For enthusiasts, researchers and modellers of the Great Eastern Railway

 2021 Half Yearly Meeting

THE HALF YEARLY MEETING of the GERS will be on Saturday 16th October 2021, in the Waterfront Building, University Campus Suffolk, 19 Neptune Quay, Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP4 1QJ

The planned programme (subject to confirmation) is as follows:

09.00 Hall opens for setting up.

10.00 Meeting opens. Time to buy your raffle tickets, GERS sales items, secondhand books/ videos etc.

10.55 Chairman opens meeting.

11.00 Presentation by Nigel Bowdidge entitled “Fred Spalding’s Postcards”.

12.00 Lunch break. Sales stands open, Buy your raffle tickets.

13.10 Society announcements.

13.30 Presentation by Geoff Ashton “An Editor Recollects”.

14.30 Refreshment Break.

14.50 Raffle draw

15.00 Presentation by David Bidwell “The impact of the 1953 floods on Northeast Essex”.

16.00 Final circulation and clearing up.




Liverpool Street dep. 7.12 7.42  
Ipswich arr. 9n05 9n38  
n = Change at Ingatestone for coach to Colchester then train.
Colchester dep. 9.04 9.19  
Ipswich arr. 9.25 9.38  
Norwich dep. 8.00 8.32 9.04
Ipswich arr. 8.40 9.09 9.43
Ely dep. 8.32    
Ipswich arr. 9.26    
Cambridge dep. 7.47 8.03  
Ipswich arr. 9.02 9e26 e= change at Ely

There are major engineering works between Ingatestone and Colchester necessitating replacement coaches from Ingatestone. Check Journey Planner/ Network Rail before travelling.

For a bus to the venue please check Travelline nearer the time.

Alternatively, if you would like a 15-minute walk then turn right out of the station and walk along Burrell Road turning left at the end of the road. Walk over the River Orwell keeping right and then follow the riverside walk past the old Custom House to the UCS building.

The nearest car park is:

Ipserv Car Park

Duke Street



£5.50 all day charge and is about five minutes walk away from the University

The car park opposite is now only for the Students etc

For disabled drivers or people dropping off members or sales items etc they can use the short term car park outside the building but must move to the main car park afterwards.


Any member who wishes to use a sales table, please contact Rodger Green There is a small charge for members selling items for their own profit.