The Club builds and operates layouts in a variety of scales.
Class 321 build for Ingatestone – Part 1
As Tom S pointed out rather longer ago than I remembered, a few of us are supposed to be building the EMUs for the Club’s OO layout project Ingatestone. My experience of 321s is on the WCML in their earliest days from the late 1980s where they had taken over from the Class 310s (with …read more.Dec 27, 2020
Regauging a Replica chassis to EM
The Replica Railways powered chassis is a good product, that makes building EMU and DMU kits much easier, with a good motor and drive system picking up from and powering all 8 wheels. It could be used for example on the MLV and Class 455 projects Chris has described. It come as three options, with …read more.Jun 27, 2020
Class 455/9 EMU
The Class 455 four car multiple unit has for many of our members been the workhorse of their commutes and trips on the suburban ‘southern’ region. Here Chris outlines the prototype history and how he’s constructed the Bratchell Models kit to represent a South West Trains unit in OO gauge, with its colourful but tricky …read more.Jun 6, 2020
Class 456 EMU
In the late 1980s, the success of the Network SouthEast sector, led by Chris Green, brought about an upsurge in the number of commuters on the railways. On the former Southern Region third rail lines into London, four car Class 455 EMUs had been plying the rails since 1982. Operations were normally conducted with 8 …read more.May 25, 2020
Sliding Doors – Red or Blue?
Class 321 Electrical Multiple Units (nick named Dusty bins) are the work horse unit on the Great Eastern main line through Ingatestone on the Essex and Suffolk commuter trains. They come in 4 car formations, but run in multiple to cope with the peak hour demand, so we need a number of them. Although …read more.Feb 25, 2019
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