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HISTORICAL SOCIETIES - Associations that are able to provide information to people researching specific Historical Railway companies.
Bishop's Castle Railway Society
Contact Details: Chairman , John Rimmer  01588 638998
Meeting Venue:  Methodist Church Hall , Station Street , Bishops Castle , Shropshire  SY9 5AQ
Meeting Day: 1st Friday of the month from Sept - May   Meeting Times: 7.30pm - 10pm
Originally formed to preserve records and artefacts of the Bishop`s Castle Railway, the society interests itself in railway history generally and also modern railway developments. There are meetings on the 1st Friday of the month from Sept - May with lectures, films and slide shows. A monthly e newsletter keeps members updated with society matters. Currently the society is restoring the railway weighbridge and building, the last remaing building of the Bishop`s Castle Railway 1865-1935.
Details last updated 27th February 2019
Broad Gauge Society
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Mr Jim Simmonds
The society promotes research and modelling of brunel's broad gauge railway in any scale. Members receive 6 news sheets a year and our glossy journal 'The broadsheet' Twice a year, which contains articles on prototype and modelling subjects. A range of datasheets on rolling stock, track design etc and back numbers are available. an annual field trip is organised each summer and an exhibition in the autumn of alternate years.
Details last updated 11th November 2018

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Caledonian Railway Association
Contact Details: Webmaster , Web Master
The objective of the CRA is to promote interest in the history of the Caledonian Railway. Regular meetings are held in Glasgow with guest speakers. The Association's journal "The True Line" is published on a regular basis, along with various CR documents and publications. We also sell CR models. More details are available on our website where there is also an active forum covering all things Caledonian, a catalogue of our archive of documents & photographs and a contact form for other queries.
Details last updated 3rd June 2020
The Colonel Stephens Society
Contact Details: Secretary CSS , John Ball  01326 373298
Primarily a correspondence society for enthusiasts of the standard and narrow gauge railways of Col Holman F Stephens. We publish a quarterly journal, the Colonel, and try and make something of a weekend event at various locations around the UK for our annual general meeting. We have a strong association with the Col Stephens Museum at Tenterden (KESR).
Details last updated 8th September 2019
Crawley Signal Box Preservation Society
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Dr David Moore  01403 261640
Meeting Venue:  Not Applicable
The society was formed in 1992 with the aim of preserving the redundant LBSCR 1870s built Crawley signal box. Much work has been done since then to restore the box and replace missing instruments and the big level crossing wheel. In 2014 it was found necessary to renew the staircase and balcony. This was done with the aid of grants from local charitable organisations. The society holds regular public open days which are advertised on local radio and on this site, so please watch out for dates.
Details last updated 11th December 2019
Cumbrian Railways Association
Contact Details: Secretary , Mike Warhurst  01942 217300
The Cumbrian Railways Association is the line society for Cumbria and surrounding counties. To the students of railway history, Cumbria has many attractions - from trunk lines hurrying through, to country branch lines that served tourists and locals alike, and industrial lines of great interest and complexity. Benefits of membership are:- Two full day meetings in the County for talks, displays and sales. Four journals a year, each packed with drawings, articles and photographs.
Details last updated 14th September 2019

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Glasgow & South Western Railway Association
Contact Details: Treasurer , Arnold Tortorella
Meeting Venue:  Paisley Abbey , Paisley , Renfrewshire  PA1 1JG
Meeting Day: See website   
The association for those with an interest in this compact and characterful Scottish railway company. Journal, newsletter and meetings.
Details last updated 4th October 2017
Great Eastern Railway Society
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Ken Wheatley  01279 814678
Promotes a widespread interest in the Great Eastern Railway, as well as that of its predecessors & successors, encourages and co-ordinates research into its history, and provides a permanent record of the results.
Details last updated 22nd May 2020
Great North of Scotland Railway Association
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Andy Brown
The Great North of Scotland Railway served the north east of Scotland, based on Aberdeen. The Association caters for all those interested in the company and its successors. There is an increasing interest from modellers, supported by a wide range of original archive material.
Details last updated 22nd January 2019
Great Northern Railway Society
Contact Details: Secretary , Mrs Marion Sibley
Meeting Venue:  Variable - See Website Gnrsociety.Com
Specialist railway historical society. Formed 1981.
2 meetings p.a. Great Northern News published bi-Monthly.
Attends model shows with exhibition stand and society publications of GNR information such as wagons/Carriages/Etc. Also some books on Social and Industrial History.
Details last updated 26th October 2018
Great Western Study Group
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Mr K Fenner
An absolute must for any Great Western aficionado. This is a Society for the dissemination of documents and information about the Great Western Railway. We publish a quarterly Newsletter, a Journal "The Pannier", and other special publications. Stewarding system and dedicated web forum available as sources of help and information to members. AGM & Exhibition (open to non-members) is normally held at Didcot Civic Hall in June, but see web for exact date and venue details.
Details last updated 6th September 2019

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Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society
Contact Details: Joint Chairman , James Hewett
We are enthusiasts for, and have a particular interest in, Halesworth’s transport history We have practical, hands-on experience in Heritage Railways, and a range of the skills needed to make the project a success We believe that Halesworth’s railways (and the Blyth Navigation before them) were essential to the town’s growth – and that a revival of as much as possible of the original infrastructure will be very beneficial to the town We have set up the Halesworth to Southwold Narrow G
Details last updated 20th January 2020
Highland Railway Society
Contact Details: Membership Secreatary , John Fairlie
The Highland Railway Society caters for all those interested in the Highland Railway from its inception to the current day through a regular magazine and meetings. There is a strong modelling interest among members and a small range of components is available.
Details last updated 16th September 2019
Historical Model Railway Society
Contact Details: Secretary , John Hancock  01773 745959
Meeting Venue:  Meetings Are Held at Various Locations Round the Uk , Please See Our Web Site For Details , Ripley , Derbyshire
The Historical Model Railway Society, an Educational Charity, maintains a strong commitment toward obtaining, storing and distributing information of value and integrity. Material placed in its care will be treated with due regard to its information value. If you have an interest in the railways of Britain and you seek to expand your research options for making historically accurate railway models, then the HMRS is definitely for you.
Details last updated 24th September 2019

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Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society
Contact Details: Membership Officer , Ken Carter  0115 967 3485
The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society is devoted to the dissemination of information about the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway throughout in 75 years of existence and beyond. We produce publications; have extensive collections of photographs, drawings and archive material; and hold events. We are a registered educational charity with around 850 members.
Details last updated 23rd April 2019
London and North Western Railway Society
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Mr A Shepherd  01582 603238
Meeting Venue:  See LNWRS Website
Meeting Day: See LNWRS website   Meeting Times: See LNWRS Website
We are a Society aiming to collect and disseminate information about the London and North Western Railway, its constituents and its successors. We produce a quarterly Journal and occasional other publications. We have a large library and an extensive collection of original documents, plans, drawings and photographs available to members.
Details last updated 3rd December 2018

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Narrow Gauge Railway Society
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Mr L Little
Our interests cover industrial narrow gauge systems, preservation, and the growing area of miniature railways in the UK and throughout the world.
Our regular publications provide coverage of every type of narrow gauge and miniature line operated by steam, diesel and electric power. Our magazine provides articles of historical interest and coverage of modern developments. We also maintain an extensive reference library from which members may borrow. There are several local groups in the UK
Details last updated 18th October 2017
North Eastern Railway Association
Contact Details: Hon General Secretary , Christine Richardson
NERA was formed in 1961 to cater for all enthusiasts interested in the railways of North Eastern England, the North Eastern Railway, the Hull and Barnsley railway, from their successors, and also the smaller independent and industrial railways that operated alongside the main line system.
Interests cover all aspects of operations - locomotives, rolling stock, train services, stations, signalling, shipping, road vehicles, etc. - both for the general enthusiast and the model maker.
Details last updated 21st January 2019

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Rother Valley Railway Supporters Association
Contact Details: , Reception
Meeting Venue:  Rvrsa , Robertsbridge Junction Station, Station Road , Robertsbridge , East Sussex  TN32 5DG
Supporters Association for the Rother Valley Railway. We also operate a shop at Robertsbridge which sells secondhand railway books, magazines and model railway items.
Details last updated 2nd March 2020

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Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
Contact Details: Chairman , Ian Young
The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust has a museum and shop at the railway station Washford Somerset on the West Somerset Railway. The trust owns two locos 7f 2-8-0 no 53808 (88) and Peckett 0-4-0st no 1178 (Kilmersdon). It has also fully restored a first class 6 wheel coach No. 4, on display in Washford. Three local groups exist, which meet a few times each year. See web-site for details.
Details last updated 6th December 2019
Southern Railways Group
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , N.J.Knowlden
Promoting interest in the railways of Southern England, whether pre-grouping, Southern Railway, BR or its post-nationalisation successors. We provide a quarterly high quality printed magazine (with colour). meetings, lectures and visits and encourage the research and sharing of information. We also regularly review books and models of interest to "Southern" modellers of all eras.
Details last updated 14th November 2018
The Stephenson Locomotive Society
Contact Details: Publicity & Promotions Officer , John New
Meeting Venue:  For Contact Details of Each Centre - See Website , Various Meeting Venues in England & Scotland
Meeting Day: Varies - Mid-week (eve/some day) & Saturday (day)   Meeting Times: Varies by Centre
The SLS will give you in depth coverage of matters relating to locomotives and railway operation both old and new. The SLS is not just about steam locomotives and the study of our past but encompasses modern traction too. Photo sales, Journal, meetings, library, internet forum, owner of miniature steam loco Orion and lots more. See our website for details.
Details last updated 10th March 2019

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WC&P Railway Group
Contact Details: Secretary , Paul Gregory  01275 847139
Meeting Venue:  Alternates: Weston, Clevedon, Portishead - See Website
Meeting Day: Fridays   Meeting Times: 7.30 PM
The WC&P Railway Group was formed in 2006 with the aim of ensuring that as much as possible of the remains of the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway railway is preserved. We aim to record and conserve the remaining physical elements, and the memories of people who used the railway. We hope to install some replica features, and are installing interpretation boards along the route. Regular bi-monthly meetings. New members, whether active or armchair very welcome. See website.
Details last updated 15th November 2019
Wells Railway Fraternity
Contact Details: Treasurer , Roy Kethro  07759 122983
Meeting Venue:  Wells Town Hall , Market Place , Wells , Somerset  BA5 2RB
Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of month September to May   Meeting Times: 7.30pm
The Wells Railway Fraternity was formed in 1968 as a reilway meeting society. Meetings are held in Wells Town Hall from September to May on the second Tuesday of each month, non members are welcome. In 1978 a model railway display was held at a local village fete, this event showed there was an interest for a show, the next year Railwells was born. The idea of the exhibition has always been to encourage and promote railway modelling. Extra money made is donated to the Railway Children Charity.
Details last updated 21st November 2018
Welsh Railways Research Circle
Contact Details: Secretary , Andrew Nummelin
Bringing together modellers and researchers who specialise in the railways of Wales and the Border Counties.
Details last updated 10th July 2019
World War 2 Railway Study Group
Contact Details: Membership Secretary , Mike Christensen  01263 734115
The purpose of the World war 2 Railway Study Group is to collect, exchange and whenever possible, to publish factual information of the railways of the combatant nations during world war two. Relevant material from the years before and after the war, and associated subjects is also welcome.
The wartime railway had not been extensively studied until fairly recently. The study group was founded in 1989 to address this. The Group offers a bi-Monthly bulletin. Subscription £13.50 per year.
Details last updated 11th December 2019

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