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

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

Two model shops for my layout

I am in the middle of constructing a small shunting yard, based on the outskirts of Brighton during in the late 1950s to early 1960s period. Because the whole scenic area is just 8ft x 2ft most buildings on the layout have to be of the low-relief type. At the far end of the layout …read more.

May 4, 2020

Bulletin 514 is out – and ready to download

Our latest club Bulletin is on its way by post or email to members this week – and available to download right now in the members area. As well as updates on how the Club is running during this unprecedented time in our 110 year history, there are also articles on our S7 layout “Bow …read more.

Apr 22, 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

Quintart Build – Part 1

Our new club EM gauge layout “Orchard Wharf” is in need of some stock, and one of the items asked for the peak hour passenger service is a Gresley Quintart set. Why and what is a Quintart – because they are rakes of 5 coach bodies, with only 6 bogies with the coaches articulating and …read more.

Apr 19, 2020

Baker Street signal cabin in S scale

This S scale cabin was started some while ago but ground to a halt due to delivery (!) issues of the ‘crittall’ windows.  However this has now been resolved using my ‘silhoutte’ cutter. The windows were redrawn on its dedicated drawing program and cut from thin self-adhesive black vinyl.  You might even note the work …read more.

Apr 10, 2020

Bow Junction – ready for another busy year

Bow Junction is our 7mm scale layout, which is being built to Scale 7 specification. The main difference from standard finescale 0 gauge is that the track gauge is 1 mm wider and the back to back dimension is 2mm greater. Also the thickness of the wheels is less than finescale 0 gauge. It is …read more.

Jan 11, 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

Where to buy model railways in London

You may be one of the hundreds of households that has received a Hornby or Bachmann OO model railway train-set for the first time this Christmas – perhaps even a Graham Farish one in N gauge. We hope you enjoy it. Once you have discovered the fun of what is included, your mind (or certainly …read more.

Dec 25, 2019

Demonstrations at LFoRM 2019

As always we will have demonstrations from a variety of other gauge and special interest societies at LFoRM 2019.  Stop by and catch up on the latest innovations or even join up!   Diesel & Electric Modellers United (DEMU) Merg – Model Electronics Railway Group The 2mm Scale Association The Double O Gauge Association The …read more.

Mar 17, 2019

Wagon repair shop on DVD

Back in February, we had a wagon demonstration next to Empire Mills at the Doncaster exhibition. During the show Phil Parker from BRM interviewed Ben W about the wagons he was fettling, and the result is on the DVD that comes with the June edition of the magazine.

May 26, 2018

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

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