An independently run Evening Class of the Surbiton, Kingston & Malden branch of the Workers Education Association


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Talking of Trains is a programme of education, entertainment and variety for those interested in railways and public transport. The current class tutor is Dick Crane and he is supported by an incredible line up of guest speakers and organised excursions.

The programme normally runs from September through to the end of March each year and has been held at the Surbiton Library Room. Classes started at 7.00pm and finished at 9.00pm.  Details of how to get there are on the how to find us ' page.

The organisation has now celebrating its 60th year and a special event has been planned to celebrate. For more details see Outings. Testament to the success is that over the years membership has averaged 55 - 60 and more recently reaching over 70. Several have been members since 1964! There have only been three lecturers -John Gilks until 1984, Gerry Siviour 1984 - 2002 and Dick Crane up to date.

Although run as an educational evening class 'Talking of Trains' is a very social institution where many lasting friendships have been made amongst its members.

'Talking of Trains' and the W.E.A

The class has always run under auspices of the local branch of the Workers Education Authority as part of their educational programme and as a self financing /administrating body.

The programme of activities is organised by the class tutor with help from a Committee. The high attendances have enabled the annual fee to be kept very low compared with other W.E.A. and adult education classes.

The complete course fee is £50 covering all 20 sessions.  A pro-rata rate applies for members joining from January.

Cheques should be made out to 'Surbiton & Kingston Talking of Trains'

For more information please email

If you wish to 'try us out' you are welcome to attend one meeting without charge or obligation!

Amended 29.07.20