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This site was last updated on Wednesday, 17/12/2014
The Members' Area was last updated on Thursday, 18/12/2014:

The festive season is upon us. In consequence of this, the Webmaster has indulged in an orgy of goodwill and has blown the entire budget in lavish application to the masthead of this page of appropriate festive decoration.
Please do not write in to complain as, strangely, some people actually enjoy this sort of thing.
So there.

For our Consultants' Corner Christmas Supplement, CLICK HERE
(Available until 31 December 2014)

Whiteacres

...and you can see it at our exhibition on 31 January 2015 and 1 February 2015.

 
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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31/01/2015 - 01/02/2015
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07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
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07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
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14/03/2015 - 15/03/2015
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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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06/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
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12/09/2015 - 13/09/2015
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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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06/02/2016 - 07/02/2016
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19/02/2016 - 21/02/2016
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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

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Steam Specials

Steam Specials

Here we go again! This time with the schedule for December 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

new trains

DfT causes confusion over new trains

The Department for Transport has been heavily criticised by a Parliamentary committee for leaving taxpayers to take all the financial risk associated with three major rolling stock contracts worth a total of £10.5 billion.

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York

Two from Trevor

Two sets of pictures from Trevor Binnersley. One set features the unloading of a loco for a Santa Special at Bridgnorth, whilst the other is of main line specials near York.

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timetables

A bit of a boost but must try harder

The launch of new National Rail timetables has seen a station added to the network in South Wales as well as more routes and services in other areas, including the restoration of through London services for Shrewsbury and Blackpool, but progress on another new station at Ilkeston in Derbyshire has been delayed.

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HS2

A very busy Christmas

Network Rail claims that hundreds of thousands of passengers and freight users are set to benefit from the biggest Christmas and New Year investment programme ever carried out on Britain’s rail network.
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HS2

Another court rejection for opponents of HS2

The Court of Appeal has found in the government’s favour by agreeing with the High Court’s previous judgment that a Strategic Environmental Assessment was not required before making safeguarding directions to protect the planned route for Phase One of HS2.

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Christmas

Christmas Cheer holly

It may be set in Germany, but there's Christmas cheer to be had from this...

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China

21st century Silk Road

The longest rail link in the world and the first direct link between China and Spain is up and running after a train from Yiwu in coastal China completed its maiden journey of 8,111 miles to Madrid.

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Passengers

Passenger figures up again

New statistics published today by the Office of Rail Regulation say that the number of passenger journeys on franchised rail services reached 407.7 million between July and September this year, a 4.4 per cent increase on the same quarter last year.

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DLR

New concessionaires at Docklands

The Docklands Light Railway concession has passed to a partnership of Keolis and Amey after eight years with Serco. The new operator, known as 'KeolisAmey Docklands', is now set to hold the contract until at least 2021.

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Runaway of an on-track machine

Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating a runaway of an on-track machine that occurred at Bryn station, between St Helens and Wigan...

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fares

2015 rail fare rises to be 'average of 2.2%'

The average fare rise in January will be 2.2 per cent, the Rail Delivery Group has said.

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Welsh "not for profit" moves closer

The Welsh transport minister Edwina Hart has signalled the Welsh Government's intention of examining the possibility of setting up a 'not for profit' company to succeed the present Arriva Trains Wales franchise.

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Pacers are to go

The much-criticised Pacer trains which are still in use on many routes in the north of England are to be replaced, the Chancellor has promised.

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signal

Collapsed signal post causes collision

Modellers are used to little problems caused by signal posts on their layouts losing their vertical position. This is what happens when the same thing occurs in real life!

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Brunel

Crossrail construction uncovers Brunel's railway

Remains of structures built by celebrated engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel for his Great Western Railway have been unearthed near Paddington in west London.

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electricity

GB Railfreight puts the case for intelligent electrification

The managing director of a railfreight operator has told MPs that more electrification schemes are needed, to encourage freight operators to invest in electric locomotives.

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Norton Bridge

Norton Bridge improvements

Network Rail has organised an open day this which included a visit to the work going on to provide a grade separated junction for the line to Stone from the West Coast Main Line. 

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Windermere

Windermere electrification to go ahead

Funding for the electrification of the 16km branch between Oxenholme and Windermere has been confirmed by the Government.

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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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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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