Page last updated 14th February 2020
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 December issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of November.
The 2020 AGM and Spring Meet will be held on 4th April at the Hallmark Midland Hotel Derby. More details are available here.
Access to the Members Area is restricted to current members only. The password is printed on your 2020 Membership Card and is valid until 31st January 2021.
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 December issue of Swiss Express includes the following features:
● Back from the Dead.
● Where’s Heidi?.
● The Read Arrows -Part two.
● Léman Express Evacuation Exercise.
● An Interesting Sunday in June!
● Class 501 and 502: First Impressions.
● Traditional Names for New trains.
● SBB Historic and Erstfeld.
● Hochdorf Remisenfest 2019 – “Where the Model Met the Original.
● A Swiss Celebration.
● A “Parliamentary Train” with a Difference.
● Members’ Photo Gallery.
● The Crocodile celebrates its Centenary This Year – Part Two.
● Swiss News.
● Misoxer Memories.
● Stamp News.
● Modelling News.
● Society Pages.
● Where’s Heidi?
● Swiss Expertise Worldwide.
● Travels of a Bag and Superb ZB Service.
● And Finally…………
● Ivan Rodrigues from the STC writes.
14th February 2020:
The 2018 issues of Swiss Express are now available to view and download as pdfs from the Swiss Express page of the “Members Area” of the website.
6th February 2020:
There are only a few rooms left available at the Hallmark Midland Hotel for the AGM weekend and these must be booked direct with the hotel by telephone quoting the “Swiss Railway Society block booking”. More details are on the AGM page.
3rd February 2020:
Member, Bernard Davis, was co-opted to the Management Board at the January Board Meeting to replace the late Neil Wheelwright. You can read aboout Bernard on the “Meet the Board” page.
31st January 2020:
Access to the Members Area of the website now requires your 2020 password which is printed on your 2020 Membership Card. Thius password will be valid until January 31st 2020.
Please do not share the password with non-members – remember you have paid to gain this information – they have not.
20th January 2020:
Platform 5 have announced that is is doubtful they will manage to attend this years AGM, but STC have announced that they will be able to attend.
14th January 2020:
SRS Member Jason Sargerson has produced a new A4 book on Swiss Standard Gauge Railways. This A4 publication is available either direct from Jason’s website by mail order or from the SRS Sales Stand at exhibitions. The price is £10.00
26th November 2019:
The Society’s latest book was published at the Warley Show last weekend, written by Bryan Stone, our former ” Swiss Correspondent” and long time resident of Basle, it is the story of the Birsigthalbahn. This A4 soft back book tells the remarkable story and history of an unusual minor Swiss railway. It has 56 pages and over 100 photographs in colour and b&w. The price is £10.00 plus postage from our on-line shop or £11.50 by mail order including postage.
1st November updated 26th November 2019 :
It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Neil Wheelwright on the 30th October. Neil had been a member almost since the Society’s formation and was both Membership Secretary and Treasurer for a while in the very early days of the Society. He had been a committee and, later Board member, since 2002. He was also an official of the London Branch for much of the branch’s life. His input to the Society will be sadly missed. A full obituary will appear in the March 2020 issue of Swiss Express.
Details of the 2020 AGM have been updated to include new layouts and displays and can be seen here.
26th July 2019:
The price of two of the Society’s publications ” Swiss Mountain Climbing” and “Swiss Lakes” has been reduced. They can now be purchased from our on-line shop for £10.00 each plus the appropriate post and packing charge. Buy them now as supplies are limited.
29th April 2019:
The proposed changes to the Board Nomination Process as mentioned at the 2019 AGM can be viewed and downloaded from within the “Members Area”. It also appears in the June issue of Swiss Express.
17th April 2019:
The Society AGM last Saturday was a great success with over 120 members attending at some time during the day. An illustrated report along with the AGM brochure with the Director’s reports and the financial report is available in the “Members Area”. The 2020 AGM will be held at the Hallmark Midland Hotel Derby on 4th April. More details are available here and will be regularly updated.
12th April 2019:
The revised and much enlarged version of our publication Swiss PostBuses, now in A4 hardback with 208 pages was launched at the AGM last Saturday. The book provides a company history and fleet description in much greater detail than before, thanks to significant contributions from expert enthusiasts in the UK and Switzerland. Amongst other things, there is a description of trials with experimental motor buses in 1906 and the subsequent evolution of bus design, particularly for the demanding conditions of Alpine routes. Acquisition and/or disposal details, and information on fleet re-numbering, is provided in detailed appendices for as many vehicles as possible. Arrangements for the contracting-out of many routes and the evolution of bus livery are explained and there is a brief resumé of ticketing. The past & present fleet (currently totaling over 2,200 vehicles) is illustrated profusely with 526 colour photographs and a further 132 in black-and-white. The description of the present-day network has been updated and is accompanied by 10 new maps. In short, this is expected to become the “go to” reference book on the subject. the price is £28.00 plus £3.50 postage. It is now available through our on-line shop.
20th March 2019:
Mario Gavazzi has sent a link to a 10 minute film about the changeover from tram to bus between Thun and Steffisburg in 1958. This can be viewed from the Swiss “Snippits Page” within the “Members Area”.
9th March 2019:
Tim Mulhall’s illustrated write-up on the 2019 Nürnberg Toy Fair is now available as a pdf to either view on line or download from the home page of the “Members “Area” or from the “Society News” page.
19th February 2019:
David Stevenson has taken over the job of Photo Editor as part of the Archivist and Publications Role he already undertakes. Photographs should be sent to him and updated details of how to do this are here.
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.
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.
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.
7th January 2020:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – TransN-Linien und RVT Historique. This single DVD covers the following lines: Le Locle – Les Brenets, La Chaux-de-Fonds – Les Ponts du Martel, Boudry – Neuchâtel Place Pury, Buttes – Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel – Buttes, Fleurier – St. Sulpice. 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.
14th January 2019:
The Society is now selling the Video125 produced DVD and Blu-ray disc title The Old Gotthard Route a Drivers View. This is not a cab ride but a view out of all the cab windows along with a commentary. Full details can be found in our on-line shop. The price is £19 for the DVD or £23.00 for the High Definition version on Blu-ray disc. Be certain that you can play Blu-ray discs before choosing this option.
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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