Page last updated 18th September 2021
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 September issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of August. The magazine includes the following articles plus all the regular features. The full contents can be viewed on the Swiss Express page.
● The Rigi 150 Celebrations.
● Enthusiasts try to save the “Mythen”.
● SBB main line Diesel Locomotives – part one.
● The Schynige Platte Railway.
● Times Past – Locarno 1939.
● The Co-Co returns to Switzerland!
● Two Days between Brienz and the Rothorn.
● An Invitation to the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.
● Six Swiss Layouts.
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The 2022 AGM will be held on 23rd April. More details will appear here when they are available. Please do not book hotel accomodation for the AGM at the moment.
Access to the Members Area is restricted to current members only. The password is printed on your 2021 Membership Card and is valid until 31st January 2022.
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.
We now have in stock our new sweatshirts featuring the new Society logo. They are available in all sizes in light blue, red, light grey and navy and priced at just £17.50 plus postage. Visit our on-line shop to buy yours now
The September virtual branch meeting will be held this Sunday, 19th September, will be given by Peter Statham and entitled “Swiss Railway Electrification with particular focus on the Rhätische Bahn”. You can get the link to take part in this meeting and view recordings of all the previous talks from a link in the “Members Area“. 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.
The 2022 Calendars can now be purchased from our on-line shop. The price is £12.50 for a single calendar including UK delivery. There is the option to purchase up to three calendars at a discounted price.
30th August 2021:
As stated in September Swiss Express, the posts of Treasurer, Editor and Advertising Director are due for re-election at the 2022 Society AGM. Job decriptions for these posts are available on the home page of the “Members Area” for any member wishing to stand for election to any of these posts.
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
9th August 2021:
It has been announced that the 2021 Warley Show at the NEC has been cancelled. The Society had planned to have an area of the exhibition to celebrate our 40th Anniversary – delayed due to the cancellation of the 2020 show. There were to be six Swiss layouts on display. We will have to decide whether to celebrate our 42nd Anniversary at the 2022 show.
30th July 2021:
It is regretted that, on a temporary basis, we are no longer able to accept shop orders from Northern Ireland. We hope to re-instate this service as soon as possible.
1st July 2021:
We are now giving details of some relevant model railway exhibitions on the Modelling Page.
28th June 2021:
There were a couple of questions asked at the June International Zoom meeting that could not be answered at the time. Roger Ellis has approached the RhB and has received the following reply:
Why are the rails painted blue in Lanquart Roundhouse? Answer: Purly for the looks – they have no meaning.
Why does the RhB not have rear lights on it’s trains? Answer: The RhB is only required to have rear lights on street running trains e.g. Bernina and Arosa lines.
It is planned that this question will result in an article in September Swiss Express as the answer given by the RhB is much simplified.
27th April 2021:
The 2022 Society AGM will be held on 23rd April.
Swiss Express Editor, Bill Slater, has taken over the updating of the “Swiss News” and “Swiss Events” pages of the website. This will mean the content on these pages will be updated more frequently – please take a look.
27th January 2021 amended 30th August 2021;
Please note that orders placed by customers within the EU will probably have local VAT, and or, customs duty added before the goods can be delivered. This will be collected by the delivery company.
We have had to add the following to our terms and conditions: “For any non – UK order any Sales Tax, Duty and inspection fees are payable locally by the customer. And any goods returned will be refunded minus all shipping, tax and handling fees passed onto the SRS”.
19th January 2021:
Now downloadable from within the Members Area are the copies of Swiss Express from the years 1991 to 2000 complete with contents. This means you now have access to all the magazines from 1991 to 2019, all in downloadable pdfs.
28th December 2020:
All links from the links page of the website have been checked and some new ones added and all non-working links either corrected or removed. Please let the webmaster know if you find any links that no longer work or with suggestions for new links.
2nd December 2020:
The index for the 2020 issues of Swiss Express, compiled by Martin Fisher, are available as either a pdf or Excel spreadsheet from the Swiss Express page of the website.
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.
14th September 2021:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – SBB-Linien in der Ostschweiz. This double DVD covers the following lines: Linthal – Rapperswil, Zürich – Chur, Chur – St. Gallen, St. Gallen – Winterthur, Buchs SG – Sargans It is available through our on-line shop where there are full details of the DVD’s contents and a sample video. The price is £37.00 plus carriage.
13th July 2020:
Now available from our on-line shop are the new Polo Shirts with our new logo. They are available in Navy, Grey, Red and Light Blue priced at £16.00 plus postage. To order them visit our on-line shop. We have reduced the price of the remaining old style polo shirts to £12.00 – grap yourself a bargain.
4th August 2020:
Now available are our limited edition 40th Anniversay Mugs with matching Coasters and Metal Key Rings featuring the new Society Logo. The mugs are priced at £5.00 and the coasters are £2.00 with a special Anniversary offer price for the two of £6.50. The Key Ring is £3.50 or why not buy one of each to celebrate the Society’s Anniversay for the special price of £9.50. All prices exclude postage and packing and can be bought at our on-line shop.
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