Welcome to the South Western Circle

The South Western Circle, formed in 1962, is a society for railway historians and enthusiasts interested in the London & South Western Railway (LSWR). 

The Circle has a membership of over 500, and aims to assist and encourage members to enhance their knowledge of the LSWR and its successors with research and quarterly publication of the Circle's magazine 'The South Western Circular'. Members also receive a quarterly ‘Circle News’ and when published any of the Circle’s Monographs, which contain comprehensive information about a particular LSWR topic that is too extensive for inclusion in the ‘South Western Circular’.  

The Circle holds five meetings a year in locations across the LSWR area; such as at West Byfleet, Basingstoke, Salisbury and Exeter. At these meetings members are entertained with presentations and guest speakers along with discussions on matters of LSWR interest, also our book sales service is present. Further details can be found on the ‘Meetings’ page.

Membership benefits include access to the Circle’s sales service for the latest books and publications at a discounted rate, a comprehensive archive of drawings, photographic collections and line portfolios; further information can be found under the Services menu above. These services and the available archive information is invaluable to the railway historian and railway modeller alike.

Click here or on the ‘Joining’ menu above for the latest membership information, or you can click this link to download our Membership Application Form  


Future Meetings and Covid-19

Please note that because of the Covid-19 threat all meetings must be regarded as provisional and likely to be cancelled, quite possibly at short notice. Until there is a vaccine or proven treatments found, a spike in the virus may occur at any time causing us to cancel a meeting.  It would have been much easier to cancel all meetings until further notice but at this time I feel this is too pessimistic. Writing these notes in May there is only one thing I can be certain of and that is we need to make you aware of how we plan to cancel a meeting. Therefore the primary method of cancellation is through the Circle website and steps are in place to ensure that it will be kept up to date. For those of you who do not have access to the website you may telephone committee members for information . You might also make arrangements to keep in contact with other circle members to keep up to date. The onus has to be on you to check that a meeting will happen.

Next meeting of The South Western Circle

Sat 12th Sep 202013:30ExeterNoneDue to the Coronavirus outbreak this meeting has been cancelled.