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.


BTPF Chairman’s comments

The Met Office has told us that we are now in their version of Spring even though the “official” date for the start of Spring is 20th March – the Spring equinox. We have been through some very strong winds recently so let’s hope that the weather settles down a bit and we can enjoy some warmth.

Change is happening all around us. The House of Lords did not like the Brexit Bill and want changes – this will ultimately change our relationship with Europe. There is a change on Road Fund Licences with a new way of calculation this tax from the 1st April. The level of change is increasing all the time and it is happening with the BTPF as well. In a few days time at our AGM (on the 16th March – a revised date) there is a change to the people who act as our Officers. We need to appoint a new Secretary as our current Secretary has told me that he wishes to stand down this year. This is after several years of exemplary work keeping the Federation on the right track and we wish him well for the future. He will be a hard act to follow.

We are continuing to keep our eyes on Travel and Pensions – benefits that we all enjoy.

On the website you will find details from the Branches and we are setting all members a new competition – a Photo Quiz, with a £20 Gift Voucher as the prize. The theme is Railway Stations – both new and old – all you have to do is let us know the name of the stations where the photographs are taken. Let us have your answers by Friday 30th April – see the item for full details. It is free to enter.

Do keep going along to your Branch meetings and give them your support – it is greatly appreciated.

Les McDowell.

FORK CLUB Outing 10th May 2017

The Fork Club will be visiting the Bluebell Railway on Wednesday 10th May 2017 and extends a cordial invitation to all BTPF branches and members to join them.
Please follow the link to the Fork Club page, then book with Colin Mills by either email c.mills948@btinternet.com or by ‘phone on 01233 627072”.



Autumn Statement Briefing November 2016


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.

Latest News


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.

Les McDowell

Hello. My name is Les McDowell and I have been privileged to be the Chairman of the British Transport Pensioners Federation for the last two years.

Hello. My name is Les McDowell and I have been privileged to be the Chairman of the British Transport Pensioners Federation for the last two years.

David Hughes

David Hughes

Hello, my name is David Hughes and I was nominated for the position of National Secretary at the AGM in 2017. I look forward to serving the BTPF family to the best of my ability.

John Harrison

John Harrison

My name is John Harrison, and I was delighted to be elected National Vice Chairman of the BTPF in March 2012.

Mike Speagell

Mike Speagell

As the Membership Secretary I deal with all enquiries made to the BTPF via their website and applications for membership that may come by post.

Top table at 4-monthly meeting 12th July 2016The top team looking thoughtful, as viewed from the floor at a National Four Monthly meeting.
Left to right: Roy Sheridan, Secretary; Les McDowell, Chairman; John Harrison, Vice Chairman;
Chris Jago, Treasurer; and Mike Speagell, Membership Secretary.

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