Welcome to the Cardiff & Avonside Railway Society, here you can find information about the Society and the benefits of becoming a member. Details of forthcoming Society trips and how to join the society extracts from back issues of the monthly magazine and trip reports to give an idea of the contents of the magazine and the scope of the trips run by the Society can be found using the relevant links above.?
Being a member of the Society has many benefits. Cheaper fares on Society trips, a monthly magazine reporting on local notes and news, stock alterations, reports on preservation and industrial sites, and trip reports of both Society and members own visits. We also offer discounts from time to time on other Society publications through our links with those Societies.
About the Society
The Society was formed in 1971 with the aim of enabling railway enthusiasts in the south Wales and Avonside areas to visit places of railway interest.?Since the Society was formed it has successfully run over 470 trips all over the country.
In the years following, the Society's membership rose to over 350 and regular trips to BR locations were organized. As the needs of our membership has changed, the trips run by the Society have been adapted to meet them. This flexibility will continue and we actively encourage participants on our trips and members to provide feedback on our trips and ideas for future trips.
The current trips being organized cover industrial, preserved, plant locations along with mainline locations where new stock is being delivered all over the country. Recent years have seen trips to the Isle of Man and the first one to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 with a follow up trip also in the planning stage.
The Society normally run 11 trips per year, these are usually of one day duration although the trip run at Easter is usually a more extensive one of three or four days. Wherever possible these trips will provide a balanced yet intensive visit to the selected area.
The Society has forged links with many other Societies and individuals to enhance the service that we provide to our respective memberships. The Society is keen to enter into new relationships that will produce mutual benefits for our respective memberships.
The current societies/individuals that we enjoy a mutual exchange of information include:
Industrial Railway Society?
Peter Hall - (Author of preserved coaching stock)