About the Model Railway Club (The MRC)

The Model Railway Club is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest model railway society in the world, having been formed in 1910, hence being known as ‘The MRC’.

The club has been synonymous with the hobby for over 110+ years, with many famous members including Peter Denny (builder of the iconic Buckingham Great Central layout) and C J Freezer (Former editor of the Railway Modeller magazine). The club’s exhibition at Westminster Hall was for much of the 20th Century ‘the’ exhibition.

Today, The MRC is the largest club in the UK by a number of members and has its own purpose-built premises, Keen House, situated in central London, 10 minutes walk from King’s Cross.

As well as being the home of The MRC, Keen House is also home to many railway and modelling societies who hold their regular meetings.

Our clubroom has a licenced bar and our library with over 5000 books and periodicals is one of the most extensive of its kind in Europe.

Membership of the MRC includes entry to Keen House on club nights, the opportunity to participate in layout building, the use of the library and workshop, our multi-gauge test tracks, monthly lectures, and to meet with fellow modellers in convivial surroundings and swap hints and tips. We regularly run skills training days and the club is the perfect place to hone and improve your modelling skills. Our members regular display our layouts at exhibitions around the country and we are always looking for new operators and volunteers to help.

We have a regular monthly club for younger modellers from 8-14 years old known as YMRC, and our growing Junior (12-18 year old) members have a session one Saturday afternoon a month.

The MRC is truly the London home of Railway modelling, but we welcome members from across the whole of the country and overseas.

The MRC is a very active club, there are normally at least 40-50 members present at our weekly club nights on a Thursday, and we have 7 layouts across all popular scales in various stages of building. The MRC is the perfect place to meet fellow modellers and many lifelong friendships have started here.


Young MRC is the monthly Saturday club for younger railway modellers, aged from 8 to 14, which is held from 10am to 12 noon and 1-3pm at Keen House - normally on the second Saturday of each month. This is run separately from the main club, and you don't have to be a MRC member to attend.

Tony Cox


Stephen Syer


Gus Paul

Treasurer and Membership Secretary

John Jesson

Deputy Chairman

Professor Tim Watson


Eddie Thompson

Lettings (Room Bookings) Manager

Lawrence Robbins

Committee Member and lecture co-ordinator

Tom Cunnington

Exhibition Manager, YMRC Co-ordinator & Vice President

Hugh Smith

Facilities, Catering & Bar Manager

Thursday Track Nights

We are open on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at our Keen House clubrooms. Visitors are welcome, please come along and introduce yourself.


Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London, N1 9DA

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