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

Track Building – Part 2

In Part 1, I outlined the plan to build new point work for Minories for the expanded fiddle yard. Here’s how it went, starting off with how it ended up – the full sized layout up in the library at Keen House. Most of this work took place in 2016 and 2017, but it’s taken …read more.

May 31, 2020

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 and 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 …read more.

May 23, 2020

Quintart Build – Part 2

The bodies all follow the same principle for construction and just to confuse things these pictures aren’t all of the same coach. A reminder, this is how they come: As well as sanding off the pips where the elements are joined in the printing, there was a small amount of filing of some window frames. …read more.

Apr 23, 2020

Converting a Hornby Class 101 to EM Gauge

I’ve already got a blue Class 101 DMU for Minories. which was re-wheeled several years ago. This is the equivalent model in green, which I bought at a price it was difficult to refuse as part of a batch of stock that looked a bit mucky, presumably after being left out for a long time …read more.

Apr 21, 2020

Renumbering Coaches

Here’s a simple project to renumber coaches to avoid having duplicates on the layout or make them specific to your region. These are Bachmann Mk1 sleepers – for the ‘next’ project, and with 3 of both types (SLSTP and SLF) in the rake I needed to renumber at least 4. They’ve been converted to EM …read more.

Dec 29, 2019

Minories in Brighton

The final outing for us in 2019 was to the Brighton Model Railway exhibition in November. It’s an invite from our member Nestor that we’ve had to put off due to previous clashes with Tolworth and Wakefield, but it’s a reasonably quick drive down the A23 for a set up on the Saturday morning as …read more.

Nov 28, 2019

Minories at the Great Electric Train Show 2019

Minories made the trip to Milton Keynes in October for the Great Electric Train Show. It was a late evening set up on the Friday, and we only just squeezed between the layouts either side that were already up when we got there. A fault in the wiring on a board (that had worked fine …read more.

Oct 18, 2019

Minories in Hornby Magazine

Minories is in the latest edition of Hornby Magazine, which appeared in my local WH Smiths today. Although planned for some time, the photo shoot only took place in May with editor Mark Wild coming down to Keen House for the shoot. You can see the layout in person at the Great Electric Train show …read more.

Oct 5, 2019

Minories goes to Derby Roundhouse

On the 12th and 13th May, Minories headed north to the historic Derby Roundhouse – for the Michleover Model Railway Group exhibition. John, Rob S and Tom headed north on Friday in a transit van (which came with a special adaption to first gear to keep the driver awake), where we met up with former chairman …read more.

May 16, 2018

Minories November 2017

We’ve had a busy few weeks, leading up to two exhibitions over consecutive weekends in November- Tolworth then Wakefield. It would be fair to say we weren’t quite ready for Tolworth Showtrain – so apologies to the Hampton Court MRS and those who came on the Saturday morning. However with perseverance we fixed the key …read more.

Nov 25, 2017

Sticking point

There are six points on Minories, all operated with Tortoise slow action point motors with Exactoscale baseplates transferring the movement of the motor through a tie-bar under the baseboard to wires soldered to the underside of the switch rails. There are stretcher bars between the switch rails, and although these do provide some mechanical joints between the two switch …read more.

Nov 7, 2016

Converting Heljan Class 23 to EM

The Heljan Class 23 is one of the simpler conversions to EM gauge. I don’t think there are any revolutionary ideas here, but hope this may be of use to anyone else contemplating the conversion or looking for an easy one to start with.     The model as supplied picks up electricity from the …read more.

Sep 24, 2016

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