The Glasgow and South Western Railway Association

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  The Glasgow & South Western Railway Association

Aims History Officers
Meetings Modelling Services Special Events
Exhibitions Archive Services Family History


The Association shall:

(i) promote interest in the former Glasgow and South Western Railway

(ii)promote the acquisition, study and preservation of information, documents, books, models, photographs, drawings, illustrations and relics relating to all aspects of the Glasgow and South Western Railway.

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The Association was founded on 15 February 1964, the earliest railway society dealing with one of the five Scottish pre-grouping main line railways. Publications and facilities have developed as information and new technology became available. All officers are voluntary and honorary. Details of the Association's Journal and other publoications are on the Journal and Publications Page.

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From 1968 the Association operated a stand at the annual Glasgow model railway exhibition, consisting of a static display of models and a sales stall and, on several occasions in earlier years, an operating model railway to portray the G&SWR. Regular attendances have been made at various other exhibitions in central Scotland, and twice to Carlisle. These provide a means of promoting the Association, sales of products, and attracting new members. Details are on the Meetings Page.

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Special Events

In 1974 a dinner was held to mark the imminent closure of St Enoch Hotel, Glasgow, and part of this informal event was a tour of the hotel and kitchen.

In 1985, 1989 and 1994 respectively the 21st, 25th and 30th anniversaries of the founding of the Association were marked by a dinner for members at Ayr Station Hotel, another of the former railway company’s four hotels. In 1997 the Centenary of Dumfries Station Hotel was marked by an afternoon of displays and short lectures followed by a dinner in the Hotel. To support this event, the first in a new series of Sou’West Profiles, dealing with the history of Dumfries Station Hotel, was published with sponsorhip by the Hotel. Other individual museum displays have been supported by the Association from time to time.

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These special events have been accompanied since the earliest days by a regular series of monthly meetings with a programme of talks for members and visitors, presently held in The White Room, Place of Paisley within Paisley Abbey precincts off Abbey Close. These are generally held at 2.15pm on the second Saturday of the month from October to March inclusive, with an Annual General Meeting for members only in mid-April. The committee is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Details are on the Meetings Page.

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Modelling Services

A series of scale drawings and model castings has been provided to assist the modeller, and kit productions are also promoted by the Association with production assistance from commercial firms. These are detailed in the current sales list. Photographs, scale drawings and diagrams are also a regular feature of the Journal which includes one or two folded A3 drawing supplements to enable drawings of adequate size to accompany an A5 format magazine. The April 2000 AGM decided to give members a minimum 10% discount on sales items. Details are on the Sales and Services Page. There are also profiles of various aspects of the GSWR. Details are on the Journal and Publications Page.

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Archive Services

Since 1980 the society archives have been organised and maintained in a classified system for easy retrieval and kept catalogued. Since storage is shared in private accommodation, loans are not generally operated and general viewing is not possible, but a search and photocopy service exists for members who can obtain copy extracts of the catalogue on a chosen subject.

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The Association does not have any staff records, lists of employees or former human resources information on employees.

If you are looking for details of an ancestor it is unlikely that we will have a long list of where they worked, what they did or other information. Most of the G&SWR information was destroyed either in the 1930s or during WW2. You may be able to get assistance from the Public Records office in Kew, or one of the Railway trades unions.

If anyone who is researching their ancestory is keen to join the association to find out more about where their ancestor worked and what they may have done, we are welcome to have you as a member.

If you have information which you are able to offer us, or share we are delighted to pass details on.

If you are able to assist fellow family historians you may be able to access information and compile a database as a member of the association we will be keen to help.

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IAN MIDDLEDITCH, 90 Ardossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, Ayrshire KA23 9LX

Newsletter Editor/Sales Officer

GRAHAM ROBINSON, 4, Clochoderick Avenue, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire PA10 2AY

Journal Editor/Archivist

STUART W. RANKIN, 45 Auchmannoch Avenue, Ralston, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 3AG


ANDREW MUNRO, 18C Aurs Drive, Auchenback, BARRHEAD G78 2LR

Treasurer/Exhibition Organiser:

ARNOLD TORTORELLA, 174 Newlands Road,  Cathcart,   Glasgow  G44 4ES

Publicity Officer:

BRUCE I. STEVEN, 64 Traquair Drive,  Glasgow   G52 2TB

Committee Members:

Kenneth Middleditch, Andrew Mair, Allan C. Paterson, Andrew F. Swan, Stewart Clinton, John Jones


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E Group

It is hoped to establish an E Group where queries ad suggestions can be passed around via the internet. Those wishing to be included please send us an email at, a short note with their e-mail address and interest in inclusion.

Anyone sending information or enquiries NOT wishing circulation in this medium please advise "NOT FOR E-CIRCULATION".

The sooner we have some topics to discuss and people to discuss the sooner we all will get answers.


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