Following the success of Geoff's trilogy of ‘Rambling Railwayman’ books, the enterprising author has prepared a number of fully illustrated talks for presentation to railway clubs and other interested associations, each talk offering a fascinating insight into his varied railway career, and all accompanied by an exclusive selection of both B/W and colour photographs presented via an LCD projector onto a large screen.
Geoff’s presentations provide both a snapshot in time back to BR steam days when he started out as an Engine Cleaner and Fireman at Guildford Motive Power Depot (70C) from 1961 to 1967. This was followed by a move to more modern forms of traction as Secondman and Passed Secondman at Woking MT leading to his Driving days at Effingham Junction and Woking MT.
Geoff then went on to become a Senior Instructor at Waterloo South Side Training School - and finally, his Training days at South West Trains Operations Safety Training Centre at Basingstoke.
Presentation One: 'The Ramblings of a Railwayman'
During ‘The Ramblings of a Railwayman’ Geoff talks about his first interest in railways as a train spotter and as a 15 year old straight from school starting his career as an engine cleaner, working in the boilersmith’s shop and eventually becoming a top-link fireman based at Guildford Motive Power Depot. This gave him a privileged opportunity to work with a diverse group of drivers and locomotives until the final day of steam on the Southern Region, Sunday 9th July 1967.
Buttons & Bows - West End Sports & Social Club, West End Lane, Esher KT10 8LF on Monday 20th May 2019 at 2pm.
Contact Betty Bowpitt - Tel: 01372 465937 for further details.
Oxforshire Railway Society - Seacourt Day Centre, Seacourt Road, Botley Oxford OX2 9LD on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 7.30 pm.
Contact: Malcolm Sturges 07710 557015 or 01628 524231 for further details.
Cranleigh History Society - Cranleigh Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8JW on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 8pm.
Contact Mike Payne - email: email@example.com for further details.
The Guildford Institute - Ward St Guildford on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 2.45pm.
Contact: Sarah George, Tel: 01483 562142 for further details.
Guildford Model Engineering Society - London Road, Guildford, GU1 1TU on Wednesday 4th February 2020 at 7.30pm.
Contact: Bryan Finch GMES Secretary email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Southern Counties Railway Society - The Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Road (off London Road) Southampton SO15 2AZ on Saturday 21st March 2020 at 18.30.
Contact: David Mead - email: email@example.com for further details.
Presentation Two: 'Further Ramblings of Railwaymen'
In ‘Further Ramblings of Railwaymen’, Geoff speaks of experiences relayed to him by eleven of his work colleagues: Pat Kinsella, Dave Salmon, Alex McClymont, Brian Davey, Roger Hope and Eric Hern from his own depot and other men from depots across the Southern Region.
Bob Cartwright from Eastleigh, Tim Crowley from Nine Elms, Jim Wattleworth from the IOW and Fratton, Fred Johnson from Salisbury and Denis Turner from Weymouth.
Many of the photographs shown are truly unique as they come from the contributor’s exclusive collections.
Old Southeronians London Branch Autumn Meeting at Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at 14.00.
Contact: General Secretary David Milnthorpe - Tel: 01344 441657 for further details.
Presentation Three: 'Rambling Railwayman’s Recollections'
‘Rambling Railwayman’s Recollections’ follows on from when Geoff’s first talk left off when on Monday 10th July he transferred to Woking as a Secondman. Geoff continues with his stories following the path of his working life; passing his driver’s exam, appointment as Driver at Effingham Junction, driving days at Woking Mixed Traction depot to his appointment to become a Senior Instructor at Waterloo South Side Training School.
Following the privatisation of British Rail in 1994, a different career path ensued where Geoff initially became an I.T. trainer with Surrey Police but returned to the railway industry to become Training Design Manager with South West Trains.
Fleet U3A Steam & Transport Group - Church Crookham Baptist Church, Basingbourne Church Crookham GU52 6TH on Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 2.30pm.
Contact Brian Armes Tel: 07768 684628 for further details.
Presentation Four: 'Dave Salmon - A Man and his Camera'
Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose has joined forces with Geoff with this new talk/presentation entitled ‘Dave Salmon – A Man and his Camera’.
Dave Salmon took so many photographs during his life and this collection doesn’t disappoint. Again they depict snapshots in time where Dave had the presence of mind to capture not only the passing of steam locomotives on the Southern but also other forms of transport.
Dave always carried a camera and would be seen at a variety of events; Guildford City football matches, presentations, carnivals and air-shows. An iconic selection of photographs of Guildford past and present has also been included.
Presentation Five: 'A Walk Over Perry Hill (Worplesdon)'
Or ‘Worplesdon Past; People and Place’
Well-known Guildford Historian David Rose has again joined forces with Geoff with this new talk/presentation entitled ‘A Walk over Perry Hill, Worplesdon’.
Starting on the A322 Worplesdon Road to the south of Perry Hill, the talk follows the road up over the hill and down the other side to Fox Corner.
The talk / presentation features vintage photos and 1960s 8mm film clips of buildings and people of that part of Worplesdon where Geoff has lived all of his life.
Many of the images have been rarely seen; some from Geoff’s collection and some from David’s collection.