Page last updated 27th November 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 December issue of Swiss Express was dispatched to members at the end of November. The magazine includes the following articles plus all the regular features. The full contents can be viewed on the Swiss Express page.
● Two Spectacular September Events.
● Lost Lines – Strassenbahn Schaffhausen-Scheitheim.
● SBB main line Diesel Locomotives – part two.
● Forty years on the Thunersee and Brienzersee.
● A Museum Loco returns to the Bernina Railway.
● The Alstom Prima H4 (SBB Class Aem 940).
● Eiger Express – A new way to the Top of Europe.
● Modelling News – Bad Zellhof.
In addition there is a 48 page supplement “SBB Loco-hauled Carriages”.
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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 2022 AGM will be held on 23rd April as a one day event at the Crewe Heritage Centre. More details are available here and will be regularly updated.
Access to the Members Area is restricted to current members only. The password is printed on your 2021 Membership Card and is valid until 28th February 2022.
Society Contacts –
Members Of The Board – Photos and biographies.
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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.
Please tell us what you think of our website and how it can be improved by taking part in our website survey as mentioned in the December issue of Swiss Express and have a chance to win one of the Society’s publications. The survey is here.
22nd November 2021:
The November virtual branch meeting given on Sunday, 21st November by Boyd Misstear and entitled “Porta Alpina to Pontresina” – Part Two of Boyd’s model railway is now available to view and download. You can get the link to this and all the previous talks from 2021 via a link in the “Members Area“. The next meeting will be on Sunday 16th January 2022, given by Geoff Greer and entitled “Swiss Winter Wonderland”. 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.
16th November 2021:
Daniel Schärer is a talented photographer of the modern Swiss railway scene and, from time to time, his images appear in Swiss Express. Members might be interested to know that Daniel produces his own Swiss railway calendar. The 2022 edition offers a colourful selection of images covering both old and new motive power types, freight and passenger, classic and advertising liveries. Daniel is happy to send the calendar to the UK at a cost including postage of £36. In addition to the twelve month pages there are two additional pages in the calendar that measures 50 cm by 34 cm and has a black spiral binding and wall hanging attachment and date tab. You can order the calendar by sending Daniel an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To convince yourself of the quality of Daniel’s photography, check out his work on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/152440859@N03/.
Bill Salter – Swiss Express Editor
15th November 2021:
The Society has been informed today of the passing of the Society’s President Alan Pike O.B.E. Alan, who was in his late 90’s was a very early member of the Society and held various positions over the years. He was Chairman from 1983 until 1994, joint Vice-President from 1994 until 1998 and then joint President from 1998 until 2012 when he became President. Alan died at his home in the Lake District on 5th October 2021. A full obituary will appear in the March issue of Swiss Express.
12th November 2021:
Switzerland Travel Centre are offering 25% discount on travel passes until 11th December. They are offering free cancelation and can be booked up to 11 months in advance. More details here.
11th November 2021:
Society subscription rates have been announced for 2022. UK Rates remain at £20 (£40 for two years). Unfortunately due to ever escalating postal charges it has been necessary to increase the Rest Of the World membership subscription to £35 (£70 for two years). If you have already received your 2022 membership card this means you paid for two years in 2021 and you do not need to renew your membership this year. Please wait until you receive your December issue of Swiss Express before renewing either via the website or by post or bank transfer (this is the most cost effective way for the Society).
27th October 2021:
There has been a change of venue for the 2022 Society AGM. We could get no guarantee that the Midland Hotel in Derby would be available to hold the 2022 AGM and therefore the Board took the decision to cancel the booking and seek an alternative venue. Unfortunately, despite considerable effort, we could not find a suitable alternative within the City of Derby, but we were offered the Crewe Heritage Centre, which, whilst not a hotel, will provide us with a suitable venue for 2022. The AGM will be a one day event, still held on 23rd April from 10:00 until 16:00 with the actual AGM being held at 13:00. Full details, which will be continuosly updated, can be found here along with details of suitable hotels for those members wishing to stay the night before or after the AGM.
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
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 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”.
2nd December 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.
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.
17th September 2021:
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
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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