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This site was last updated on Thursday, 27/11/2014
The Members' Area was last updated on Sunday, 16/11/2014:
 

 
Exhibitions
 

To find out where SRC layouts, as well as layouts owned by SRC Members, are booked to appear CLICK HERE.

If you don't care (and why on earth should you?), then DON'T CLICK HERE.

 
SRC layouts will be at forthcoming exhibitions as follows:
31/01/2015 - 01/02/2015
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20/02/2015 - 22/02/2015
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07/11/2015
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05/12/2015 - 06/12/2015
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For more information on exhibition appearances, click here.
 

 
SRC members' layouts will be at forthcoming exhibitions as follows:
11/01/2015
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31/01/2015 - 01/02/2015
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21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015
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07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
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21/03/2015 - 22/03/2015
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28/03/2015
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11/04/2015
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11/04/2015 - 12/04/2015
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09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
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09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
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09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
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06/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
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06/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
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06/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
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12/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
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19/09/2015
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03/10/2015 - 04/10/2015
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10/10/2015 - 11/10/2015
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31/10/2015
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23/04/2016 - 24/04/2016
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For more information on exhibition appearances, click here.
 

 
Membership
 

If, despite what you find on this website, you find yourself strangely drawn towards membership, CLICK HERE to get to the Membership page.

 
SRC Meetings
 

The club meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings. You are warmly invited to come along and spend an evening with us to find out for yourself about the club's activities and layouts.
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For further information, please contact one of the following by telephone:

Colin Hill:

01785 211992
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Terry Robinson:
01785 816666
 
Contact Webmaster
 

Some people are so sufficiently disturbed that they wish to contact the Webmaster. If counselling fails and the urge continues, you can contact the Webmaster by email if you click here. On the other hand, further counselling is a better option.

 
Board
 

Believe it or not, there are some people who are actually responsible for all of this. In fact, most of them have not yet been locked up.
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The names of the members of the Circle's Board are available if you CLICK HERE.
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(NOTE: Some people think that if you don't click here, the Board will go away. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Like the poor, the Board is always with us.)

 
Other Organisations
 

The Stafford Railway Circle was established in 1957 and is a member of the following organisations:
bullet The Stafford District Arts Council
bullet Chiltern Model Railway Association
bullet The Stafford Borough Heritage Association

So there.

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Steam Specials

Steam Specials

 

Here we go again! This time with the schedule for November 2014.

 

The webmaster loves this time of year as the number of specials reduces and his job is made easier. Next month there may be even less. Oh joy, oh rapture!


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SRC

Stafford Railway Circle

Annual Model Railway Exhibition

Saturday 31 January 2015
and
Sunday 1 February 2015

Saturday 10am to 5pm
and
Sunday 10am to 4.30pm

  at
Stafford County Showground

(Prestwood, Argyle and Sandylands Suites)

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Topp Trains

Wide range of stock from all your favourite suppliers
Bachmann, Peco, Dapol, Hornby,Expo Tools, Kadee Couplings etc.

Sets, locos, rolling stock, track, accessories,scenery, paints, brushes, tools and our own exclusive products - Topp Pots.
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PLUS bespoke services - weathering, renumbering, chipping locos, ordering service and online shop.
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Professional assistance and advice from fellow enthusiasts
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Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
1000-1600
Wednesday
Closed
Friday and Saturday
1000-1700
Sunday
Closed
Free parking. Near A34 bus route.
1m from town centre. 1.5m from M6 J14.
28 Marston Road,
Stafford, ST16 3BS
01785 247883

Alstone Quay

Alstone Quay at the NEC

Just a few words after a very successful outing of my 16.5 Narrow Gauge layout Alstone Quay on its appearance at the 2015 Warley Model Railway held over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd November at the NEC.

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ECML

Stagecoach and Virgin take the East Coast

A partnership of Stagecoach and Virgin Trains has been awarded the East Coast franchise, after almost a year of consideration by the Department for Transport.

The winners have beaten two other bidders -- FirstGroup and a consortium of Keolis and Eurostar.

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big

Unusually large mistake

Rail bosses were left red-faced after their signs blamed an "unusually large passenger" for delays.

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NR

Network Rail reviews its performance

A review of Network Rail’s performance in the first six periods of the year (April to September) has ben published - its first health-check.

When Network Rail set out its plans for the five year period to 2019 (control period 5, CP5), it committed to deliver a better railway for a better Britain - a railway that will be safer, more reliable, with greater capacity and cheaper to run.

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S&C

Call for development of the Settle & Carlisle line

Supporters of the Settle-Carlisle railway have set out far-reaching aspirations for the future of the 72-mile line.

Faster and more frequent trains, better connections to major cities like London and Glasgow and a new timetable are among the 16 changes called for by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL).

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HS2

Revised route proposed for HS2 in Birmingham

The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and the Rail Delivery Group are proposing that HS2 should be linked to the existing railway in central Birmingham so that some trains could serve New Street station as well as the new Curzon terminal planned alongside Moor Street station.

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theft

Railway cable thefts reduce in number

New figures show that cable theft from railways has fallen significantly over the last year.

 

There were 25 recorded cable thefts in September 2013, as opposed to only two in September 2014, say Network Rail and the British Transport Police (BTP).

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punctuality

Trains are getting later - what a surprise!

Punctuality across Britain’s rail network has continued to decline – with only 84.6 per cent of trains within 5 or 10 minutes of right time in the past month, and only 55.4 per cent ‘on time’.

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Electrostar

Electrostars to be built at Derby

Derby trainmaker Bombardier has won a £145m contract to build more than 100 rail coaches for the Gatwick Express line. The contract with Govia Thameslink Railway would safeguard jobs at the Bombardier plant in Derby.

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Porthmadog

The wrong type of badger...

Badgers burrowing new sets for winter caused disruption for travellers on a North Wales railway line yesterday (18 November).Trains on the Cambrian Coast line were halted at Porthmadog and Harlech after locals found the animals had burrowed under the tracks near Porthmadog causing a hole to appear.

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Seagone

Seagone wins an award

The SRC's 0:16.5 narrow gauge layout "Seagone" has won an award.

 

It was exhibited at the Crewe exhibition of Alsager Railway Association over the weekend of 15/16 November and won the Association's Richard Worrall Shield for Best Scenics.

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SPADS

SPAD = Jail

A train driver who switched off his cab radio and then overrode a key safety system after passing a signal at red has been given a three month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.

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Bishops Lydeard

Taunton link for WSR?

There is “no reason” why the West Somerset Railway can’t be linked up with the main line at Taunton. That’s the view of WSR bosses, who have held talks with organisations including Somerset County Council and National Rail, to gather a feasibility report about whether it would be possible to link the WSR at Bishops Lydeard to Taunton.

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Trans-Pennine

Faster over the Pennines

The cross-Pennine links between Liverpool and Manchester, UK, will be electrified and journey times from Manchester to Leeds and Sheffield will be reduced by 2025, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said. The northern cities in the UK will also witness enhanced passenger facilities and the arrival of new trains to eliminate overcrowding.

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Pacer

Manchester Pacers to go

Better and more frequent trains will soon be arriving in Greater Manchester - but fares will rise as a result. David Cameron has said that, as part of next year's franchising process for a new rail operator for the north, bidders will be expected to replace the 30-year-old 'Pacer' trains still operating on many routes.

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Manchester

State acquires rail freight sites

A deal to transfer more than 100 railfreight yards and depots back to the public sector has been confirmed, with the rights to 105 such sites now owned by Network Rail, which became a government body on 1 September.

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Manchester

Manchester to get more powers over transport

The process of devolving powers to the English regions has been boosted by an announcement from the Chancellor that Manchester is to gain greater power over transport and other issues, and also an elected Mayor.

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tickets

Diddled by ticket machines

A newspaper investigation into ticket machines at National Rail stations has found that many are effectively concealing cheaper fares and that different operators are not consistent.

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EMT

A little problem with Blythe Bridge Betty

Transcript of a telephone call between the Webmaster and an employee of East Midlands Trains. The subject was the distressing inabaility of the train operating company to persuade Blythe Bridge Betty to actually operate a train service from Blythe Bridge.

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KWVR

What's it worth?

The Keighley and Worth Valley railway (KWVR) held its Autumn steam gala in mid October and, as a birthday treat (his birthday was in May - don't ask) for my railway mad son Josh, a trip was arranged to visit the line on Saturday 11th October.

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HS3

Quadrupled track at Bristol

Passengers and businesses in Bristol are set to benefit from an increase in train and freight services, as well as reduced journey times after Network Rail announced today the doubling of the railway lines between the city’s two main stations.

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HS3

Adverse weather conditions close a train's loo

A commuter was left confused when he could not use a toilet on a train due to “adverse weather conditions”.

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Tornado

Tornado goes to pieces

'Tornado', which became Britain's first steam engine for decades when it was assembled at Darlington Locomotive Works, has returned to the shed where it was manufactured – albeit missing a vital component.

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HS3

Here comes HS3

A major shift in government policy on devolution to city regions was heralded today when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced he was setting up ‘Transport for the North’ and that next month he will announce plans for transferring powers to regional cities.

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