- HISTORY AND AIMS
The South Western
Circle was formed in 1962 as a correspondence group to co-ordinate
and share the results of research into the London & South Western
Railway. From this informal group the Circle has developed into a Society
with a membership of over 500, managed by a Committee elected at the
Annual General Meeting, usually held in January of each year.
Although the collection and dissemination of information about the
LSWR remains the Circles foremost objective, the needs of
Railway Modellers are also recognised.
The Circle's current aims are:-
- To assist members to enhance their knowledge of the LSWR.
- To encourage members to research into all aspects of the LSWR, both during and
after the period of its independent existence.
- To assist more accurate modelling of the LSWR through the provision of scale drawings
Members enjoy the
- South Western Circular,
a quarterly publication containing articles and features on
all aspects of the LSWR, both prototype and model. It usually
consists of 32 to 40 A5 pages including articles, photographs
and drawings contributed by members.
- Circle News,
sent each quarter containing news of the Circle's activities, membership
and updates of the Sales, Drawings and Portfolio Services.
- Published Drawings List, (Currently out of print),
a comprehensive index of all published drawings relating to the LSWR.
- Membership List,
which is regularly updated to encourage and facilitate informal
contact between members and includes details of interests.
including the A.G.M., are held in the London area, Guildford and Salisbury, and are addressed by speakers on matters of
LSWR interest. Members are encouraged to bring along models, drawings
and items of interest which afterwards can form the basis of
- Drawing Service,
provides for sale an extensive range of scale drawings of
locomotives, rolling stock, buildings and track plans.
- Sales Service,
provides the modeller with a variety of castings and kits in 4mm and
7mm scales along with a selected range of other products including books.
- Portfolio Service,
containing photographs, references to published materials and members
notes on a wide variety of topics, are available on loan.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the LSWR and who shares the Circle's aims.
Interests are not confined to the pre-grouping period and those
interested in later periods are equally welcomed. The committee
however reserves the right to decline membership. An annual
subscription is payable on joining and renewed each year on 1st September.
The current rate is:
£17.50 per annum for members in the UK.
£29.10 per annum for members in Europe.
£35.80 per annum for members outside Europe (Airmail).
Applications for membership should be made by printing the Membership
Application Form and mailing it with the appropriate subscription to
the address shown on the Form.