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All Winter Meetings are held at The Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, BN1 8TA.

Doors open at 7pm and talks start promptly at 7.30pm.  Admission is free to all but a donation towards the cost of running the evening would be appreciated.  There is an interval for refreshments midway through the evening.

Online only Zoom presentation of Volk's 140 from a USA perspective. December 12th at 8pm

A chance to see what our visitor from the USA thought of us. Ed Koehler Jr came over for the 140th celebrations and will be hosting a ‘Zoom’ presentation of his pictures on December 12th at 8pm. Clicking on the flyer link gives you all the information you will need about how to connect to the presentation. I hope as many of you as possible will join in. 231212 Flyer for VERA Talk[32833]

VERA Winter Meeting 31st January 2024:
Ian Gledhill "The Interurbans of San Francisco"

The Interurban was a uniquely American phenomenon, only faintly echoed in European Cross-Country tramways, such as the Manx Electric Railway or the Belgian Vicinal. Some American interurbans covered vast distances at high speed, and San Francisco in particular had a diverse number of lines serving the area, all now long gone. Ian’s talk looks at this fascinating era in electric railway history.

VERA Winter Meeting 27th March 2024: Tim Kendell "Light Rail on the Fylde Coast - A Decade of Hope"

Following Blay Whitby’s series of talks on the history of Blackpool Tramway, Tim Kendell looks at the period since the line’s upgrade to modern light rail, and the various plans and schemes for further expansion.