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This site last updated 23/05/2021 12:31

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, how to join the society, back issues of the monthly magazine and historic trip reports to give an idea of the contents of the magazine and the scope of the trips run by the Society.

Being a member of the Society has many benefits. Cheaper fares on Society trips, a monthly magazine reporting on local notes and news, 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 550 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.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic prevented us running trips since March 20202 we are planning to restart our trip programme during the summer of 2021 as the easing of restrictions allow.

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 the Republic of Ireland in 2011 with follow up trips run in 2015 and 2018.

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 

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If any other railway group or society would like to explore any mutually beneficial links, including setting up links to your web site with us please contact the publicity officer using the e-mail address below.


Contact Information


Send an e-mail to the following addresses for information about the society, membership, providing information for the magazine or website or details of forthcoming trips.

Trip Bookings:
Membership :
Magazine information:
Photograph Submissions:
Publicity information:
Bookings John Dicks 01275 853495
Membership John Dicks 01275 853495


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