The Bournemouth Railway ClubThe BOURNEMOUTH RAILWAY CLUB is the oldest society in the district catering for those interested in railways either professionally or as a hobby.It was founded in March 1943 by the late Rev. A. Cunningham-Burley, who was also Club President from its foundation until his death in 1953. Also associated with the early days of the Club was O.J. Morris, who later became President. His work as an author and railway photographer was renowned and revered throughout the enthusiast world.In March 1973 the Club celebrated its 30th anniversary and invited the late George Barlow, then Operating Manager of the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and noted authority on railway matters, to become President. This filled the post left vacant since the death of O.J. Morris in 1961. George was awarded the B.E.M. in 1982.The Club provides varied activities for enthusiasts of all ages, with monthly meetings addressed by well-known speakers in the railway world. In addition, there are occasional visits to places of railway interest at home and overseas.Members pay a fixed subscription at each meeting attended: all moneys are for Club funds and no additional fees are charged. A "Season" ticket is available for a year, giving a saving to regular attendees.The Club edits its own magazine, BRC News. Two Photographic Portfolios, one colour and one black-and-white, circulate amongst interested members: the Les Hopkins and George Barlow Cups are awarded each year for best entries. Occasional Colour Slide competitions are held, the winner receiving the Martin Shoults Memorial Trophy.
Elected annually, the Committee currently consists of the following members:–