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

With the relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions and our venues again taking booking, abet with social distancing restrictions, we are restarting normal meeting. However, given the success of our zoom only meetings allowing members who are unable to attend physical meetings to join in, we will be live streaming the meeting on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to all members who have registered with the membership secretary to receive Zoom notifications.

Unfortunately, George Reeve has had to withdraw from the October meeting at West Byfleet due to illness and Mike King has stepped in at the last minute with his new talk 'BR MK 1 Coaches on the Southern Region'. We wish George a speedy recovery and his scheduled talk ‘Southern Nouveau… A Concrete Case’ will be rescheduled for next year.

For those able to attend the meeting this Saturday 16th October at 2pm, click here for directions. Please do not arrive before 1pm to allow for setting up and the additional 'contact point'  cleaning to take place.

Next meeting of The South Western Circle

Sat 13th Nov 202114:00ZoomColin ChiversSalisbury 1906 and the American Line Boat Trains