About the SWRS

The Slough & Windsor Railway Society is for anyone interested in rail transport of any kind, especially railways in the area around Slough and Windsor (UK).

The Society meets for illustrated talks on Friday nights in a former Great Western Railway building adjacent to Slough railway station, known to us as The Manor.
Non-members are most welcome.

"Friday Nights at The Manor"

31 March 2017

Kenya Railway Safari

Geoff Warren

7:30pm, at 'The Manor', Slough Station (directions)

Diesel-hauled train of bogie box vans, crossing the equator!

Thanks to adventures in the Colonial era, stories about Kenya's railways, such as the "Man-Eaters of Tsavo", are well-known to tourists. The railways are still clearly influenced by British practice, with some UK-built locos still in traffic.

This talk by Geoff Warren illustrates the railway scene over the last 25 years, including the occasional resurrection of steam tourist trains.

David Jewell

1932-2016

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 on Friday nights, and in 2013 had been presented with the 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 the 15th.
Peter Jewell, SWRS Webmaster

Programme Change: "Friday Nights at The Manor"

Friday, 10th Feb – Western Rail Link to Heathrow – The presentation by Neil Stevens of Network Rail has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. It is hoped to reschedule it for later in the year (watch website for details).

Several Friday night meetings have had to be re-scheduled due to circumstances beyond our control (details: Revised Programme). The affected dates are as follows:

Instead, Rob Holder has stepped in to the breach to give us another of his excellent Transport Mix evenings. (Subject to confirmation.)

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

SWRS Trip: "By Routemaster To The Lost Village of Imber"

Hidden from view on Salisbury Plain, the village of Imber is no longer inhabited as the residents were evicted just before Christmas 1943 by the MoD, in order to step up army training in advance of D-Day.

Saturday, 26th August 2017

Travel by G.B.R.F 66 779 "Evening Star"
and Routemaster Bus to the Lost Village of Imber

from Potters Bar Station -- depart 08:20, return 20:30

Standard Class: £75 or, with Coach from Windsor: £99

Full payment to John Coke before 3rd March 2017
Cheques payable to Slough & Windsor Railway Society

John Coke's phone number at: Contact Us

If you would like more information or to join the Society, please see the Membership page.

"Slough Estates No. 3"

In addition to holding weekly meetings and other events, the Society is the custodian for Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST "Slough Estates Ltd No.3", a 1924-built steam locomotive which operated for 50 years on the Slough Trading Estate Railway.

After a prolonged restoration (read more here), No.3 was finally returned to steam in 2000, and spent a number of years hauling passenger services at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in Wiltshire.

In 2011, No.3 was relocated to the Middleton Railway in Leeds on long-term loan. This line is close to the site of the Railway Foundry where she was built in 1924. No.3 also closely resembles the last steam loco to work over the railway in NCB days in 1958. It is thus appropriate that she should have 'returned home' to Leeds.

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