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The Society is a UK-based voluntary association for railway enthusiasts. It is a nationally spread organisation with a membership of around 900 (including a few resident overseas).

It was established in 1955 and is widely recognised as Britain's leading amateur group for the study of railway infrastructure and history of networks (and not nowadays, despite its title, just minor lines).

It pursues its aims by a news service, tours and visits, and the production and distribution of publications.

Unlike many enthusiast groups, our emphasis is on the physical works and on operating arrangements, rather than power and rolling stock. Whilst seeking to record matters of history accurately for archive purposes, a prime aim is to publicise coming events and activities.

Members receive 24 newsletters per year (UK and International versions area available,) priority information, booking preference, lower fares, a free annual copy of Passenger Services Over Unusual Lines and valuable discounts on sales. Some fixtures are 'members only' Join the Society today!


Branch Line News

The news service is centred on Branch Line News (BLN), a newsletter which by its virtue of its twice monthly publication is able to maintain a high degree of topicality.

BLN covers both the history of and the current evolution of railways, especially in Britain, but also around the world. A particular objective in the current climate of increasing investment in new freight and passenger links throughout the world is the dissemination of accurate and well-informed details about progress with infrastructure projects.

[ Download a recent edition of Branch Line News, including the international supplement (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)]

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General Membership Information

Application for membership should be made on the membership application form. Overseas, including Eire, residents should note the appropriate rates on the form, if a printed copy is required. All members, wherever resident, requiring only e-mailed copies of Branch Line News upon publication pay the same rate of GBP 27.00.

Details of the main membership categories and subscription rates for 2015/16 are as follows:

A: Each issue of Branch Line News despatched on publication by FIRST CLASS post - GBP 52.50 per annum.

B: Each issue of Branch Line News despatched on publication by SECOND CLASS post - GBP 50.00 per annum.

E: Each issue of Branch Line News despatched on publication by e-mail only - GBP 27.00 per annum

Please see the details on the membership application form for other categories, including those where you require both posted and e-mailed copies. Membership is also open to the spouses of members and to other persons not requiring their own separate copies of BLN at a basic fee of GBP 5.00. This is at the discretion of the Committee - please check with the Membership Secretary if you are interested.

The Society is pleased to advise that it is now able to accept credit or debit cards for membership applications on completion of the necessary sections of the application form.

Below is a link to a copy of the membership application form, which can be printed, completed, signed and sent to the Membership Secretary - Mr. A G Welsh, 22 Treemount Court, Grove Avenue, EPSOM, Surrey KT17 4DU together with a sterling cheque (payable to "Branch Line Society" - please do not abbreviate this in any way) or a card authority for the amount due.

[ Membership Application Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)].

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Society Tours, Trips and Visits

The Society maintains an active programme of varied outdoor fixtures, and these are run primarily for members. In some cases, especially major train charters we are pleased to accommodate non-members.


Sales Service

The Society's Sales Officer is Mark Gomm:
Mark Gomm, 84 Mornington Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 6EL
or send an e-mail to [sales@branchline.org.uk]

The Sales Officer is able to supply books and maps from a variety of publishers post free to members as well as back numbers of Society Items.

Currently we have three useful booklets on sale, available post free from him:

Passenger Train Services over Unusual Lines £5.00
Guide to Minor Railways – 2013 Edition £4.00
Unusual Transport Systems in the British Isles, 2013 (second) Edition - £5.50

These can be supplied to non-members as well as members, on receipt of a sterling cheque for the appropriate amount. For payment by credit or debit card please print [this Card Payment Authority], complete in full and post to the Sales Officer: Mark Gomm, 84 Mornington Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 6EL


Links To Other Railway Pages

These pages are not maintained by the Branch Line Society, which cannot accept either any responsibility for their content or liability of any nature in consequence of any incorrect information being displayed therein.


Contacting the Society

Membership Secretary
Alan Welsh
22 Treemount Court
Grove Avenue
EPSOM
Surrey
KT17 4DU
Email: [alan.welsh@branchline.org.uk]

Sales Officer
Mark Gomm
84 Mornington Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST1 6EL
Email: [sales@branchline.org.uk]

Chairman
John Williamson
'La Marguerite'
Croit-E-Quill Road
Laxey
ISLE OF MAN
IM4 7JD
Email: [john.williamson@branchline.org.uk]

Fixtures Secretary
Kev Adlam
53 Kemble Close
Wistaston
CREWE
Cheshire
CW2 6XN
Email: [kev.adlam@branchline.org.uk]

General Secretary
Tim Wallis
10 Sandringham Road
STOKE GIFFORD
BS34 8NP
Email: [tim.wallis@branchline.org.uk]

BLN Editor, General & Head Lines
Paul Stewart
4 Clarence Close
MALVERN
WR14 3HX
Email: [paul.stewart@branchline.org.uk]

Email: [bls_bln@btinternet.com] General enquiries, including requests for information about fixtures and railtours etc.

Email: [webmaster@branchline.org.uk] Comments and queries about this website (welcomed!).