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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 December 2020:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – SBB-Linien in der Westschweiz. This double DVD covers the following lines: Murten – Lausanne -Valorbe, Fribourg – Yverdon-les-Bains, St. Gingolph – St. Maurice, Puidoux-Chexbres – Vevey, La Plaine -Genève – Annemasse. 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.
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.
8th September 2020:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – Bahnlinien in the Region Schaffhausen. This single DVD covers the following lines: Zürich – Schaffhausen – Winterthur, Singen – Schaffhausen – Erzingen (Baden). 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 postage.
4th August 2020 updated 11th October 2020 and 17th October :
Another limited edition of 48 Mugs have been delivered are available again from our shop. The coasters and Key Rings are still available and all can be bought at our on-line shop.
13th July updated 18th September 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. The price of the remaining old style polo shirts has been reduced to £12.00, now only available in size small in both navy and red.
19th May 2020:
Now available is the latest travel guide by Martin Fisher, South West Switzerland. This “new” Guide is actually an updated and expanded amalgamation of two older guides – one for Geneva & The Rhône Valley and part of one about the Glacier Express, both first published in 2011 and now out of print. Since 2011 there have been a number of developments in South West Switzerland 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, provides coverage of the Glacier Express route up to the Oberalp Pass from which point another of our Guides, about Graubünden, describes the other half of that famous journey. 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 eastwards from Geneva to the Oberalp Pass above Andermatt, and from Yverdon-les-Bains across to Zermatt. The book has 72 pages with 216 photographs all in colour and there is a map to illustrate the principal locations. The price is £7.00 plus postage and it is available from our on-line shop.
3rd April 2020
Regretably we have had to increase the price of the Perren Cab Ride DVDs. We have to pay for them in Swiss Francs and as you are no doubt aware the exchange rate has dropped considerably in recent weeks. The new price is £21.00 for single DVDs and £37.00 for doubles plus postage.
27th March 2020:
Now available is the latest book by Martin Fisher, “Swiss Independent Railways – Their Electric Locomotives Past and Present”. This new A4 book describes all the various electric locomotives used down the years to the present day by each of the other Swiss railway operators. These are often described as privately-owned and although some are, many are at least partly owned by local government. Indeed, the Federal government has a stake in one or two cases. 30 railway companies feature (several of whom are amalgamations of various smaller operators) plus 11 modern-day Open Access operators and 5 locomotive leasing companies. Like the SBB book, the new publication describes the evolution of Swiss electric locomotive design from the very earliest experimental schemes through to the most recent designs. Both standard and narrow gauge railways feature. In the case of narrow gauge lines particularly, the distinction between locomotives and shunters and/or railcars can be blurred so shunters and railcars are described where they clearly have a “main line” use as locomotives. Photographs are in colour wherever possible but some old archive photos (mostly very rare) are in black-and-white. The price is £16.00 plus postage from our on-line shop or £19.50 by mail order including postage.
24th March 2020:
Now available is the update version of Switzerland Travel Guide No.4 by Martin Fisher which covers the Lake Luzern area. The first edition of this Guide was published in 2012. Since 2012 there have been several developments in this part of Switzerland, not least the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This new second edition maintains the A5 format but has been thoroughly updated & enlarged with more pages and many new photographs. There are more references to places to visit and more websites quoted so the reader can easily research additional information if he or she wishes. As before, the Guide covers a much wider area than simply Lake Luzern and its surrounding towns, villages and mountains. The area covered extends to Zug and Einsiedeln to the north, the eastern part of the Emmental in the west, the Klausen Pass in the east and up to the Brünig Pass, Mount Titlis and Göschenen in the south. All 178 photographs are in colour and there is a map to illustrate the principal locations.. The price is £7.00 plus postage from our on-line shop or £8.00 by mail order including postage.
14th January 2020:
SRS Member Jason Sargerson has produced a new A4 book on Swiss Standard Gauge Railways. This A4 publication is available either direct from Jason’s website by mail order or from the SRS Sales Stand at exhibitions. The price is £10.00
26th November 2019:
The Society’s latest book was published at the Warley Show last weekend, written by Bryan Stone, our former ” Swiss Correspondent” and long time resident of Basle, it is the story of the Birsigthalbahn. This A4 soft back book tells the remarkable story and history of an unusual minor Swiss railway. It has 56 pages and over 100 photographs in colour and b&w. The price is £10.00 plus postage from our on-line shop or £11.50 by mail order including postage.
We now have available the first in a series of packs of Christmas Cards. This pack covers the RhB and consists of five cards, one of each of the photos. shown on the left. Each card is A6 in size and has the caption “Seasons Greetings” written inside. They come complete with envelopes. the price is £3.00 plus postage from our on-line shop or £4.50 by mail order. Two packs are £7.50 and three packs £10.50.