Western Association

The Western Association was founded in 1948 by retired railway staff living within the territory of the former Great Western Railway to look after the interests of their colleagues.

Membership is open to all, irrespective of grade, who retire from any part of the rail industry, whether pre- or post-privatisation.

Membership of the Western Association is at present approximately 2,500.  By joining this Association, you become a member of the British Transport Pensioners’ Federation, which, with this Association’s support, continues to achieve many improvements to Travel Facilities and pensions.

Welfare Work in the Western Association

In addition to supporting the general aims of the Federation, the Western Association also has a region-wide network of volunteers, who provide advice and assistance on welfare matters (previously provided by the British Railways Board) – through these volunteers, the attention of those who control welfare resources can be drawn to cases of need.

Joining The Western Association

By becoming a member of the Western Association you will be able to continue links with former colleagues.

Details of events for all Western Association members are sent out twice a year. Local groups also organise their own activities and meetings.


Subscriptions for the Western Association are currently:

Annual – £2
Life – £25 (age 60 and over)
Life – £30 (age 50-59)
Life – £35 (age under 50)
Note that most local groups raise their own funds by annual or life subscriptions.

Local Groups

There are also several local groups, which send delegates to the Association and organise their own local meetings and activities.

Registering new Staff Travel Cards to Privilege Oyster Cards
You will need both your Registered Oyster Card and Staff Travel Card (box card) with you, and get help from LUL ticket barrier staff.

A question was raised at the recent Western Association A.G.M. about how to register each year’s staff travel card to one’s Oyster card, since the closure of London Underground ticket offices. It was suggested that we can do this ourselves using a ticket machine.
A trial run after the A.G.M., with the help of the underground staff, showed that the staff must use their own card to access the machine’s registration process with a PIN. None of the staff approached knew of a way for Oyster Card holders to do the registration themselves.
The staff were easily found, forthcoming and helpful – this at Paddington, lawn end.

Annual Luncheon

WESTERN ASSOCIATION will be holding their Annual Luncheon and Social at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff commencing at 12.00 for bar and 13.00 for lunch on Wednesday, 7th October 2015. All members, partners and friends are invited and the cost will be £23 per head.
The hotel is approximately 15 minutes level walk from Central Station and well served by ‘buses.
Will you please contact Ray Diver on 01564 778183 for further details or to make a booking.