B.R. Standard Cl.7P No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” at Cheltenham Racecourse Station (GWSR) on 30th May 2018. Photo taken by Richard Morris

The RCTS owes its origin to Cheltenham where, in 1927, some railway enthusiasts met in a garden shed, formed a club and called themselves The Cheltenham Spa Railway Society. From this humble beginning the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society was born one year later when the present title was adopted. The Society has grown and flourished ever since.

When the Branch structure was formed Cheltenham didn’t have its own Branch initially, but was a sub-branch of Bristol. Cheltenham Branch separated away from Bristol to stand on its own two feet in the late 1960s.We have an annual programme of indoor meetings, held once a month, usually on the third Tuesday, from September to April, at the Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2SY. Our meeting room at the Victory Club is open for us from 1900hrs. Meetings commence at 1930hrs. and you will be made most welcome.

To find the location of the Club click on the location map button. Move the left hand slider upwards to display street names in detail. You can request instructions from your location to the Club.

A suggested donation of £3.00 from members and £3.50 from visitors will help towards our running expenses. Cheltenham members may wish to avail themselves of our ‘season ticket’ for £15, which covers all indoor meetings from September to April.Visit our sales table for new RCTS publications, second hand books, postcards, videos and other railway items.

For Cheltenham branch members a selection of books from the Society library is available at each indoor meetings for you to borrow.

In the summer months particularly (but not exclusively) trips are arranged to visit places of interest to railway enthusiasts.

The Society and our branch would like to welcome new members and we can be contacted locally for further information on Do feel free to contact us on the above link. A friendly welcome is assured and, if interested in any aspect of rail transport, we are sure you will enjoy the shows we put on.

Pre-production cl.800 IET 800002 arriving into Cheltenham from London Paddington on 18th July 2020

The new footbridge at Cloddymore, south of Cheltenham Lansdown Station opened on 17th July 2020, replacing the previous bridge which had been there since the early 1940s. The old bridge was demolished in March 2020. The new bridge is considerably higher than its predecessor, allowing room for 25kv OLE to be installed at some future date. The photo of 800002 was taken from the new footbridge.

Last updated: 26th July 2020