaller, more comfortable coach, and that a buffet lunch is included in the price!
What's happening? A coach trip to visit No.3 at the Middleton Railway in Leeds, if enough people are interested. The trip will be on Sunday, 18th October, and the ticket price, which will include entrance, buffet lunch, and unlimited travel on the railway, is expected to be about £35.
For more information, or to book your place, please see John Coke or John Appleton at The Manor on a Friday night, or send an email to email@example.com.
28 Aug 2015 Membership Offer!
Join Slough & Windsor Railway Society today and get up to 3 months' membership free! Further details on the Membership page.
25 Aug 2015 Celebrity Autumn Programme
Several famous names will be giving talks at The Manor during the autumn.
Firstly, John Goldsmith visits on 4th September to give a progress update on the Crossrail project. Next, on 18th September, Christian Wolmar will be enlightening us about Trans-Siberian Railways; quickly followed by Chris Green on 25th September, who will be relating The InterCity Story.
Then on October 9th, Geoff Hales' One-Man Theatre pays us a return visit, this time with a presentation about Biggles: "The Sky Rained Camels".
Together with evenings about London Transport, Reading, Windsor, Archive Ciné and our Photographic Competition – there's a packed programme coming up this autumn!
03 Aug 2015 Programme Additions
Two changes to the published programme for Friday Nights at The Manor have been announced. There will now be illustrated talks in place of the advertised "Members' evenings", as follows:
- 16th Oct – Windsor Branch – David Grant
- 13th Nov – New Zealand (Part 3) – John Fowler
07 Jul 2015 New Links
The website Links Page has been updated. All websites mentioned in Wrailway Web Watch (Triangle 104) have been added, plus links to several other sites that members may find useful.
24 Apr 2015 Admission Charges
Admission charges for Friday Nights at The Manor have increased by £1 from 24th April. This is to cover the increased rental charges following the signing of a new lease with Network Rail.
16 Jan 2015 How to Find Us
The website Location Page has been re-written to provide better directions to The Manor. Your comments on the changes are welcome.
19 Sep 2014 RIP David Pearcy
David Pearcy died on 6th September 2014. Tributes to David by SWRS members may be found on his Obituary Page.
08 Feb 2012 Facebook
Taking our first tentative steps into the world of 'Social Media', SWRS now has a page on Facebook! Follow us!
26 Nov 2011 No.3 on the move
No.3 moved from the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, in Wiltshire, to the Middleton Railway in Leeds.
04 Apr 2011 No.3 Boiler Inspection
No.3 has passed its annual boiler inspection.
January 2011 New Book!
A revised and expanded edition of Jaye Isherwood's book "The Slough Estates Railway" has been published. The new edition – which has a green cover – includes more photos, additional information on the companies based on the Trading Estate, and up-dates the story of No.3.
05 Jun 2010 New Website!
Major web page redesign! Watch this space for further improvements...