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.

 

 

2019 Annual Exhibition Report

Saturday 27th April 2019

 

A little later than intended, but on a par with last year, a brief report and some photos of this year’s Annual Exhibition has been added to the website. The usual thanks go to all those who’ve supported the event especially:

 

  • The Exhibition organisers for all their hard work in making the show run smoothly
  • The Nailsea School Team for their helpfulness and support
  • The Catering team
  • All our Exhibitors and Traders for helping to make a great show
  • All the Club members 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!

 

A selection of photos taken by Victoria Jane over the weekend during the show can be seen below, with more photos from Adrian on the event report page. Click here to read the report and view photos of the event.

 

The date for next year’s show has also been set and planning is already underway. The 2020 Nailsea Model Railway Show is planned for Saturday and Sunday the 28th and 29th of March next year.

2019 Annual Exhibition Over

Monday 8th April 2019

 

The 2019 Annual Exhibition is now over and once again, planning will begin for the next show. A report and some photos of this year’s Annual Exhibition held at Nailsea School will be posted soon, but for now here is a video filmed during the Sunday of the show.
 
Featured in the video in order of appearance are:
 
Bristol (St Philips) – OO gauge
Calstock’s Halton Quay – O gauge
Cedar Canyon Junction – N gauge
Longmoor – N gauge
Port Washington Terminal – HO scale
Roundy Layout – OO-9 gauge
Amiens 1918 – Tracks & Trenches – OO-9 gauge
Sans Souci – N gauge
Sudrian Histories – The Railway Series Rebooted by Corwin Bainbridge – OO gauge
Vintner’s Yard – EM gauge
Studland – “A Brick Brothers Project” – Lego Layout
Nailsea & District MRC Test Track
Scharps Park & Kingswell Fairground – OO gauge
G gauge Trains
Smallcombe – OO gauge
Redford Junction – TT / 3mm scale
Cheddar S&DJR – P4 scale
Swanford – Gauge 1
Bristol Goods Shed – 7mm scale
Mutton – OO gauge
Beckenvick – HO scale
Weston-super-Mare N-gauge group modular layouts; Clifford Chambers, Otterhampton, and Harry’s Rail Tours – N gauge

 

 

Thanks to Callum for sharing this video he recorded during the Sunday of the Nailsea Model Railway Show 2019 and giving permission for us to feature it here. We hope everyone enjoyed the show and that we will see you all again next time.

Two Weeks Until Upcoming Annual Exhibition 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019

 

There’s now just over two weeks to go until the 2019 Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Annual Exhibition. Final preparations are being worked on and this update brings a quick run down of the details for the show. The total number of layouts being exhibited this year has risen to twenty, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. The eight traders at the show will have a variety of model supplies available for purchase including rolling stock and accessories, tools and books, display cases and more. Inspiration can also be found from the twelve demonstrators and society stands that will be attending the show.

 

Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition 2019 - Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019 at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 2HJ

Download poster as pdf

 

When – Saturday 6th April 2019, 10:30am to 5pm
– Sunday 7th April 2019, 10am to 4pm
Where – Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 2HJ
[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 – £6.00
Child – £2.00
Family – £14.00
 

List of Layouts:
Amiens 1918 – Tracks & Trenches – OO-9 gauge
Beckenvick – HO scale
Bristol Goods Shed – 7mm scale
Bristol St Philips – OO gauge
Calstock’s Halton Quay – O gauge
Cedar Canyon Junction – N gauge
Cheddar S&DJR – P4 scale
Children’s Corner – OO gauge
Longmoor – N gauge
Mutton – OO gauge
Port Washington Terminal – HO scale
Redford Junction – TT / 3mm scale
Roundy Layout – OO-9 gauge
Sans Souci – N gauge
Scharps Park & Kingswell Fairground – OO gauge
Smallcombe – OO gauge
Studland – “A Brick Brothers Project” – Lego Layout
Swanford – Gauge 1
Vinters Yard – EM gauge
Weston-super-Mare N-gauge group modular layouts; Clifford Chambers, Otterhampton, and Harry’s Rail Tours – N gauge
 

List of Traders:
David Smith Books
Freestone Model Accessories
Just in Case
Keith’s Bits & Pieces
Lord & Butler
Modelmania
Railroom Electronics
Ray Heard Model Railways
 

List of Other Demonstrators and Stands:
Nailsea Model Railway Club Information Stand and Test Track
3mm scale modelling with Mike Corp
4mm scale model buildings by Dave Barrett
4mm scale, 18.2 gauge. Achievable excellence by the EM gauge society
Building 7mm models by Ian Roll
Static Grass with Gordon Gravett
The Railway Series, Rebooted by Corwin Bainbridge
Childrens Hospice South-West
Dean Forest Railway Society
Ffestiniog Railway Society
WC&P Railway Group
West Somerset Railway

 

We hope to see you there and that you enjoy your visit. Be sure to Like and Share the Facebook Event listing which can be found by clicking here to help let everyone know about the show.

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.

 

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What’s On?

Nailsea and District MRC Events:

 

NDMRC Annual Exhibition 2020

March 28th and 29th at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HJ

 

For more information on the events listed above, click here