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Autumn 2016 Lecture Programme

Our Autumn 2016 lecture programme covers a diverse range of subjects from DCC control, through the Gottard line to one of the most infamous railway accidents. Visitors are welcome.


Thursday 13th October 2016 at 7.30pmDCC lecture

Mick Moignard presents: DCC – basics & upwards

DCC is one of the most important advances in the Model Railway hobby since we gave up keys for electricity.Come to this lecture to understand what DCC is, how it works and why it's so valuable at all levels of the hobby, regardless of scale. We'll look at choosing and purchasing a system, at decoders and their installation, layout wiring and running trains and then look around the edges at a few of the other things it can do.


Autumn 2017 Lecture Programme

Our Autumn 2017 lecture programme covers a diverse range of subjects. Visitors are welcome.

Thursday 12th October 2017 at 7.30pm

"Electric Trains" - by David Brown

Alone amongst the ‘big four’ railway companies, the Southern Railway embarked on a comprehensive electrification programme under its dynamic General Manager, Sir Herbert Walker. Between 1925 and 1939 virtually the entire suburban network and some main lines in Sussex, Hampshire and Kent were converted, all on the same low-voltage direct current third rail system. Railway electrification had significant social and economic effects in the areas served, not least the suburban expansion around London and other towns served. Our speaker, David Brown, has been a life-long enthusiast and observer of the Southern Electric and is the author of two comprehensive books on the subject.  

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Thursday 9th November 2017 at 7.30pm

"C4's Biggest Little Railway in the World - The A Team's Journey" by Lawrence Robbins and Simon AC Martin

Model railway enthusiasts and volunteers came together earlier this year for an ambitious plan to lay a model railway along Scotland's Great Glen. The project involved laying 74 miles (119km) of track from Fort William to Inverness. It was filmed for Channel 4, and is due to air this autumn. Lawrence and Simon were in the A Team, and will tell the story - the highs and the lows - of whether they made it.

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Non-MRC members welcome at all lectures, which start at 7.30, unless otherwise stated and with a short interval normally conclude around 9.15

Visitors are requested to make a suggested donation of £3.00, MRC members can attend any lecture free of charge.

All MRC lectures are held in Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA.

Please note that Keen House has steps or stairs to all areas.

The MRC goes Large

The Django ExpressThe MRC has just completed one of the largest layouts it has ever built, the "Django Express", for The Goldrush - a pop-up restaurant in the heart of Vauxhall.

The 75' / 25m long G scale railway runs the length of the venue, with a US 'pioneer' loco running up and down all night, creating sound and visual atmosphere for Wild West themed dining experience.


Library Additions - June 2016

Our library has one of the widest and largest ranges of books for railway modellers - covering prototype railways and modelling. The following books have recently been added.New Books Apr 16 small

The library is open for browsing on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm (unless there is a lecture), and on our monthly open afternoons. Check out the calendar for details. Members can borrow most books to read and work from at home.



Jun 14
@doomotto See for our list of known model shops in London.
Jun 13
The “Orchard Wharf” layout group are meeting this Friday at Keen House from 6.30. It’s a great time to get involved…
Jun 10
@JanesTrains Thanks. It’s not just for the youngsters, the mums, dads and grandads all get involved too.
Jun 09
Busiest ever Young MRC this morning, 16 boys* and their parents enjoying themselves making things at Keen House. Ma…
Jun 09
We delighted to host DOGA’s AGM and annual modelling competition today at Keen House. Being run by @Practical_Phil