Lecture Nights

Dedicated club nights given over to talks on a variety of railway and modelling topics

6 times a year, in the autumn, winter and spring the Model Railway Club hosts a monthly lecture series on a varied array of topic of interest to anyone who enjoys informative talks on railways or railway modelling. latest events are in our ‘What’s On’ section.

Most events are also available to watch live on Zoom – details are in each event.

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.


Our 2018/19 and 2019/20 program was:

Thursday 8th November 2018 – Adventures with a miniature Steam road locomotive on Britain’s Roads – by Tim Watson

Join our president Tim Watson as he describes travelling from Rickmansworth to the Great Dorset Steam Rally by model traction engine

Thursday 10th January 2019 – “More from Kohler” – Hornby’s Marketing and Development Director Simon Kohler

Simon returns to Keen House with more stories from his career in the hobby, and perhaps some updates and insights from what is probably the most famous model railway brand in the world.

Please note this lecture and the audience may be filmed for a forthcoming TV programme

Thursday 14th February 2019– “Rising to the Challenge” by Alex Croft

Alex talks about the trials and tribualtion of building layout as part of Channel 5’s “The Great Model Railway Challenge”

Thursday 14th March 2019 – “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

Thursday 11th April 2019 – “Southern Electric – Part 2” by David Brown

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

September 12th 2019 –  They enjoy it so much I don’t know why I pay them  by Chris Leigh (Model Rail)

50 year of model railway publishing

October 10th 2019  – Thompson of the LNER – Locos in Crisis  by  Simon Martin

New revelations from Thompson’s own correspondence

November 14th 2019 – Big Trains, Little Trains by  Andy Christie

Driving for Virgin, The SVR and other railways

January 9th 2020 – The National Collection Curating Locomotion at Shilton by  Anthony Coulls

February 13th 2020 – Mail Rail by  Chris Taft

A History of the Post Office Underground Railway

March 12th 2020 –  LMS Patriot New-build project  by  John Barrowdale

Building the LMS Patriot

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