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Talk on railway heritage

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andy-savageMEMBERS of Helensburgh Heritage Trust were among those who attended a talk in the Victoria Hall on Tuesday May 17 by the executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust.

Andy Savage, who is based at Euston Station in London, was undertaking a small tour of Scottish stations and agreed to meet with some members of Helensburgh and Gareloch Horticultural Society and Helensburgh Model Railway Club to give a presentation about the history and function of the Railway Heritage Trust.

He started by explaining how Britain had led the way in railway development, and how famous engineers such as Stephenson and Brunel had been involved.

This had left Britain with a vast heritage of railway structures, including stations, bridges, signal boxes and engine sheds, some still in use, but others not.

He showed many slides, often before and after, of the changes that the Railway Heritage Trust had made in reviving structures which had been allowed to become dilapidated. He also explained the role of the Trust and its funding.

Andy joined the Trust at the start of 2010. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport, following a long career in railway civil engineering and, more recently, contractor safety.

_Railway-Heritage-Trust-logoHe has had a long involvement in railway heritage, and in the building aspects of it, with a particular involvement in the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and of the Permanent Way Institution, of which he was president from 2006-8. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:12 )  

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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