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.
R.C.T.S. + Mid-Hants Group - Railway Institute, Romsey Road, Eastleigh SO50 9FE on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 7.30pm
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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.
Horsham Model Railway Club, St Leonard’s Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5ED on Tuesday 24th October at 7pm.
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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.
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.
Normandy Historians, Normandy Village Hall on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 8pm
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