The Cirencester Railway Society was formed in 1978 by John Thomas and John Head. They continued as Chairman and Treasurer until 2022- a remarkable record for which they have been recognised as Honorary Members.

Meetings are held at 7:30pm in the Bingham Library in Cirencester (GL7 2PZ) on the first Friday evening each winter month, October to April. An average of 20 members attend these meetings and refreshments are served.

Occasional outings are organised, often in conjunction with Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club. Whilst our members are primarily interested in full size railways several are also model railway enthusiasts.


Chairman: Mike Smith
Secretary: Rick Martin
Treasurer: JohnTiffney


The annual subscription is £20, and the fee for visitors is £4. To join just attend and pay the Treasurer.


The program for the remainder of 2024 will be announced here in due course.

• Friday 5th January 2024 – Mike Smith
"Steam in India, 1993"

The first part of the show will feature Mike’s visit to northern India in January and February 1993. Plenty of steam on both metre gauge and broad gauge, plus visits to industrial locations and a trip on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The second part covers more recent railway adventures, mainly in England and Wales.

• Friday 2nd February 2024 – Ralph Ward
“A Winter’s Tale”

A welcome return by respected railway photographer Ralph Ward. “A Winter’s Tale” features preserved British steam on both the mainline and heritage railways during the winter months, November to February.

• Friday 1st March 2024 – Ian Crowder
"76077 and the BR class 4MT 2-6-0s"

76077 is currently under restoration for use on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. The aim is to return the loco to steam in time for its 70th Birthday in 2026. We will learn much about the restoration of and future plans for76077 as well as the history of the BR class 4MT 2-6-0s.

• Friday 5th April 2024 – Peter Bamber
“Western Locomotive Association”

The Western Locomotive Association was formally launched in January 1974 to save a member of the BR Western Region’s “Western” diesel hydraulic locomotives. In October 1976 the Association successfully purchased D1062 Western Courier and had restored the locomotive to full operational condition in original maroon livery by May 1977.

Meanwhile Richard Holdsworth, a businessman and WLA member, had privately purchased D1013 Western Ranger and this locomotive joined D1062 in the care of the Association. During 2023, locomotive D1048 Western Lady was gifted to the WLA so the Association now has three Westerns in its care.

To celebrate 50 years since the founding of the Association, the WLA is holding an anniversary celebration at STEAM Museum, Swindon from 1pm to 9pm on Saturday, 27th January. For further information, follow this link to the WLA’s website:

• Visit to Fawley Railway Museum - Sunday 9th June 2024

The Society has been allocated 20 places for a day at Lord Macalpine's private railway and Museum near Maidenhead.. There is no entry charge, we just need to arrange transport - either coach or car sharing.

It has catering facilities and static displays and brake van rides. It hosts the most comprehensive Museum of railway memorabilia John has ever seen. Details on


2022-23 Meetings Archive



2022-23 Meetings Archive


Gloucester Vintage & Country Extravaganza (2-4 August)

Fairford Steam, Classic & Retro Show (17-18 August)



Railway Club directory
Cirencester Community Railway Project
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Restoration & Archiving Trust - Cirencester Branch pdf
'The Slow Train' (Flanders & Swann, presented by Douglas)
OS Maps from the 1950s - Sheet 157 (Swindon)

• Cirencester Town Stn: Google images - Disused Stations
• Cirencester Watermoor Stn: Google images - Disused Stations

UK Rail Maps
HS2 Project
Great Western Railways

Cotswold Canals Trust
Pendon Museum (Abingdon)
Rail Operators in Britain (pdf)

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