Page last updated  5th June 2020

   The Society has Branches throughout the United Kingdom

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

 

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.

The next meeting should be in the Autumn and full details of the winter programme will be in September issue of Swiss Express along with this website.


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.

Sep. 24th: Early Days – Austria – John Jesson.
Oct. 29th: Pot Pourri 5 – Don Wight.
Nov. 26th: Members evening – bring your slides, digital images 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 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Meditation Room, YMCA Kings Cross 1, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1.
Map and directions are available from the YMCA Kings Cross web site: www.ymcaonekx.co.uk/ For a map of directions click here.
There will be the chance to meet up with members for a  chat before the meeting from 18:00.  The YMCA Cafe has now closed but you can bring your own food or there is an excellent Fish and Chip Shop nearby.

Jun. 10th: London Branch Update and Invitation
Our branch had been meeting on the second Wednesday of every month for many years. Since 2018 our regular venue has been the YMCA Yoga Centre in Bloomsbury.  With our members travelling into Central London this interesting and very friendly building proved easy to access from many directions.  However, our most recent meeting in March proved to be the last face to face occasion for obvious reasons. Thanks to the hard work of Paul Russenberger a virtual meeting was trialled in April when 12 members of the branch actually connected and participated.  Another such meeting is planned for 10 June from 7.00 p.m.  Zoom software permits the host to display presentation material and also open up group-wide conversations. Free sessions are limited to 40 minutes, so by reserving two successive sessions, an almost continuous gathering with a short intermission is practical and is to be repeated on 10 June.

If any Society members from other Branches or none – including those overseas – are interested in sampling the experience, please contact Paul using his Swiss Railway Society email address as shown in Swiss Express, ideally by 8 June, to register your interest.  Paul will e-mail the “Joining Instructions”.  This will work for both Windows and Mac systems and even Smart Phones.

This trial has no cost to either the participants or the Society, though a 2-hour session would cost about £144 for an annual subscription for an indefinite number of meetings.  As London Branch Organiser, I think that Paul Russenberger should be highly commended for initiating this experiment. The presentation on June 10 will utilise Martin Fisher’s compilation of Swiss railway locations. We also are very fortunate that Martin created a massive alphabetic list of locations, locomotives, rolling stock and other interesting infrastructure.

If possible, please could members spread the word about 10 June to other Society members.

Jonathan Fisher – Branch Organiser

Jun.10th: Virtual meeting held using “Zoom” – see above
Jul. 8th: Virtual meeting held using “Zoom”.
Aug.12th: Virtual meeting to be held using “Zoom”.
Sep. 9th:  TBA
Oct.14th: TBA
Nov.11th: TBA
Dec. 9th: Christmas Ill
ustrated Quiz.


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.

Jun. 3rd:  This meeting has been cancelled
Jul. 1st:    Graham Neve’s 1985 Journey presented by Charlie Hulme.
Aug. 5th: Great Rail Journey Highlights presented by Dave Howsam.
Sep. 2nd: RhB Delights – Phil Donbavand.
Oct.  7th: Nigel Emery presents “The Really Good Photo Show!”
Nov. 4th: TBA
Dec. 2nd:  Christmas Quiz/Presentation.


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.
To read the branch’s latest newsletter click here.

Aug. 26th: TBA

 

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.


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.

Aug. 1st: This and That, Here and There by Paul Russenberger.
Oct. 17th: TBA


Have you thought about forming a branch of the Society?

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