Page last updated 17th August 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.

SRS News

Switzerland Travel Centre –Special Discount Offer for SRS members is continued into 2018. Click here for details.

Some of the Society’s Branches now have their own web page. See the Branches page for more details.

The June issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of May.

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 – Names and Email  Addresses.

Swiss Travel System – including timetable information.

The SRS Sales Stand will be attending various events this year for details please click here.

The June issue of Swiss Express includes the following features:

● Editorial
● The Swiss Railways Society Archive and You.
● A  Weekend on the Rails – Part 1.
●  “Höfner Narrenfahrt”.
● Modern Management of a Traditional Local Railway.
● Where’s Heidi?
● Swiss Railways Organisational Changes.
● Hochrhein Container Terminal – Rekingen..
● Portrait of “p/s Piemonte.
● Are You Sitting Comfortably?
● Reminiscences from Rafz.
● “Don’t They All Look the Same?”
● “Wilhelm Tell” – a Name with a Great History on Lake Luzern.
●  An American in Switzerland.
● Members’ Photo Gallery.
● What Gotthard do we Mean.
● Swiss News.
● A Short Trip on the CJ.
● On the Rack.
● Switzerland;s Highest..
● Archaeology in Thun.
● Swiss Tip…
● Modelling News.
● Society Pages.
● Book Reviews.
● And Finally…
● Ivan Rodrigues from the STC writes.
● Where’s Heidi?

Latest News

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.


July 30th 2018 updated 17th August:

Switzerland to Snowdon will definitely happen this September. The BRB are bringing a Loco (probably No. 2) and Coach to Wales. there will be four round trips a day to Waterfall Halt (excluding Fridays – the BRB staff’s day off) and the trips will be free. Details of how members can reserve seats are available in Society News within the Members Area. The official website is here.

March 20th 2018:

The 2018 AGM was held last Saturday and for the second time in five years was affected by snow. It has been decided to hope for better weather later in the year and the 2019 AGM will be held on the 13th April, returning to the Hallmark Midland Hotel Derby. More details about next year’s AGM can be found here and will be updated as more details become available. The AGM brochure, report and photos are available in the “Members Area”.

17th August 2018:
The 2019 Society Calendar is now available to pre-order from the Society Shop. 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. The calendar will be available at the end of September but order it NOW to make sure of your copy.

 

9th March 2018:
The Society’s latest publication – SBB Electric Locomotives – Past and Present by Martin Fisher and Paul Russenberger is now available. It describes the evolution of Swiss electric locomotive design through some 50 types of locomotive (excluding shunters but including those railcars which saw use in the traditional manner) from the very earliest experimental schemes in the Edwardian era through to the “Vectrons”. Photographs are in colour wherever possible but old archive photos (mostly very rare) are in black-and-white. There is not an “ABC-style” list of individual fleet numbers.The book has 124 pages and is available from the Society Shop. The price is £14.00 excluding postage.
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.

https://www.nzz.ch/schweiz/fahrplaene-in-gebundener-form-das-kursbuch-lebt-weiter-ld.1313790

 

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-von-max.ch/sbb/index.html.

October 2015:

The Society has a Facebook page – please take a look, some Society information will be put on our Facebook page, there is a link to it the foot of the page..

We also have a Facebook Group where Society Members can post information and ask questions.
Please become a member of the group here.

Sales News

28th March 2018:

We now have the latest  Perren Cab ride DVD in stock – Lötschberglinie. This single DVD covers the old and new Lötschberg lines between Brig and Bern. It is available through our On-Line Shop where there are full details of the DVD’s contents. The price is £19.00 plus postage.

 

 

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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