The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS) is a national society founded in Cheltenham, UK in 1928 to bring together those interested in rail transport and locomotives.

Since 1929 the Society has published a regular journal The Railway Observer which records the current railway scene. It also has regional branches which organise meetings and trips to places of interest and a members’ library.[1]

It has published definitive multivolume locomotive histories of the Great Western, Southern and London and North Eastern Railways, and has in progress similar works on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and BR standard steam locomotives. It also has published many other historical railway books since the mid 1950s.

On 2 November 2016, the RCTS become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered number 11699995.[2]


  1. ^ Simmons, Jack and Biddle, Gordon (ed.) (1997). The Oxford Companion to British Railway History from 1603 to the 1990s. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-211697-5. 
  2. ^ Railway Observer Volume 86, Number 1054 - issued December 2016

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