Watford & District Industrial History Society



"Narrow Gauge Railways of the First World War"

Kim Winter - from the War Office Locomotive Trust discusses the narrow Gauge Railways of The WW1 with films from the Archives of the Imperial War Museum and the National Film Board of Canada.

OCTOBER 18. 7.30pm "Bulleid's Pacifics" The Graham Neale Memorial lecture

Colin Boocock - A detailed look at some of the most originally designed steam locomotives ever to form a fleet in the UK.

The meeting will be preceded by the AGM, hence the earlier start time of 7.30pm.
NOVEMBER 15 Film Evening

Frank Banfield presents a selection from his wide collection of historic films on many aspects of industry and transport.

DECEMBER 20 "The Turnpike and the Canal"

Fabian Hiscock - The Sparrows Herne Turnpike had existed for 30 years before the initiation of the Grand Junction Canal. What was its role in Hertfordshire life and industry, and how was it affected by the canal so close to which it ran?

The meeting will be followed by our Christmas social – coffee and nibbles.

JANUARY 17 2019 "History of the Merlin Engine"

Colin Gent – The story of the development of the Rolls Royce racing engine that went on to power over 17 different models of WW2 fighters and bombers.

FEBRUARY 21 "The Royal Gunpowder Mills "
Richard Thomas - A tour of the former Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey, examining both the history of the site and the development of gunpowder and chemical explosives. It includes a look at the canals and boats that formed the backbone of the transport system within the site.
MARCH 21 "Titanic's Rivets"

Rudi Newman - Recently much has been made of RMS Titanic’s construction, and how this contributed to the ensuing disaster. The talk discusses other evidence and reveals a different truth behind the ‘faulty rivet’ theory of Titanic’s loss.

APRIL 18 Members interests

Another session of short illustrated talks by WADIHS Members.