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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 2017:2017 AP logo

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, 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

00n3: Castlederg

TT Gauge: Aldgate Hill & Norton Folgate

N Gauge: Stamford East

2mm Finescale: Hallam Town


Modelling Demonstrations: 

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.



2017 Lecture Programme

Thursday 9th March 2017 at 7.15pm

The Toss of a Coin - David Maidment OBE 

David has written a number of articles and given talks on railways, both in the UK and overseas, to enthusiasts and lay groups on his fascinating railway career. This began in 1960 on the Western Region of British Railways as a clerk in the Divisional Passenger Train Office at Paddington. By 2001 David was an Associate Principal Consultant, International Risk Management Services, undertaking major safety reviews of railways in Hong Kong and Southern Ireland, as well as work for Railtrack and Network Rail.

David will also discuss the charity he founded – The Railway Children – working with 40 partners in India, East Africa and the UK to help street children and young 'runaways'.


Non-MRC members welcome at all lectures, which start at 7.30 (unless 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.

Bulletin 494

Bulletin 494The January/February 2017 edition of The Bulletin is on its way to members, featuring a range of interesting articles all written by members, including:

  • A reveiw of the Traintronics point motor, and John's input to improving them for his large layout
  • An update on our EM gauge layout Empire Mills - including construction of its new turntable fiddleyard.
  • Confirmation of our new Chairman and Committee.
  • A new loco for Happisburgh, and progress on Copenhagen Fields.
  • And updates from around the MRC.

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

2017 Committee

At our 75th AGM on 1st December 2016, Leslie Bevis-Smith stood down as Chairman after six years in the role. Over that time the Club has continued to move forward at the start of our second centenary, with growth in membership, work starting on several new layouts and improvements to Keen House.

Tony Cox has been elected as Chairman, and Mike Lloyd elected to replace Tony as Deputy Chairman. David Aplin remains as Treasurer and Membership Secretary, and Elizabeth Livett was elected as Secretary following her co-option into that role earlier this year.

The details have been udpated on this site, and email addresses reassigned. More details will be in our next Bulletin.

To contact any of our team, please use this page.


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