uk.railway Newsgroup

uk.railway is a usenet newsgroup where discussion about UK Railways takes place. Its like a notice board type thing; You post a message, say 'Where is 37 421 Currently located', and someone replies with the answer! Its a freindly way to speak to other Rail enthusiasts, and professional Railwaymen.

You can now access uk.railway direct from this site, although by far the easiest and cheapest way to do this is by using a newsreader, where you can read the messages off-line. Popular newsreaders inlcude Outlook Express (Which comes with IE4 and 5), Netscape News (Which comes with Netscape Navigator) and Forte Free Angent, available from
To see if you have a newsreader, click here. If the program launces and loads uk.railway, bingo! You don't need the web based version of group. But you still have to read the charter though!

Now, before you start posting messages to uk.railway, I suggest you read the charter, and perhaps 'lurk' (Lurking is when you just read the newsgroup, and not post anything) for a couple of days untill you see how it is done. There is nothing worse for us regulars then a new user who just barges in, breaks the charter and generally annoys everyone. You may also want to read the FAQ before posting, to see if the answer to your question is there. A copy of the charter is below, and I suggest you read it:

"This is primarily an UK group but news and views from foreign parts are welcome if they help us to understand the UK scene better; or where they concern UK products / companies abroad. Otherwise there are more appropriate in other railway newsgroups (such as misc.transport.rail.europe).

This is primarily a 12 inch to the foot scale group but questions from modellers are welcome if they are about such things as liveries, working practices, dates of use, historical authenticity etc, otherwise they should post to uk.rec.models.rail.

Our definition of "railway" is any system that uses of rail or track to support and guide vehicles. This includes tramways, narrow gauge, monorail and MAGLEV systems.

Postings of a commercial nature are generally not welcome unless they are short and relevant to UK railways - a couple of lines pointing to a website is generally preferred. All commercial adverts should be prefixed with 'COMMERCIAL:'. Off-topic or repetitive commercial advertising are not permitted.

Anyone posting adverts contrary to this charter may be reported to their postmaster or ISP.

Postings should be in English or a close approximation thereto.

With the exception of PGP signatures, encoded binaries (eg pictures, word processor files, .zip files or other data files), html, or similar non-plaintext postings are not permitted on this group, however references to relevant downloadable resources and Web URLs are welcomed. Pictures should be posted in the appropriate binary newsgroup.

Otherwise anything and everything is welcome, serious or frivolous, current or historical, steam or diesel, pro or anti privatisation; and from anybody and everybody: academics, bashers, consultants, drivers, engineers, franchisees, genealogists, historians, inspectors, Jaffa Cakes, kettles, lemmings, managers, normals, officers in local government, publishers, Quail cartographers, the Regulator, stewards, tourists, uniform freaks, volunteer workers, war correspondents, XC travellers, yardmasters and zealots"

I do hope you have read this charter properly, because people in contrevention of this may be reported to their ISP.

Now you've read that, click here and we will get started

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