Page last updated 10th August 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 June issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of May. The magazine includes the following articles plus all the regular features. The full contents can be viewed on the Swiss Express page.
● Through the Sihl Valley and up to the Uetliberg – memories of the 1970s.
● 30th Anniversary of the Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke.
● SBB 6-Wheel Shunters (and their prototypes and successors) part 1.
● Vectron Variations.
● “Crocodiles” at Hüntwangen-Wils.
● Der Gamechanger für den Schienengüterverkehr.
● Full Steam ahead for the largest paddle-wheel fleet in Europe.
● Jungfraubahn carriages on the Wengeralpbahn.
Switzerland Travel Centre –
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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 at the Aston Court Hotel, Midland Road, Derby – more details are available here and will be updated regularly
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.
We have a special offer for new members – join for two year at the usual price of £40 and you will be sent a free copy of the Society’s publication – “Swiss Independent Railways” worth £16. Just join in the normal way and the book will be sent to you. You can pay by PayPal, bank transfer or cheque. More details are here where you can join on-line or by post. Please note that this offer will end on 31st October 2022.
10th August 2022:
A member has informed of a firm which has a large quantity of secondhand LGB RhB and MOB stock for sale. There are more details on the Modelling Page.
31st July 2022:
The next virtual branch meeting will be on Sunday, 21st August at 20:00. The speaker will be Society Archivist David Stevenson and the subject “Delving into the Archives – 1 ”. There was no talk in July owing to the planned speaker being indisposed. The June talk given by Richard Green entitled “Mulhouse Meanderings – an account of a tour with the Basingstoke Railway Society in May 2017” is available to view and download. The link to August’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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Society has published a new edition of Switzerland Travel Guide No 1, Bern and the Bernese Oberland and is selling the The National Directory of Traditional Railway Societies book. Full details of both of these publications can be found on the Sales News page and can be purchased from our on-line shop.
11th July 2022:
Gary Eldridge has taken over the Sales operation and was appointed Sales Director at the July Board Meeting. All sales queries should now be addressed to Gary on the usual Society “Sales” email address. You can read about Gary here. 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.
4th July 2022:
Sue and Chris who ran MITV and whose videos the Society still sell are selling their collection of HOm items collected over many years with the view to one day building a layout, which is now unrealistic. They are mainly RhB items by Bemo, Pola and Faller including locomotives, rolling stock, track, buildings kits, etc. Most are unopened in original boxes. For more information and a full list with prices please contact Sue on 07733224459 or email@example.com.
1st July 2022:
Táilte Tours are offering SRS Members and their friends 25% discount on their “Premier Rose” diesel tour from Dublin to Tralee on Aug 20th: premier-rose-railtour to obtain this discount please use the coupon code: SRS22 at checkout. This may be of interest to any of our Irish members or to those who may be on holiday in the area at the time.
27th June 2022:
The early A5 issues of Swiss Express from 1985 to 1990 can now be viewed and downloaded from within the “Members Area” of the website. This means that all copies of Swiss Express up until 2020 are now available within the website. It is well worth members looking at these early magazines for their historic content.
7th June 2022:
The 2023 AGM will be held at the Aston Court Hotel, Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SL on Saturday 29th April. More details of the weekend events are available here along with hotel accomodation details. Rob Morrey will give a talk on the Friday evening at the hotel.
If you have a suitable model railway that you would like to bring to the AGM please contact us, we can give a contribution towards your expenses.
21st May 2022:
Now available from the Society Shop are a new batch of A4 binders for Swiss Express featuring the new Society logo. More details are here.
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 February 2022:
In future details of new sales items will only appear on the Sales News page.
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 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.
Please note that the Society accepts credit and debit card payments for Membership or Sales transactions via PayPal or by on-line payment against an invoice. Our prefered method of payment is by bank transfer.
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