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This site was last updated on Wednesday, 16/04/2014
The Members' Area was last updated on Monday, 14/04/2014:
 

 
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:
10/05/2014 - 11/05/2014
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06/09/2014 - 07/09/2014
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18/10/2014 - 19/10/2014
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15/11/2014 - 16/11/2014
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07/11/2015
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For more information on exhibition appearances, click here.
 

 
SRC members' layouts will be at forthcoming exhibitions as follows:
26/04/2014 - 27/04/2014
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10/05/2014 - 11/05/2014
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14/06/2014
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14/06/2014
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14/06/2014
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28/06/2014 - 29/06/2014
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26/07/2014 - 27/07/2014
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06/09/2014 - 07/09/2014
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20/09/2014 - 21/09/2014
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04/10/2014
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11/10/2014
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18/10/2014
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18/10/2014
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01/11/2014
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15/11/2014 - 16/11/2014
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15/11/2014 - 16/11/2014
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15/11/2014 - 16/11/2014
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22/11/2014 - 23/11/2014
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11/01/2015
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21/02/2015 - 22/02/2015
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07/03/2015 - 08/03/2015
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09/05/2015 - 10/05/2015
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16/05/2015
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06/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
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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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800

Class 800s are coming

Funding has finally been secured to bring new high-speed trains to a key London to Scotland route in a £2.7 billion job-boosting contract. The Government announced that a total of 497 carriages for the East Coast line will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe's purpose-built factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham...

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passengers

Passengers pay even more

Passengers are continuing to pay a greater share of railway costs, according to figures for the past financial year just released by the Office of Rail Regulation. Discounted rail tickets, such as those bought in advance, accounted for £3 billion in revenue and over 40 per cent of farebox receipts, which totalled £7.7 billion.

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HS2

Staffordshire continues to fight HS2

HS2 Ltd say residents affected by the high speed train proposals will get a ‘fair deal’, and has also announced details of a Residents’ Charter, together with the appointment of an Independent Residents Commissioner to support people living along phase one of the route.

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Ribblehead

Portillo and the Settle & Carlisle

As the 25th anniversary of the Settle-Carlisle railway being saved from closure approaches, Michael Portillo, who as Transport Minister threw the service a lifeline, has been talking about it.

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HS2

HS2 "is right"

The transport secretary has called for the railway industry to 'keep calm' over the continued criticism of HS2 which is coming from various opponents. Speaking at the Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum's annual conference, Patrick McLoughlin said it was not his place to 'castigate' opponents, but the fact remained that HS2 was vital to deal with the railway capacity crunch.

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norton bridge

Norton Bridge changes given the go-ahead

Plans for a railway flyover in Staffordshire to improve train journey times on the West Coast Main Line have been given the go-ahead. Network Rail said the final phase of a £250m upgrade to the route had been approved by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

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319

Cascading trains

The first electric multiple units from the south east are to be cascaded north later this year, in time for the December timetable change. In this first stage, 14 four-car Class 319 units will be withdrawn from the Thameslink route and placed in service with Northern Rail. The first two will be used between Liverpool and Manchester from December 2014, and a further 12 will follow in 2015.

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Dawlish

Dawlish reopens

A local train from Exeter St David's to Paignton which has not been able to run since early February was the modest curtain-raiser to the restoration of the Great Western line through Dawlish this morning. The 05.34 First Great Western service from Exeter duly called at Dawlish just before 06.00, marking the moment when the far south west became reconnected to the rest of the country's rail system once again.

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Severn Valley Railway Spring Gala

The Severn Valley Railway held its annual Spring steam gala over the weekend of 21st - 23rd March 2014. This year it took the form of a Great Western branch line with a selection of smaller GWR type locos in operation, supplied both from their extensive home fleet as well as from a few appropriate visiting locos and stock.

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Ffestiniog

Fresh weather at Ffestiniog

As part of my plan to travel to some of the last remaining corners of the Empire before civilisation takes hold, I've been spending a few days in Wales. As an infamous so-called website had noted that Porthmadog's Harbour station rebuild was almost complete, we went to investigate. To my surprise, the article had been accurate!

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kadee

Extension to Spires Road announced

Exciting news for all fans of the Spires Road layout! 

There have long been rumours of a planned extension to the layout, with the clever money predicting that the bricked-up tunnel mouth at the East end of Chesters Field station would be re-opened.

Stafford Railway Circle is pleased to confirm that the extension is, indeed, now under construction. Unexpectedly, the extension will be to the Dronsfield Underground Railway system. 

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kadee

Network Rail development plans

Network Rail is poised to begin Control Period 5, which involves a budget of £38.4 billion and will run until the end of March 2019.

Plans for the coming five years involve £12 billion invested in capital projects, which include new lines and modernised stations, as well as more than 1,200km of electrification. By the end of the period, electric trains will be running on the Midland Main Line between London and Sheffield, and on the Great Western Main Line to Bristol and Swansea. There will also be electric trains on a number of routes in the north of England.

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lm

London Midland job cuts

London Midland has announced that it is cutting around 150 back office jobs, but has given an assurance that customer-facing staff will not be affected. The company said the reductions were necessary because of rising costs, and that a consultation would now be launched.

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crossrail

Crossrail extended

The Crossrail network is being extended from Maidenhead to Reading. The announcement from Transport for London and the Department for Transport has confirmed years of speculation that Maidenhead was not the ideal western terminus, particularly as Reading is a key hub on the Great Western network.

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ELR

East Lancashire Railway

Trevor Binnersley has sent in some photographs he took whilst on a caravan holiday at Bury.

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northern

Direct Award for Northern

The Department for Transport has revealed some of the terms of a new Direct Award to Abellio and Serco which will extend the Northern franchise until February 2016. The timing of the award is in line with the franchise programme published by the DfT last year, and has been co-signed by the five Passenger Transport Executives in Northern's area.

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1369

For whom the bell tolls

Thieves have stolen the historic, brass warning bell from veteran steam loco No.1369 on the South Devon Railway. The bell was fitted to the engine in 1960 to warn pedestrians and road users of the train’s sedate approach through the streets of Weymouth.

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Porthmadog

Porthmadog Harbour station back in operation

Trains resumed running from  Porthmadog’s Harbour station at the  weekend after a massive £1.3m  makeover. Since the last trains ran on the  Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau  Ffestiniog and to Caernarfon on the Welsh Highland last November, a  new island platform has been  created on a widened section of the  Cob Embankment.

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Hitachi

Hitachi moves to UK

Japanse Bullet Train manufacturers Hitachi, has announced that it is to relocate its worldwide train manufacturing business HQ to their under construction UK HQ near Darlington.

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Harlech

Cambrian Coast line to reopen a little earlier than expected

Trains are set to run again on the Cambrian Coast line north of Barmouth as far as Harlech on 1 May, as Network Rail completes a £10 million programme of storm repairs. The restoration of train services over much of the route will be two weeks ahead of schedule, although the line will remain closed beyond Harlech for now as a viaduct is being rebuilt.

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Steam Specials

 

 

Steam Specials

 

Things are really getting under way - as you can see from the schedule for April 2014.

 

The Webmaster has been spoken to quite firmly by the Directors. He has continued to publish this information monthly despite many instructions to stop being helpful. This time, they appear to have given up and have simply suggested that some of the information should be changed so that it is deliberately misleading. However, the Webmaster has stood firm and has ensured that, to the best of his ability, all the information is accurate.

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