Hello and welcome to the online home of The British Transport Pensioners’ Federation. The BTPF provides a voice for everyone who has retired from our great railway industry and has been doing so since 1948.

There are fifty branches around the U.K. and Ireland, and members of other branches are welcome to go to their meetings, events and visits (booking may be required). Please check the BRANCHES list.

Please also note that all BTPF Branch, Council and National Meetings, Events and Visits, are all covered by our own Public Liability Insurance.

Please visit the NEWS pages for latest BTPF and Branch news. Also see the INDUSTRY NEWS page for the latest British railways news for various media. See below for links to these pages.

See the latest edition of Speaking Out Summer 2018, the newsletter of the National Pensioners’ Convention Minority Elders Working Party.

BTPF Memorial Anniversary service

22nd May 2018

On the 22nd May the BTPF held an anniversary service of the dedication of the Rail Industry Memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.

Just as we had a warm dry and sunny day when the Memorial was dedicated we enjoyed the same weather this year but we did have more seats to relax on. The service was attended by nearly 30 people including Liam Johnston the Executive Director of the Railway Mission who kindly took the photographs.

The moving service was led by Ralph Coleman, a Railway Chaplain, once again and our Chairman, John Harrison read a poem that was first used at the original dedication. Les McDowell, Vice President spoke” To the Fallen” followed by a minutes silence. John Harrison and Les McDowell then placed a wreath of white flowers at the Memorial in memory of all our Railway colleagues over the years.

During the service several members of the public stopped and listened and the National Arboretum Memorial’s road train also stopped until the service was finished.

All photographs courtesy of the Railway Mission.

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These new, ten minute briefings from the NPC aim to give you a quick analysis of the current debates surrounding older people in the UK.

Read the important information HERE

Shine TV

 “Alexandra Rombaut has asked if there is any interest in the following – it is a bit different to our usual items!

I work for Shine TV, the production company that makes MasterChef for BBC1 and The Island with Bear Grylls for C4. We are currently looking for men and women who might like to apply for Channel 4’s Hunted. I thought the opportunity might be of interest to the people in your network or office and wondered whether you might be happy to get some information out there to see if anyone would like to apply.

If you were able to share, perhaps via email or social media, we would really appreciate it!

You can retweet us here:

Apply here: www.huntedapplications.com

The series follows a number of volunteers as they try to go off grid and become a fugitive in the UK. We are looking for men and women of all ages to try and evade capture from a team of expert trackers. We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds and professions who think they have what it takes to disappear in 21st century Britain. They could be going it alone or with friends, family or colleagues.

A prize of £100,000 will be shared equally between the fugitives who successfully evade capture. We will cover reasonable pre-agreed loss of earnings for everyone who participates.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 22nd March and you must be 18+ in order to apply to take part in the series. Thanks for your help and please get in touch if you have any questions.

If you do indeed feel this is of interest and you do apply and get accepted then please keep us informed on how you get on!

Les McDowell


The National Pensioners’ Convention briefing on the Chancellor’s 2018 Spring Statement can be seen HERE.
From the NPC – March 2018
See also the News page.


NPC Draft Housing Policy

 Chairman’s Newsletter

February 2018

The above file is in Word format.


Hello, I am writing on behalf of my father who worked on the Railways for many years and remains passionate about all things Railway!

His is 83 years and his health is declining but we (his family) feel that he could significantly benefit by contact with other retired people who used to work on the Railway.

Do you know anyone who lives in the KIDLINGTON area who could spend half an hour or some time visiting dad to talk about the railway and the “Good old times”? Perhaps you know of a local group that he could join for daytime get-togethers?

I would love to hear from someone who could assist.

Thank you in anticipation

Email: julesmgodard@gmail.com

Telephone Number: 07546412360

Celebration of the life of Rodney Bickerstaffe

Dear Colleague

Last year, our friend Rodney Bickerstaffe – former General Secretary of both UNISON and NUPE – died after a long illness. He was a dedicated champion of all the union members he proudly represented throughout his career, and a friend of all of those who faced injustice at home and around the world. He coupled a great sense of humour and love of laughter with a deep-rooted sense of social justice and commitment to UNISON.

Rodney’s family and everyone at UNISON will be coming together on April 12th to celebrate his life and remarkable achievements – and we want to see everyone who was touched by his work to be there to celebrate with us.

Please secure your place at the memorial by clicking here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rodney-a-celebration-of-his-life-tickets-42043020807

Could colleagues please reserve one ticket per each registration in order for us to compile a comprehensive list of registration/numbers expected to attend on the day.
Rodney was the very best of us, a true giant of our movement and someone we all miss greatly – I hope that you will be able to join UNISON, his family and all his many friends for a celebration of his life in April.

Yours sincerely


Concessionary Travel

Burden on Society or Valuable Asset?

by P G Rayner FCILT  FIRO Assoc. IRSE MCIM

Click HERE to read the paper (Adobe Reader necessary)


About The BTPF

BTPF - Chiltern Railways - Marylebone Station

The BTPF is the only recognised organisation which protects and maintains the well being of Railway People in retirement.

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The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas (near Lichfield) in East Staffordshire is our national site of remembrance.  It was inspired by a visit to the Arlington Cemetery in the USA. 


The picture below shows a 84xx Pannier banking a Blue Pullman up the Lickey Incline in April 1964, Alan Spencer one of our Derby Branch members was the Fireman on the Banker.  Alan started his railway career as an Engine Cleaner at Bromsgrove.  The train shown in the picture was a Swansea FC to Birmingham City FOTEX.
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Blue Pullman in 1964

Blue Pullman in 1964