The Society generally organises two major outings each year, as well as arranging a Member's dinner and other outings when appropriate:  

A European long weekend - generally planned for May                                                          Link to summary of recent trips:  European Trips

UK day trips by coach, train or Members' cars - usually planned for July/August            Link to summary of recent trips:      UK Trips 

 European Trip


Photographs by Andy Fewster


Since the Society’s inauguration, thanks to the valiant organising skills of some key members, a European trip has become an annual event. The aim is to travel by narrow and broad gauge as well as by standard gauge lines and, where possible and practical, to include light railways, funicular railways and cable cars. With the right timing the itinerary can include steam festivals and other special events, museums and visiting motive power depots - especially roundhouses. Typically around fifteen members support this completely self-financed event.

The trip usually extends over five days including a weekend and travel to and from a chosen base. As trips have become more ambitious and venture further from home, flight to and from an airport within reach of the base has been the norm.

Wherever possible travel is by rail, though occasionally completing the itinerary has resorted to bus, boat, tram, cable car and taxi – and a rare move on foot! Needless to say travel around the region allows some time for photography.

Follow this link to see details of previous of European Trips. 

  UK Trip


Photographs by John Clark / Andy Fewster


A main trip usually takes place annually on a Sunday often by coach or rail, but can involve car share amongst members. The aim is to visit one preserved railway each trip and select locations where there is additional recreation for partners and guests for whom railways may not be their primary interest. Timing at each location is set to allow a return trip on the railway concerned, including visits to workshops, museums and the shop/café - and of course photography! Typically, 30 to 40 members and guests support this occasion. Members benefit from a discount against the full cost paid by guests and partners.

Follow this link to see details of previous oft UK Trips.