Founded in 1973 we are a volunteer run friendly thriving Society which celebrated our 45th Anniversary in 2018 and at the start of 2019 our membership reached 1300 members, the most we have ever had. We exist to provide information to members through our glossy full colour A5 size magazine TRACKS (see below) which has increased in size to 80 pages. We also produce a series of market leading quality spotting books, some of which are unique to ICRS, sundries 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.
Though TRACKS was a monthly magazine for 44 years which was relatively 'easy' to produce up to 48 pages, since 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 you 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 planned for 2019 between Feb and Dec of 64 (mostly) or 80 pages if required depending on content. No more planned supplements will be produced though there may be an ocassional TRACKS extra as required.
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In our full colour A5 magazines TRACKS we cover the very many varied topical aspects of the current vibrant railway scene illustrated with over 220 photos (80 pages) 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 Many varied additional articles feature items of current / withdrawn stock, infrastructure, spotting locations and members days out.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 8 (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**, UK Wagons*, UK Locos* (re-introduced in 2018)
or As Required: 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
A transparent PVC protective cover for the A6 size Pocket Book.
Cordex magazine binders to keep your copies of TRACKS safe.
Embroidered Polo shirts & baseball caps with name & 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
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