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Bulletin 500

Bulletin 500 aThe January  / February 2018 edition of The Bulletin marks a major milestone - our 500th Bulletin. Published every two months for our members and affiliated societies, it always includes a range of interesting articles written by members of the oldest and largest model railway club in the world.

Our Chairman Tony Cox says "The 500th edition of the Bulletin is a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank all of the editors down the years, including our current editor, John, for all their hard work. Also thanks to those involved in sending it out, from preparing the labels to stuffing the envelopes and finally putting into the post. All concerned deserve a massive pat on the back."

Our current editor John Jesson comments: "Over its 60 years the Bulletin has changed a lot, but, so has the model railway hobby. I wonder what the railway modellers of all those years ago would have made of what modelling is today? Computers, electronics and greater choice of materials have made so much possible; DCC, train detection and control, battery power, laser cutting and 3D printing, the list is almost endless. I wonder, also, what developments are around some future corner? Perhaps thought control, when all we have to do is think what we want to happen and it will? Fanciful? Maybe. But, as I've said, the hobby has changed a lot in the past, so there is no reason to think that technology will not provide  new ways of pursuing our hobby."

This landmark issue is on its way to members, and includes:

  • An update on the Club's best known layout, "Copenhagen Fields" - on how a layout can last so long and still not be finished.
  • A history of Flying Bananas, Hamburgers - and radio control for a model
  • Jack Nelson's LNW Modelling in North Wale
  • A look back to two of the Club's best known OO gauge layouts
  • A review of the Heljan Class 28
  • Happisburgh Goods travels to Tinkers Park
  • A look at a group called MOROP. (MOdelisme euROPeene) roughly translated as the European Union of Model Railroad and Railroad Fans
  • And updates from around the MRC.

 The Bulletin is a bi-monthly publication sent to all members of The Club - new members are welcome

Changes to Islington's parking charges

From January 3rd 2018, an additional charge of £2 per hour will apply to all diesel vehicles paying for short stay parking in Islington, which controls the parking zones in the streets around Keen House. The council says it is to help reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality on Islington. More details can be found here:

There are no changes to the hours of operation, so this will only affect those who come by diesel powered vehicle for meetings at Keen House before 6.30pm Monday to Friday, or before 1.30pm on Saturdays.

2018 Lecture Programme

Thursday 11th January 2018 - 7mm modelling , with the emphasis on Scale 7 Scale 7 pic Jan 18

MRC members Peter Mann and Tony Watts, together with John Borkowski , Chairman of the Scale 7 Group and owner of Masterpiece Models.                    

  • Peter will explain what Scale 7 is and why he made the change from finescale some 25 years ago , together with some general comments on building layouts in 7mm.
  • Tony will talk about scratch building of locomotives and also about modelling 4 wheel wooden wagons.
  • John will talk about how he goes about manufacturing very high quality locomotives in both Finescale 0 gauge and Scale 7.
  • Michael Druiett will talk about the Club's new Scale 7 project "Bow Works"


Thursday 8th February - Edward Thompson - Both sides of the story Feb 18 lecture image

Simon Martin unpicks the myths around Edward Thompson and examines the career of the LNER's Chief Mechanical Engineer in context. Thompson suceeded Nigel Gesley in the role, and led a standardisation programme during his tenure from 1941 to 1946. He is perhaps best known for the B1 class of locomotives.


Thursday 8th March - Spring Shorts IMG 5366

A series of short talks and demonstrations by members on a wide variety of modelling topics, including:

  • Building a fiddle yard turntable for "Empire Mills"
  • Automation of a DCC layout - as used on "Lacey Dale"



Non-MRC members welcome at all lectures, which start at 7.30 (unless stated), and with a short interval normally conclude around 9.15

Visitors are requested to make a suggested donation of £3.00, MRC members can attend any lecture free of charge.

All MRC lectures are held in Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA.

Please note that Keen House has steps or stairs to all areas.

Christmas Opening 2017

Keen House will be open for our regular weekly Thursday Club meetings through December -  including Thursday 28th December. The test tracks will be available to run trains on, the library open and refreshments will be available from 7-9pm.


RT @mdruiett: Day 2 @ #Yourallypally model engineering exhibition thanks for all the lovely comments come and see us sunday @ModelRailClub
We’re at the London Model Engineering show this weekend @yourallypally - come and say hi @…
Part of Copenhagen Fields at the London Model Engineering Exhibition @Yourallypally this weekend.
Jan 19
RT @mdruiett: Bow Junction makes its debut at the london model engineering exhibition @ModelRailClub
Jan 19
We’re just about ready for the London Model Engineering show, open from today to Sunday @Yourallypally