The BRISTOL RAILWAY CIRCLE was founded in 1934 originally catering for both “full-size” and model
railway enthusiasts. The Circle had its own permanent club rooms for many years firstly in Clifton, then Redland Station,
a couple of venues in the Sea Mills area and Redland Parish Church Hall. Due to the reconstruction of the Church Hall the
Circle now holds one formal meeting a month (summer months excepted) at the BAWA club on Southmead Road. Other meetings are
held at the President’s house on Redland Road.
The Circle meets every Tuesday evening between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 9:15
p.m. Alternate meetings take the form of lectures, slide shows, etc. Other evenings are given over to informal discussion
(Club Nights), when books from the Circle’s extensive library and the latest magazines are available. Light refreshments
in the form of tea, coffee and biscuits are also served. The Circle’s lecture programme covers a wide range of subjects
of railway and associated interest (other transport, industrial archaeology, etc.).
During the summer months most Tuesday evenings are publicised as Club Nights
although at least one evening month will have an alternative activity (local walk, BBQ, etc.). Occasional day trips are made
to specific events on nearby preserved railways as well as to those on the Network Rail owned network. Until the early 1980s,
the Circle chartered a special train to a destination further afield with appeal both to the enthusiast and the public at
large. We also hold an annual party held sometime over the Christmas or New Year period for Circle members and their families.
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