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.

With the ongoing restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, meetings will not be resuming in October. The hall’s management is reluctant to host large groups, especially those in the vulnerable age groups - the Society agrees with their caution.

The pandemic’s effects will be kept under review and a decision about meetings in 2021 will be taken later in the year. Watch this space for further news when we have it to share with you.

Date Meeting Details
October 2020 Cancelled
November 2020 Cancelled
December 2020 Cancelled
January 2021 To Be Confirmed
February 2021 To Be Confirmed
March 2021 To Be Confirmed

The Meeting

Meetings start sharp at 7:30pm and finish by 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, perhaps by meeting some of the volunteers who do so much behind the scenes.

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 range 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 Venue

Main Hall, Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Castlereagh Road, Belfast, BT5 6BH

The hall can be reached using Metro bus services 5A and 31, and Ulsterbus service 512 - the Montgomery Road stop coming into Belfast, and Orby Street on the way out.

The meetings are fully accessible for wheelchair users.