On Friday 19thJanuary members of the Society were presented with an illustrated talk on the Colne Valley Railway by Mr Mark House.
He started the evening with a history of the railway from the 19th century, illustrated with slides, and showed the development of the line to Halstead in the early years. The early locomotives were shown, along with the buildings along the line. This was followed with pictures of the more up to date locomotives used in the LNER times and also in the British Railways days. The early Diesel locomotives and rail cars were also covered.
The evening ended with details of the work being done now that the line has been purchased for preservation. The new buildings for engine sheds and station plans were shown to the members. The expected preserved locomotives were also covered. A visit to the railway will be considered for the Colchester members to visit the line in the coming year.
Altogether a very interesting evening enjoyed by all the members