Rail riders

Discussion in 'UK Railway Discussion' started by robertclark125, 5 Dec 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. robertclark125

    robertclark125 Established Member

    Messages:
    1,487
    Joined:
    12 Mar 2008
    Location:
    Cardenden, Fife
    Who remembers the Rail Riders club, and of course their two locomotive, 47406 and 47488? Do you think Network Rail should look at restarting the club?
     
  2. Registered users do not see these banners - join or log in today!

    Rail Forums

     
  3. mrcheek

    mrcheek Established Member

    Messages:
    1,078
    Joined:
    11 Sep 2007
    I think that club was doomed from the day they adopted a logo that appeared to have the APT in it!

    And these days, rail companies dont seem keen on encouraging kids to take an interest in trains
     
  4. Royston Vasey

    Royston Vasey Established Member

    Messages:
    1,380
    Joined:
    14 May 2008
    Location:
    Cambridge
    I was a member and was thrilled when one of the 47s turned up at Newcastle! Would have been about 1988 or so. Wonder if there'd be enough members in this day and age?

     
  5. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    38,906
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    My parents enrolled me as a member from a young age, the magazines were kept and I have them somewhere.

    I have no idea when the club was formed but I think it was disbanded around 1992.

    I'd say it would be more for ATOC to run it than Network Rail, as it was more about travelling by train and about trains themselves than the infrastructure. Also if vouchers, discounts and rides were to be given that would be difficult and costly for NR to arrange.

    Would ATOC be interested? Unlikely! Should they be? Yes.
     
  6. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,504
    Joined:
    15 Feb 2006
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I have one of the badges still, but I think the mags went in the bin years ago. It seems that, looking at http://www.srpublicity.co.uk/brs/brs19.htm ) it survived until 1991 - I have no recollection of that new logo they introduced!

    Anyone got any 'Sticker Station' stickers?
     
  7. Skip 10

    Skip 10 Member

    Messages:
    79
    Joined:
    30 Nov 2009
    Location:
    Wrexham
    I was a member right to the end, the new logo came out when all the hype about the 91s first came out. I remember the stickers, family day out always revolved around going to museums or attractions that my sister and I hadnt got stickers from. Family railcard and rail riders vouchers always insured free travel for us kids.
     
    Last edited: 6 Dec 2009
  8. Death

    Death Established Member

    Messages:
    1,639
    Joined:
    23 Oct 2006
    Location:
    Sat at the control desk of 370666...
    Sounds like the Rail Riders and Great Rail clubs were good value for money! If I could pay a £2.00 annual membership fee for £5.00 of RTVs per year, I'd still be a member if the club existed today! :shock::D

    Mind ye though, I couldn't see AToC ever bringing those clubs back to life. It seems to me that almost any initiative geared towards enthusiasts (Of any age) is automatically vetoed by them. :(
     
  9. route:oxford

    route:oxford Established Member

    Messages:
    4,640
    Joined:
    1 Nov 2008
    Rail Riders was great. I've still got a stack of the magazines in a box somewhere - along with at least one of the "free" gifts.

    I remember getting a bit bored of the "sticker stations", I recall going to visit some whilst on holiday in the UK as a kid and finding they'd closed down or more often the staff at the venue ticket office didn't have a clue about rail-riders or the sticker scheme.

    The vouchers were the best part about it.
     
  10. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    38,906
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Slight problem: it was only for kids, so you couldn't be a member today;)
     
  11. 4SRKT

    4SRKT Established Member

    Messages:
    4,406
    Joined:
    9 Jan 2009
    I remember the Rail Riders World model railway next to Tearoom Square at York station.

    As a priv holder I don't think there was any benefit to joinng Rail Riders for me, but loads of other young enthusiasts did.
     
  12. Death

    Death Established Member

    Messages:
    1,639
    Joined:
    23 Oct 2006
    Location:
    Sat at the control desk of 370666...
    Officially no...But what's to stop me having a membership in my sons name, who happens to have been named after his father? ;)

    I admit that my beard is almost as long as the WCML, but even that can be hidden on the membership card using Photoshop! :lol::razz:

    I was also a Priv holder in my younger years, but I would've still gone for the vouchers. :)

    Indeed; With a quarter-fare Priv, ye'd effectively be getting £20 of travel for that two-pound membership fee...Four times better value than that offered to public members! :D
     
  13. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    9,504
    Joined:
    15 Feb 2006
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Bizarrely despite spending most of my youth on York station I never went to Rail Riders World. I did go to a Rail Riders event at the York Railway Institute though. They got a chap who had won Mastermind on a railway subject to attend and we were able to fire questions at him. Suffice to say, he didn't know the answer to mine!

    One of my friends from school, his Mum actually worked for Rail Riders - everything for it was done by a company called 'Trainlines for Britain' which was based in Wetherby. Before anyone asks tho, his Mum was not one of the young female staff who featured in the magazine!


     
  14. 4SRKT

    4SRKT Established Member

    Messages:
    4,406
    Joined:
    9 Jan 2009
    Were you allowed to use them to buy privelege tickets? I thought you couldn't.
     
  15. Death

    Death Established Member

    Messages:
    1,639
    Joined:
    23 Oct 2006
    Location:
    Sat at the control desk of 370666...
    Having never been a member of Rail Riders, I can't say for sure...But zooming in those images on the RR web page above (Right-click, "View image" in Firefox) I can't see anything to suggest that Priv holders are barred from using 'em! :)
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page