The German Railway Society

Welcome to the website of the German Railway Society. A Company Limited by Guarantee, we are a friendly railway society for enthusiasts of German railways. Our Society was founded in 1981. We have members throughout the world. Our aim is to encourage interest in all aspects of German railways. Whilst we do not intend to duplicate the worthy work done by other societies, it is impossible to separate many of the aspects of the German from other European systems. We welcome all interests, prototype enthusiasts and modellers irrespective of scale and make of model railway. We are a national society with local groups who hold meetings in various areas of Britain.


22 Mar 2019

GRS at the London Festival of Railway Modelling 2019

We will be at the London Festival of Railway Modelling, Alexandra Palace, London on 22 and 23 March 2019.

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25 Jan 2019

GRS at the French Railway Society’s Winter Rendezvous

We will be attending the French Railway Society Winter Rendezvous on Sunday 10 February 2019. A selection of our publications will be available on our stand.

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8 Sep 2018

GlobalRail 2019 announced

We are delighted to announce that our annual exhibition will take place on Saturday 15 June 2019

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29 Jul 2018

Electric Locomotives in Germany booklets now available

Our two new titles cover the story of the development of German main line electric locomotives from the very beginnings in the nineteenth century through to the development and introduction of the designs of the Deutsche Reichsbahn in the 1930s. Some designs remained in everyday service into the 1990s.

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25 Jul 2018

Meet the GRS at model railway shows in September 2018

See us at the Gaugemaster Open Weekend and the European Railways Association show in September

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29 May 2018

Annual General Meeting 16 June

The German Railway Society’s AGM will take place on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA.

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26 May 2018

Locomotive Datasheets back online

Members of the Society can once again download as PDF the Locomotive Datasheets issued by the Society in the 1980s.

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16 May 2018

South Devon Group open day: update

More details of the South Devon Group’s 21st Annual Open Day on Sunday 8 July 2018

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2 May 2018

Globalrail 2018: thanks for visiting!

Alan Monk reports on the show

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26 Apr 2018

Globalrail 2018 this Sunday!

Fifteen layouts covering four continents, ten specialist traders and seven societies. Don't miss it!

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8 Apr 2018

Cliff White

Notice from the Chairman

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18 Mar 2018

South Devon Group open day announced

South Devon Group's 21st Annual Open Day: Sunday 8 July 2018

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19 Feb 2018

GRS at Eurotrack and the London Festival of Railway Modelling

Two opportunities to find out about the GRS in Spring 2018

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20 Jan 2018

Globalrail 2018 layouts announced

The layout lineup for this year’s show is now available.

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12 Dec 2017

CMRA Newsletter now available to members

In common with many railway societies in the UK with an interest in modelling, the German Railway Society is affiliated to the Chiltern Model Railway Association (CMRA).

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27 Nov 2017

Mini exhibition at the Model Railway Club

Those people within easy reach of central London may like to know that the Model Railway Club is putting on a mini exhibition at its Keen House home on Sunday 10 December 2017.

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29 Jun 2017

Globalrail 2018 dates announced

We are delighted to announce that our annual exhibition, Globailrail, will be at Didcot Civil Hall on Sunday 29 April 2018, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

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10 May 2017

Globalrail 2017 on video

Our member Ian Morgan has made a film of our 2017 Globalrail Exhibition. To view please click on the film below.

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1 Dec 2016

Our new publication is now available

Our new title, Diesel Locomotives of the Deutsche Bundesbahn, is now available. An outstanding english-language book on DB diesel locomotives, it was written and researched by Merkur editor ‘Diesel Doug’ Tompkins.

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