About Us

Alsager Railway Association (ARA) 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 of:
  • Operating space for our 0, 00, beginner 00, N and Z Gauge layouts.
  • A kitchen which includes a small meeting area.
  • A meeting room / library.
  • Toilet.
Initially the Association organised a bi-annual railway exhibition in the autumn at the Civic Centre, Alsager. From 2002, annual exhibitions were organised with the venue alternating between Alsager and the Victoria Centre, Crewe. In 2016 we held our exhibition at a new venue, The Legends Conference and Leisure Centre, Bentley Motors Crewe. This was a great success and we will be returning this year. (Read More). The proceeds of these exhibitions have been used to enhance the facilities at the clubhouse and provide capital for improvements to the 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)
  • Moorcroft, a Beginners' 00 layout.
  • Three exhibition standard layouts, Hassell Colliery (0 Gauge), Lawton Hey (00 Gauge) and Fredstone Lane (N Gauge) are currently under construction.
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.

You may contact us via our Contact us page.