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

1950’s overhead 25kv line project nears the end

Ingatestone received its overhead line equipment in the 1950’s which is mostly still in situ today.  Our OO layout has reached a milestone after the completion and installation of our brass replicas, scratch built by Tony Rees.   Board One was moved out of  Keen House to Tony’s home so he could continue the work …read more.

Nov 22, 2020

Ingatestone Update – level crossing and backscenes

Although we can’t work on the layout at Keen House, luckily we managed to get some projects home before the lockdown, and making progress. I’ve been filling in more of the back drop today and I feel that its coming together. We have to think of this as some thing seen from afar and although …read more.

Apr 20, 2020

Ingatestone – summer update

Chris Ibbotson has been busy bringing a Hornby class 90 up to a better standard. This model was a fair representation when first released by Hornby many years ago but suffered from many of the issues that are a result of Hornby’s wish to produce a product that is both toy and model! But this …read more.

Jul 12, 2019

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

Ingatestone is ready for action

As you can see from the pictures Ingatestone is back up in full, including the fiddle yard,  for the last part of the year in the lower hall.  In January 2019  we will swap out  the scenic side of Ingatestone for the scenic side of  Putnum Yard – both layouts share the same fiddle yard …read more.

Aug 21, 2018

An update from Ingatestone – Aug 2018

  Chris Ibbotson has been busy bringing a Hornby Class 90 up to a better standard. This model was fair representation when first released many years ago but suffered from many of the issues that are a result of Hornby’s wish to produce a product that was both a toy and a model.  But this has been over come by …read more.

Aug 4, 2018

Ingatestone Autumn Update: There is some good modelling happening

After a long summer with all the boards of Ingatestone up in the MRC workshop, a lot of progress has been made on both track and scenic elements.    The scenic crew has been hard at work on the platforms, and after their recent trip through the paint shop when they are added to the layout …read more.

Oct 23, 2017

Ingatestone Update: Field Trip!

One of the advantages of building a modern image layout like Ingatestone is you get the opportunity to visit the prototype to get up to speed on exactly what you are building.  So with master craftsman Eric Sainte visiting from Belgium we arranged a field trip which had almost a full turnout from the Ingatestone …read more.

Jul 30, 2017

Ingatestone: June Update

A slightly delayed update this month as we handed over blogging responsibilities to a new member of the OO group – me!   A lot of progress has been made on Ingatestone in the last few weeks.  This is greatly helped by the fact that all 6 scenic boards are now up full time in …read more.

Jul 9, 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

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