The Society was formed in 1973 in order to promote a widespread interest in the Great Eastern Railway, to encourage and co-ordinate research into its history, and to provide a permanent record of the results. This is being achieved by building upon the knowledge of the known GER experts, and by locating and studying all surviving records of the railway. In so doing, the Society has established a high reputation amongst railway enthusiasts, historians, museums and professional railwaymen for the quality and accuracy of its publications, its expertise and activities. However, you don't have to be an expert to join the GERS - details of the benefits of joining the Society can be found under 'Membership' (left).
The Society is a registered charity and is administered by a yearly-elected Executive Committee, supported by a Historical & Research sub-committee. A system of Co-ordinators, drawn from the membership, assists with queries regarding the various areas of research. The range and functions of the Co-ordinators are described in more detail later. Our continuing task is to establish the whereabouts of all the available information relating to the GER, as well as that of its predecessors & successors and especially former employees' recollections, as time is against us. From this base detailed research is undertaken and the results disseminated through various mediums such as the Great Eastern Journal; other Society publications; articles in the railway, historical and modelling press; exhibitions; museum displays and public records.