The Society for everyone interested in Tramways and Light Railways

About Us

The TLRS was formed in 1938 and caters for people interested in trams and tramways in all their forms, and is the leading society in the field of tramway modelling. The Society publishes a magazine Tramfare and has a number of Area Groups who meet regularly.

The Aims of the Society are:

  • To bring together those interested in all aspects of tramways and light railways
  • To encourage tramway modelling and to demonstrate such models
  • To publish a magazine and other literature, and to maintain a library and archives of photos
  • To hold meetings and arrange visits for members

The TLRS has a collection of large-scale and small-scale tram models some of which are historically important items. The TLRS also has an archive of over 170,000 photographs and 1,200 drawings related to trams and tramways, as well as many books and mazazines which are very useful when, say, researching for a new model.

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Latest News and Events

Welcome to the Tramway and Light Railway Society website. Below you can keep up to date with the latest news and events of the Society.

Crich Model Exhibition

The weekend of August the 17th and 18th between 10am and 5pm, Crich Tramway Village will be putting on a Model Tramway and Railway Exhibition.

Solent Sky Tram Event

The TLRS are pleased to support the Southampton Tram Project, at the Solent Sky Tram Event on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June from 10am to 5pm.

Blackpool Model Exhibition

During the weekend of 4th and 5th May 2024, at the Solaris Centre in Blackpool, the Blackpool Model Tramway Exhibition will be taking place.



Tramfare Issue 336
Our front cover shows a suitably winter, snow-decked scene on London’s Tramlink service to Wimbledon in November 2010, taken by Peter Trimming, as tram 2540 approached the Phipps Bridge tram stop.

Elsewhere in this issue:

– The second part about tramways in Valenciennes by Robert Manders, this time concentrating on the rebirth of trams in the town when the second-generation tramway opened.

– John Prentice takes us to the Land of the Rising Sun and shows us some Japanese trams highly decorated for state occasions in the first half of the 20th century.

– There is an interesting ‘Ode to an Illuminated Tram’ to a right royal occasion in 1908 in Leeds.

– There are also short articles on the Blackpool Model Tramway Exhibition in 2023, PCC cars in San Francisco, ‘Flexity Outlook’ trams in Toronto and a return of green trams (well, one at least) in Hong Kong.

– As always, our Model Tramway News feature covers what’s new in the tram modelling world; never to be missed.

– Other regular features include adverts for your tram modelling needs, Society meeting and exhibition diaries, and a nice book review.

– 44 Pages of trams and tramways, large and small.


TLRS Membership allows you to participate in the activities of the Society. Members receive a copy of the magazine Tramfare, which is published 6 times a year. It has articles on general tramway interest from around the world, as well as on aspects of tramway and light railway modelling, and there are regular features such as "Model Tramway News", and reports from the various areas. The TLRS’s Facebook group is also available to members. Members can attend Area meetings in those parts of the country where these have been set up. Area meetings typically consist of illustrated talks on tramway related matters, given by members; discussions on aspects of modelling; and an opportunity for members to show progress in whatever models or projects they are currently working on. Area meetings have been instrumental in forging lifelong friendships.

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