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A group visit to the London Canal Museum has been arranged for Friday 26th April 2024.

It is the only London museum of inland waterways and two themes are in evidence at the Museum; firstly you will learn not only how the canals came to be built but you’ll also learn about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, its horses and how canals actually work. Secondly, it is also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream, as well as the canals.

We will meet up at 11am for a short introductory talk, after which we’ll be free to look around the Museum at leisure. When everyone has looked around sufficiently, Jon Jolliffe has kindly agreed to lead a walk along the canal bank up towards Camden Town where he will tell us some interesting facts about the local transport history and you’ll be surprised at how much of the past still survives, for example,  some of the stables which still exist within Camden Market and we will also be able to see some of the rails which are still in situ although no longer in use. It’s a not to be missed opportunity to see them and the walk itself is relatively easy.

The Museum is within easy walking distance of King's Cross St. Pancras and is well served by local public transport. It is fully accessible and although located on two floors, lifts are available to move between them.

The charge for this visit is £10 which includes tea & coffee and payment should be made to our The NTT treasurer as follows:-

BACS to National Transport Trust Sort code 40-52-40 Account number 00035669 using the reference "Canal and your surname"
Note cancellations can usually only be refunded up to 2 weeks prior to the visit.

 

You can find further information about the museum here.

To book your place on this trip, please contact our Visits Organiser by email by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

A Group visit to the RHDR has been arranged for Thursday 18th April 2024. Members will recall that we last visited the RHDR in October 2017 when our then President, The Hon Sir William McAlpine Bt., unveiled a Red Wheel at New Romney Station and it seemed timely that we should re-visit it again this year.

The RHDR is a 15in gauge light railway which began operating in 1927 and boasts the most complete collection of one-third full size steam locomotives in the world. It comprises 13½ miles of track stretching across the picturesque Romney Marsh from the Cinque Port town of Hythe to Dungeness, which is designated as a National Nature Reserve and the line is double track north of New Romney and single track south of it.

We are meeting up at Hythe Station (which is conveniently located just 10 minutes off the M20 at Junction 11) at 12 noon sharp, as we are booked on the 12.30pm departure, for a circular tour of the whole line; and refreshments are available on the station for those requiring them. The train has a 30 minute stop at New Romney on the way down to Dungeness to allow access to the Heritage Centre within the trip, together with another 50 minute stop at Dungeness itself, where refreshments are again available. Arrival back at Hythe is scheduled for 4.05pm.

Ample free parking is available adjacent to the station.

The charge for this visit is £25 for OAP Members (£28 for non-members) and anyone wishing to join us on this visit is encouraged to sign up quickly, as spaces are limited. Payment should be made to our Treasurer as follows:-

BACS to National Transport Trust Sort code 40-52-40 Account number 00035669 using the reference "RHDR and your surname".  Note cancellations can usually only be refunded up to 2 weeks prior to the visit

You can find further information about the railway here.

To book your place on this trip, please contact our Visits Organiser by email by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

National Transport Trust, Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey KT10 0SR