Today is the turn of Wood Street, nr Guildford to host one of the quarterly meetings of the South Western Circle . The SWC is historical society of the London & South Western Railway and for anyone interested in the development, history or simply modelling the proper railways to south west that formed the Western Section of the Southern Railway, it is well worth joining. Membership give access to the meetings, an excellent quarterly publication (and yes it’s a proper publication rather than just a newsletter), drawings, photographs and portfolios on LSWR subjects.
Today’s meeting is an illustrated presentation / discussion (as the meetings are very much open to all to contribute) by Colin Chivers on the East Devon branch lines to Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth.
Such presentations are always on LSWR or ex LSWR subjects and not strictly restricted to just the pre grouping period which all helps broaden the interest. Members of the Circle includes many well known historians, authors, publishers and modellers whose attendance at these meetings adds to the discussions, the interest and information gained. All in all a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. I totally recommend the South Western Circle to anyone with like minded interests,