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CRA Autumn Meeting, Saturday 11th.November 2023

The Autumn Meeting of the Association was held on Saturday 11th November 2023, at the Carlisle Station Hotel, Carlisle, CA1 1QY.

The cost for the whole day was £30.00, including tea/coffee on arrival and mid-afternoon and a two-course lunch. For those not taking lunch, the cost was £12. The details of the lunch choices were set out on the booking form included with the posting of Journal 188.

If you intended to be at the meeting, you were asked to please send your booking form, remittance, and menu choices (if required) to:

Ian Lydiatt, 2 Meadow Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5HW (Tel: 01539 735886) arrive no later than ... too late !

Members wishing to pay by Internet Banking, remitted to:
Sort Code 20-45-28 A/C No. 80305510 with surname and membership no. (if known) in reference box.

The programme for the day was as follows: -

10.00 Assemble – Tea and Coffee available
10:30 Philip Tuer – Chairman CRA, Welcome and Introduction
10:40 Geoff Holme – “The Sankey Collection - A Follow-Up”
11:00 David Ramshaw - "The Carlisle Canal"
12.00 End of morning session
12.30 Lunch
14:00 Trevor Ermel – “Sixties Steam in Retrospect”
15:00 Tea and Coffee
15:15 John Pickup – “Mayor, Oxenholme and the Dating Game”
16:15 End of meeting

Geoff Holme, who gave us a presentation on the Sankey Collection at the Spring Meeting, gave a short presentation of details that shortage of time precluded him including at that time.

David Ramshaw, author of an excellent book on the Carlisle Canal, which celebrates its 200th. anniversary this year, looked back on its construction and conversion to a railway line .

Trevor Ermel is a very well regarded photographer from Gateshead, and showed us some of his superb images from the golden age of steam. His presentation was biased very much towards the Carlisle area and down the WCML to Oxenholme.

John Pickup explored images from our collection which he discovered whilst researching his recently published book on Oxenholme, and considered various approaches to dating photographs.