Page last updated 20th June 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 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. All members in the UK should have received this issue by now. If this is not the case please contact the Membership Secretary for a replacement.
● SBB Diesel Railcars and Multiple Units – part two.
● A Brief Encounter.
● Lost Lines – The Brunnen-Morschatch Bahn (BrMB).
● The Tobacco Engines: SLM’s Bulgarian file of 1935.
● Favourite Stations: Gstaad.
● Rhätische Bahn Ge 6/6 II Swansong.
● Gotthard Base Tunnel Experience..
● An Abandoned Project; the SBB C 5/5.
● Switzerlands Cross Border Commuters.
● Displaying real-time Swiss public transport Arrival and Departure information..
● Modelling News.
Switzerland Travel Centre –
Some of the Society’s Branches now have their own web page. See the Branches page for more details.
The 2022 AGM will be held on 23rd April at the Midland Hotel, Derby. More details, which will be continuously updated are available here.
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 SRS Sales Stand will not be attending any exhibitions this year before the Warley Show at the NEC in November..
21st June 2021:
June’s International Zoom talk was held on Sunday 20th June, given by Glyn Jones and attended by 65 Members. The title was “When there were “Real Trains” on the RhB”. You can view a recording of this talk and all the previous ones from a link in the Members Area. The July meeting will be on Sunday 18th July , given by Paul Russenberger and entitled “Getting Up the Mountain. The link for this meeting can also be obtained from 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.
27th April 2021:
The 2022 Society AGM will be held on 23rd April, hopefully at the Midland Hotel in Derby – more details, which will be continuosly updated are here.
Swiss Express Editor, Bill Slater, has taken over the updating of the “Swiss News” and “Swiss Events” pages of the website. This will mean more thecontentbon these pages will be updated more frequently – please take a look.
24th April 2021:
The 2021 Society AGM took place on 24th April conducted by “Zoom”. The AGM Minutes and response to queries raised are available in the “Members Area” of the website and will be printed in the June issue of Swiss Express.
31st January 2021:
The password for the Members Area has now been changed to the one shown on your 2021 Membership Card. This will be valid until 31st January 2022. If you have any problems logging in please contact the webmaster, quoting your Membership Number.
27th January 2021;
At the moment shop deliveries to the EU are subject to lengthy delays. Please note orders placed by customers within the EU will possibly have to pay either local VAT and, or customs duty before the goods can be delivered. This will be collected by the delivery company.
We have had to add the following in 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.
16th January 2021:
We now have the latest updated Swiss Travel Guide available, Swiss Travel Guides 7 – Zürich and North-East Switzerland by Martin Fisher. This is an updated and expanded version of the Guide first published in 2013. Although there have not been very many developments in the area since 2013, the opportunity has been taken to draw attention to a greater range of places to visit, include many extra photographs and details of more websites so the reader can easily research additional information if he or she wishes. The selection of railway-based photos has been updated to include new stock while at the same time providing glimpses of motive power used in the past. The selection of photos to illustrate places of interest away from the railway has also been enlarged. Apart from Zürich itself, the area covered extends from Aarau in the west across to Liechtenstein and the Austrian border in the east, and from Schaffhausen in the north down to the southern side of Lake Zürich and the Walensee. All 196 photographs are in colour and there is a map to illustrate the principal locations. There are 64 pages, plus card covers and the price is £7.00 plus postage. It is available from our on-line shop.
13th January 2021:
During the present lock-down sales orders will normally only be dispatched once a week, on a Thursday. Orders received before 17:00 the previous day will be included in that dispatch.
6th January 2021:
The 2019 issues of Swiss Express are now available to view and download in pdf format from the “Swiss Express” page within the “Members Area”. Thanks to Phil Blackman for scanning and compiling these pdfs from the original magazines as pdfs from the production of Swiss Express were not available for the 2019 issues.
2nd January 2021:
The back issues of Swiss Express for 2020 are now available to purchase from our on-line shop priced at £2.00 a copy plus postage.
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 now available as either a pdf or Excel spreadsheet from the Swiss Express page of the website.
10th November 2020:
A request from our Chairman, Roger Ellis – Members, can you help myself and Steve Tinsley? The Branch Organiser of Bristol & Bath Branch, James Henderson, did a presentation sometime ago entitled “then & now” when he showed pictures taken in Switzerland many decades ago compared with recent photographs taken at the same location. I thought it might make a book, but better still the pictures could be a feature in future editions of Swiss Express. He is intending to go to Spiez in June 2021 with a few SRS members, and fellow member Steve Tinsley is visiting Olten at the same time. Can we ask you to look through your collection of slides, prints or digital images to find ideally black and white or early colour pictures from the 50s, 60s, or 70s which you think Steve and myself would be able to find the location and take a similar view in 2021. Bare in mind that the original one need to be 1) of suitable quality to be re-produced in the Swiss Express and 2) should be interesting with perhaps a locomotive/whole train/railcar/bus/tram/ship/cable car included. If you have suitable photos please contact Roger.
STC has confirmed that the 5% discount offer on travel passes and holidays will continue until the end of 2021. More information and how to claim the discount are available here.
21st October 2020:
If you want a bargain we have reduced the price of the Sweat shirts and Jumpers featuring the old logo. The sweatshirts are now only £13.00 and available in navy or red in most sizes. The wool mix v-neck navy jumpers are reduced to £25.00 and availablre in all sizes.
18th October 2020:
The much delayed 2020 AGM was held yesterday (17th October) with only the Directors present by Zoom. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed from with in the members area.
12th October 2020:
The November issue of Continental Modeller features an eight page article on the Society and various Swiss layouts owned by members. There is also an article on Neuberg 2013 which should have been featured at the Warley NEC show this year in the SRS area (along with Neuberg 1913 and many other Swiss layouts). This should all now happen at the 2021 show.
27th September 2020:
Now available in our on-line shop is the updated version of Switzerland Travel Guide Number 5 – Ticino. This is an updated and expanded version of the Guide first published in 2012. Since 2012 there have been a number of developments in the Swiss canton of Ticino and the opportunity has been taken to draw attention to a greater range of places to visit. This new book maintains the A5 format and, amongst other things, includes the Gotthard Base Tunnel (opened in 2016), the Ceneri Base Tunnel (opened 2020) and the new direct rail route linking Milan’s Malpensa Airport with Lugano (opened in 2019). There are many extra photographs and more websites have been quoted so the reader can easily research additional information if he or she wishes. The area covered extends south from the Gotthard Pass to the Italian border which surrounds Ticino on three sides. All 144 photographs are in colour and there are 3 maps to illustrate the principal locations there are 52 pages, plus card covers and the price is £7.00 excluding postage.
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.
22nd July 2020:
To celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary Hornby International is offering Society Members a discount of 10% on Hornby International brand products. The offer is valid until 30th November 2020 and the voucher code can be found on the Society Page within the Members Area. Terms and conditions apply.
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.
18th June 2020:
It has been announced that the Warley Model Railway Show will not take place this year. This, of course, means that the Society’s planned 40th Anniversary celebrations as part of the show have had to be postponned until the 2021 show. More details later.
30th April 2020:
The “Meet the Board” page of the website has been updated to include a pen picture of our new Chairman Roger Ellis.
.26th April 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.
19th April 2020:
At the virtual Board Meeting held on Saturday 18th April Roger Ellis was appointed to the post of Chairman, Simon Ellis to the post of Publicity and Exhibitions Director and Bernard Davis as a Board Member.
7th March 2020:
Tim Mulhall’s write-up on the 2020 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.
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”.
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.
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.
22nd Feruary 2021:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – MGB lines I, GGB and RiT. This single DVD covers the following lines: Zermatt – Gornergrat, Gornergrat – Zermatt, Riffelalp Tram, Zermatt – Visp. 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 £21.00 plus carriage.
Please note that the Society can now accept credit and debit card payments for Membership or Sales transactions via PayPal or by on-
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