Oxfordshire Railway Society,
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The Oxfordshire Railway Society was formed in 1975 by a group
who felt that there was a need in the Oxford district for a railway society
to cater for the general railway enthusiast.
ORS meetings, where a
friendly atmosphere prevails, are held on the second Wednesday of each
month, excepting July and August.
ORS hold a varied selected of talks, often from distinguished speakers.
They are illustrated by film or slides and range from steam trains to
diesel engines, from broad to narrow gauge, and from foreign to local
In December we hold the Oxfordshire Railway Society's Annual Bumper
Film Show (with seasonal refreshments) which has been presented for many
years by the independent film maker Alan Wilmott of Windjammer Films,
himself a former employee of British Transport Films. However the society
is saddened that he has recently died. He came to us for 25 years, and
we presented him with a replica 81F shedplate to mark the occasion.
We meet in a comfortable room at 7.30pm at the Seacourt Day Centre, Seacourt
Road, Oxford, close to the A34/A420 junction at Botley. Light refreshments
are served in the interval, and meetings usually close at about 10.00pm.
An Oxfordshire Railway Society map can be
found by clicking here.
ORS also publish a monthly newsletter Buffer
Stop, the latest version may be read online soon after
the monthly meeting, and the annual ORS journal,
81F (named after the Oxford railway sheds in the days of
In addition we hold trips to places of railway interest in the summer.
Photographs of previous Oxfordshire Railway Society
trips can be seen by clicking here.
PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2016
There were 63 entries from 7 photographers, with the 4
classes roughly evenly supported. Frank Blackwell who was shown, but felt
unable to judge the pictures this year, commented on the quality of the
pictures, saying also that the standard continues to improve each year.
Laurence Walters, the well known and respected local Railway photographer
and author kindly judged the competition, and commented on each picture,
sometimes suggesting possible improvements, much to the benefit of the
As in recent previous years the overall, best in competition picture was
voted on by the members present, who chose David Heath's Storming up to
Berwyn as the overall winner. This was the first time David had entered
since the competition was restarted about 10 years ago, David later told
me that he had won the competition 28 years ago.
Winning pictures from this and previous years can be seen can be seen
from the news page.
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