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8th April 2022:
New in the Society shop are the Beanie Hats in black and Baseball Caps in navy, both featuring the new Society logo and priced at £10 each, they can be purchased here. We also have the new Society Mugs priced at £6.00 and thes can be purchased here.

5th February 2022
We now have available from our on-line shop the new book, Swiss Steam Since 1900 by Martin Fisher. This A4 book describes all the various steam locomotives used from 1900 to the present day by each of the other Swiss railway operators. At first sight, such a book might seem surprising as many Swiss railways were electrified in the 1920s and very nearly the whole network had been electrified by 1960. But pockets of steam operation survived for many years. Although nationalised operator SBB received its last new steam locomotive in 1917 it still had 148 steam locos in 1960 and its last steam-hauled passenger train ran in November 1968. Happily, a number of Swiss steam locos passed into preservation and can still be enjoyed today. This book was conceived as one about the SBB’s steam locomotive fleet of almost 1,560 locos, mostly standard gauge. But the book also includes 400 steam locos operated by Switzerland’s independent railways, both standard and narrow gauge, some using adhesion, some rack-and-pinion and some both methods. In addition to the types which saw everyday use, some experimental designs are described along with three projects that never got further than the drawing board. The price is £35 and Society members get free UK postage by quoting the Coupon Code that is shown on the home page of the Members Area of the website. This offer lasts until 31st May 2022.

4th February 2022:
We now have the latest Perren Cab Ride DVD in stock – SBB-Linie Zürich – Berne (Neue Strecke).  This  single DVD covers the following lines:   Zürich – Aarau (via Heitersberg),  Zürich – Brugg – Bern (via neubaustrecke), Olten – Solothurn, Herzogenbuchsee – Solothurn.  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 carriage.

17th January 2022:
Grab yourselves a bargain – we have reduced the price of the hardback book “Swiss Postbuses” to £18.00 whilst stocks last – buy it here.

10th  January 2022:
The 2021 issues of Swiss Express are now available from our on-line shop priced at £3.50 per edition.

 

5th December 2021:
We now have available from our on-line shop the updated version of Swiss Travel Guide No. 6 Graubünden. Written by Bill Slater and Martin Fisher this 64-page guide has over 110 colour photographs and is in A5 format. It covers  Switzerland’s largest canton which includes resorts such as Davos, Klosters and St Moritz. The booklet offers a map; guidance on how to get there; Swiss ticketing arrangements; sample hotels; the railways and other forms of public transport; and the places to visit. The opportunity has been taken to update the text to reflect the profound motive power changes taking place within Graubünden’s major transport provider, the Rhätische Bahn. The photograph selection has been completely revised to reflect these attributes and the book contains many stunning railway images from some of Switzerland’s top transport photographers. The price is £7.00 plus postage.

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.

 

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.

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.

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