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Local railway services - Local railway societies - Other railway societies - Useful online information - Some magazines, online and paper

Local railway news and services

Chiltern Railways Local rail operator for passenger services on the Marylebone - High Wycombe - Birmingham route and connecting lines.
Great Western Railway Rail operator for inter-city and local services between London and the West Country and South Wales, including services to Marlow and Henley.
Marlow-Maidenhead Passengers' Association Action group for local public transport users in the area served by our local branch line.
Alan's Transport Pages Alan Henbest's website, which features pictures and information about the railway between Maidenhead and High Wycombe.
Pete's Local History page Pete Swayne's website about the disused railway between Bourne End and High Wycombe.

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Local railway societies

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway A local preserved railway, with opportunities for travel, photography and volunteering.
Great Western Society - Didcot Didcot Railway Centre is the home of the Great Western Society - started by four schoolboys who set out to preserve a former GWR autotrain. The GWS now operates the excellent steam museum based at the former GWR loco shed next to Didcot station.
High Wycombe & District Model Railway Society Another local model railway society which runs an exhibition at John Hampden School in Wycombe each autumn.
Ickenham and District Society of Model Engineers This society covers a large geographical area - two of our members are also members of IDSME.
Mid Hants Railway - Thames Valley Group The local branch of the society that runs the Watercress line. Holds monthly meetings at Reading.
Marlow, Maidenhead & District Model Railway Club Our local model railway society with an annual exhibition and photographic competition plus a programme of meetings with club members and outside speakers on modelling and other railway subjects.
The Marlow Society No, not a railway society as such, but a society with an interest in all things Marlow, including its transport systems - past and present. It was formed in 1958 as the Marlow Bridge Preservation Society to prevent the 1832 suspension bridge over the Thames from being replaced. Runs a small museum.
Quainton Railway Society The group that runs the large Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road. There's lots going on here, with special events throughout the year.
RCTS - Windsor & Maidenhead branch. A neighbouring railway Society that meets monthly at The Cox Green Community Centre, Maidenhead SL6 3AX.
Reading Transport Group. A neighbouring transport Society that covers a wide range of subjects that take in land, sea and air travel, but the majority of shows are on railways to cater for the interests of most members. Meetings are held on the first floor of Church House, Church Street, Caversham next to Waitrose
Ruislip Lido Railway Society Volunteers who run the marvellous miniature railway around the edge of Ruislip Lido.
Slough & Windsor Railway Society A neighbouring railway Society that meets on most Fridays throughout the year at "The Manor", a GWR building next to the station at Slough. The Society also looks after 0-6-0ST "Slough Estates No 3", which is currently based at the Middleton Railway in Leeds.

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Other railway societies

The Locomotive Club of Great Britain Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, the LCGB's main objectives are to foster a keen interest in UK and Overseas railways, and to support the railway preservation movement. Publishes an excellent Bulletin ten times a year as well as some very useful booklets on active and preserved locos overseas.
A1 Steam Locomotive Trust The place to go for news about the exciting new-build A1 locomotive 60163 Tornado following the LNER design of Arthur Peppercorn - although the original locos were all built by BR after nationalisation.
Continental Railway Circle A website at last for the premier society for those interested in railways beyond the British Isles. Publishes the quarterly Continental Railway Journal with lots of current news and occasional historical articles on railways worldwide.
Railway Correspondence & Travel Society Long-standing national railway society which has recently started a local branch in Maidenhead. Details of their regular meetings are available by following the Branches link off their home page.
Railway & Canal Historical Society In spite of its name, this society has the objectives to promote historical research in all forms of transport and to encourage its publication. It is active through local groups and special interest groups, and publishes an authoritative journal three times a year.
Broad Gauge Society A society devoted to research into the British broad gauge railways, with particular interests in modelling. BGS members were active in the successful campaign to get listed building status for the original Wycombe Railway terminus in High Wycombe.
The Helston Railway An exciting project to rebuild the most southerly branch line in the country at Helston - and is making excellent progress. Look out for this line - which is making rapid progress from its base at Trevarno Gardens.
The Corris Railway Another project to rebuild a long-lost line - the 2ft 3in gauge railway that once linked the slate quarries in the Corris area with Machynlleth (and before that, the river Dyfi). A short stretch of line from Corris to Maespoth Junction is already in operation and an extension is planned. Although the two surviving original locomotives moved to the nearby Talyllyn Railway at the dawn of preservation in 1951, the railway already has one new-build copy in service and a second is planned. Well worth a visit.

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Useful information sources

Colour-Rail Now that Colour-Rail is under new ownership it is, inevitably, changing. The traditional duplicate slide service has now ceased, and they now only deal in digital images.
Steam Index Kevin Jones's excellent index of railway magazines and journals. There's lots of information here about authors, photographers and books as well - a very useful resource. pictures.
Sharing Wycombes Old Photographs (SWOP) A fascinating collection of historic photographic images of the South Bucks area - try searching for the railway pictures.
Electronic National Rail Timetable An alternative to the printed form, Network Rail has a PDF version of the National Rail Timetable available.
For Railway Enthusiasts Network Rail's information page for railway enthusiasts on railway stations.
Rail Accident Investigation Bureau As demonstrated to us by our speaker in March 2008, Andy Savage, this website contains the latest information about accidents being investigated by the independent RAIB, plus downloadable copies of all their reports. There is a free email alert service to which you can subscribe.
UK Steam Info Lots of information on UK preserved operations - particularly useful for timings of main line steam tours.
International Steam Rob Dickinson's invaluable pages on 'real' steam operations around the world.

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Magazines

Narrow Gauge Net Free monthly online magazine on the UK narrow gauge railway scene.
Railway Herald Weekly online magazine with lots of topical news and pictures - was free, but from February 2012 now charges a subscription.
The Railway Magazine Monthly magazine published since 1897 and still going strong - this is Britain's premier general railway title.
BackTrack Monthly magazine covering British railway history and an occasional look further afield. Renowned for its extensive use of historic colour photographs. This is a content-rich website, including links to Bob Farmer's comprehensive BackTrack index.

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