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Library Additions - January 2016

Our library has one of the widest and largest ranges of books of books for railway modellers - covering prototype railways and modelling. The following list of books has recently been added.

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 books to read and work from at home.


The Steam Locomotive in America
TubeTrains on the Isle of Wight
On Track: Henry Gittins - Railway Pioneer in Siam & Canada
The Midland Main Line
Branch Lines to Sudbury
The Midland Railway - A Pictorial History
Settle-Carlisle in Colour
LMS Railway Signalling, A Contemporary Perspective on VOL 1: Semaphore Swansong
The Steaming Sixties: Steam on Shed
Irish Traction in Colour
The Intercity Story 1964-2012
The Network Southeast Story 1982 - 2014
The Regional Railways Story - Sectorisation to Privatisation: Three Decades of   Revival
Sir John Hawshaw 1811-1891: The Life and Work of an Eminent Victorian Engineer
Hornby Railways - The Story of Rovex Volume 3 1972-1996
Modelling Narrow Gauge Railways in Small Scales
Modelling Railway Scenery Volume 2: Fields, Hedges and Trees
Modelling Branch Lines - A Guide for Railway Modellers
Railway Modelling Skills
Building OO Gauge Wagons and Vans for Model Railways
Modelling Railway Stations - A Practical Guide
Amateur Craft - History and Theory
Southern Railways and BR Southern Region - Various booklets, WTTs and notices

We would to thank those people who have donated and bequested the majority of the titles above; reviews of many of the modelling books can be found in "The Bulletin".

London Model Engineering Exhibition 2016

We are delighted to have been invited to exhibit at the London Model Enginneeing Exhibition 2016 - held over three days from 15-17th January at Alexandra Palace - also home of the London Festival of Railway Modelling in March. There is a large cross-over between model engineering and model engineering - not only at the 'big end' of model railways - such as live steam, Gauge 1 etc, but even the smallest gauges often require engineering skills to construct a working layout. DSCN1279DSCN1267So on our stand we have a display of Deltic locomotives from 5" gauge (about 1/11th scale) right down to N-gauge (1/148th scale) - the former weighing around 1.25cwt and definately at the top end of 'modelling'.



We also have a variety of demonstrators on the stand over the weekend showing the practical engineering as applied to various elements of modelling railways in a variety of scales, who are as alwats delighted to talk about what they are doing, and the benefits of joining The MRC.DSCN1269



4 x 1 Layout Challenge

In 2015, MRC members were set the challenge of building a small layout for exhibition at our December open day. Open day 15 challenge peopleThe number of entries was gently been whittled down for a combination of reasons but four layouts made it to Keen House on Sunday 6th December, in no particular order:

"Manatee Bay" was judged to be the layout which had most closely achieved the criteria set out below, and follow the links to read more about the four very different layouts. The picture shows from left Eddie, Mike Arnold (NMRA British Region President, and "head judge"), Nestor, Mike Lloyd and Tom.




Layout Challenge Winner

In 2015, MRC members were set the challenge of building a small layout for exhibition at our December open day. We are delighted to announce that Eddie Thompson's entry "Manatee Bay" was judged the best by a panel from the NMRABR.

"Manatee Bay" is a fictitious H0 marine terminal (part of a larger layout) located on a river estuary on the Florida Panhandle operated by Seaboard Air Line Railroad.   Float (barge in English) and buildings are scratch built, the track Peco code 83 with Tortoise turnout motor all controlled by NCE ProCab DCC system. More details about the competition and the other layouts can be found here.


Apr 15
RT @MertonJnc: Shunting the yard on the Edmonton N scalers layout.
Apr 15
You can see our layout "Empire Mills" on this video about 5 minutes in. Keep watching, it was a great show!
Apr 15
Empire Mills is at @Trainwest @corshamcampus this weekend, sharing a room with Titheridge Jn, The Bridge and Wiste…
Apr 15
RT @mdruiett: Bow Works in production! plasticard,brass the original works drawings and my kitchen table, look forward to updating @ModelR
Apr 14
Great to see so many people - young and older - Modelling at Keen House this morning. #getinvolved #justdoit