A SERIES of public talks exploring the history of the railways begins later this week (Wednesday, May 1).

In the first talk, Eric Colling will discuss the achievements of Bishop Auckland-born Joseph Firbank, about who he has written a book. The talk will be on Wednesday, May 1, at 2pm.

On Saturday, May 11, Tony Attle, from Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, will discuss ‘Railways on the Western Front’ at 10.30am and David Butler will explore ‘Christina’s Bridge’ at 2pm.

Ian Gray will talk about ‘Railway walks in County Durham’ on Saturday, May 18, at 2pm; and Tom Burnham will present a selection of slides on Saturday, May 25, at 2pm.

Colin Mountford and Malcolm Young’s title will be ‘Railway Scenes: Then and Now’ when the series concludes on Friday, May 31, at 2pm.

The talks will all be held at Clayport Library, in Durham, and the cost is £1 per person. To book, call the library on 03000-265-524.