Nailsea and District 2022 Show to go ahead

The N&D MRC 2022 show WILL be going ahead on the weekend of 26th and 27th March 2022.

The show will be held at the Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2LE. It will be open to the publuc from 10:00 until 17:00 on Saturday 26th, and from 10:00 until 16:00 on Sunday 27th.

Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Open Day Cancelled

Sunday 11th October 2020


It is with great regret that we have to cancel the Nailsea & District Model Railway Club Open Day event on Saturday the 12th of December 2020.
In view of the current Covid-19 situation and any further restrictions, the Committee made the decision to cancel the event.
We apologise to all involved, and all being well we will be back next year.

October 2020 Update

Saturday 3rd October 2020


Although there has been a lack of updates on the website, the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club still continue to hold their virtual meetings online using Zoom as well as making use of a members only Facebook group. Shown below are a small number of photos of projects that some of our members have been working on.


Doug has reconfigured his stay at home layout, Downsbay and Rye (Rother Road), to allow his modelling desk to be moved under a window giving more natural light and space for modelling. This has involved removing the entire branchline section that Rye (Rother Road) was built on, however this section of the layout has been kept and converted into a stand alone portable layout depicting a compact Kentish terminus.


A new loco shed has been built and installed on Downsbay based on a real one at Tunbridge Wells West during the 1960s. The model was constructed from scratch using Wills material packs of plasticard mouldings and just requires some ground details, etc to finish it off. There has also been a new heavy hoist crane installed at the rear of the loco shed and the existing coaling stage re-sited. The photos below show how Downsbay currently looks after the recent changes.






The next photo shows a small part of the detailing work that has been going on with the new version of Rye (Rother Road). We look forward to seeing more progress on the updates to this layout in the future.



Progress has also continued on Graham’s stay at home layout, Bruewithy Junction, which has had all the track laid and just needs the wiring underneath to be completed. The remaining wiring still to complete mostly consists of installing point motors, a total of 31 of which are required for this layout. The images below show the underside of one of the boards and part of the track plan of the layout.




A number of other models in various scales that have been built since the last website update are shown in the next sequence of photos below. These include a couple of buildings for an N gauge American layout, a OO gauge wagon shop, a OO gauge model of Crewkerne signal box and some O gauge concrete permanent way and tool sheds.







Finally for this update, Dave has shared a number of recent photos of his layout, Great Swilling, which is continually being detailed and improved ready for when model railway exhibitions can be restarted.

May 2020 Update

Thursday 7th May 2020


We’ve not had an update on the website for a while, but despite being unable to hold our usual weekly meets, the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club have continued to support our members in their hobby during this time.


Since the lockdown due to the Corona Virus, we have set up a virtual meeting online using Zoom, held each week during the times our normal Club evenings would take place, and also made use of a members only Facebook group, to keep in touch and continue to share our hobby with each other. Although it isn’t the same as physically meeting up, we have however seen more progress on Club Members’ own layouts than we usually see at the Club room, where the layouts wouldn’t be able to be physically transported to. A selection of these are shown below.


Kit building has continued, with one member completing two 7mm scale nuclear flask wagons, which now just require painting, while another member has begun adding some extra detail to some N gauge Kestrel Designs shop kits using 3D printed parts.




Running model trains has also continued, with upgrades done to another member’s own multi gauge test track with the addition of some Märklin catenary equipment. The test track caters for gauge 1, 0, 00 and 3 rail with gauge 3 behind. Shown in the photos below is a Deutsche Bundesbahn 144 Class electric locomotive making use of the newly erected catenary and a 3-rail 2-6-8-0 BR53 from German manufacturer Märklin, which has revolving fans, lights, sound and smoke. The prototype for the latter, despite being designed, was never actually built due to war constraints.




For other members, work has continued on building layouts. Some of these have been the continuation of previous projects, while others have been new layouts only started since restictions were put in place. Working up through the scales, we have photos of three N gauge layouts, one OO-9 layout, one OO gauge layout and one EM gauge layout.


A new project started in March taking shape.


Track being laid on a previously planned layout housed in a shed 10 feet by 8 feet in size.


Electrical work beneath another recently started layout.


Continuing scenery work on the Morella Light Railway.


Tree planting and additional scenic work alongside a depot yard.


The beginnings of EM gauge layout, Supping Hole.


We’re all looking forward to seeing how the various projects progress and will shaer more photos in future updates.

Nailsea Model Railway Show 2020 Cancelled

Monday 16th March 2020


It is with great regret that we have to cancel the Nailsea & District Model Railway Show on 28 & 29 March 2020.
In view of the latest Government advice, and the fact the school have cancelled all outside bookings, we have no option but to cancel this years exhibition.
We apologise to all involved who have worked hard to put this exhibition together, and all being well we will be back next year.

February 2020 Update

Thursday 6th February 2020


It’s been a while since the last update on the various activities that the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club get up to on our Tuesday evening meets, but there has been plenty going on.


The most recent Nailsea and District Model Railway Club meeting was a talk evening all about signalling a model railway. This can be a complicated subject when it comes to trying to add signals to a model railway, with various different types of signal for different purposes available. The talk with slides illustrating various information was much appreciated and will no doubt be revisited at some point in the future due to the nature of the subject.


On a related subject, a previous modelling evening saw one of our members bring along a OO gauge signal box to show us that he had scratch built with a variety of materials from model railway accessory manufacturers and items found around the home. The model is shown below and will, by now, be mounted on his permanent home layout.



Amongst the modelling activities on a different modelling evening, another Club member was assembling some N gauge house kits produced by Metcalfe Models as shown in the photos below.




There’s been a huge variety of models given a run on the Club’s test tracks during the evenings that the Roundy Round has been set up, with too many to show here. To demonstrate the variety of rolling stock we have seen, the two photos below show an O gauge Class 50 with a Shell Oil tanker on the end to end test track and four steam engines from across the world on the Roundy Round test track.




In the above photo, from left to right is a HO scale Royal Bavarian State Railway Class BB II 0-4-4-0T, a HO scale South Maitland Railway 10 Class 2-8-2T, a OO gauge ‘Flying Scotsman’ (minus tender for testing), and a Great Western Railroad Decapod Class 2-10-0. It’s not very often you’ll see locomotives from Bavaria, Australia, Britain and America running side by side at the same time.

Annual Model Making Competition 2019

Monday 30th December 2019


The last Nailsea and District Model Railway Club meeting of 2019 was our annual model making competition and quiz evening, which began in the usual manner with all the competition entries placed on the table as club members arrived. Once everyone had arrived, the quiz began, consisting of twenty five railway related questions.


This was followed by the judging of the modelling competition, with Brian Tozer returning as guest judge. The format of the modelling competition for 2019 was similar to that of 2018, but with a different theme. This year’s theme was buffer stops/stop blocks, with the overall maximum size of each entry determined by the scale modelled. Thus, a 2mm scale (N gauge) entry had a maximum size of twenty square inches, a 4mm scale (OO gauge) entry had a maximum size of forty square inches, a 7mm scale (O gauge) entry had a maximum size of seventy square inches, and so on.


Photos of all the entries in the 2019 modelling competition are shown below in no particular order.


Multiple stop blocks in one entry. The buffer stop on the railway line has been destroyed by some runaway wagons and the bus on the road below has had it’s stop blocked by the load of coal spilled by the crashed wagons.


This large scale entry full of detail, including a backscene, was one of the winning entries.


A basic end loading dock in OO gauge.


Another winning entry, this was based on a real life example where a couple of old iron van bodies were once used as buffer stops at Machynlleth in Wales.


This entry depicts a buffer stop at the end of a section of dual gauge railway line.


Another siding with plenty of vegetation growing around it in OO gauge.


Moving up to O gauge is another winning entry featuring a small hut built behind the buffer stop at the end of a siding.


This entry includes a loading platform running along the length of the siding as well as round the end of the track.


Two similar entries in different scales, but with the larger scale using a sleeper built buffer stop and the smaller scale using a rail built buffer stop.


Based on another real life example, this entry has a spare sleeper chained down to prevent anything rolling past.


Similar to the previous entry, another basic method of preventing rolling stock going beyond where it should is by laying a tree trunk across the tracks.


The competition is all done for fun and the theme of buffer stops/stop blocks demonstrates how much variety and detail can be included at the end of a siding on any layout.


Congratulations go to the winners of this year’s competition and if you’re interested in building models like the ones shown in the pictures above and live in the area, why not come along and join the club, where our members will be more than happy to discuss how they’ve created their models and share their knowledge.

September 2019 Update

Monday 23rd September 2019


Amongst the usual Nailsea and District Model Railway Club meetings, our most recent Talk Evening hosted a talk from visiting speaker Paul Townsend. The talk was all about the Model Electronic Railway Group and all the benefits of becoming a member. Included in this, was a brief description of some of the electronic module kits that MERG produce for layout control.



As well as the talk and modelling evenings, the test track has had a fair bit of use again. Shown below are a few items of rollings stock some of our membersbrought along to give a run. These include a Class 33 and Class 47 in N gauge, a OO gauge LNER B12 Class tender engine and a HO scale New South Wales C32 Class tender engine.




July 2019 Update

Wednesday 17th July 2019


Despite the start of the holiday season, there’s still been plenty of activity at the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club. The first photo featured in this update is a OO gauge model of a goods shed, which has been scratch built by one of our members using a variety of materials and left over parts from other projects.



Instead of having a talk evening this month, we visited the garden railway of another of our members, who generously invited us all round to his house for the evening. A group of us gathered for a chat and to watch the trains go round, with a massive thanks to Mike and his wife for allowing us all round and providing some drinks and snacks. We all had an enjoyable time and a few pictures of the garden railway are shown below.








June 2019 Update

Monday 24th June 2019


Unfortunately, it’s been a while since the last update, but we haven’t gone anywhere and we’re still working away with our model railways. So, what have members of the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club been up to since the last update?


A few of us have model railway layouts still in the early stages of construction and shown in the photo below is an N gauge layout from one of our members still at this stage. The boards have been reused from a previous layout that has been dismantled, with a couple of modifications ready for a new railway to be built. A new track plan has been designed on a computer and printed out at full size to ensure the intended layout fits and looks workable before track laying begins. We look forward to seeing how this member’s layout progresses.



Continuing the theme of railway constrution, real railways need ballast under the track’s sleepers to from a solid trackbed and help with drainage, so moving up to a larger scale, we have a photo of a wagon being pulled by a diesel locomotive on the O gauge test track. This is a recent ready to run model of an OAA dropside wagon built in the 1960s which has had a ballast load added.



Also required for constructing a real railway is a crane to lift track panels into place. The photos below show an old OO gauge rail mounted crane produced by Lima, which had been damaged but given a new lease of life by one of our members. The old broken jib has been replaced by a new scratch built one with new string to represent the operating cables, the paintwork touched up and it’s ready to operate again.



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What’s On?

Nailsea and District MRC Events:


NDMRC Annual Exhibition 2022

March 26th and 27th at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2LE