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MRC Membership Special Offer at LFoRM 2018

We have a fantastic offer for new members joing The MRC at the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace on 24/25th March 2018.Free Toolset

Not only is membership reduced to just £30 for the rest of 2018, but you also get an exclusive 17-piece modelling tool set worth £39.95*, absolutely free.


MRC Takes Gold and Silver

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We're delighted that our layout "Copenhagen Fields" has won "Layout of the Year" at the British Railway Modelling Awards 2017. The ever popular 2mm finecale layout of the area of London north of King's Cross has been evolving for over 30 years, and continues to grow. Under the leadership of Tim Watson and Mike Randall the team are delighted to be recognised for the love and time they have put into this project.

The London Festival of Railway Modelling was runner up in the "Exhibition of the Year" award. We work with Warners - publishers of British Railway Modelling - to organise the layouts & demonstrators and steward the show every March at Alexandra Palace. The exhibition team - which includes over 60 of our members - is looking forward to this years show on 24th and 25th March.

Full details of the awards and other winners are here - thanks to everyone who voted.

London Festival of Railway Modelling 2018

The London Festival of Railway Modelling is the capital's premier exhibition, held every March at the fabulous Alexandra Palace in North London. London-2018 logo

The next show is on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018, 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.

Plus take advantage of our special offer if you join the MRC at the show.

MRC layouts attending in 2018:

Lacey Dale (N gauge)

Ingatestone (OO gauge under construction)

Plus out Hands-on layout "Calshot Road"

Invited layouts for 2018

G Scale: Hambleden Valley

Scale 7: Aston Rowant

O Gauge: Durham Road TMD, Harlyn Pier, Kensington Addison Road, Saltdean, Webbs Wharf, Binns Road (Toys of Yesteryear)

7mm scale narrow gauge: Calstock's Halton Quay, Up the Line, Karolina Falls

S Scale: Abbey Street

P4/S4: Calcutta Sidings, Mostyn

EM Gauge: Brighton East, Friday Bridge, Hebble Vale Goods, Leighton Buzzard, Trewithick

OO Gauge: Cheffley, Didsbury Green, Grantham, Porth St John, The Worlds End, Troutons

HO Gauge: 59th & Rust, Dettingen, Fort Myers, Swiss Pass

TT Gauge: Portsea

N Gauge: Bluebell Cutting, Clifton & Lowther, Depot des Camions, Hawthorn Dene, Köln Westbahnhof

2mm Finescale: Llangerisech

Z gauge: Anzdorf 

Modelling Demonstrations: 

We also have a widen range of demonstrations to provide advice and ideas to modellers.

Our own members will be demonstrating layout contruction, making realistic scenery, track building, wagon construction and designing buildings and laser cutting.

DEMU will be inspiring the everyday modeller of the modern era to achieve better; 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; we have demonstrations of how control your layout through electronics and/or computers from MERG; andthe Scalefour Society showing you how to take the next step in 4mm scale 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.



Bulletin 500

Bulletin 500 aThe January  / February 2018 edition of The Bulletin marks a major milestone - our 500th Bulletin. Published every two months for our members and affiliated societies, it always includes a range of interesting articles written by members of the oldest and largest model railway club in the world.

Our Chairman Tony Cox says "The 500th edition of the Bulletin is a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank all of the editors down the years, including our current editor, John, for all their hard work. Also thanks to those involved in sending it out, from preparing the labels to stuffing the envelopes and finally putting into the post. All concerned deserve a massive pat on the back."

Our current editor John Jesson comments: "Over its 60 years the Bulletin has changed a lot, but, so has the model railway hobby. I wonder what the railway modellers of all those years ago would have made of what modelling is today? Computers, electronics and greater choice of materials have made so much possible; DCC, train detection and control, battery power, laser cutting and 3D printing, the list is almost endless. I wonder, also, what developments are around some future corner? Perhaps thought control, when all we have to do is think what we want to happen and it will? Fanciful? Maybe. But, as I've said, the hobby has changed a lot in the past, so there is no reason to think that technology will not provide  new ways of pursuing our hobby."

This landmark issue is on its way to members, and includes:

  • An update on the Club's best known layout, "Copenhagen Fields" - on how a layout can last so long and still not be finished.
  • A history of Flying Bananas, Hamburgers - and radio control for a model
  • Jack Nelson's LNW Modelling in North Wale
  • A look back to two of the Club's best known OO gauge layouts
  • A review of the Heljan Class 28
  • Happisburgh Goods travels to Tinkers Park
  • A look at a group called MOROP. (MOdelisme euROPeene) roughly translated as the European Union of Model Railroad and Railroad Fans
  • And updates from around the MRC.

 The Bulletin is a bi-monthly publication sent to all members of The Club - new members are welcome


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