About the LRRSA
The Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 1961. Its purpose is to encourage interest into specialised railways, both past and present, and the industries they have served. These railways have been associated with a large range of industries, including sugar production, timber milling, construction, mining, electricity generation, tourism, water supply, gas production and explosives manufacture.
Meetings and tours are organised by groups in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Some details of the foundation of the Society in 1961 can be found here.
Benefits of Membership
- Light Railways magazine mailed to you six times a year
- Substantial discounts (usually 25%) on LRRSA publications
- Discounts (usually 10%) on other publications
- Participation in meetings and tours
The LRRSA will appeal to anyone interested in:
- industrial archaeology
- unusual locomotives
- the social history of industrial areas
- the challenge of locating and recording sites of abandoned operations (an activity sometimes akin to jungle warfare training).
- research into industries or communities associated with light railways
- mapping or photography of railway and industrial sites and relics
- railways, towns, and industries in remote and rugged locations
LRRSA activities include:
- production of a bi-monthly magazine, Light Railways, mainly featuring the results of members' research. It includes photographs and maps and subscription is included with membership.
- tours to places where specialised railways operate or operated
- publishing books on areas or industries associated with light railways.
- regular meetings of members in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
- a sales branch with a range of books on specialised railways
- Email discussion group
- Light Railways of Australia Facebook group
- assistance with research into specialised railways and their associated industries and communities
Membership is open to any interested person and includes subscription to the Society's magazine Light Railways, discounts on Society publications and access to meetings of people with similar interests and assistance with research.
As at 2019, membership rates per-year are $48.00 within Australia for a posted magazine, or $27.50 for a PDF download; $A65.00 air-mail for New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South-east Asia, and Japan; and $A77.00 air-mail for the rest of the world. The overseas PDF is rate is A$25.00. Surface mail is not available for overseas membership.
Details of forthcoming meetings
First Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December
At 7:30pm, 1 Kindergarten Avenue, Hawthorndene
Second Friday of February, first Friday of April, second Friday of June,
August, October and December at 7.30 pm.
Coopers Plains Library, 107 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains
Contact the Convenor, Bob Gough, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December
At 8:00pm, Ashburton Uniting Church hall, Ashburn Grove, Ashburton
Fourth Wednesday of February, April, June, August, and October.
There is no December meeting as it falls in the Christmas period. Instead there is an outing earlier in the month.
At 7:30pm, Woodstock Community Centre, Church Street, Burwood
General and membership inquires:
PO Box 21, SURREY HILLS Vic 3127
New South Wales Division:
11 Mead Drive, CHIPPING NORTON NSW 2170.
South Australian Group:
9 Craiglee Drive, COROMANDEL VALLEY SA 5051
South-east Queensland Group:
365 Fairfield Road, YERONGA QLD 4104
11 Ruthwell Street, MONTROSE Tas QLD 7010
Sales and publications enquiries
P O Box 21 SURREY HILLS Vic 3127
The President's and Treasurer's Annual Reports for the LRRSA are available for downloading as .pdf files. Click