The Club builds and operates layouts in a variety of scales.

Santa’s Sleigh

As usual the MRC held its pre-Christmas mini exhibition in earlier this month. The York Road tube diorama had its first outing with a working train for the show with certain features such as this little 3DP of Santa in his sleigh with four reindeer out front. They had landed on the YR tube station …read more.

Dec 22, 2023

Award Winning MRC

We were delighted to be recognised in the 2022 British Railway Modelling Awards – presented at the London Festival of Railway Modelling (LFORM) at Alexandra Palace on 19th March. The awards are nominated by and then voted for by the public, and there were string fields in every category Our 2mm layout Copenhagen Fields won …read more.

Mar 21, 2023

Skittle Alley for Copenhagen Fields

Further to my progress over the summer holidays (see this blog) The Raven NER 4-6-2 class (AKA ‘Skittle Alley’) now has a running chassis. It will need some careful engineering to get it round corners, but should be OK. It certainly won’t be short of weight and traction when finished. The stepped running plate …read more.

Dec 26, 2022

Holiday Works

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer weather. Thought it was about time for a workshop update. The next loco from the Darlington works in St Albans will be a Skittle Alley, AKA a Raven NER 4-6-2 No. 2400. It will make a striking and exactly contemporaneous partner to Valour on CF. (Just needs someone to make …read more.

Aug 18, 2022

Etched Canopies for Copenhagen Fields

The latest development is some etches for the canopy to go across the end of the goods sheds. These made up very well and are quite remarkably rigid, considering the fineness of the etches. The canopy has had six legs made for it, which will be magnetically retained on the layout, as I suspect this …read more.

Aug 18, 2021

Copenhagen Fields – a summer retreat for some detail work

After fairly frenetic activity over the last few months I did a bit of grotty modelling in the camper van in Cornwall. The hut under the arch really was a grade 1 bodge! It really shows off the clean lines of Jim’s steps and Matthew‘s signal box. There are a whole load of point rodding covers to place around …read more.

Aug 6, 2021

Casting Columns for a Copenhagen Fields canopy

The Handyside cast iron columns for the cart road canopy at the new potato market were originally 3D printed by Tom Everitt. These were then used as patterns for CoCr castings – that is the particularly tough alloy that partial dentures and artificial hips are made of. Locating them was going to be a bit …read more.

May 3, 2021

Potato Market – cart road canopies for Copenhagen Fields

The Potato Market cart road canopies in the KX Goods Yard have been progressing, albeit a little slowly. The frontage is quite tricky in the way it interacts with the warehouse behind. Nothing is simple on Copenhagen Fields A jig has been invaluable for assembling the roof, which consists of a remarkably complex set of …read more.

Apr 9, 2021

Lockdown Labours – Broad Ethel

I’m fairly new to the MRC, although I have helped out a tiny bit on Copenhagen Fields in the past. And will do again soon, once I get a window to do some more! I do build models professionally, and also for pleasure (although sometimes it feels more like a self inflicted punishment). One thing …read more.

Feb 6, 2021

Brutal Warehouse modifications on Copenhagen Fields

The representation of the KX Goods Yard has featured some magnificent (and large) warehouses, based on some of the buildings at KX, that Mike laser cut and made to produce a critical structural mass.  In fact, the warehouse had already been shortened at the front by a bay, before our MRJ photoshoot last February. The problem is that these …read more.

Jan 2, 2021

“Valour” in 2mm

After a long stay away, Valour has now gone through Ian Rathbone’s paint shop with final re-assembly and a bit of weathering in St Albans.  Ian has made an outstanding job of the lining.  It will be good to see the engine in service at the head of a 1923 Pullman train on CF, but will need …read more.

Dec 24, 2020

Bedding In – York Road (and York paving) – Part 8

We’re now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the upper works of the YR tube station. The ‘plaza’ has now been paved using printed paving paper – in this picture update.    

Nov 28, 2020

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