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At our monthly meetings the Friends enjoy a varied programme of talks with the schedule of forthcoming speakers listed below. Meetings are held at North Road station (the Museum) in the Conference Room usually on the first Thursday of the month but this does vary with a couple of talks scheduled on Saturdays in 2017. The schedule is worked out well in advance and, if that schedule is changed, every effort will be made to keep people informed. Non-members are always welcome to the talks but we do ask for a donation.

This programme is listed in good faith but may change. A speaker may have to withdraw and errors can creep in so you are advised to check this page before attending a talk to see if any changes have been made.

Details of events organized by the Museum itself can be found on the "What's On" page of the Museum's website here. This page includes a link to a downloadable leaflet which lists all events at the Museum including the Friends meetings. These events can involve the Friends and include, for example, Santa weekends and Heritage Day tours.

To reduce the expense to the Museum of hosting the Friends all meetings take place during opening hours starting at 1:45pm.


After several years of all meetings taking place on Thursdays two, in February and November, will take place on Saturday to better allow employed members the opportunity to attend some talks. The remainder of the talks are still on Thursdays, usually the first Thursday of each month, but there are two exceptions. The second September talk, near the anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, will be on the 28th and the following October talk will be on the 12th to avoid having meetings on consecutive weeks. As usual there is no August meeting.

If you would like a version of the programme that you can print out it is included in the membership application form which can find by clicking here.

Thursday 6 July1:45Steam in Northumbria.
Ian McInnes.
AugustNo Meeting
Thursday 7 September1:45Tanfield Railway Past and Present.
Alan Thompson.
Thursday 28 September1:45Rocket Man with Cousin Jacks- Robert Stephenson in Colombia.
Michael Taylor.
Thursday 12 October1:45Tyne and Wear Metro- Two Centuries in the Making- Plans for the Future.
Huw Lewis.
Saturday 4 November1:45A Railwayman for All Seasons.
Philip Benham.
Thursday 7 December1:45Christmas Get-Together.
Prize Quiz and film show, members contributions.

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