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Railwatch 070 - December 1996

Sales Stand

Happy Christmas

Colour Christmas cards specially commissioned for RDS are available again this year. The text inside the card is Season's Greetings and an RDS campaign message.

The three designs by Diana Powell of Bristol are Communities Need Stations, Take the Train for a Whiter Christmas, and the Privatised Train Set.

The price (post free) for six cards (two of three different designs) with envelopes is £2.45. Please send your order, with cheques made payable to RDS, to Martin Ball, 89 North Wallington, Fareham, Hants PO16 8TJ.

A signal offer

The new Modern Signalling Handbook from Ian Allan is a full revision of the BR Signalling handbook published four years ago, bringing it up to the present era of Railtrack and the Channel Tunnel. Author Stanley Hall, formerly BRB's signalling and safety officer, explains the mysteries of the railway signalling system. The book contains a wealth of information with diagrams and photographs and includes a glossary of terms. Readers of Railwatch can take advantage of a special offer price of only £6.99 including post and packing (normal price £7.99 plus £2.50 post and packing). To order, send a cheque payable to Ian Allan Ltd to Ian Allan, Offers department (RW), Coombelands House, Coombelands Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 1HY. Credit card holders should give their card number and expiry date.

Off the rails

A new RDS report just published dealing with the follies of fragmentation. £2 including post and packing. Order from Martin Ball, RDS Sales, 89 North Wallington, Fareham, Hants PO16 8TJ. Make cheques payable to RDS.

The Great British Railway Disaster

An entertaining, if sad, story. Christian Wolmar's book, based on his series in the Independent on Sunday. Available from RDS Sales at £6.50 including postage. Send your order to Martin Ball, 89 North Wallington, Fareham, Hants PO16 8TJ. Cheques payable to RDS.

Spread the word

Car window sticker, coloured, on PVC: 85p. Pack of 100 envelope re-use labels "For cleaner air, go by train": £2. RDS necktie. Maroon or royal blue with gold lettering: £6.50. RDS enamel badge. Blue Eurostar loco with silver lettering: £2.40. Add 50p postage. Order from Martin Ball, RDS Sales, 89 North Wallington, Fareham, Hants PO16 8TJ. Make cheques payable to RDS.

Beat the deadline

RDS subscriptions go up on I January to £15. But if we receive your subs before 31 December, you can enjoy a reduced rate of £14 even if your subscription is not due immediately. Send cheques, payable to RDS, now to Elisabeth Jordan, 13 Arnhill Road, Gretton, Corby, Northants NN17 3DN. This offer applies only to standard rate members.

Our big chance

Branches and rail user groups could raise their profile by staging events on Local Transport Day - 1 March. RDS is one of 11 environmental and transport groups committed to making it a day to remember.

Continental travel

Don't forget you can order British and foreign rail tickets from Peter Cannon at Deltaplan. Tel 01728 603199 (day) or 01728 830726. Fax 01728 604090.

Note: contact details (postal and email addresses, along with telephone numbers) in old editions of Railwatch out of date. Click CONTACT US for latest contact details.


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