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 A quarterly newsletter Outboard‘, is mailed to all members – this gives details of all activities, including minutes of meetings and forthcoming social events, and is particularly appreciated by members who cannot attend meetings.

(Affiliated to the British Transport Pensioners’ Federation)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]TRAVEL FACILITIES

Enhanced Leisure Benefit

The discount available for rail staff, known as the ‘Priv’ rate, has been set at 75% of the full price fare ever since the Rail Staff Travel Scheme was set up. Using the current fare names, this means the ‘Anytime’ fare is used to calculate the ‘Priv’ rate.

On and from 7th September 2014 (date of sale), a twelve months’ trial is to commence and the fare on which a ‘Priv’ rate is to be calculated is being expanded to include day and period walk-up off-peak fares (including super off-peak fares). The time restrictions applying to these tickets will also apply to the ‘Priv’ discounted ticket. ‘Priv’ fares continue to be available at ticket offices and on train (if the ticket office is not open at the departure station).

The following are not covered by this new arrangement:-

  • Advance Purchase fares
  • Season Tickets
  • Any fares that include a London Travelcard
  • Non-safeguarded (i.e. TOC) staff only – any fares that include London Underground zone fares, unless making a through London journey.

This new ‘Priv’ rate is available for leisure travel by:-

  • Safeguarded staff using their Staff Travel Card (no need to date a box)
  • Non-safeguarded staff using the TOC Privilege Card
  • FIP card holders visiting the UK will also now be eligible for discounts on the additional fare types at their prevailing discount rate – typically 50%.

This twelve months’ trial is being jointly supported by all of the Train Operating Companies who want to provide access to increased UK discounted rail travel benefits for their employees as well as those safeguarded employees in other rail companies. The success of the trial will be evaluated in September 2015.


European Travel – Rail Staff Travel in Europe (FIP)

There have been some amendments to arrangements. FIP discounted travel bookings are handled for RSTL by Deutsche Bahn UK, PO Box 687A, Surbiton KT6 6UB. You can contact DB-UK by telephone on 08444 997171 if you are planning a simple journey using your FIP travel facilities. For example, to make a Eurostar reservation from London St. Pancras to Paris at the special FIP reduced rate fare, call that number, quote your FIP card number (bottom right hand corner of the card) and they’ll do the rest. For multiple station journeys e.g. travelling from London St. Pancras to Italy via France and Switzerland, you need to complete an IPTIS booking form (Form 1413) which can be found online at You can send your IPTIS booking form to DB-UK by email, fax or post – full details on the form itself. Please note DB-UK will charge a non refundable deposit for all tickets and reservations on hold. The fee will be 10%, or a minimum of £1.00, whichever is higher. DB-UK will hold tickets for a maximum of seven days. Once the order is confirmed, the deposit will be applied to the invoice. The deposit for any provisional booking which is not confirmed within the seven day period will not be refunded.


Change to the use of FIP facilities in Portugal for UK Rail Staff

With effect from 1st January 2015 (travel date), Portuguese Railways (CP) are reducing the level of exchange that they can offer to all fellow FIP carriers. Henceforth they allow the following:-

  • One free ticket (coupon) per calendar year for active staff only.
  • One free ticket during the forty five months following retirement for retired staff who were entitled to free travel when active.
  • Tickets at 50% discount only (e. no coupons) for all other categories of staff and their entitled family members.

In practice, this change means that retired safeguarded staff and all family members of both active and retired staff will no longer be able to benefit from one coupon a year in Portugal. However, retiring safeguarded staff still have nine months from the date of leaving in which to apply for one CP free coupon, provided that one has not already been issued during the final year of active entitlement. When applying for coupons for Portugal, please bear in mind that the last date for return travel is 31st December 2014.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]FOUR GENERATIONS OF RAILWAYMEN

Thanks to member Mrs. E. Ridge for the following:

My mother-in-law, Dorothy Ridge, went to her parents for the birth of her first baby. On 1st November 1928 the midwife asked grandfather to be, Charlie Barrett, to pump extra water from the garden well before going on duty in the signal box at Clifton Without, York. Mother-in-law said she thought the trains were coming through the window, but baby was safely delivered and at just one hour old was taken into the signal box so that Charlie could hold his new grandson.

Also living in the Crossing Cottage were Charlie and Annie’s two sons. Stan worked in the Engine Depot at York Station and Charles Vickers, who would later retire from Norwich as Area Superintendent. Both Charlie Barrett and his father-in-law had been on the trains taking men and equipment on the ships to France during World War 1.

The baby was baptised, in York, Charles Walter after both grandfathers as was the custom, but the family always called him Peter. School in York followed, Technical College and then National Service with the Royal Engineers in Nairobi, Kenya. It was here that he was taught quantity surveying. Home again he was articled and after passing his exams he too joined the Railway.

With Transmark he worked in many interesting places but his favourite was Hong Kong. There was a Chinese workforce, Australian contractors and BR Transmark to check that no corners were cut. He said it was a real honour to work alongside these experts.

He was to retire from Paddington as BR’s Principal Quantity Surveyor – the last of four generations of a Railway family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” image=”474″ img_size=”300×200″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]KINGSWEAR STATION DOG

Thanks to Stan Bower for the following:

 Since I retired in 1986, my wife and I have made regular trips around the country making good use of our travel facilities. Amongst our most enjoyable outings are visits to some of the old preserved steam railways. A particular favourite is the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which runs from Paignton to Kingswear, where there is a connecting ferry to Dartmouth. It is a most pleasurable journey on the train with many fine views of the coast and River Dart on the way, but it is at Kingswear that I was intrigued by the notice on a poster about Jim the collie dog who was found abandoned at the station in 1902. He was taken onto the staff and went around the station with a box attached to his collar and collected contributions from passengers for the GWR Widows and Orphans Fund, until he was killed by a motor car in 1909. He was buried in the station area and it took me many visits until I finally located his gravestone.

I remember that we had a similar dog at Euston Station when I first went there in the 1950s and I often wonder what happened to him.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”473″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”300×200″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]MYSTERY PICTURE

Any ideas about the link between the objects in the above picture and one of the outings members went on this year? No prizes for the correct answer I’m afraid – all is revealed in this newsletter.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]DONATIONS

The receipt of donations towards the printing and distribution costs of ‘Outboard’ is gratefully acknowledged from Mrs. E. Ridge.

Donations (cheques payable to BRB HQ RSA) should be sent to the Treasurer Mr. K.J. Watson, 16 Castle Hill, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1HE (Phone: 01442 878242, Email:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]BIRTHDAY CORNER

If any members would like their birthdays mentioned in this spot please let the Membership Secretary know (see ‘Membership Matters’).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]DECEASED MEMBERS

We regret to advise the deaths of the following members:

Mr. K.H. Adams of Wisbech

Mrs. K. Barron of Skegness

Mr. J.E. Bascombe of Haywards Heath

Mr. E.W. Ford of Watford

Mr. C.H. Jones of Northampton

Mr. R.H. Shaw of Pinner

Mrs. M.P. Steer of Haddenham

Mr. B. Tellwright of Barnham


Please spare a thought in memory of our friends and colleagues who are no longer with us.


In the sad event of a member’s demise it would be of assistance if the next of kin, a family member or colleague advised the Membership Secretary (see ‘Membership Matters’). It is mistakenly thought by some members that if the Pensions Office at Darlington is notified we will be automatically advised but this is not the case. Widows or widowers of deceased members are very welcome to join the Association for a small fee. They will then receive ‘Outboard’ and can attend meetings and join in the Social Activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]‘LOST’ MEMBERS

Copies of ‘Outboard’ addressed to Mr. T. Marsh of Norwich, Mr G.M. Merrick of Bedford and Mrs. J. North of Chichester have been returned by the Post Office marked ‘Gone Away’. If anyone knows of their whereabouts would they please contact the Membership Secretary (see ‘Membership Matters’).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Change of address, membership correspondence and subscriptions (cheques payable to BRB HQ RSA) should be sent to the Membership Secretary Mrs. P.M. Watts, 14 Liphook Crescent, Forest Hill, London SE23 3BW. Polly can also be contacted by phone on 020 8699 2695 or by Email to

As a check that our membership address file is up to date it would be appreciated if members would kindly check that all the details on the label of the envelope for this issue of ‘Outboard’ are correct.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]SECRETARIAL MATTERS

General and Meetings correspondence should be sent to the Honorary Secretary Mr. L.S. Windwood, 2 North Heath Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 5AH (phone: 01403 268325).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]FINANCIAL MATTERS

Our Treasurer is Mr. K.J. Watson, 16 Castle Hill, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1HE (Phone: 01442 878242, Please note that all cheques should be made payable to BRB HQ RSA.

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Our Welfare Officer is Mrs. I. Lemon, 49 Rugby Road, Kingsbury, London NW9 9LA. Iris can be contacted by phone on 020 8204 3197 or by Email to[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]OUTBOARD BY EMAIL

In order to reduce the postage cost in sending out ‘Outboard’ we would like to encourage more members to receive the newsletter by Email. It will be sent in A4 format, usually comprising 12 pages but sometimes 8 or 16 pages. Email addresses will only be used to send ‘Outboard’ and will not be disclosed or sold to anyone else.

Will any member interested in receiving ‘Outboard’ by Email please contact our Membership Secretary (see ‘Membership Matters’).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]BTPF WEBSITE

Please note the new address of the BTPF website is[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”472″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”300×200″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The objects in the Mystery Picture section were used to create sound effects for the short play members performed on their visit to the BBC in July (see front page).  Also whilst they were at the ‘Beeb’ one of our members (John Taylor) ‘read’ the weather forecast.  No reports as to whether it was any more accurate than Peter Gibbs et al!!