Page last updated 27th March 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 March issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of February. The magazine includes the following articles plus all the regular features. The full contents can be viewed on the Swiss Express page.
● Restoration of Rotary Snow Blower R.12 completed.
● A Bunch of Doubting Thomases.
● Historic Train on the Centovalli.
● Times Past – Engelberg 1939.
● “Zephir” – a little Locomotive with a long History.
● SBB Diesel railcars and multiple units – part one.
● The Vierwaldstättersee and the Virus.
● I saw my life flash before me – Thank you, BRB.
● Farewell to Old Friends.
● Photographic Locations: Spiez Einigen.
● 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 2021 AGM will be held by zoom on 24th April by Zoom. Please click here for details of how to register to attend and to read the AGM Reports. This will require the password printed on your 2021 Membership Card.
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, due to the present situation, not be attending any events this year.
27th March 2021:
SWISS RAILWAYS SOCIETY (CLBG) ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice was given in the September 2020 edition of Swiss Express that the 2021 Annual General Meeting would be held on Saturday 24th April at the Hallmark Hotel, Derby. This message is to inform members that, because of the continuing restrictions imposed by Covid 19, the meeting will still take place that day but it will be held by Zoom (not in Derby) and will begin at 10:00. The meeting will be open to any member who wishes to join in via Zoom and you must register from this link, where you can also view the AGM reports and audited accounts. By neccessity this webpage is within the “Members Area” and requires the password printed on your 2021 Membership Card. If you have any queries about this process please email AGM@swissrailsoc.org.uk Members who do not wish to take part in the Zoom meeting are welcome to submit votes on matters raised in the Annual Report by completing the form which is enclosed with the March 2021 edition of Swiss Express.
Please note that there will not be a Question-and-Answer session after the formal business on 24th April but (subject to any Government restrictions at the time) we have arranged use of the Westbury Suite at “The H Suite” in Edgbaston, Birmingham from 14.00-16.00 on 18th September on the occasion of the European Railway Association’s AGM and exhibition. The SRS Sales Stand will be present, as will some members of our Board who will welcome the opportunity to meet members for an informal chat. We are very grateful to the ERA for making this space available to the SRS. And, all being well, the SRS will also be in attendance at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC on 27/28 November when, again, there will be an opportunity for members to meet representatives of the our Board. Warley will feature a special “Swiss” area including six Swiss-themed layouts as well as our own stand; a celebration to mark the SRS’ 40th anniversary in 2020 which was postponed because of the pandemic.
Martin Fisher – Company Secretary
22nd March 2021:
Andreas Häsler gave the March “virtual meeting” programme on March 21st with a talk about his local railway, the Schynige Platte Bahn. This very informative talk used photographs and original cine film to describe the railway over the years and was seen by a total number of 71 members and those interested in Swiss Railways. The next talk on 18th April will be given by Roger Ellis and entitled Miniatur and Maximum Wunderland where Roger will decribe his visits to both the Hamburg model railway and Switzerland. Log-in information for this talk and the chance to see March’s talk (and all the previous ones) can be found via a link within 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.
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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