March 2019 Update

Sunday 3rd March 2019

 

There’s now only five weeks left until the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s annual model railway exhibition for 2019. There’s been a couple of updates to the list of layouts, traders, demonstrators and stands that will be attending. To view the latest list and other details about the show, visit the events page by clicking here. Other preparations are also underway and some posters have started to be distributed around the local area earlier this week to help advertise the show. There is also an event listing on Facebook which can be found by clicking here.

 

 

It’s also been a while since we shared some photos of the general goings on during Club meetings, so below are a couple of shots of a recent running evening. First, demonstrating the range of interests our Club members have, is an overall shot of the Roundy Round test track featuring a mixture of N gauge, OO gauge and HO scale trains. Amongst those are a British diesel hauled train of bogie fuel tankers on the outer most loop of track, an American train of stone hoppers that almost entirely fills the loop of track, an Australian Intercity XPT and a couple of steam hauled passenger trains.

 

 

Moving over to the O gauge test track, pictured below is a work in progress pannier tank kit being given a run to check the assembly still allows smooth running before work on it continues.

 

Nailsea Community Market

Sunday 17th February 2019

 

With just seven weeks left until the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s annual model railway exhibition for 2019, some of our Club members spent the day at the Nailsea Community Market yesterday with a stand promoting the Club and Model Railway Show. Thanks go to those members that gave up their time to attend, along with the models that they took along to display.

 

 

 

Details about the 2019 Nailsea Model Railway Exhibition can be found on the events page by clicking here. There is also an event listing on Facebook which can be found by clicking here.

Annual Model Making Competition 2018

Sunday 3rd February 2019

 

This update has come a little later than originally intended, but we can now share with everyone photos from our 2018 model making competition. The last Nailsea and District Model Railway Club meeting of 2018 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 four railway related questions.

 

This was followed by the judging of the modelling competition, with Brian Tozer from Modelmania returning as guest judge. The format of the modelling competition for 2018 changed from previous years. Instead of having multiple categories for best item of rolling stock, best scenic item, etc. there was just the one category this year. This being a diorama no bigger than forty square inches with the theme of hoardings. The choice of maximum size for the dioramas was due to 2018 being the Club’s 40th year. The entries ranged in scale and size (within the forty square inch size limit) as well as interpretation of the theme.

 

The photos of the entries below are grouped in order of scale size from smallest to largest beginning with N gauge at 1:148 scale.

 

Burrows’ Yard, N, 1:148 scale

 

Impatience, HO, 1:87 scale

 

Ascot Terminus, HO, 1:87 scale

 

‘Aving a Go, OO, 1:76 scale

 

Floaty Woaty Advertising Ltd, 4mm:1ft, 1:76 scale

 

Amputation Station, OO, 1:76 scale

 

Miscommunication, 4mm:1ft, 1:76 scale

 

Shepherd Neame ‘Spitfire’ Ale, 7mm:1ft, 1:45 scale
Brylcream and OMO, 4mm:1ft, 1:76 scale
Wales (Travel by Train), 4mm:1ft, 1:76 scale
Birds Custard, 7mm:1ft, 1:45 scale
South Wales Docks – British Railways, 4mm:1ft, 1:76 scale

 

Peterswood, 7mm:1ft, 1:45 scale – front

 

Peterswood, 7mm:1ft, 1:45 scale – back

 

The Last Hurrah of the Golden Hoard(-ings), 7mm:1ft, 1:45 scale

 

Village Workshop, 1:35 scale – Front

 

Village Workshop, 1:35 scale – Back

 

Berlin 1945, 1:35 scale

 

Strong’s Brewery Hording, 1:32 scale

 

We’ll Meet Again, 1:32 scale – Front

 

We’ll Meet Again, 1:32 scale – Back

 

Christmas in the Park, 1:22.5 scale

 

Hoardingsfoot, 4in:1ft, 1:3 scale

 

The competition is all done for fun as can be seen by some of the less serious entries, such as Hoardings foot; featuring part of a hoarding at a scale of one third full size, and Miscommunication; built in a space of 400 square millimeters instead of 40 square inches and featuring a miniature copy of the Club’s 2018 Open Day flyer.

 

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.

2018 Open Day Show Report

Sunday 23rd December 2018

 

Following on from last weeks Open Day Show, a report has now been added to the website complete with a few photos. Thanks go to all those who’ve supported the event especially:

 

  • The Open Day Show team for all their hard work in making the show a success
  • The Barn, Clevedon for the venue
  • The Catering team
  • All our club members who brought their layouts and rolling stock to display
  • All the club members, family members and friends who turned out to man the doors, shift tables & chairs and help out where needed
  • All you members of the public who paid to come to the show – our very special thanks to you!

Click here to read the full report and view the photos of the event.

 

One Week Until Upcoming Open Day 2018

Friday 7th December 2016

 

There’s now just one week to go until the 2018 Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Biennial Open Day. With this in mind, below is a quick run down of details for the show. There is also an event listing on Facebook which can be found by clicking here. Please share the Facebook event listing with anyone you think may be interested and don’t forget to tick the relevant box to show you’ll be attending.

 

Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition 2018 - Saturday 15th December 2018 at The Barn, Great Western Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6HB

Download flyer as pdf

 

When – Saturday 15th December 2018, 10am to 4pm
Where – The Barn, Great Western Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6HB
[Click here to view the location on Google Maps]

 

Ground floor with no known issues with disabled access
Free parking immediately outside the venue
Refreshments Available (Additional Charges Apply)

 

Admission Charges:
Adult – £3.00
Child (5 to 16) – £1.00

 

List of Layouts:
Cedar Gap – N scale – Doug Richards
GLB Bitterfeld – HO scale – Eric Bird
Morella Light Railway – OO-9 scale – Heather Hatch
New Mexico Railroad Museum – HO scale – Club layout
Paley Green – G Scale – Mike Brown
Pol Sands – 7mm scale – Ian Roll
Rowthorne – OO gauge – David Batstone
Shed 101 – OO gauge – Barry Larkin & Paul Lewis
Stanley Yard – N gauge – Adrian Croshaw
Wheal Nook – OO gauge – John Bristow

 

List of Traders:
Brian Tozer (formerly Modelmania)
Keith’s Bits & Pieces

 

List of Other Demonstrators and Stands:
Modelling Demonstration – David Burnett
Club Information Stand

 

All the layouts and displays that appear at our biennial Open Day are owned and operated by club members. Some of these displays don’t usually leave home and while some are still under construction, the purpose of displaying them is to demonstrate the large range of interests that our members have.

 

It’s also a good opportunity to talk to some of our members and maybe consider joining the club yourself. We hope to see you there and that you enjoy your visit.

November 2018 Update

Friday 9th November 2018

 

There’s now five weeks remaining before the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s biennial Open Day. All the layouts at the show are owned and operated by club members and while some are still under construction, the purpose of displaying them is to demonstrate the large range of interests that our members have. There will also be a couple of sales stands at the Open Day, and with Christmas just over a week later, maybe there will be something for sale that could make the perfect last minute Christmas present for someone who has a model railway.

 

Details of the 2018 Open Day show can be found on the Events page by clicking here. There is also an event listing on Facebook which can be found by clicking here. Please share the Facebook event listing with anyone you think may be interested and don’t forget to ‘join’ the event and tick the relevant box to show you’ll be attending.

 

During the past month, there has been the usual mixture of modelling evenings, which continue to see a range of projects being worked on, and test track evenings with a range of models being tested from across scales and eras. The most recent talk evening didn’t feature a talk at all and was actually our now annual skittles evening, where club members and their partners who wished to attend all met at the Market Inn in Yatton for a social evening playing a game of skittles. Thanks go to the Market Inn at Yatton for hosting us and providing food and drink.

 

October 2018 Update

Monday 8th October 2018

 

The previous two talk evenings since the last update consisted of a slideshow evening at the start of September, showing a number of old railway photos from across the country, and a talk about scratch building simple model buildings.

 

The Roundy Round test track has continued to be popular on running evenings, with a large range of models being tested including Australian HO scale trains, N gauge Southern Region steam engines and present day Class 66s in OO gauge. The larger scale test track has also seen use on a couple of evenings with the testing of Gauge 1 scale locomotives.

 

Modelling evenings continue to see a range of projects being worked on. Included amongst those have been the construction of model building kits in various scales, using both plastic and card components. Pictured below are shots of two of our members working on an N gauge card kit produced by Metcalfe Models and a 1:35 scale plastic building kit produced by MiniArt Models.

 

Card Kit Assembly

 

Plastic Kit Assembly

 

As well as buildings, rolling stock has been worked on, with photos below showing a work in progress 7mm scale wagon built from a kit that utilises plastic and metal components, and some maintenance work being done to an old OO gauge Warship class diesel-hydraulic locomotive produced by Mainline Railways.

 

Scale 7 Wagon Work In Progress

 

Warship Maintenance

 

The final photo for this update shows another work in progress from one of our Club members. Every year, we hold a modelling competition for our members to show some of the models that have been completed during the year. This year we have a new format to the competition with the challenge of building a diorama no larger than 40 square inches. Below is the progress so far of one of these entries from a member who had never built a card kit before. We’re all looking forward to seeing all of the completed entries.

 

Diorama Work In Progress

August 2018 Update

Monday 13th August 2018

 

Since the last update, we have had two talk evenings, plenty of activity around the Club test tracks and members working on their own projects.

 

The first of the talks was from a Club member who once worked for British Rail, and he told us all about the footplate duties of the crew on a steam locomotive as well as a few of his experiences whilst working for British Rail. The second talk was a basic history of signalling on the railways with a bit about the different types of signal that existed and where they would be used. The talks were both very informative and gave a few ideas for improving the realistic operation of our own model railways.

 

Amongst the various projects being worked on by Nailsea and District Model Railway Club members during the modelling evenings is a project started by our Club Chairman a number of years ago. This has now been passed on to a couple of other members to finish off to help with passing modelling skills on to those without out as much experience. The model started life as a plastic kit of a fictional steam powered tank from the Warhammer range produced by Games Workshop and is being converted to run on O gauge track. Initial progress is pictured below.

 

Warhammer Steam Tank

 

With all the nice weather we have had, one of the Club meetings was spent visiting the garden railway of another of our members who generously invited us all round to his house for the evening. A large 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.

 

Garden Railway 4

 

Garden Railway 2

 

Garden Railway 3

 

Garden Railway 1

 

Garden Railway 5

Open Day 2018 Update

Sunday 10th June 2018

 

There is now a provisional list of layouts, traders and demonstration stands that will be appearing at this year’s Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Open Day Show on the Events page.

 

The list is still subject to change, but includes two Club layouts; Nailsea Wharf and New Mexico Railroad Museum; and layouts in a number of gauges and scales from N gauge to Gauge 1. Subjects modelled on these layouts include British, American, German and Australian railways, demonstrating the diverse interests Nailsea Club members have.

 

The current list of layouts, traders and demonstrators are shown below. Be sure to check the Events page of this website to see all the information about the Club Open Day 2018 by clicking here, or view the event listing on Facebook which can be found by clicking here.

 

List of Layouts:
Cedar Gap – N scale – Doug Richards
GLB Bitterfeld – HO scale – Eric Bird
Morella Light Railway – OO-9 scale – Heather Hatch
Nailsea Wharf – OO gauge – Club layout
New Mexico Railroad Museum – HO scale – Club layout
Paley Green – G Scale – Mike Brown
Pol Sands – 7mm scale – Ian Roll
Shed 101 – OO gauge – Barry Larkin & Paul Lewis
Stanley Yard – N gauge – Adrian Croshaw
Wheal Nook – OO gauge – John Bristow

 

List of Traders:
Brian Tozer (formerly Modelmania)
Keith’s Bits & Pieces

 

List of Other Demonstrators and Stands:
Modelling Demonstration – David Burnett
Gauge 1 – David Batstone
Club Information Stand

June 2018 Update

Sunday 3rd June 2018

 

Earlier this month, during one of the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s modelling evenings, one of our members brought along an entire layout to work on. Pictured below is the basic model railway, built to fit easily on a coffee table, under going scenic work. This layout was intended for a childs first model railway featuring OO9 narrow gauge and shows you don’t need much space for a complete model railway.

 

Layout Building

 

We’ve also seen some OO gauge Bachmann ready to run locomotives that have been converted to EM gauge with extra detailing added. Photographed below are Class 1F number 41748 in early BR black livery and Class 3MT number 82040 in late BR green livery.

 

EM Steam Locos

 

The test tracks have also seen plenty of use again this month from models old and new. Featured below is an old Wrenn produced OO gauge model of a West Country class locomotive, which ran as smoothly as a more recent O gauge pannier tank released by Dapol. Also pictured below is a short O gauge milk train consisting of a Western class diesel with a six wheeled milk tank and brake van.

 

Wrenn Loco

 

O Gauge Pannier

 

Western Milk Train

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What’s On?

Nailsea and District MRC Events:

 

NDMRC Annual Exhibition 2019

April 6th and 7th at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HJ

 

For more information on the events listed above, click here