The Alsager Railway Association was formed in 1979 by enthusiasts to generate and combine railway interests in Alsager and the surrounding area. The objectives of the Association are to promote modelling, photography, preservation and historical research on railway related subjects. It was not until 1985 that a clubhouse was purchased and ground leased from Congleton Borough Council (now Cheshire East Council) off Moorhouse Avenue, Alsager. Since that date the facilities have been enhanced by three extensions of the premises to allow for expanding railway layouts.
At present our facilities within the clubhouse comprise:
* Operating space for our '0', '00', Junior
'00', 'N' and 'Z' gauge layouts.
Initially the Association organised a bi-annual railway exhibition in the autumn at the Civic Centre, Alsager. Since 2002, annual exhibitions have been organised with the venue alternating between Alsager and the Victoria Centre, Crewe. The proceeds of these exhibitions have been used to enhance the facilities at the clubhouse and provide capital for improvements to Association layouts.
The success of our Association since its formation in 1979 has been due to the ability to offer our members the opportunity to further their skills in the many aspects of railway modelling. Association layouts include Hassell Harbour Bridge ('0' gauge), Newcastle by the Water ( 'N' gauge) and a Junior '00' layout. Two exhibition standard layouts, Lawton Hey (OO Gauge) and Fredstone Lane (N Gauge) are currently under construction.
In the first quarter of each year the Association holds a modelling and photographic competition which contains categories of entry for both junior and adult membership.
Also in the first quarter the Association holds its AGM, where officers of the Association together with members of the Management Committee are elected, the financial statements presented and future plans for the next year outlined to members.
The Association has been successful in promoting junior membership and has agreed a 'Young Children and Young Persons' Policy to demonstrate that it takes its responsibilities very seriously towards this category of membership.
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