Our Next Meeting

4th January 2024

Railway Signalling in Chippenham

Mark Glover

Using photos from the Westinghouse archive, video and recalling some of the legends that have been passed down, we will be looking at the remarkable, continuing history of railway technology development in Chippenham. 

Signals, brakes, rectifiers, control systems – and even Vespa scooters – will feature.


The Bath Railway Society was founded at The Midland Hotel, Bath in 1957.  Since then we have continued to provide an excellent programme of talks on railway subjects for all those having an interest in railways; past, present and future. 

Our meetings are held on a monthly basis throughout the year (except for July and August) and in addition to our regular meetings we hold occasional Society visits to sites of railway interest.  This is a tradition which goes back to Society outings on the former Somerset & Dorset Railway in 1959.

Our President Pete Waterman OBE DL and Chairman John Froud with the S&DJR shed master's chair from Bath Green Park on the occasion of its official loan to the Museum of Bath at Work in September 2019.  The chair was originally donated to the Society on the closure of the S&D in March 1966 by Harold Morris, the last man to hold the position of shed master at Green Park locomotive depot.


Our membership is a diverse group (in terms of age and gender) and you will be made most welcome in joining us either as a new member or visitor.

Annual membership subscription - £22.00

(If joining after 1st January - £12.00)

Visitors - £5.00 per meeting

Find Us

Bath Railway Society meets at The Museum of Bath at Work, 318-348 Julian Road, Bath.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month  from September through to June, commencing prompt at 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm). Non-members are always welcome.

How to find us

On foot

The museum is just 10-15 minutes walk from Bath city centre.

From the Assembly Rooms and Fashion Museum, cross Bennett Street and go up Russell Street to the junction at the top. Turn right onto Rivers Street for a few metres and cross over to Julian Road.  You’ll see Christ Church and the church car park directly opposite – walk through the car park, and you will arrive at a red front door to the museum.

By bus

There are nearby bus stops on Julian Road and Lansdown Road. The Julian Road stop is served by bus numbers 700 and 20C, and Lansdown Road by numbers 2, 6, 7, 79, and 620. The Lansdown Park and Ride service also stops here.

By car

The Museum does not have its own car park: Christ Church car park is not part of the museum and is not available for visitors’ use.

For information about access for people with disabilities, please contact us at the Society email

The Museum of Bath at Work 

318-348 Julian Road