A brief history
In 1890 the idea of reciprocal concessionary travel on other railways was instigated by the Great Eastern Railway at their Works at Stratford, East London. In 1893 a meeting was held with employees of other railways in the London area and from this nationwide travel concessions were agreed and from this REPTA was formed. The travel concessions have expanded throughout the world and now form part of most employees conditions of service.
REPTA is managed by six officers and their trustees. Local Area Councils manage the day-to-day running backed up by local collectors. Membership is available to any personnel connected with the transport industry and their families although not everyone in the transport industry is eligible for rail concessions.
A Message from our General Secretary
Welcome to our 2018 Website
I am pleased to welcome new and existing members to REPTA. For a further year, we have been able to hold our membership fee at a very competitive £4. All those active and retired staff and their families in the transport world can join us and obtain a huge range of benefits and discounts featured on the website or in our Yearbook.
Our popular day and weekend excursions and holidays continue in 2018. We include Warner Leisure Hotels, a cruise along the Thames to Greenwich and the Cutty Sark plus the new Postal Museum with a mailtrain ride under London.
If you have not already done so, do try our insurance broker, The Alan Boswell Group (advertisement on this site) for a REPTA quote and in doing sp help keep REPTA finances in good order.
Finally if you do not have a Love2Shop discount card please apply to our Correspondence Secretary for one – details on this site.
Remember its free and saves you 7% at many high street stors and an option to include a Sainsburys and Tesco loadable card offering a 4% discount.Do use your REPTA benefits!
Peter Davies, REPTA General Secretary
A Message from our Patron
REPTA is a wonderful ‘shop window’ for the many activities that our association is involved in. We are part of a very proud tradition stretching back to 1893 but I hope we aren’t frozen in aspic – we’e survived all sorts of ups and downs, from Nationalisation in 1948 to Privatisation in the 1990s. We are still here! I think there is a real yearning in the transport industry to re-invent a sort of ‘family’ which I remember fondly from my early days with BR. How can we make ourselves relevant to young people coming into the transport industry now? I think there are lots of opportunities, and linking into the ever-growing ‘community rail’ agenda is one possible avenue to explore.
Its good to see REPTA represented at the launch of the new “heart of Wales line Trail’ earlier this year. The long distance walking route mirrors the scenic Heart of Wales line Trail and I urge all members to give it a try. – all or part. Its more than just a leisure activity; its part of the economic revival Mid-Wales, supporting shops, pubs, cafes and guest houses – and the railway.
In October 2017, I was honoured to be given the ‘Lifetime achievement Award’ at the National Community Rail Awards held at Derby. It was a nice treat for my 65th birthday a couple of days later. But I have no intention of sitting back and doing nothing. I hope, along with our members, I can continue to help our association develop and grow.
Enjoy your membership!
Professor Paul Salveson MBE