Page last updated 11th May 2022

The Society has Branches throughout the United Kingdom

 

Details of Branch Organisers and Meeting are detailed below and now appear in Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller magazines:

The Society is holding its next “Virtual Branch Meeting” which will be open to all members, friends and those interested in Swiss Railways, on Sunday 15th May at 20:00. The speaker will be Andreas Häsler and the subject “Working on Swiss Railways – Then and Now”.  The meeting will be held using “Zoom” – works on Windows, Macs, Tablets and Smart phones. Details of how to log-on can be found on a link from the home page of the “Members Area” of the website or email: meetings@swissrailsoc.org.uk.  Join at 19:45  for a chat before the presentation and there will be time for questions and answers afterwards. Past meeting can also be viewed on the same webpage. 

19 June: Richard Green – “Mulhouse Meanderings – a visual account of Richard’s travels with the Basingstoke Railway Society in May 2017”.
17 July: Andrew Wood – “A Family Journey through Switzerland – 1948 to 2022”.
21 August: David Stevenson – “Delving into the Archives – 1”.
18 September: Paul Nicholson – “10 Days on the Tell Pass – an Australian Perspective”.
16 October: Roger Ellis “The Magnificent Seven Return”.
20 November: Graeme Henderson – “After 35 years of studying Swiss Railways – A trip finally happens”.

Could you give one of these talks? We need volunteers for next year and beyond. We will give help in using “Zoom” and arrange a practice meeting if you wish. Please contact Paul Russenberger.

All meetings start at 20:00 UK time and last for about 1 hour.


Bristol and Bath

Branch Organiser:  James Henderson
20 Bloomfield Avenue, Bath BA2 3AB
Email: henderson@timicomail.co.uk
Venue: Jack Pugh Room, Bath Scout Headquarters, 7 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ. Meetings start at 19.30pm. Non-members are welcome at these meetings.
We ask for a donation of £2 to help cover the cost of room hire.

13th May: Paul Russenberger: This and That, Here and There, Now and Then but mainly Switzerland.

East Midlands

Branch Organiser: Glyn Jones
Alpiglen,13 Welland Close, Burton–on-Trent DE15 0AG Tel: 01283 567983
Email: east.mids@swissrailsoc.org.uk
Venue: Brunswick Inn, Railway Terrace, Derby (almost opposite Derby Station) at 19:00
Click here for the branch’s web page.

The Branch has restarted physical meetings.
In the future meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the following months:  March, April, May, September, October and November.

26th May: John Weaver – Swiss Rail Travel in the 1980’s
29th September: Don Wight – Pot Pourri 6.
27th October: To Be Arranged.
24th November: Member’s Evening – Bring your own digital images, slides and videos.

 

London

Branch Organiser: Jonathan Fisher
10 Runnymede Court, High Street, Egham, Surrey TW20 9AA.  Tel: 01784 435622. Text only 07795 560236
Email: london@swissrailsoc.org.uk
Meetings start at 19:00 on the 2ndWednesday of the month and will be a mixture of meetings held via Zoom and meetings held at our new venue, “The Bishops Finger PH”, 9-10 W Smithfield, Smithfield St, London EC1A 9JR.
https://www.thebishopsfinger.co.uk/
Food is available at this venue after 17:00 and members are invited to arrive in sufficient time for some refreshment.
Details of a walking route between Farringdon Underground/Thameslink Station can be found here
A donation will be requested from those attending to cover the cost of hiring the venue.

May 11th: Paul Russenberger – “This and That, Here and There, Now and Then, but Mostly Switzerland” to be held at The Bishops Finger PH.
June 8th: To be advised Venue The Bishops Finger PH
July 13th: Robert Pritchard –  A presentation about Czech and Slovak Rail/Tram systems. This meeting will NOT be at the Bishops Finger PH but will be held via Zoom.
August 10th: To be advised. This meeting will NOT be at the Bishops Finger PH but will be held via Zoom.
September 14th: Alan Williams – RhB Arosa Branch and the MGB towards Zermatt. This meeting will NOT be at the Bishops Finger but will be held via Zoom.
October  12th: To be advised Venue The Bishops Finger PH.
November 9th: To be advised Venus The Bishops Finger PH.
December 14th:To be advised. Venus The Bishops Finger PH.

Details of the Zoom Meeting links will be circulated to members on our circulation list about 7 days prior to the meeting. Otherwise they can be obtained from london.zoom@swissrailsoc.org.uk

Manchester

Branch Organiser:
Email: manchester@swissrailsoc.org.uk
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, 6, Mount Street, Manchester. [Behind Central Library.] (Metro – St.Peter’s Square.) Please note that meetings now open at 18:45 for chat etc. although the room is available to  us anytime after 18:00.  The presentation starts at 19:15 and meetings close shortly before 21:00. Please note the time changes. Check our website: http://www.swiss.nwrail.org.uk  for further details/changes.

8th June 2022: Graham Neve in Switzerland, 1985.
6th July 2022: A Swiss Trip, 1999. Images by Michael Shackleton, from the Manchester Locomotive Society collection.

 

West Midlands

Branch Organiser: Richard Shaw, email: west.mids@swissrailsoc.org,  Phone 0121 552 5148 (Home) 07804126706 (Mobile).
Meetings are mainly held in Kidderminster Railway Museum on last Wednesday of Month at 19:30 from August to April, except for the December event (Most convenient date for members).
Click here for the branch’s web page.

The next branch meeting is scheduled for August.

West of England

Branch organisers: Jonathan Collinge & Rupert Dove-Medows
Email: wofe.branch@swissrailsoc.org.uk
The branch normally meets at 11:15 on the second Saturday of the month from October to April, with a summer outing.
Venue: The Keyberry Hotel, 17, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot,TQ12 1DQ.
Click here for the branch’s web page.

The branch’s winter season has now ended – details of next winter’s programme will appear here and in Swiss Express later.

 

Yorkshire

Branch Organiser: Philip Lockwood. Tel: 0113 2532176
Email: yorkshire.branch@swissrailsoc.org.uk
All meetings at the Middleton Railway, Engine House, Moor Road, Leeds LS10 2JQ and commence at 13:00
Click here for the branch’s web page.

16th August: To be Arranged.
15th October: To be Arranged.

Have you thought about forming a branch of the Society in your home area?

The Committee will give you all the help they can, please contact Martin Fisher for more information.