Founded in 1973 we are a volunteer run friendly thriving Society which celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2013. We exist to provide information to members through our monthly glossy 64 page (increased from 48 pages in Jan 2015) full colour A5 size magazine TRACKS, a series of quality spotting books and this website. We also organise the occasional members only visits to railway facilities and attend Open Days and Preservation Galas with our sales stand.
You can move around our website by clicking on the menu buttons above or on any of the underlined words / phrases which will re-direct you to other pages or to relevant documents to download. External websites and downloadable documents open up in a separate window. Please remember to refresh your cache each visit as we regularly update the website.
In our full colour 64 page monthly magazine TRACKS, featuring around 200 photos, we cover the very many varied topical aspects of the current vibrant railway scene through regular features: Eastleigh Works Report, Stock Changes, Freight Matters, Traffic & Traction News, Preservation News, Light Rail & Metro News, Infrastructure News, Out & About (member sightings) and Railway Globetrotters (reports of trips from around the world). Additionally regular or occasional articles feature items of stock, spotting locations or recall the past through members adventures or their railway occupations.
Main benefits of membership include the following:
ICRS currently publishes 7 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*, UK Combine**, UK Wagons*
or As Required: UK Name Directory, Irish Railways, Ultimate Sighting File Vol.1 - Mainline Diesel Locos and Ultimate Sighting File Vol.2 - Shunters, Mainline Electric and Prototype Locos.
Our range includes the following:
A transparent PVC protective cover for the A6 size Pocket Book.
Cordex magazine binders to keep your copies of TRACKS safe.
Polo shirts in navy or white with ICRS logo.
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. Not currently being updated.
We have our own Yahoo News Group, established in March 2004, open to members and non-members alike to post sightings and observations, share comments and debate about the current railway scene.
To join click on the link below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To view downloadable pages as PDF files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer,
which if you do not have you can download here for free by clicking on the icon below.
[ return to top ]