Reading’s Second Railway – the early days

This is the story of Reading’s second railway in the 19th century. It began as the South Eastern Railway but would later became part of the Southern Railway, when that was formed. Its terminus in central Reading, the Southern Railway Station, stood near to its Great Western Railway counterpart, both confusingly named “Reading” Station for most of their dual existence. The Southern station closed in 1970 when demolition began, but part of its 1989-built concourse survives.

Paul is a very popular speaker for the society, so early booking is recommended.

This is the third of three talks in the Transport Social History Talks series. The other talks take place on 13th January and 10th February. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and either biscuits or cake will be available (included in the price). Advance booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

Please note that as this is a face to face talk, prevailing Coronavirus precautions will be in place. Please see:


10 Mar 2022


14:00 - 15:30


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


  • Paul Joyce
    Paul Joyce

    Paul Joyce is Chairman of Reading Transport Society and has been an author and photographer for the railway historical magazine “Back Track” for over 30 years. Paul is also an avid collector of anecdotal history and vintage photography, especially of anything connected to the railways of Reading.

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