Page last updated 19th February 2024

The Society has Branches throughout the United Kingdom

 

Details of Branch Organisers and Meeting are detailed below.

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 17th March at 20:00. The speaker will be Geoffrey Greer and the talk entitled “Land of the RhB – trains and scenery in Graubunden”.  This meeting will be held using “Zoom” and 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 us 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 web page. We need speakers for May, August, October and December this year.  If you would like to give any of these talks please contact Paul Russenberger , assistance can be given and practice sessions arranged.

Future Meetings:

21 April:  Mervyn Kendall  – “Swiss Golden Oldies” (Pre-1960 traction from 1986 to 2018).
19 May: Peter Statham – “The Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke”
16 June:  Tim Mulhall – “A small piece of Switzerland in Alaska (and nearer to home)”.
21 July:  Mike Baldry – “Switzerland in the Sun”.
18 August:  Andrew Wood – “A Family Journey through Switzerland – 1948 to 2022”
15 September:  Chris Dyke – “Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn”.
20 October:  TBA

17 November: TBA

 

Could you give one of these talks? We need volunteers for October and November this year. 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.

8th March: Chris Dyke –  Rhätische Bahn ( Chris lives at St. Nicklaus, in the valley on the way up to Zermatt).
12th April: Chris McMahon – A US Miscellany.

 

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.

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the following months:  March, April, May, September, October and November.

28th March:  Martin Fisher Swiss Alphabet Letters T to Z.  Presented by Glyn Jones with audience participation.
25th April:  Rob Morrey – “All over Switzerland – Well Nearly!”.
30th May:  Glyn Jones  – Pot Pourri 1 – Glyn Jones.

26th September: John Weaver – “Switzerland by rail”.
31st October: TBA
28th November: Members Evening – bring what ever you like – slides, videos, digital images.

 

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 18:30 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.
Please note that from the October meeting onwards, meeting will commence at 18:30

13th March: Chris Dyke will be making a presentation to us.  This meeting will be via Zoom.
10th April: Branch AGM plus supporting programme. This meeting we be held at “The Bishops Finger”
8th May: George Howe will be making a presentation to us. This meeting we be held at “The Bishops Finger”.
12th June:  To be arranged. Volunteers welcomed

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

Volunteers to make presentations are always welcome, even if it would only be a small presentation, I am sure we can make a meeting up of short members presentations, that is to say a “Members Evening” If you wish to make a contribution to a future meeting please contact: pstatham@blueyonder.co.uk. We would like to plan one for one of our Zoom meetings from July to September. It would involve members letting me have images to display either by some means of file transfer or transferred from a memory stick at a previous Bishops Finger meeting


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.

6th March:  Zoom Meeting at 19:00 – European Railways – The Alan Donaldson years – Presented by Nigel Emery.

 

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.

28th February – To be arranged.
27th March – To be arranged.
26th April (Friday) Pre AGM Meeting – Swiss Express Editor, Graeme Henderson – “A visit to the Railways of Sri Lanka – A Mechanical Signalling Heaven”

Could you give a presentation to the Branch? If you would like to please contact the organiser.

 

West of England

Branch organisers: Jonathan Collinge & Colin Stone
Email: wofe.branch@swissrailsoc.org.uk
The branch normally meets at 11:30 on the second Saturday of the month from October to April. Please contact the organiser if you would like to attend.
We have had to find a new venue and will be trying Paignton Library for our February meeting.
Click here for the branch’s web page.

9th March:   To be confirmed.
13th April: To be confirmed.

 

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 on Saturdays.
Click here for the branch’s web page.

4th May:  Australia Pt 2 by Diana and Richard Combs.
3rd August: Trains and Trams abroad by Peter Holden.
19th October: To be Confirmed.

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 Hywel Rees for more information.