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Skills Transfer Days 2017

One of The MRC’s aims is to ensure that modelling skills are passed on to the next generation. It’s perhaps easy for experienced modellers to forget how daunting it was to take some of those key steps in developing techniques, and all too easy for the less experienced to put something in the ‘too difficult’ category.Track Building

So we’re continuing our series of ‘skills transfer’ days, to allow a small group of people to try out something they may not have tried before with more experienced modellers on hand to help them. During the day each attendee will work on the kit/parts supplied to learn the techniques and hopefully take home a working model. These courses have been running successfully since 2009, and have been popular with positive feedback. Space is limited on each course, so please book early.

The courses take place at Keen House, 4 Calshot Street, London N1 9DA, and generally start at 10am and run until 4pm with a lunch break unless stated.

We're pleased to confirm the following dates:


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.

Stair Lift Appeal

Disabled members and visitors are restricted from fully enjoying the facilities and activities at Keen House, with stairs leading to most rooms.

To rectify the situation we are planning to install a stair lift from the foyer up to the John Anning Hall, then a second one from there up to the Library and Toilets. The Toilets will be modified for disabled use and a wider door installed to allow for wheelchair access.

This all costs money. We need to raise £15,000 for this project. Every donation, large or small, will help.

By launching this appeal we hope MRC members, friends and users of Keen House, and the wider modelling fraternity, will respond with donations allowing an early start to these much needed improvements.

If you would like to donate, please send a cheque to the Treasurer at Keen House (marked on the back 'Stair Lifts'). Alternatively you can pay electronically to the Model Railway Club, sort code 30-94-57, account 00789468, at Lloyds Bank, with 'Stair Lifts' in the comment box.


Jun 25
The Putnam gang were in today cracking on with the wiring under the fiddle yard boards. They meet 2 Sundays a month…
Jun 24
Flying Scotsman (4472) is due into Platform 1 at King's Cross just after 3 this afternoon with an excursion from #Scarborough
Jun 24
City Road and York Road: Story of Islington’s abandoned Tube stations
Jun 22
An armada of Class 42s on our test tracks this evening.
Jun 22
Hornby to change hands as rebel investor sells stake after failed plot