Latest News from the MRC
MRC at London Model Engineering Show
We are back at Alexandra Palace with a stand at the LMEE on 20-22nd January 2017. Our theme this year is "Electric Power", which includes a section of our new OO gauge model of Ingatestone which has 25kV overhead electricifcation. As usual our team of members will be demonstrating the creation of model locomotives, structures, track and layout elements in various scales - tramway modelling will also be represented. Below is a taster of some of the models on display.
We look forward to seeing you there on stand P, and again at the London Festival of Railway Modelling on 25/6 March.
Award Winning "Copenhagen Fields"
We're delighted that our 2mm finescale layout "Copenhagen Fields" won the Denis Moore Cup at the inaugural CMRA exhibition at Stevenage this weekend.
Denis was president of the CMRA and scenic modelling was his forte. The cup is awarded for the best scenic modelling on a layout appearing at the CMRA Exhibition. Congratulations to Tim, Mike and the whole team.
Skills Transfer Days 2017
One of The MRC’s aims is to ensure that modelling skills are passed on to the next generation. It’s perhaps easy for experienced modellers to forget how daunting it was to take some of those key steps in developing techniques, and all too easy for the less experienced to put something in the ‘too difficult’ category.
So we’re continuing our series of ‘skills transfer’ days, to allow a small group of people to try out something they may not have tried before with more experienced modellers on hand to help them. During the day each attendee will work on the kit/parts supplied to learn the techniques and hopefully take home a working model. These courses have been running successfully since 2009, and have been popular with positive feedback. Space is limited on each course, so please book early.
The courses take place at Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA, and generally start at 10am and run until 4pm with a lunch break unless stated.
We're pleased to confirm the following dates:
London Festival of Railway Modelling 2017
The London Festival of Railway Modelling is the capital's premier exhibition, held every March at the fabulous Alexandra Palace in North London.
The next show is on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017, and we're delighted to confirm that the following layouts, representing a wide range of scales and prototypes, have accepted our invitation to attend. There are also a wide range of demonstrations of modelling techniquies, and around 100 stands selling a huge range of items.
MRC layouts attending in 2017:
Copenhagen Fields (2mm FS)
Minories (GN) (EM gauge) (member's layout)
Blacklade (OO) (member's layout)
Plus out Hands-on layout "U2-Can"
Invited layouts for 2017
Gauge 3: Blackgang
1:25 Scale: Project Iraq 2003
Ob7: Teign House Sidings
O Gauge: Central Works, Lancaster Green Ayre, Runswick Bay, Staindrop
7mm scale narrow gauge: Chelma Canyon, Donegal
S Scale: Trowland
P4/S4: Kettlewell, Leysdown
EM Gauge: Blackwells Brewery, Canada Street, Hope under Dinmore, Kirkmellington, Victoria, Woodfield Road
OO Gauge: Binns Road, Crewlisle, Eaton Gomery, Much Murkle, North Bridge, Towcester
HO Gauge: Dobris, Essex Belt Lines and Freemo, Lemmington Park, Prospect Point, Woodsville NH, Kaprun, Obervaz
TT Gauge: Aldgate Hill & Norton Folgate
N Gauge: Stamford East
2mm Finescale: Hallam Town
We also have a widen range of demonstrations to provide advice and ideas to modellers.
DEMU will be inpsiring the everyday modeller of the modern era to achieve better, including wagon weathering, scratch-builidng scrap loads for wagons, painting coach interiors, installing flashing tail lights and some westhered stock to talk about techniques.
The EM Gauge Society will be demonstrating a range of kit and scratch buiding techniques using white metal and etched brass, how to convert stock to EM gauge, and how to add extra detail to make models look more realistic, plus on the Sunday how to build track.
And we have demonstrations of how control your layout through electronics and/or computers from MERG; the Scalefour Society showing you how to take the next step in 4mm scale modelling, and the NMRA will be encouraging you to try out US modelling.
We hope the demonstrations inspire you to try a new technique - the teams are there to explain what they are doing, and provide free advice.
The Model Railway Club works with Warners (publishers of British Railway Modelling) to organise the 40 layouts which represent the best of the hobby, as well as the modelling demonstrations, club and society stands and also provides the stewards. Click the links to find out more about wide range of traders attending, or to book tickets in advance.
Please remember, the Sunday is always quieter than the Saturday which makes it even more enjoyable - especially if you are bringing children. We look forward to seeing you.