General and Specialist Railway Societies

Operating Railways
Locomotive Groups
Historical Societies and Museums
Local Railway Societies

The Colonel Stephens Society
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Promotes interest in the light and narrow gauge railways of Colonel HF Stephens. Primarily a correspondence society which encourages the study and promotion of the Colonel's achievements and the exchange of information through the quarterly journal The Colonel.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Vacant

Continental Railway Circle
UK based group catering for enthusiasts interested in railways outside the British Isles, ranging from main-line to industrial or preserved railways. Holds regular meetings in London and Stafford, and publishes quarterly magazine Continental Railway Journal.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Adrian Palmer, 46 Heathside, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9YL

Electric Railway Society
Promotes interest in electric railways and light rail operations world wide, including publications, sales and talks. Local area group holds regular meetings in Central London.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Terry Bowers, 5 Holyhead Court, Anglesea Road, Kingston KT1 2ES

Irish Railway Record Society
Promotes interest in Irish railways past and present, including the peservation of archive material.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Alan Bowers, 17 Albert Road, Twickenham, Surrey TW1 4HU

Irregualr Special Railway Society
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Promotes the study of Sherlock Holmes and railways in the Canon.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Dr Antony Richards, 170 Woodland Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB2 4DX

Light Rail Transit Association (London Area Group)
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Promotes the use of light rail and trams to provide better public transport.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Geoff Tribe
For further information contact: Alan Pearce, 26 Rothschild Road, Chiswick, London W4 5HS

Locomotive Club of Great Britain
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Fosters interest in railways and supports the preservation movement. Publishes books and historic photographs. Regular programme of meetings in Central and North London, and at local branches including Croydon. Outdoor visits home and abroad
R.A.I.L. Representative: Graham Stacey, 11 Braywood Avenue, Egham, Surrey TW20 9LY
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London Underground Railway Society
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To study the history and operation of London's underground railways.
R.A.I.L. Representative: J Thomason
For further information contact: E N Felton, 54 Brinkley Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 8JF

The Model Railway Club
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Britain's first model railway society has clubrooms and library in central London, available for other societies to use. Holds regular meetings and talks, and occasional open days.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Peter D Mann
For further information contact: The Hon Secretary, Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA

New Europe Railway Heritage Trust
Helping railway preservation in the countries pf Central and Eastern Europe.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Stephen Wiggs, 3 Higham Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9JN

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS)
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The leading society for anyone interested in railway operations. Holds regular meetings at 29 centres throughout the country, and visits to railway installations. Publishes monthly magazine Railway Observer and a number of books. Comprehensive library available to members.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Terry Silcock, 17 Raisins Hill, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 2BU

Railfuture (London & SE Branch)
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Rail advocacy group providing a national voice for rail users. Local group operates publicity and sales stands with RDS literature and publications; holds occasional public meetings and talks.
R.A.I.L. Representative: John Barfield, 108 Berwick Road, London E16 3DS

Southern Electric Group
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For devotees of the Southern Electric network. SEG has two active branches which meet monthly at Southwick and Eastleigh; it operates railtours, publishes books, and has a modelling secretary. SEG also owns 4-COR unit 3142, the only complete privately-preserved pre-war express electric multiple-unit.
R.A.I.L. Representative: Peter Staveley
For further information contact: Bruce Cakebread, General Secretary, 41 The Drive, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5GD

Tramway & Light Railway Society
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Promoting education and modelling of tramways and electric light railways. Holds regular talks in Central London and throughout the UK (14 branches) in association with Light Rail Transit Association and Tramway Museum Society.
R.A.I.L. Representative: H J Leach, 6 The Woodlands, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex CO7 0RY

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