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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.

London Festival of Railway Modelling 2016

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 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016, 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 we have an exlcusive special offer for new members only available at the show - come and see us on Stand 3.

MRC layouts attending in 2016:

Happisburgh Goods (O Gauge)

Putnam Division (HO)

Manatee Bay (HO) (member's layout)

Lambourn (2mm FS) (member's layout)

Plus Ingatestone (OO)  and Old Head-County Mayo (4mm) (members layout) - both under construction

Plus out Hands-on layout "U2-Can"

Invited layouts for 2016

G Scale: “Hampton End” and "Whiteleaf Garden Railway" (live steam)

1:25 Scale: "Hook Basin"

Scale7: "Hemyock"

O Gauge: "Marske", "Arigna Town", "Belbroughton", "Stodden Hundred Light Railway" and "Dubmill Sidings"

EM Gauge: “Hungerford” "Weslo Steels" and “Hartburn”

OO Gauge: “Ackthorpe”, “Eskmuir”, "Benton Curlieu", "Bowlers Croft", "Grathwaite Junction", "Earls Court", "Peak Quarry", "Valencia Harbour", "Superquickton", "Ruston Quays", "Belmont Road" and “Whiteacres”

HO Gauge: "Red Hook Bay", "BNSF Horsethief Bridge" and "Klapping"

HOm: "Malix and Lenz"

009: "Bottle Kiln Lane"

TT Gauge: “Redford Junction”

N Gauge: “Stapleforth St Stephens”, "Newcastle on the Water", "Stokesay" and "Barnstonewath"

2mm Finescale: “Tucking Mill” and "Hall Quay"


Modelling Demonstrations: 

We also have a widen range of demonstrations to provide advice and ideas to modellers. On the MRC stand 143 in the West Hall, we will have:

Jean-François Laccassaigne, showing how to produce elements to construct scale buildings using 2-D & 3-D CAD programming, and computer-driven milling & cutting machines. He'll show this while working on elements out of styrene and/or card for two or three buildings (a low-relief modern warehouse, a low-relief church and a third structure (either a platform signal box or another railway building). Eric Sainte will show how to use those elements plus Styrene profiles (Evergreen, Slaters, etc.) on a PVC Foam Board base to create the building, also showcasing techniques to emboss such foam board to depict irregular brick and stone work. I'll also showcase how to paint & weather such buildings with Vallejo's acrylic paints.

Also over the weekend we will be showing 

  • John Emerson on 7mm loco and coach bogie construction.
  • Mike Tucker onf building construction from card and Weetabix (TM), 
  • 4mm wagon construction;
  • weathering,
  • conversion of a Hornby loco to EM

On Stand 161, the MRC's 2mm section will be working on part of Copenhagen Fields, showing how they create the award winning modelling - a chance to see bits of the layout not normally in view.

The Scale7 Society (stand 159) will be showing how to build track and design your own etches, whilst the S Scale society (celebrating its 70th year) will be demonstrating its brand new debut plastic kit - a 1907 RCH 7-plank end poor PO wagon.

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.

Please note - 59th and Rust has had to withdraw at short notice.



Dec 13
Our OO layout Ingatestone continues to progress, and will be running this evening at Keen House from 7.
Dec 09
Some great modelling on Twitter. Check out @PdannyH ‘s timeline for the full story.
Dec 08
@wakefieldrms @dale_gauge @dale_gauge . The EM team are completely normal 😉. In comparison. @EMGauge @minorieslayout @orchardwharf
Dec 03
It’s our AGM this Thursday 6th Dec, so whilst for the other 51 Thursdays of the year visitors are very welcome, it…
Dec 02
@FieldsHighbury We’re just working out the roster for 2019. It’s at an exhibition in Basingstoke in early March, so…