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The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

About the Society


The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society is the largest national railway society in the UK, currently with around 2,800 members.

The Society’s areas of interest cover both the contemporary rail scene as well as the historical railway. A key characteristic of the Society is its very large branch network, currently numbering 28, each of which hold their own regular branch meetings.

Benefits of Membership

  • National railway society, with 29 branches throughout the UK

  • Extensive ‘presentation style’ meetings on railway themes held at branch level (typically once a month per branch)

  • Periodic national Zoom meetings 

  • Magazine, ‘The Railway Observer’, issued monthly

  • Extensive library and archive (based at Leatherhead, Surrey)

  • Annual members weekend

  • Online forum





Membership Fee

Printed version Railway Observer: £38
Digital (not printed) version Railway Observer: £20
(£1 reduction if payment made by direct debit)



New member promotions occasionally apply. For example, for year 2024 new members receiving the printed Railway Observer pay £28 and those receiving the digital version pay £10 (£1 reduction if payment made by direct debit).


How to Join

Join via the Society’s website. You can use the following link:

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