BIATS – The Barnwood Industrial Archaeology & Transport Society – are meeting on Monday 14th March 2016 at 7.30pm in the pavilion for an illustrated talk by Peter Berry on
“The opportunity arose, whilst hostilities were at their lowest for years, to visit one of the most dangerous but wonderful railways in the world. The Khyber Railway was built by the British Army in the mid 1920’s to transport supplies and weaponry to the Afghan border for the third Afghan War. There is no other railway in the world which can boast similar scenery or infrastructure. It is 30 miles long with 250 bridges and viaducts, 3 reversing stations and 6 curved tunnels. In 2005 a group of railway photography enthusiasts arranged a visit to the area and hired the Khyber Railway for 4 days. The train included a locomotive at each end plus 3 armed soldiers each day (for our protection!). This was a truly spectacular adventure on a railway which travels through probably the most historical and bloodstained area on the planet.”
All welcome – contact John berry via firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or come along on the night.