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Class 444 electric train at Totton, Southampton

Welcome to the SOUTHERN COUNTIES RAILWAY SOCIETY website

The Society covers the railway transport interests of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, but with the most interest concentrated around the City of Southampton and its surrounding area, in the county of Hampshire. Generally, the Society's interest largely follows the geographical area, and the history, of the western section of the former Southern Railway. Subjects for the monthly meetings, held in Southampton, consist usually of a guest speaker presenting slides or films of their particular railway based interest. Railway heritage, history and modern rail transport are covered, as well as infrastructure around the region, and occasionally foreign railway activity. The Southern Counties Railway Society is for people who have an interest in steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and electric trains from their earliest incarnations, through to the modern rolling stock, track and stations now populating the current rail network in the Southampton area and beyond.


The Southern Counties Railway Society was formed in 1948 by a group of school friends from the Southampton and Eastleigh areas who shared a common interest in transport and particularly railways. The aim of the Society was and remains to foster an interest in rail transport by arranging meetings, and visits to railway installations. Initially meetings were held in Eastleigh Grammar School, subsequently transferring to the campus of Southampton University, before moving to the current venue of the Friends Meeting House in Ordnance Road, Southampton. Some of the founding members still belong to the Society.

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West Country Pacific 34067 steam locomotive at Millbrook, Southampton

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

The Society produces a monthly newsletter – "Track Topics" – and has done so without a break since 1948. As well as giving details of forthcoming meetings, and reporting previous ones, it aims to provide members with local railway news and articles of historic interest. Contributions from members are welcome.
The Southern Counties Railway Society is run by an elected Executive Committee comprising Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and up to four additional members. The Society also has a Life President.
 
Meetings, comprising slide or filmshows, talks or quizzes are held on the third Saturday of the month between September and June. Entry to meetings is free, but we request that frequent visitors become members of the Society. The June meeting is the Annual General Meeting. The venue is The Friends Meeting House, 1A Ordnance Road, off London Road, Southampton SO15 2AZ.
Membership is open to any person aged 14 years or over. Further details are provided on the membership form.

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LOCATION MAP OF SOCIETY MEETING

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Class 47 diesel electric locomotive at Northam, Southampton
The meeting room used is generally the Main Hall on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is via a ramp and there is an accessible unisex toilet. On rare occasions we move to the Upstairs Room which is not accessible by persons with impaired mobility. Doors open at 18.15hrs with the meeting commencing at 18.45hrs and finishing around 21.00hrs. Tea and coffee is available, for which a donation is requested to cover our costs.

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