hundreds of members around the country and abroad, there will always be
someone available to help with any searches or to advise on the best way
to proceed with your research, so joining
the Circle can save much time and effort. In addition,
there are other facilities and events available to members....
Indoor and Outdoor Events
Please see the events diary for details.
The Indoor meetings, which are being revived in 2013/4 after having lapsed for several years, are arranged between
September and March and will be in the form of illustrated talks on subjects of Welsh railway interest. Suggestions for
future talks may be made to the Indoor meetings Secretary.
The Outdoor Meetings are arranged between March and October and cover the entire country and take in such areas of interest
as walks, visits to archives, a Traction Maintenance Depot and narrow gauge railways. Suggestions for future meetings may
be made to Walks Secretary.
The Circle has a lively on-line discussion board where members can discuss a wide range of matters pertaining to the history,
modelling and research into Welsh Railways. Circle members may post to the board where non-members can only view the
The Circle Annual Forum and AGM
The AGM is an all-day event the typically occurs around the first Saturday in June in Rhiwderin Community Centre, Rhiwderin,
Apart from the formal business of the Circle, which is limited to an hour or so, there are layouts, displays, book sales,
illustrated talks and a welcome opportunity to chat with like-minded people. Light catering is available. The content of
the day changes from year to year so keep an eye on the Forum and Newsletter for updates.
Members may also access our extensive
holdings of period photographs, drawings, property plans and maps which
are available at our Research Centre in Rhiwderin near Newport. Many of these records have been scanned and can be viewed
or downloaded digitally. A guide to sources of Welsh-subject photographs is published as a data sheet.
The Circle publishes a quarterly Newsletter this is the main vehicle through which Circle business is
conducted and members can maintain contact with others. Space is always found in the Newsletter for publishing members'
queries and findings.
Copies of the magazine are lodged with a number of libraries and public bodies in Wales, and also at the British Library.
Articles and contributions to the Archive are mainly from the Circle membership, so there is thus the opportunity to
present your researches in print to a wider audience but in a relatively informal manner.
New members can access the Members Section of the web site that contains an initial
guide to sources of information within the Circle and those available elsewhere, also gives access to data sheets and on
The major aim of the WRRC is to enable researchers to work on their
railways of interest and to make information and materials available
for that purpose.
Assistance with Research
To facilitate this process, many of the Railways of Wales have a nominated Line Superintendent who acts as a first contact
and is responsible for disseminating information about their line. There are dedicated Line Superintendents responsible for
the railway lines listed on the Railways of Wales page as well as Superintendents who look after Private Owner Wagons,
Modelling and Family History.
Six Railways to Merthyr - The Angus Lewis Photographs
The Circle itself has also published a series of outstanding books on the railways of Wales.
Details may be found on the Publications page.