Annual Subscription for 2023/4

UK £25 –  Family £27 –  Student (under 19 years of age) £23.50 –  International an extra £4.00 on all rates to cover additional postage

Join On Line
The Southern Electric Group (SEG) is recognised as the leading organisation for devotees of the Southern Electric system and since it was founded in 1970 it has been an authoritative source of information on the “Southern Electric” which expanded so rapidly in the south-east between 1925 and 1939. It continued to expand, albeit at a rather slower pace, after 1947 when it became a part of British Rail. Since privatisation we have continued to report the changes to rolling stock and also operating companies.

You can pay using any Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card or PayPal. Clicking the link below will take you to the Society’s member portal where you can complete your application.

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Join by Post
You can join by post by simply downloading the application form below. Send it with your cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to ‘The Southern Electric Group’ to the Membership Officer at the address below (the address is also on the application form).

Postal Application Form

Membership Benefits
  • Live Rail

    The Group publishes a journal  Live Rail, 4 times a year for members, which provides rolling stock changes, reports on details of the ongoing scene and looks seriously at various aspects of the operations; past, present and future. It contains many articles and features, and aims to be an interesting and comprehensive publication.

    If you would like to receive a free sample copy of Live Rail then please  send an email (quoting your name and address) to our Sales Manager who will post a copy to you. Please note the Group does not retain any of your details.


    The Group is well known for preservation of the only complete “4COR” electric multiple unit, number 3142. Built for the 1938 Mid-Sussex line electrification to Portsmouth and Bognor Regis, the unit is under restoration to operational condition and is currently housed on the East Kent Railway and elsewhere in Kent. Volunteers are always welcomed by the preservation team ‘as also are donations towards the high cost of the work involved!

    Local branches
  • The Group has two Branches which meet monthly, offering illustrated talks, slide shows as well as other attractions. The Sussex Branch meets at Southwick, between Brighton and Worthing and the South Hampshire Branch meets at Eastleigh.

    To assist modellers, a good number of whom figure amongst the membership, there is a Modelling Secretary who is often available to provide assistance.

  • The Group regularly attends railway events throughout the Southern Electric area often with a Southern Electric Group Sales stand. We also arrange visits to various sites in the Southern Electric area.

Membership Enquiries
For all enquiries relating to your membership
please contact the Membership Manager –

or write to Peter Watson, 12, Heatherdale Close, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7SU

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and you meet the criteria, we would urge you to make your subscription subject to Gift Aid. Before doing so please read the following HMRC notice.

You must confirm you have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax/Capital Gains tax in each tax year that is at least equal to the tax that Charities & CASCs I donate to will reclaim on my gifts. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify and that The Southern Electric Group will reclaim 25p on every £I that I donate. You can cancel your declaration at any time by notifying the Society. If you are unsure if you qualify ask your local tax office for leaflet IR113 Gift Aid. The Society will not be given any information about your financial affairs.

By ticking the box on the payment page you will be confirming that you have read and are agreeing to the legal declaration as required by HM Revenue & Customs.

What is the Gift Aid Scheme?
The Group is a Registered Charity under UK law, which allows it to reclaim the tax you have already paid on your subscription and any other donation under the Gift Aid Scheme.

You can help the Group increase its funds by agreeing to the Gift Aid Declaration on the application form.

Do not agree if you do not pay UK tax.

In order for the Group to reclaim the tax you have paid on your subscription or donation you must have paid income or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that will be claimed (currently 25p for each £1.00 you give).

If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further relief through your Self Assessment Tax Return.

You can cancel your declaration at any time by notifying the Group.

If you change your address you should notify the Group.

If you are unsure if you qualify for Gift Aid Tax Relief ask your local tax office for Leaflet IR113 Gift Aid.

The Group will not be given any information about your financial affairs.

If your financial circumstances change and you no longer pay tax please contact the Membership Officer so that we can update our records.