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

Class 419 “MLV” – Prototype history and a kit built model in OO Gauge

The Class 419 Motor Luggage Van was once a familiar sight on southern region boat trains at Platforms 1 and 2 at Victoria station. Here Chris outlines the prototype history and how he’s constructed the Replica kit in its later striking Royal Mail red livery. The Prototype In the decades before the advent of the …read more.

May 30, 2020

Sarum Road – Part 3 – Assembly and the aftermath

First Assembly The boards went together without any major problems except one – I should have allowed an extra 1/8″ to for tidying up the edges of the board tops and in two cases I had to swap the tops for backscenes – more of them later. Also, I had forgotten to drill the holes …read more.

May 28, 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

Laser cut coaches

Like many Railway Modelling addicts I was born sometime in the middle of the last Century. At that time The Hobby (my capitals) was pursued in a cultural climate where television was monochrome if available and heavy industry was commonplace. Being a master craftsman was a mark of distinction. Computers were unknown to the  general …read more.

May 24, 2020

Sarum Road – Part 2

Jumping the gun a bit – here are the completed baseboards and legs. The legs are ballasted with camping water bottles! The white structures on top are dummies for the viaducts, etc to be built. Tools The tools used (so far) have been: Tape measure Carpenter’s marking gauge Bradawl Modeller’s knife Straight edges 3′ and …read more.

May 21, 2020

Corridor Connections – improve the appearance of coaches

Hornby and other manufacturer put in a great deal of effort to ensure that an appropriate model is as accurate as possible within the tooling process, and produced at a price that we can afford. But there are extra touches that make a real difference – including closing up the corridor connections so there is …read more.

May 16, 2020

Sarum Road – Story of a OO gauge layout – Part 1

“Sarum Road” is a model of part of a locomotive depot set in the year 1956 in South London. The yard is small but busy, with a selection of Southern and BR types, as well as occasional LMS and NE locos that have crossed the Thames on transfer services. On the viaduct is a shuttle …read more.

May 14, 2020

Renumbering a Hornby Bulleid Light Pacific – from Bude to Yeovil

On the 75th anniversary of the first Bulleid Light Pacific rolling out of Brighton, here’s an article from our Bulletin archive about renumbering and detailing the Hornby model. Some time ago fellow MRC member Ian Lamb and I discussed the possibility of converting the then new Hornby Bulleid Light Pacific into one that replicated how …read more.

May 8, 2020

A Garden Layout

Well it’s not exactly modelling but more a bit of fun for my son and me. A few years back I started on this little project and it didn’t get past the baseboard stage. As we can’t go out and the weather been great I thought why not get on with it. The original remit was …read more.

Apr 29, 2020

Rolling Roads

Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a number of blogs with models sitting on rolling roads – probably because we can’t get to our test tracks to show the models working. There are a surprising variety out there – here’s a selection, which we’ll update as we find more… Example 1 – The Mazero …read more.

Apr 26, 2020

DCC testing track and rolling road

After buying a Lokprogrammer to allow me to program DCC decoders, it struck me that I needed a test station that would let me program decoders from all manufacturers, as well as test them and the locomotive on a rolling road. The version 1.0 plank that is illustrated consists a modified Hornby Rolling Road with …read more.

Apr 24, 2020

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