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2018/9 Lecture Programme

Thursday 14th February - "Rising to the Challenge" by Alex Croft

A look at the challenges facing the model railway hobby and industry in 2018/19, and at how a new generation can be encouraged to enter the hobby – as well as find a bargain if they know where to look.

The talk will feature behind-the-scenes photos from the recent TV show ‘The Great Model Railway Challenge’ and a look behind the scenes of ‘The Biggest Little Railway in the World’. Alexander Croft is a third generation modeller and Sheffield Hallam University graduate. He established Online Models Ltd while at university, acquired the popular Eckon and Berko Colour Light Signal ranges and added a new range of yard lamps. In 2016 Online Models acquired the Railway Films DVD range with Alexander becoming producer and editor. In summer 2017 he was one of 54 volunteers who took part in the epic TV show‘The Biggest Little Railway in the World’.

As editor of the online model railway magazine Model Railway Express, he aims to help the hobby reach a new generation. In 2018 he captained ‘Team Sci-fi’ in ‘The Great Model Railway Challenge’ TV show.


Thursday 14th March - "Bekonscot: Britains biggest public model railway since 1929" by Tim Dunn

Tim returns to Keen House, this time talking about another of his passions - the Gauge 1 railway at Bekonscot

Tim Dunn is a marketing manager and railway historian. He grew up building and maintaining Bekonscot's Gauge 1 model railway; today he writes books on model villages and is a frequent contributor to railway history programmes on TV and radio. He is also responsible for installing various G Scale model railways around his office.


Thursday 11th April - "Southern Electric - Part 2" by David Brown

Following on from his hugely popular previous lecture, David continues the story


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.

Get Involved with "Orchard Wharf"

Orchard Aug 18Joining The MRC is a great way to learn from the range and wealth of knowledge of the other members, and getting directly involved in one of the layout groups is an even better way to learn and enjoy your membership.

We may not have a layout group that exactly matches your specific modelling interests, but most of layout teams have people with a wide range of tastes and experience, that come together because of the enjoyment of being involved in a collaborative project. Our new EM gauge layout is no exception.


Accurascale - Meet and Greet 9th August

Fran Burke from Accurascale will be at Keen House this Thursday evening - 9th August 2018. He'll be bringing some of the company's models, and at around 8pm will give a short talk on the ethos and people behind the company, and answer questions.

We meet every Thursday evening from 7pm, and visitors are welcome to this event.

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Bulletin 503

Bulletin 503The July / August 2018 edition of The Bulletin is out now. Published every two months for our members and affiliated societies, it always includes a range of interesting articles written by members.

This edition includes:

  • An update on the Club's OO gauge layout, "Ingatestone".
  • Ideas on how to model hedges,
  • John Emerson on a trio of Irish 7mm scale locos
  • Part 2 of "New liveries after Nationalisation"
  • A review of a new OO and EM gauge rerailer
  • And updates from around the MRC.

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


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