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What is the Association of Railway Enthusiasts?
We are a group formed in 1961 to cater for all those who are interested in railways and tram ways. There are almost 1200 members predominantly in Victoria, with others coming from all states of Australia as well as several other countries around the world.

Our aim is to foster an awareness of the part played by our rail transport in everyday life as well as to facilitate the interchange of information between people interested in the operation and development of our railways and tram ways.

Monthly Social Meetings: Each month, generally on the third Thursday at the Commonwealth Bank Theaterette, Corner Bourke & Elizabeth St's Melbourne, we hold an informal meeting at which members and friends exchange railway news and information. These meetings also often feature talks by guest speakers as well as slide, video or movie shows including presentations by members.

In addition, we also feature a colour slide competition, which gives members a chance to win a gift voucher for the best slide, as well as a regular archive slide segment featuring Australian railway scenes of around 30 years ago.

Excursions: Special trains are run several times a year to places of interest. Generally they operate in Victoria, but also occasionally travel over interstate lines. Often, they feature travel over lines which do not see regular passenger services, and several times on each trip, participants are given the opportunity to alight at specially selected locations to photograph the train at speed.

To cater for the tourist, coach trips are sometimes operated in conjunction with these excursions. There are also special tram tours operated irregularly utilising historic rolling stock.

We also operate combined bus/walking tours several times each year over long abandoned railway lines. These give participants the opportunity to examine parts of history associated with the development of Victoria, as well as enjoy the company of other enthusiasts in what is usually country travel.

Overseas Tours: The Association is a licensed travel agent, which regularly operates tours to overseas destinations tailored to meet the needs of both the railfan as well as tourists. This gives participants the opportunity to pursue their hobby whilst seeing countries of the world.

Nearly 90 tours have been operated since the Association formed this branch of its activities some 30 years ago, and has an enviable reputation for the quality of its tours.

Australian Railway Enthusiast: Four times each year, we print a high quality magazine to members on various topics of railway and tramway interest. These are mailed directly to members, giving them the opportunity to examine interesting developments involved in the operation of railways and tram-ways around Australia.

Australian Railway Enthusiast Productions: The Association produces high quality video tapes on topics of both railway and tramway interests, often featuring rare archival footage of early life and transport in Australia. These are also available by mail order, giving members outside Melbourne the opportunity to enjoy a further facet of their hobby in the comfort of their lounge.

The Railfan Shop: The Association operates a retail shop called "The Railfan Shop", which is located at 40 Market Street (Corner Flinders Lane) Melbourne 3000. Telephone/Fax (03) 9621 2238. As well as our own productions, a large range of railway memorabilia, models, magazines, books and other items are sold. In addition, we also stock some books on ships and aircraft. Members of the Association attract a 10% discount on books purchased from the shop, which offers a mail order service to all members.

Enquiries: Should be addressed to: The Secretary, Association of Railway Enthusiasts Limited, GPO Box 4810, Melbourne 3001. There is a printable membership application form.

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