Founded in 1973 we are a volunteer run friendly thriving Society and our membership is almost 1400 members, by far the most we have ever had. We exist to provide information to members through our glossy full colour A5 size magazine TRACKS (see below or here) which has increased in size to 80 pages and has been a welcome lifeline to many throughout the coronavirus pandemic . We also produce a series of comprehensive market leading quality spotting books, some of which are unique to ICRS, sundries and this website. These are continually improved year on year with additional information. We also organise the several members only visits to railway facilities and attend Open Days and Preservation Galas with our sales stand, unfortunately currently in abeyance due to the pandemic though once restrictions allow we will be busy arranging. All this for a still very reasonable Membership fee (see Join Us)
TRACKS was a monthly magazine for 44 years which was relatively 'easy' to produce rising up to 48 pages and from 2007 increasing photos twentyfold from a few dozen to over 1000 pa. On moving to 64 pages in 2015 the monthly deadlines steadily became too onerous. So during 2017 & 2018 we tried experimenting with bi-monthly production , which saw the pages increase further to 80 supported by a new 32 page quarterly supplement TRACKS extra, giving 10 issues per annum. However this became very confusing and still difficult to manage with the amount of topical news to fit in so monthly production started again from Sep 2018 with 11 issues produced in 2019 between Feb and Dec of either 64 (6) or 80 (5) pages. The same format was initially followed in 2020 but with a change in printer from the July issue all issues are now 80 pages giving a massive 880 pages of content and approx 2500 photos per annum. No more planned supplements will be produced.
Especially since 2007, TRACKS has built up into quite a library of information, articles and photos. Information on the history of the Society and TRACKS can be found in the following articles: ICRS Story Jan 2013 & Feb 2013, TRACKS Story Aug 2014
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As I write this, the welcome news has just been announced of the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. We therefore move out of 2020 and a year that none of us will ever forget into what is now hopefully a much more promising 2021.
As the year ends, I would like to place on record, on behalf of all Society members, heartfelt thanks for all the hard work all the Society officials have put in to enable us to continue to enjoy our hobby and interest as much as possible despite the restrictions on our activities.
In particular I would like to thank Trevor for his continued dedication and hard work in pulling together the magazine every month, despite the restrictions and personal circumstances that have not always made that particularly easy! In addition he is also responsible for the compiling of the books. The amount of time and effort that goes into producing such excellent publications should not be underestimated. Thanks are also due to all those, alongside the Officials, who have contributed and/or assisted Trevor in his endeavours.
Finally, thanks to you, the membership, for your continued support throughout 2020. I sincerely hope that, as vaccines are rolled out over the next few months, it will enable events to recommence, and give us the opportunity to meet up in person once again.
In the meantime please stay safe, and I wish you and all your families a happy 2021.
In our full colour 80 page A5 magazine TRACKS we cover the very many varied topical aspects of the current vibrant railway scene illustrated with over 200 photos through regular features: Eastleigh Works Report, Stock Changes, Freight Matters, Traffic & Traction News, Preservation News / Galas, Light Rail & Metro News, Infrastructure News, Out & About (member sightings), Signal Box Survey and Railway Globetrotters (reports of trips from around the world). Many varied additional articles feature items of current / withdrawn stock, infrastructure, spotting locations and members days out.
The main benefits of membership include the following:
ICRS currently publishes 9 (2 versions of Pocket Book) well respected quality enthusiasts spotting books under the banner of the UK Rail Series, which are revised and released either:
Annually* / Biannually**: UK Pocket Book (spine)*, UK Pocket Book (wire bound)**, UK Combine Vols 1 & 2**, UK Locos*
or As Required: Irish Rlys, UK Name Directory, Ultimate Sighting File Vol.1 - Mainline Diesel Locos, Ultimate Sighting File Vol.2 - Shunters, Mainline Electric and Prototype Locos
Our range includes the following:
ICRS Notebooks (50 & 75 sheets)
ICRS pin badges with name & logo
ICRS printed pens with website & logo
Adjustable transparent protective book covers.
Cordex magazine binders to keep your copies of TRACKS safe.
Embroidered Polo shirts & baseball caps with name & logo.
plus a NEW (started Feb 2021) Members Only Facebook page (please give Membership Number to join)
We have our own ICRS Flickr website established in April 2011 featuring photos from members, some of which have also appeared in TRACKS. To see the individual Flickr sites of members go to Flickr Sites. Click on the Photos link for details of photo submission to TRACKS and Flickr.
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