Welcome to the RCEA(Sussex)
An Association for Retired Professional Engineers
President: D.B.Thomas, BSc., C.Eng., M.I.E.T.
Hon Secretary: Tony Tomkins, M.A., C.Eng., M.I.E.E., C.I.T.P., M.B.C.S.
“The challenges of operating preserved steam locomotives on the main line in the 21st century”, Tuesday 18th March 2015 at Field Place, by Cedric Spillar.
On August 11th 1968, the last British Rail (BR) steam train ran. By 1971, Peter Prior of Bulmer’s Cider had persuaded BR to let him run steam loco No 6000, King George V. This led to the formation of SLOA (Steam Loco Operators Association) with dedicated routes for steam operation.
Following privatisation and the introduction of ‘Open Access’, steam trains are now allowed over the Network Rail system. However with the development of higher speeds, electrification, steam locos limited to 75 mph, the availability of coal, water, drivers, and firemen what is the future?
Afternoon cruise on the Wey and Arun canal. Optional lunch at the Onslow Arms. Thursday 14th May 2015.