Stafford Railway Circle Clubroom Open Day Sunday 10th December 2017 11am to 4pm
Sixty years ago, in 1957, the Stafford Railway Circle was founded. In those days, the membership consisted mainly of people who were interested in railways and how they ran, and railway modelling was very much a secondary interest. However, as the years went by, railway modelling became the predominant interest of the membership, although not to the exclusion of interest in the real thing.
These days the Circle consists of members who meet a couple of times every week in order to share their common interest in railways. They have built and run several model railway layouts, all of which are built to exhibition standard. Once a year they organise one of the largest model railway exhibitions in the country, which fills three large halls at the Staffordshire County Showground. It is regarded as one of the leading model railway exhibitions within the UK, with dozens of model railway layouts being exhibited, with large trade support, and visited by thousands of people.
If you are a railway modeller you may well find that being a member of the Circle adds to your enjoyment of the hobby. Not only can you take part in building, maintaining and running layouts rather bigger than you could manage to have in your home, but you will make new friends and enjoy the opportunity to acquire new skills and widen your interests. Got a problem with your own layout and would like help in resolving it? The Circle is where you’re almost certain to find someone who can help you with advice and experience.
If your interest doesn’t extend too much to modelling, but you enjoy railways, the Circle is still the place for you. The Circle actively promotes interest in all aspects of railways and associated commercial transport. We welcome members who are not railway modellers, but who enjoy being in the company of like-minded enthusiasts. We have a sizeable railway library and there is always the opportunity to talk railways with others who share your interest.
The Circle was based in Stafford for many years, but it outgrew its somewhat primitive clubroom, and it moved its home to Stone, where it has a large modern clubroom on a trading estate just off the A34 at the Stafford end of the town. It is to this clubroom that the Circle is inviting anyone who thinks they might be interested to an Open Day on Sunday 10th December, between 11.00am and 4.00pm.
At the Open Day you will have the opportunity to see some of our model railways, both in exhibition condition and still in the course of construction, and have an opportunity to look around and talk to some of our members. Some of the club’s along with some of the members own layouts will be operational (see details below) and there is usually the chance to get to grips with operating one of them. Whilst it cannot be guaranteed, there is often the opportunity for you to bring your favourite locomotive and see it run an one of the layouts.
The layouts which should be operational are:-
Freshwater EM gauge
Seagone O-16.5 narrow gauge
Stackton Tressell 00 gauge
Blue is the Colour N gauge
Carminster 00 gauge DCC
0 gauge operating breakdown crane demonstration.
In addition there will be the opportunity to see 2 of the club layouts currently under construction-Newbridge in N gauge and Meyrick Road in 00 gauge. There will also be examples of track and rolling stock in all the popular scales and gauges.
We welcome members of all ages and of either sex. Nobody will try to talk you into membership, but the Circle hopes that what you see may encourage you to join.