21 January 2017: Termcard now updated


The Cambridge University Railway Club was founded in 1911, and as such, is the third oldest railway club in the world. Today its members' interests cover the whole of the railway scene, both in Britain and throughout the world. The club is primarily run by students and staff of Cambridge University, but one does not have to be from the University to join the club. The CURC tries to arrange an event in Cambridge every week during Full Term. On most occasions this involves an invited speaker giving an illustrated talk on a specific subject, and this is almost always a professional from the rail industry or preservation.

Our activities

  • Speaker meetings: weekly in Full Term. Recent speakers have come from High Speed Two (HS2), Direct Rail Services, Japan Railways East, GB Railfreight, Virgin Trains East Coast and Project Miller.
  • Visits: to depots, signal boxes, industrial sites and other places of railway interest. Recent visits have included Plasser UK, RVEL, Network Rail's New Measurement Train, and several mainline depots and signal boxes.
  • Annual Dinner, including a speech from a notable figure in the railway industry or preservation. The 2016 Dinner will be addressed by Jeremy Hosking, owner of several steam locomotives.
  • Annual Photographic Competition, often judged by the editor of a leading railway publication.
  • Termly journal Eagle, which includes news from the club and offers the opportunity for members to see their articles and photos in print.

The termcard has a summary of the current term's events. Further details are available at the Club's CUSU events and Talks@Cam pages; these are also more likely to be updated promptly if event details change.

Getting in Touch

For more information (without commitment) please contact the Secretary, or come to a meeting (non-members welcome unless stated otherwise). Non-members may attend up to three meetings at no cost; for the fourth and subsequent meetings attended, there is a non-member charge of £2 per meeting, to help cover our costs.


Student membership is £8 for one year, or £20 for life. Non-students may join as town members for £16 per year. Members of Cambridge University may join the Club via the CUSU website; alternatively, you can pay for membership at any meeting, or by transfer to the Club's bank account (details on request).

More Information

This website was designed by David Gould, and is currently maintained by Mark Waller.