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

St Ives – In OO gauge

MRC member Paul Frabricius’s layout “St Ives” features in the November 2020 British Railway Modelling magazine – here’s a bit more about the inspiration, and a link to a video of it OO Gauge. Approx 10ft x 3ft.  Fiddle Yard 8ft x 1.5ft BR Mid 1950-60s As a child I spent summer holidays on the …read more.

Oct 18, 2020

Building Trapezium Baseboards for Minories

The classic Minories layout is a terminus to fiddle yard design – and that is what we built back in 2007 and how the layout has operated for many years. With a good team of operators we’ve presented a slick service of peak hour trains running in and out of the station’s three platforms at …read more.

May 23, 2020

Exchange Sidings – A start in EM gauge

In Bulletin 416, I outlined the plans for a small shunting EM gauge layout that we would try to build in a weekend. So did we do it? The 21 and 22 February 2004 were the days chosen for the project. Despite a number of offers of assistance, I was slightly concerned on whether the …read more.

May 8, 2020

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

Ingatestone’s back from its holidays

The summer is often a down time for modellers, as family holidays, the gardening and BBQ’s take over. But we have been continuing with work on Ingatestone mostly on Board 6 (the big corner board that goes into the fiddle yard) with what in the photo looks like a complicated amount of wire and points is …read more.

Sep 7, 2016

“Blacklade” in Hornby Magazine

MRC member Stephen Siddle’s OO gauge layout “Blacklade” is featured in the June 2016 edition of Hornby Magazine – which is on sale now. You can get a taster for the layout on our Blog, but there is more about it including some lovely pictures in the magzine.

May 16, 2016

Ingatestone goes to the Palace !

A very successful weekend for Ingatestone at the London Festival Of Railway Modelling held last weekend at Alexandra Palace. After the safe delivery of the three boards (numbers 4 to 6), the “in progress” demo drew a lot of attention and positive comment from the show-goers. Over the weekend, all of the group took their …read more.

Mar 22, 2016

It’s a wrap !

In preparation for Ally Pally this coming weekend, the Ingatestone crew have been busy getting ready the boards that we are taking to display. On Sunday, the packing crates for the corner boards were finished, with an extra day of work by Tom, Bob and myself getting the foam core for the scenery being cut. …read more.

Mar 15, 2016

Getting ready for Alexandra Palace

Putnam will be among the 40 layouts appearing at the London Festival of Model Railways.  The team have been putting in extra hours to finish a number of mini-projects before we pack everything away ready for transportation ‘up the hill’.  Visually there are a number of new buildings along the back of the yard, and …read more.

Mar 7, 2016

Ingatestone powers ahead !

This weekend saw Lawrence. Mo and Tom make progress with the power wiring for the layout, as well as on the woodworking. Protector boards to avoid track damage on board ends are being fabricated, and the covers for the trolleys that will be home to the corner boards 5 and 6 took more steps forward. …read more.

Feb 8, 2016

Manatee Bay

“Manatee Bay” is Eddie Thompson’s winning entry in the MRC’s 2015 layout challenge. It’s a fictitious H0 marine terminal (part of a larger layout) located on a river estuary on the Florida Panhandle operated by Seaboard Air Line Railroad.   The inspiration for the layout came from the March 2014 edition of Model Railroader which …read more.

Dec 7, 2015

Old Head

  “Old Head – County Mayo” is Nestor Middleton’s entry into the MRC 2015 layout challenge. The Location The railway came to this remote little part of County Mayo when the Midland Great Western railway of Ireland opened its line to Westport in 1866. Not before long, a short extension was opened to Westport Quay …read more.

Dec 6, 2015

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