Page last updated 12th November 2018
The Swiss Railways Society was formed in 1980 for the purpose of bringing together those interested in Swiss Railways, but over the years has attracted those with a liking for other forms of transportation such as trams, boats cable cars and funicular railways. Our numbers include many whose technical knowledge is slight but whose love of Switzerland and its railways bring them comfortably into contact with the historically and technically minded member as well as model makers at all levels of experience. For details of membership click here.
Switzerland Travel Centre –
Some of the Society’s Branches now have their own web page. See the Branches page for more details.
The September issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of August.
The 2019 AGM and Spring Meet will be held on the 13th April 2019 at the Hallmark Midland Hotel Derby. More details available here.
Access to the Members Area is restricted to current members only. With the introduction of our new website you only need to input your password as printed on your 2018 membership Card.
Society Contacts –
Members Of The Board – Photos and biographies.
Swiss Travel System –
The SRS Sales Stand will be attending various events this year for details please click here.
The September issue of Swiss Express includes the following features:
● A Weekend on the Rails – Part 2.
● Switzerland to Snowdon.
● GDPR – the SRS and You.
● Where’s Heidi?
● Switzerland to Snowdon.
● Les Chemins de Fer à Voie Ètroite de la Suisse Occidental.
● ms Bürgenstock – High Speed to its Namesake.
● Lost Lines near Zürich.
● Swiss Long-term Passenger Service Planning.
● An Appenzeller Bahn Veteran.
● Rhaetian Ramblings.
● Train Simulators.
● Meiringen Fire Mystery.
● Top Tip – Eating out on a budget.
● Members’ Photo Gallery.
● A Class 92 in Basel?
● CHF12m restoration for the ‘Stadt Luzern’ .
● Swiss News.
● Swiss Expertise Worldwide.
● Too Much Snow – The Avalanche Winter.
● Modelling News.
● Where’s Heidi?
● Society Pages.
● Book Reviews.
● and finally…
● Ivan Rodrigues from The STC writes.
12th November 2018:
The Society has been informed of the death of Maurice Criddle, former joint organiser for the West of England Branch.
5th November 2018:
Members who paid for two years membership in the 2018 membership year will receive their 2019 membership card during November. This will include the 2019 password for the “Members Area”. Please note that this will not work until 31st January. Until that date please continue to use the 2018 password.
Details have been updated on the 2019 AGM and can be seen here. These include information about a talk by Mike Ellis from the BRB about the recent Switzerland to Snowdon event – something not to be missed.
20th October 2018:
The Board have decided that there will be no increase in Membership Subscriptions for 2019, they will remain at the 2018 rate of £20.00 for UK members and £28.00 for the Rest of the World. There will be a renewal form in the December issue of Swiss Express or renewal by PayPal is available via the Membership Page of the website.
10th October 2018:
The RhB have announced that there will be a total closure of the Engadine line between Lavin and Scuol-Tarasp from 11th March 2019 until 7th September 2019. There will be a bus replacement service. Full details of what work is being done is in Swiss News within the members Area.
There have been several enquirers about downloading the Swiss timetable. It is available here, either the whole timetable, or individual routes in pdf format.
28th September 2018:
The 2019 Society Calendar is now available from the Society Shop. It is available in limited numbers so do not delay – buy it now! As usual it is A3 sized with a month to view format with 12 different Swiss transport photographs. The price is £6.50 plus postage and supplies are strictly limited. Delivery of all pre-ordered calendars is now complete. There are still calendars available.
11th September 2018:
Important – As you may be aware Malcolm Bulpitt is standing down as editor of Swiss Express at next years AGM after doing the job for 12 years. At the moment we do not have a replacement and without an editor we cannot have a magazine., although the Board would keep the magazine going in some form. Are YOU the person to take over this important Society role? Please have a read here at what the job entails – we are not looking for a professional editor and you will get all the help you need from the present editorial team and the Board. Please give this your serious consideration and contact the Secretary even if you are only slightly interested.
YOUR SOCIETY NEEDS YOU!
30th August 2018:
An error has crept in to the telephone number shown for the Hallmark Hotel Derby in the AGM announcement in September’s Swiss Express. The telephone number is 0330 028 3405 and NOT 01330 028 3405 as shown in the magazine. The number is correct on the website. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
23rd August 2018:
Whilst the Webmaster was on holiday in Switzerland earlier this summer, he had a conversation with a Society Member who said, “It was nice to see what a Member of the Board actually looked like”. That struck home, and the Board agreed that members who do not attend the AGM have no idea what any of them look like. Well this is no longer true – if you click here you can see all the Board Members and read a biography about each of them.
Don’t forget the new Blog in the “Members Area”. Please join it – you can ask and answer questions, tell us about your Swiss holiday and buy and sell Swiss Railway related items.
17th August 2018:
Martin Fisher and David Stevenson are in the throes of preparing a huge revision to Martin’s book on Swiss Postbuses published a few years ago, it’s quite a way off yet but we are looking for a really good cover photograph. Ideally one of PTT’s ADL deckers which operate in the Appenzell. It needs to be a sharp, clear and scenic shot, with a clean vehicle (not usually a problem in Switzerland). Ideally with the Bodensee in the background, but any good scenic shot will do. No reflections if possible, sun in the right direction, you all know the sort of thing. It needs to be portrait, not landscape, or if it is landscape with a file size suitable to be printed up to A3. We do have one courtesy of ADL and will use it in the book regardless but it would be lovely to have one taken ideally by a BWW or SRS member or if not by someone in the FB groups. There’s a challenge for you! We need it by the end of the year (2018), snow would be real bonus as long as the bus is still clean or looks clean. If you take one or have one PM me for details of how to submit. The winner will get a free copy of the book as well as the kudos (hopefully there will be some). Both Martin and I are unable to visit in time otherwise we would have done it ourselves. So over to you, here’s hoping! If you have something suitable please contact David or Martin.
July 30th 2018:
Welcome to the new SRS website – we hope you like it. Please have a look at it and visit our new on-line shop. Thanks to Neil Judges of Flying Cow Labs for converting our old website to a modern platform and Tim Mullhall for building the e-commerce shop. Try it on your tablet or mobile. Remember you no longer need your Username to access the Members Area. You only need your Password as printed on your 2018 Membership Card. If you find anything that doesn’t work please contact the webmaster.
9th March 2018:
The Society’s latest publication –
Now available through the Society Shop are the revised and updated versions of Swiss Travel Guide No.1 – Bern and the Bernese Oberland and Swiss Travel Guide No. 8, Basle and North West Switzerland, with many new photos. The price remains unchanged at £6.00 plus postage.
1st September 2017:
Bill Slater has discovered that the Swiss timetable for 2018 will appear in hard copy after all. It will be produced as one volume only, trains, boats and mountain transport, the bus volumes have been dropped. It is being produced by VCS (Verkehrs Club Schweiz) and Pro Bahn, lobby groups for public transport but SBB are supporting it and will be selling at station counters at a price of CHF19.
13th January 2017:
The Swiss Holiday Company is offering Society Members a 5% discount against holiday bookings . For details click here.
Ron Smith has found the following link to this site which has loads of great photos: http://www.bahnbilder-
The Society has a Facebook page –
We also have a Facebook Group where Society Members can post information and ask questions.
Please become a member of the group here.
10th September 2018:
We now have the latest Perren Cab ride DVD in stock –
23rd April 2018:
We now have in stock and available through our On-Line Shop “On Landlocked Seas part 2” by Brian Patton. It describes the ships of the principal Swiss and French Alpine Lakes. It is soft back with 224 pages with many colour photographs The price is £17.00 plus postage. This book will be reviewed in the September issue of Swiss Express
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