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.
Chichester Transport Society - County Hall, Chichester, P019 1RG on Wednesday 7th March 2018.
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Beeding and Bramber Local History Society - Village Hall, High St, Upper Beeding, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3WN on Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 7.45pm.
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Windlesham Ladies Fellowship Group - St John’s Church Hall, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6BL on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 8pm.
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Surrey CC Retirement Association (Woking Branch)-Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Woking, Surrey GU22 4LH on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 2pm.
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Talk / Presentation at Wisbech on 12th September 2018 for Tony Yates (details available nearer the time).
Probus ‘83 Club - Weybourne House, Hitherbury Close, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4DR on 4th October 2018.
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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.
Cross Lanes Club - Jefferies Hall, Laustan Close, Merrow on 7th August 2018 at 3pm
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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.
++++CANCELLED++++++ Horsham Model Railway Club - St Leonard’s Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5ED on 13th February 2018 at 7pm. To be rearranged for a later date.
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Basingstoke & District Railway Society - Wote Street Club, Basingstoke Town Centre on 11th April 2018 at 7.45pm.
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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.