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July 2017 running nights for Empire Mills

June’s been a quiet month for Empire Mills, although like the proverbial duck the legs are paddling away under the surface. We’re running on two consecutive Thursdays — 6 July and 13 July — and last night we did a little work towards ensuring that stock prefers to run through a couple of the turnouts …read more.

Jun 30, 2017

Prefab platforms

  We have started the building of our platforms on Ingatestone 00 which are of two types –  traditional brick and the later extensions using a pre-fabricated concrete system (see header picture). This has meant we have been busy making prefabricated plastic components too! And they have to be laid out accurately so that the …read more.

May 27, 2017

Ingatestone’s May Update

New member Phil joined us on Monday for the working day on Ingatestone 00. We put him to work to help paint the platform supports that Mo had made at home. Liz also popped in to see progress and is admiring Mo’s model of the cricket club house. The 00 group is in most mondays between 11:00 …read more.

May 20, 2017

Empire Mills May 2017 update

We had a great weekend at Quainton Road, so thanks to everyone who paid us a visit. It was really fun to take part in a railway event that wasn’t simply a model railway show, and great to get out into the countryside for a change so we can remember what it looks like when …read more.

May 16, 2017

Ingatestone’s April update

Ingatestone 00  is our demonstration layout on Thursday 20 April in the lower hall, and  we hope to put up the four front scenic boards to help check for shorts and running.  The Monday session was most productive, Mo and Tom put higher ends on the boards  to protect all that “knitting” aka OHLE as …read more.

Apr 12, 2017

Open Day – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Our next open Sunday is on 23rd April 2017.

We’ll have a special focus on modelling in O gauge and 7mm:1ft scale, and featuring one of the last public operating sessions of our well know layout “Happisburgh Goods” before it retires later this year.

Other MRC layouts include:

Lacey Dale”  – our N gauge mainline layout with branch line. normally running late BR steam from the Peak District

Empire Mills” – An EM gauge goods line set in the west country.

And the Gauge O Guild will be there, showing the range of opportunity to model in this scale.

Plus a special offer for new members applying on the day

Apr 8, 2017

Open Day – Sunday 29th April 2018

Our next open Sunday is on 29th April 2018 – it’s a great chance to find out more about us and the benefits of joining our friendly club.

We’ll have a selection of our layouts operating, including:

  • Putnam Yard – the original section of our HO layout, set in New York State.
  • Lacey Dale – our N gauge layout set in Derbyshire, featuring a striking viaduct with automated main lines, and a small branch terminus below.
  • Empire Mills – the final showing of our current EM gauge layout before it moves onto its next chapter.

Plus displays from our OO and Scale 7 layouts which are under construction to find out how you can get involved

Apr 8, 2017

New control panel for Empire Mills, and two chances to see us

Here’s a preview of the new control panel. Wiring work to support this is now in hand with the two main boards done and the two subsidiary modules depicting the clay dries on course. Come and see us this weekend at the MRC open day — we are hoping to have the basics completed! We …read more.

Apr 4, 2017

Thanks and Welcome

We’d like to thank everyone who visited the London of Festival of Railway Modelling last weekend, and especially all the volunteers who came with layouts and stands to make it such a great show. Welcome to the new members who joined us at the show. If you missed out, it’s not too late to take advantage …read more.

Mar 27, 2017

Empire Mills March 2017 update

Although Ally Pally preparations are at the front of everyone’s minds at the moment, we’ve started in earnest on wiring work. We might make a tweak or two to the sections and uncouplers as we go, but the real object is to ensure everything is documented and cabling is standardised so that if and when …read more.

Mar 20, 2017

The real world moves on

  I took a trip down to Ingatestone station this Sunday arfternoon  to update myself and the team on the referbishment work carried out – although we have to draw a line on when we close our time period  for the  layout.  We had said 2014 to 2016 but its a hard call.   The first …read more.

Mar 14, 2017

Point Rodding

We have been doing quite a bit of work behind the scenes in the last few weeks to make CF easier to shift and exhibit – especially as we have Ally Pally coming up in less than a fortnight.  We have a truly massive fiddle yard board at the back that has undergone a weight …read more.

Mar 14, 2017

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