Our club nights are every Thursday evening from 7pm, when visitors are welcome. Sometimes we have guest Speakers (see the What's On page of this website). Our exhibition layouts are not normally erected in working order as they are often being worked on in sections. However, members often run their trains around the test tracks that we have in the club room. Visitors are more than welcome to come and have a chat, a drink and watch the trains! It would be helpful if you could drop us a line through the Contact Us page in case there are any issues on the night you plan to visit.
Trains sets are a great start to the hobby, and we are keen to encourage people to get more adventurous and turn the train set into a model layout. We welcome visitors to our Thursday evening meetings where we have members at all levels of the hobby who are happy to talk - although booking is required through the What's On page as space is limited due to Covid. And we normally have one of our layouts operating (check out the calendar) where you can see how we've done it. There are model railway exhibitions around the UK almost every weekend of the year and these are great places to learn more. One of the biggest and best is at Alexandra Palace every March, with 40 layouts plus modelling demonstrations to inspire and around 100 traders selling a huge range of products. If you've got a youngster in the house aged between 8 and 14, then please see our Young MRC page.
We welcome new members - whatever your level of skill and interest. We have members across the UK and the world. There is a simple on line process to sign up and you can begin to receive the benefits of membership almost immediately. Please see the Join Us page. If you'd like to 'try before you buy', you are welcome to visit us on our Thursday evening club nights at Keen House, or visit one of our weekend open events.
Membership is available from age 12 upwards. We have an active Junior section that meets on Saturdays once a month that are building a modular layout. There is a reduced annual membership rate for those under 25. For younger modellers, whilst we don't offer Club membership, we do run Young MRC which is aimed at 8-14 year olds. This is a monthly meeting on a Saturday where youngsters can run trains, help to build a layout and learn all sorts of modelling techniques. There is no annual membership - each child pays for each session that they attend. For full details please see our Young MRC page - link at the top of this page.
Yes - gift memberships are available and make a great present you can renew each year. Please click on the 'Join Us' page for more details of rates, and in the checkout you get the choice to select "gift membership."
We don't offer specific valuations or buy collections. You will probably find most value from selling the individual components - the locos and stock, perhaps the buildings and also the books. Listing them on eBay will realise their true value - but this is a time consuming job - not only the listing and identification, but also the packing and posting - most will need to be sent recorded delivery. As a guide to value:- an average condition loco will realise £40, carriages £10 and wagons £3. For a low hassle solution, we recommend that you buy a copy of a railway model magazine and consult the small ads at the back. There are many people / companies who want to buy models in bulk. They may also be interested in the books. However whilst they will offer payment quickly that is normally reflected in the price they will pay which can be less than half their realisable value. We do have our own on-line and exhibition shop, where we are able to sell items on behalf of members and others. We charge a small commission, and pay when the items are sold. For more details please use the Contact Us form If you would like to donate your locos and books to the Model Railway Club we can certainly ensure that they find a good home.
Like many model railway clubs, we have a second hand stall at exhibitions, where we sell preowned items that have either been give to us, or on behalf of our members on a commission. The online shop therefore mostly consists of the sort of items you would find on such a stall. Therefore what we have depends on what we are given, and when its gone its gone. Our descriptions are in good faith and on what we can see. Our listings are simple - a photo or two and a basic description of what it is and anything obviously noteworthy. All items are therefore assumed to be preowned and used unless obviously sealed in their original packaging. Whilst locos etc should be runners, as they have been in store they will needs gentle running in and may not work perfectly when delivered. If something is brand new, we will say so clearly.
Weighing and measuring each item to calculate P&P would be too time consuming. so we have set up 'flat rates'. There is an option to collect at no cost - but that requires you to come to Keen House on a Thursday night. For UK deliveries, we have three flat rates based on Royal Mail large letter, small parcel and medium parcel sizes, and the system calculates postage on the highest of the three applicable to the items you have bought. We sell to key international locations too, postage is set at a flat rate as a 'deposit' - the size and weight is more specific to the combined order. You have the right to cancel the order with a full refund if the international P&P price is more than you expect, and we will refund any overpayment when it it is shipped.
Almost certainly there will be many photographs of the station, buildings locos and stock for the period you are interested in. Unfortunately we cannot do the research for you. You will need to visit the library to browse through our collection. The first three visits are free. After that, you will need to join our club.
After becoming a member, we'll send you details of the layout group leaders. The best way to get involved is to get in contact and join them for one of their group working sessions. Layout groups welcome new members of their teams, to help them build and operate the layouts.
Keen House is the name of our Club rooms near King's Cross. It was designed in the 1950s with steps to most of the rooms. If you are planning a visit to us or another event and would like to know more, please let us know so we can discuss options as to how we could accommodate you.
Keen House is our "HQ" and we make use of most of the building. However other groups use our main meeting room and library for lectures and committee meetings throughout the year. We let the rooms to a variety of organisations, but with a discount to other non-profit transport related groups to make it even better value. If you are interested in hiring our venue, please visit the 'Venue Hire' link above.
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