Haywards Heath & District U3A




Convenor: Mike Tyrrell


Meetings Held: On the second Thursday of each month from October to March at 10:00 for coffee and a chat, ready for a 10:30 start in all except January when we have a social lunch.


Venue: The Upper Room, Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN


We are an informal group who share an interest in all things to do with railways. We meet each month for talks, films and discussions on a range of subjects from main line steam traction to miniature and modelling. We cover a wide range of subjects including photography, travel, publications, steam, railway operations and many others.


Speakers are often group members, so it is good to support them, then there are specialist speakers in between. We welcome speakers with a story to tell.


Recent talks have been on Crossrail, Filming on the Bluebell, Volk’s Railway, London’s terminal stations and a photographic history of the railways in the South of England.


In January we arrange a social get together with a speaker then lunch.


During the summer we arrange a programme of study visits to places of railway interest with a view to looking behind the scenes. Some past places we have visited are the Bluebell Railway, London Transport Museum Store, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Spa Valley Railway, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway and Pendon Museum.


A programme of events is available from Mike Tyrrell on hhu3arailwaygroup@btinternet.com we pay a small charge to cover the cost of the hall rent and occasionally the speaker will have travel expenses. Our visits are often on a car share basis thus keeping costs low.

We are happy to welcome new members. Why not give us a try?


Entry revised March 2017


During the summer, visits to places of interest will be arranged.  Some of the past places we have visited include : Pendon museum, Brighton Station,  Fawley Hill Museum, Great Cockcrow Railway, Spa Valley Railway, Bluebell Railway, Epping & Ongar Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Lavender Line, London Overground Outer Circle.


Recent visits have been to the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Brighton Toy Museum and to Brunel’s London and the Brunel Museum, the London Transport Museum at Acton and the Kent & East Sussex sSteam Railway.