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

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

Budleigh Salterton in OO

I’ve been busy plotting my version of “Budleigh Salterton” – and been laying out the track to the plan here, using the original signal box plan.      I intend to run my southern stock to represent the 1930s and my BR Southern Region stock to represent the late 1950s/early 60s  The boards are from …read more.

Apr 22, 2020

Getting started on a home layout

The time at home, plus the fine weather, has lead to another of our members getting down to it with his new layout. Alex found himself at home for the day so decided to head out into the yard and get some work done! – track has been pinned down – most of the droppers …read more.

Apr 21, 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

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