WINTER MEETINGS 2016 /2017
Our meetings are held in GEORDIE’S BYRE, on Main Street, Ayr. We meet in the back room, which is entirely suitable for our requirements. Geordie’s is a small traditional pub on Main Street, next door to William Hills (the bookmakers) at the top of Crown Street, and is opposite Farmfoods. It is on the main bus route into Ayr from Prestwick, and 10 minutes walk from both Ayr and Newton on Ayr Railway Stations. Geordie’s has the bonus of serving real ale. In fact, Geordies has been voted the Ayrshire & Galloway Area of CAMRA’s ‘Pub of the Year’ for 2010. Please note – you do not require to be a member of ARPG to attend these meetings.
Wed 2 November 2016 – Take a look up the Railtrack : Scottish Coal No More by Max Fowler. A reprise of coal traffic over the years – what we now miss. Max has been an avid photographer of the rail scene for four decades, with an emphasis on the vast tonnages of coal that were transported across Ayrshire and beyond from several railheads in the county. This now has virtually disappeared. Come along and enjoy the evening’s entertainment on what was a huge part of the railways activities.
Wed 7 December 2016 – Pre Digital Retrospective by Archie Thom. Archie will show a selection of his pre-digital collection of slides, some of these images will surprise you by how long ago they were taken.
Wed 4 January 2017 – Annual Quiz Night by Ian and Kenneth Middleditch. Last year’s joint winners, the Middleditches, promise to put on a quiz that is different yet entertaining. Ian’s knowledge of the G&SWR is legendary and Ken is a professional railwayman, so you will have to be on top form to do well here !
Wed 1 February 2017 – Trains of my Youth by Graham McLachlan. Group member and regular volunteer Graham will take a nostalgic look back to ‘the trains of his youth’.
Wed 1 March 2017 – Members Slide Night. Members are requested to bring along their best images of 2016 (or any other year, for that matter) on a memory stick. We will provide the projector. If you have slides, a traditional projector will be available.
Wed 5 April 2017 – Steam in the UK 1965 to Date by Robert Pritchard. Part 1 will be commercial operation (BR, industrial etc.) and Part 2 will be preservation.