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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 page.

A future Locomotive Naming for the BTPF



Due to the Coronavirus National Emergency, it will come as no surprise to you that the above event at the National Railway Museum, York, scheduled for Tuesday 9th June 2020, will have to be rearranged.  The Rail Operations Group, The National Railway Museum and ourselves are all keen for the naming to still take place.  The question of course is WHEN?  The answer is as soon as possible, when it is safe to do so.  Later this year is our preferred option, but we will continue as I am sure you are, to strictly monitor government advice.  If it has to go into 2021, it will be as early as is practicable, but we would prefer to avoid the winter months if possible.

This has come as a great disappointment for all of us and added to it, is the cancellation of our anniversary service which we hold each year on 22nd May.  This takes place at our Railway Industry Memorial situated at the National Memorial Arboretum, at Alrewas in Staffordshire.

Whilst writing, I have to advise that I have also had no other option but to cancel our next 4 monthly meeting at St Pancras Church Hall in London, scheduled for Thursday 9th July 2020.  I hope that our next 4 monthly meeting will take place as planned on Thursday 8th October 2020.  Our next National Meeting scheduled for Thursday 7th May 2020, I have also cancelled.  

Could you please advise me of any branch meetings or events that you have to amend or cancel, so that your branch website page can be duly corrected and therefore kept up to date.  I will produce further updates for you, as and when things become clearer.  These will be posted here on the website and sent to our email contacts at the branches, our National Officers, President and Vice Presidents.

In the meantime, my wish for all of you is to Stay Safe.

Kindest Regards


About The BTPF

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

Head to the News Page of the website to get the latest National and local branch news from the BTPF. Go to Industry News for the latest railway-related news.


The RBF is the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting current, retired and former railway employees and their families through tough times. We are proud to say we are there for all railway people.

We are not a membership based charity which means we will help anyone regardless of whether they give to us.
The RBF has a long history of giving financial grants for such things as funeral costs, white goods and household items, debt relief, mobility aids, respite and convalescence costs, home repairs and disability adaptations, rent deposits, car repairs and so on and we still do this but we now also offer: –
Legal Advice through our Law Express App
Debt and budgeting advice through our partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester
Carers’ Support Service via our dedicated support telephone line
Please explore our website www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk for further details or ring our Services Team on 0345 241 2885 Option 1 and we will be happy to assist you or email: support@railwaybenfitfund.org.uk

As the railway industry’s charity we are here to support all and a small monthly gift can make a huge difference to how many of our railway family we can help.

We are almost entirely funded by the generous support of current and retired employees
from those who donate £1.00pw through to a larger annual donation we are so very grateful. If you too can support us in this way then please get in contact.
Ring 0345 241 2885 Option
5 to speak to our Finance Manager or look at our website for more information.
A great way to support us is to visit and purchase from our online shop at www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk

For further information, ring our Fundraising Team on 0345 241 2885 option 4 who will be happy to help.


** Special Offer to BTPF members **

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Why not let someone else do the driving and explore superb scenery, experience excellent food, stay in quality hotels and visit stunning destinations. If that’s appealing to you, well you’re on the right track booking with Railtrail Tours

Members may use the code below (once per member) to receive 10% OFF their first ever booking with Railtrail Tours.  Codes can be used either when booking over the phone or when booking online via the website. 

If the member books multiple tours at the same time the code will be applied to the highest value tour

Book online at www.railtrail.co.uk
Telephone +44(0)1538 382323

Remember, booking online or by phone the code should be quoted as BTPF10 

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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.

Click on the picture to enlarge

Blue Pullman in 1964

Blue Pullman in 1964

Website Updates

Remember – Branches, Groups, etc. OWN THE DATA on the pages
and should keep them up to date to be effective

Because of several difficulties it was agreed at the 4-monthly meeting of delegates on 11th October that website updates should be in the form of a computer file if possible, which will allow the Website Manager and Assistant to directly copy / cut / paste exactly what is submitted, reducing errors and time to get the right results.
It should be noted that the limitations of the website edit system may change lettering styles, etc.
For those who cannot send a file, a typed or printed copy should be sent, for legibility.
The website ‘Contact‘ system is very limited and it changes layouts, etc., so should be avoided unless it’s your only available method.

Submissions should be sent via systems@btpf.org. This ensures that any of the current team can deal with them.