Page last updated 3rd May 2022
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 transport such as trams, buses, 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.
The March issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of Feburary, if you have not yet received your copy, and you have renewed your subscription, please contact the Membership Manager. The magazine includes the following articles plus all the regular features. The full contents can be viewed on the Swiss Express page.
● From Montreux to the Rochers-de-Naye.
● SBB Heavy-duty Shunting Locomotives.
● DS Stat Luzern now restored and back in Service.
● Rails to the Lucelle Valley? A forlorn hope of 1896.
● Times Past – Bellinzona (and further South).
● “All Change” on the Rhätische Bahn.
● The Alstom Prima H3 (SBB Class Ama 932).
● North Norfolk Railway to overhaul boiler of Rhätische Bahn G 3/4 No.1 Raetia .
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We also have a Facebook Group where Society Members can post information and ask questions. Please become a member of the group here.
The 2023 AGM will be held on 29th April – more informatation as to the venue and details of the days events will be available as soon as we know them.
Access to the Members Area is restricted to current members only. The password is printed on your 2022 Membership Card and is valid until 31st January 2023.
Society Contacts –
Members Of The Board – Photos and biographies.
Swiss Travel System –
The Swiss Holiday Company is offering Society Members a 5% discount against holiday bookings. For details click here.
Details of exhibitions the SRS Sales Stand will be attending are here.
Please tell us what you think of our website and how it can be improved by taking part in our website survey as mentioned in the December issue of Swiss Express. The chance to win one of the Society’s publications for taking part in the survey ended on 31st January but you can still take part in it here.
i3rd May 2022:
As announced at the AGM, Glyn Jones will stand down as Sales Director after 22 years as Sales Officer/Director at the July Board meeting when Gary Eldridge will be co-opted as Sales Director. You can read about Gary here. Glyn will remain on the Board as Webmaster until at least 2024. Later in the year Martin Fisher will stand down as Company Secretary at the October Board Meeting when Hywel Rees will be co-opted to the post.
26th April 2022:
Thanks to all who brought layouts and to our traders for their support and of course to our members for attending and making the AGM the success it was. We hope you all enjoyed your day. The AGM report in Words and Pictures along with the AGM Brochure and accounts can be viewed in the Members Area.
18th April 2022:
The next virtual branch meeting will be on Sunday, 15th May at 20:00. The speaker will be Andreas Häsler and the subject, Working on Swiss Railways – Then and Now. The April talk, given by Don Gatehouse entitled “Swiss Snippets from the Nineties and Naughties” was watched by over 50 members and friends from all over the world and is available to view and download. The link to April’s meeting is available from the front page of the Members Area of the website. If you have any problems getting the link please email: meetings @swissrailsoc.org.uk. Remember these meetings are open to both members of the Society and those interested in Switzerland and it’s transport systems and the links to watch all of the previous meetings are available from the same place.
A question was asked at the April Zoom meeting about the “Carboard Cut-out” building on the hillside above Brig. Your team of detectives went to work after the meeting and soon realised the cut-out was a representation of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Further research revealed that the museum complex in the underground fortress in Naters contains the Swiss Papal Guard Museum. Full details are here.
8th April 2022:
Now available from the Society Shop are Baseball Caps, Beanie Hats and Mugs featuring the new Society logo. More details are on the Sales News page.
18th February 2022:
In future details of new sales items will only appear on the Sales News page.
8th January 2022:
The 2020 issues of Swiss Express are now available to view and download from the Swiss Express page within the Members Area of the website.
7th January 2022:
2022 is the year Switzerland celebrates 175 years of the railway. Events are planned during the year on a region basis. Details are here.
16th August 2021:
Bill Salter has discovered the following YouTube Videos: A colour film of the Wetzikon-Meilen Bahn in its last days before closure in 1950. There are also brief glimpses of what must be the Uster-Oetwil at Esslingen as a Forchbahn train can be seen. Lovely shots of buses too. For more background on the lines, see Malcolm Bulpitt’s article in the September 2018 SE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_QqCcIZI5E
A 1930/31 holiday movie with a few transport scenes but interesting for some shots of the Glacier Express with steam through Gletsch and handing over to the RhB at Disentis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6tdNXxkPy4
2nd December 2020:
A minor error has come to light in the Society’s latest publication – Swiss Independent Railways. If you have bought a copy of the book please follow this link for information on an incorrect photograph printed on page 52.
9th February 2020:
The Society’s Library has been a part of the Stephenson Locomotive Society (SLS) Library situated in the Ian Allan Building at Addlestone in Surrey. The SLS has had to vacate this building and the library is now in storage. We are sorry that it is not possible for members to visit or borrow books from the Society’s Library at the moment.
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