The CRC is a UK based group catering for enthusiasts interested in railways outside the British Isles whether they be main-line, industrial or preserved. Started in 1960 by Lance King, the Honorary Secretary, who is still actively involved, it holds regular meetings both in London and Stafford. These usually take the form of a slide or video show, as well as affording members the opportunity to exchange news and gossip. The emphasis tends to be on steam although more modern forms of traction also find a place in the programme.
Although the majority of members live in the UK, over 40 countries are represented in the membership list. For these the Circle’s quarterly “Continental Railway Journal” is especially valuable. This high quality magazine is the ONLY one in the world that regularly reports on current developments on railways worldwide balanced by the occasional historical article. The Circle has also published a number of books on overseas railways and sells a selection of books from other publishers.
A recent development is the introduction of a Yahoo Newsgroup to give members advance notice of railtours etc.