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The Society has two full-day meetings each year at venues within Cumbria. The Spring Meeting incorporates the Association's Annual General Meeting and moves from site to site. It is usually held on the third Saturday in March. The Autumn Meeting is usually held on the second Saturday in November.

CRA Autumn Conference 2017

The Autumn Meeting of the Association will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness LA13 0PA.

The cost for the whole day is £25, including tea/coffee and a buffet lunch. For those who want the tea/coffee option only, £11 is payable.

If you intend to be at the meeting, please send your remittance, and choice of main and dessert course (if required) to:


By Saturday 4th November 2017, please.


10:00 Assemble – tea, coffee and biscuits
10:30 Welcome and Introduction Philip Tuer
Chairman CRA
10:40 55 Years of Railway Photography Dr Les Nixon
Author and Photographer
12:00 End of morning session
12:30 Lunch
13:45 A Poor Man’s Guide to Rolling Stock Restoration Rob Murray
Stainmore Railway Company
15:00 Tea, coffee and biscuits
15:20 More Reminiscences of a
  Cumbrian Footplate Man
Raymond Penn
CRA Member
16.15 Close

Autumn Meeting 2 Course Lunch:
Main Courses

Breast of Cumbrian Chicken with buttered vegetables & creamy mash
Steak Pie with hand-cut chips & red cabbage


Sticky Toffee Pudding   OR   Bramble & Apple Crumble

If anyone wishes to stay the night at Abbey House, the hotel has a special price for members of £85 bed & breakfast, a reduction of £25 on their usual rate. Please mention the CRA when booking. It may be as well to also check internet hotel booking sites for competitive prices.


A programme of Field Trips is planned to allow members the opportunity to visit areas that they may not normally get to see. There is one planned trip a year, with occasional extras organised if an opportunity arises which is too good to miss. The planned trip is normally held on the third Saturday in June. Full details will be posted when available – members also see their Lakes Express. It is important that trippers read the CRA Field Trip SAFETY STATEMENT. Two additional trips used to be planned to co-incide with the main CRA meetings. These were normally on the 3rd Sunday of March and 2nd Sunday of November, however, they have been suspended pro temps due to lack of numbers attending.

There are no field trips planned for now.

As mentioned above, the March and November field trips are suspended for now due to lack of numbers. It is also looking as though there will be no June 2018 trip either, as the current organiser steps down formally at the 2018 AGM in March, and no successor has yet come forward to continue the work.

Fancy yourself as Field Trip Organiser ? Click HERE to register your interest.

Details of our past Field Trips, can be found by following the link at the top of the page