The RPSI has been running monthly meetings in Belfast, during the winter months, continually since February 1974.
Guest speakers from all corners of Ireland and beyond have enthralled our audiences with tales of all things railway - broad and narrow gauge - mostly steam with many pictures from behind the scenes. Hundreds of slide shows and miles of movie film and video have revealed every corner of the island's railway network to consistently large audiences, reputedly the largest in these islands.
Please download and display/advertise the meetings programme - TBC.
|11th October 2017||Sixty Years Gone
Charles Friel will bring you on a journey in pictures along the GNRB lines which lost all of their services on 30th September 1957. Travel again between Portadown and Tynan (including the Keady branch) and from Clones through Enniskillen to Omagh as well as over the Bundoran branch and along the always-independent Sligo Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway. A night to stir the memories.
|8th November 2017||Lough Swilly Revisited
Steve Flanders recreates the heydays of the long-lost Londonderry & Lough Swilly and Londonderry & Burtonport Extension Railways in north Donegal and introduces the new, revised and updated edition of E.M. Patterson's classic book which he and Joe Begley have produced for Colourpoint Books. Includes many previously unseen pictures and diagrams which were not available for the original book and some very recent discoveries. Copies of the new book will be on sale at the meeting - and at least one author to autograph yours!
|6th December 2017||I Remember When . . .
This is where you can contribute. You are asked to think about presenting about 20 pictures in a 15 minute slot on a railway-related topic of your own choosing. Your theme might be firsts or lasts, near misses or rare sightings, the unexpected or the bizarre, recent discoveries or maybe just what was once everyday but has since disappeared. We normally keep to topics which are steam and Irish but this could be your chance to bring us out of ourselves to somewhere or something exotic. Can you put your thinking cap on, please, and email Charles Friel, who will do all that he can to help - like converting slides, prints, negatives or whatever to digital format or making up Powerpoint displays? We look forward to hearing from you - but soon, please.
|10th January 2018||To be confirmed.|
|7th February 2018||To be confirmed.|
|7th March 2018||To be confirmed.|
Meetings start sharp at 7:30pm and finish at 10:00pm.
Each night includes a 5 minute 'Newsreel'. This gives a bite-sized look at some recent event or intriguing piece of engineering in which the RPSI has been involved and is usually a mixture of video and still photographs. It is the natural appetiser to getting involved yourself.
It is followed by a talk/show illustrated on a large screen.
There will be an interval for tea/coffee, with time to visit the huge display of items for sale, giving you a chance to browse through the RPSI shop, including the large stock of new and second-hand Irish railway books, videos and other railway paperwork as well as magazines - far too many to list here.
The meetings are open to non-members and admission is FREE, although donations towards running costs are always gratefully received (there will be a collection on leaving).
The meetings are fully accessible for wheelchair users.