Dear railway friend,
Mountains, tunnels, bridges and wild rivers. Snow, rain and sun.
Combine this with an unmatched variety of railway companies on
different rail systems. That is Switzerland.
The club; Vereniging Spoorgroep Zwitserland (VSZ) is a club that
pursues this wonderful variety in railway companies, both live and
in model. Our club has approximately 175 members country-wide.
These members are all interested in the trains that run through
this fantastic mountain world. Several just interested in the
bulletin that we bring out 4 times a year and which is full of
interesting facts about the Swiss railways and many aspects of
modeling them. Others play a more active role in the club and
help to build a modular layout in one of our regions, of course
mimicking Switzerland. The regions are a geographic split-up of
our country. Some regions have a place where the model track is
set up permanently and where members come together on a regular
basis. Regions also organize home meetings to discuss other aspects
or watch videos and pictures. Modeling in our club is done in
H0 (OO), H0m and N scale. On these layouts we have models of various
companies like SBB, BLS, RhB, MOB and MGB. A few members also use
IIm (LGB). The VSZ also joins exhibitions and organizes internal
meetings where we set up our models and try to connect different
layouts (sometimes even together with other clubs). Many members
also work at home on special models that they bring to the meetings
to test and teach the know-how. 2 times a year there is a general
club meeting. This is always on a Saturday and includes a lot of
time for chats and showing a local model layout. We also have
members who pay a special interest in photographing the Swiss
railways. They form our Media team. This group also meets several
times a year to view films and pictures and to discuss the best
places to shoot them. The media team is also present at the
various exhibitions to extend the VSZ presentation. Apart from the
exhibitions in the Netherlands we sometimes show ourselves abroad.
The VSZ is a club which combines various interests
in the Swiss railways.