January 2018 Update

Sunday 28th January 2018


The first month of 2018 has brought with it the usual activities at the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club.


To start the year off, we had a film show evening where we watched segments from DVDs brought along by a couple of our members. Following on from then, we have continued the year with two modelling evenings where Club members progressed with their own projects, worked on Club layout Nailsea Wharf or discussed aspects of railways, both real and model.


We’ve also had the Roundy Round test track operating on one evening so far this year featuring engines from across the world. The three photos below show a tiny selection of the items of rolling stock that have operated on the test track so far this year, beginning with a HO scale SD40T-2 built by Electro-Motive Diesel for the Rio Grande Railroad in America.


Rio Grande SD40T-2


Moving away from America and over to Australia, the next photo features a coal train pulled by a South Maitland Railways 10 Class 2-8-2 tank engine, built for the East Greta Coal Company in New South Wales by Beyer, Peacock and Company of Manchester, England.


Australian Coal Train


This last photo taken of the test track shows a meeting of coal trains from New South Wales in Australia and South Wales in Great Britain. The above South Maitland Railways 10 Class is pictured alongside a Great Western Railway 5600 Class tank engine, which was specifically built to operate in the Welsh valleys to replace the older locomotives inherited during the 1923 Grouping.


Australian and British Coal Trains


The final photo for this update shows an O gauge kit part way through construction. The nuclear flask wagon show below was being given a dry assembly to ensure all the parts fitted correctly before being glued together. These wagons are used for transporting active nuclear material between nuclear power stations and spent fuel reprocessing facilities.


O Gauge Nuclear Flask Wagon

Annual Modelling Competition 2017

Friday 22nd December 2017


We’re now coming to the end of another year and this week’s Tuesday meeting was our annual model making competition and quiz evening.


Once everyone had arrived for the evening, the quiz began and this year consisted of thirty five railway related questions. Following on from this was the judging of the modelling competition.


Brian Tozer from Modelmania in Bristol returned as guest judge again this year and after everyone had had the chance to look at all the entries, shown in the pictures below, the winners were announced and trophies distributed.


EM Gauge Ivatt 2MT


EM Gauge Ivatt 2MT a


HO Scale Rio Grande Wagons




HO Caboose and Shunter's Truck


N Gauge 6-Wheeled Siphon Wagon


4mm Scale Buildings


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.

November 2017 Update

Sunday 26th November 2017


Progress to club layout Nailsea Wharf has transformed the look of the layout since the last update, starting with the addition of a backscene from the Gaugemaster range. Scenic work has continued with ground cover going down and the track being ballasted. There has now also been a page for Nailsea Wharf added to the website which can be found by clicking here.


Nailsea Wharf Overall November 2017 b


Nailsea Wharf Overall November 2017 a


The use of the test tracks has also continued to be popular with a large variety of locos and rolling stock being given a run in scales ranging from N gauge to Gauge 1. A selection of these are shown in the photos below, starting with an N gauge type JA electro-diesel (later known as a Class 73/0) hauling a train of Bulleid and Mk1 coaches all in BR Southern Region green livery.


N Gauge Type JA Electro-Diesel


Next up is a HO scale Colorado and Southern Railway locomotive made from a modified Rivarossi Baltimore & Ohio model.


Colorado and Southern Mining 0-4-0


More local models, in OO, was the recently released GWR diesel railcar number 11, produced by Dapol, being passed by an old Airfix produced model of Caerphilly Castle pulling some Cornish Riviera branded Collett Centenary coaches.


1930s GWR


Moving up in scale to O gauge, is this British Rail liveried Fowler 3F Jinty produced by Dapol,


O Gauge Dapol Jinty


And a BTH Type 1 diesel-electric locomotive (later known as a Class 15) produced by the Little Loco Company.


O Gauge Class 15


The final photo from the Club’s test tracks for now is a Gauge 1 DB Class 78 with a flat wagon transporting a couple of cars.


Gauge 1 DB Class 78 with Wagon



Now that the O gauge test track is operational, there’s just one more major feature to be completed and installed. A small hint at what this will be is seen in the photo below, showing some work in progress of hand builiding some track work. A number of sections have already been completed and will be installed once all the sections are finished.


Hand Building Trackwork

October 2017 Update

Friday 13th October 2017


Since last month’s update, there has been more work done on club layout Nailsea Wharf, this time to the control panel, which is pictured below. There are two old ECM controllers mounted on the board to enable two locomotives to operate on the layout at the same time. Below these is a diagram showing the track layout with slide switches to select which controller powers each section of track and toggle switches to operate the point motors. The diagram has been colour coded with red, green, blue and black to show which slide switch powers the diferent sections of the layout. There is also a switch on the right that disconnects the built in controllers from the layout, allowing an alternative controller to power the layout using the red and black sockets to the bottom right. This gives the layout compatibility for using a DCC system instead of just DC.


Nailsea Wharf Control Panel


Progress has also continued on the improved Gauge 1 and O Gauge test track during the last month, with wiring work now being done to the O Gauge trackwork. A few more weeks of work should see this part completed.


O Gauge Track Being Wired Up


As well as club projects, there has also been club members’ own projects being worked on, including the Gauge 1 signalbox model pictured below. This is destined for a layout based during the second world war and is having tiny strips of parcel tape added to the inside of each window pane to represent the gummed paper tape used during wartime to prevent shards of glass from flying inwards in a bomb blast.


Gauge One Signal Box


There’s also been some locomotive maintenance as can be seen in this picture featuring an old Tri-ang Brush Type 2 (later Class 31) partially reassembled after attempting to fix a fault. The edge of the test track is just visible for use once the loco has been reassembled.


Triang Loco Maintenance


September 2017 Update

Friday 1st September 2017


Quite a lot has been going on since the last update. Progress with improving the Gauge 1 and O Gauge test track has continued with the Gauge 1 trackwork now operationally complete. A new pale blue backscene has been added to hide the stone wall of the club room that the test track is built alongside and LED light strips have been installed directly above. Below is a photo featuring a GWR 48xx loco with a short train of mineral wagons and one of GWR Hall class loco Umberslade Hall, both on the Gauge 1 test track showing the new backscene panels.


Gauge 1 GWR 48xx


Gauge 1 GWR Umberslade Hall


Since these two photos were taken, the trackwork for the improved O Gauge test track has been partially laid. While this is yet to be completed, it is progressing nicely and part of it can be seen in the photo below that features a Gauge 1 LMS Stanier 8F loco. The two tracks nearest the wall are Gauge 1, and the two in front of those are O Gauge.


Gauge 1 LMS Stanier 8F


As well as the Gauge 1 and O Gauge trackwork, there has also been progress on another feature being added to this test track during the last month, but we shall reveal more on that in a later update.


Moving away from the test tracks, club members have also continued working on other projects. Wiring on club layout Nailsea Wharf is nearing completion, with the scenic area of the layout completed. A quick test during a recent meeting saw a couple of engines operate on the entire layout except for part of the fiddle yard, which just requires completion of the point wiring. Pictured below are three Great Western liveried tank engines on part of Nailsea Wharf.


Great Western Locos on Nailsea Wharf


Other projects worked on have been intended for club members’ own model railways. These have included constructing kits, weathering models, soldering handbuilt trackwork and control panel construction amongst other things. Pictured below is one of our members weathering a number of N gauge wagons by applying and removing paint to create a grimey appearance.


Weathering N Gauge Wagons


Finally for this update, we had a visit from a Technical Trainer at Eurostar Trains for a talk evening who gave us a slideshow of photos he’d taken during his time working for Eurostar Trains as well as a number of photos taken on visits to one of Switzerland’s railways. We also had a visit to the Dial Hill Railway, which is a private garden railway in Clevedon.

July 2017 Update

Sunday 2nd July 2017


The dates and first few layouts have been confirmed for our next annual exhibition on Saturday and Sunday the 24th and 25th of March 2018. These include layouts in a variety of scales and gauges from N to O and even a layout built from LEGO® bricks. For the latest details of the 2018 Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition, click here to view the Events page of our website.


This month marks the 50th anniversary of the last day of steam locomotives in regular service on the Southern Region of British Railways. The final steam hauled service ran on Sunday the 9th of July 1967, so to commemorate this event, the photo below shows part of a Southern Region layout built by one of the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club members featuring a couple of British Rail Southern Region steam locomotives.

Downsbay 001

June 2017 Update

Sunday 4th June 2017


It’s been a while since I last posted an update, but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been anything going on at the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club.


Progress has continued with the wiring on Club layout, Nailsea Wharf. It shouldn’t be too much longer before it’s operational. Work has also continued on the modification work being done to the club’s Gauge 1 and O Gauge test track. The last screw to hold the Gauge 1 track in place being fitted a couple of weeks ago. This completes the 23 feet length of the Gauge 1 test track with just some wiring to be completed before it’s fully operational.

 Gauge 1 Test Track - Last Screw

The running evenings making use of the Roundy Round test track have continued to be popular with a large range of rolling stock being operated on it. A short video of this is viewable on the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Facebook page.


2017 Annual Exhibition Photos

Monday 17th April 2017


It’s taken longer than originally intended, but we can finally share some photos from this years Annual Exhibition in March. 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!

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


2017 Exhibition

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April 2017 Chairman’s Challenge Modelling Competition

Friday 7th April 2017


The January 2017 issue of Railway Modeller magazine contained a free kit for a market traders’ barrow stall produced by Wills Kits. The Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s chairman thought it would be a good idea to hold a model making competition utilising this kit, with entries due to be judged at the start of April.
The only rules for the competition were to build, paint and decorate a 00 scale Market Stall utilising either the give-away kit in the January 2017 Railway Modeller or the Wills 00 scenic series Market Stalls kit, ref SS37. The only difference between the two kit options were that the free kit provided parts to build one market stall, while the other included parts to complete two market stalls.
Our most recent Club meeting was the evening for the completed models to be judged, with eight Club members supplying entries. Each completed model showed an impresive amount of creativity, making for a close competition.
Published modeller, Gordon Gravett, kindly came along for the evening to do the difficult task of judging the entries, all of which are shown in the photos below.


Fruit and Stall - A C


First place went the fruit and veg stall pictured above, with second place going to the fruit and veg stall with the red and yellow canopy pictured below. The book stall also shown included the two spare parts from the free kit with the rest built from scratch.


Fruit and Veg Stall and Book Stall - D R


Third place went to the fishmongers barrow seen below. This model has had the original kit modified to have only two wheels, which are on a rotating axle, instead of the four fixed wheels supplied. The seafood and set of scales were added instead of using the produce supplied in the kit and a figure was repainted to man the stall.


Fishmonger's Market Stall - J P


Utilising a number of spare parts from the creation of the fishmongers stall above, a barrel organ was also built, which is shown below.


Barrel Organ - J P


The difficulty of the task of picking a winner can be seen from the quality of the book stall in the next photo.


Book Stall - J E


Up next is another pair of market stalls built using extra materials to create two barrows from the single kit. The wheels on the green market stall were made from buttons, showing the ingenuity that can come from a challenge.


Fruit and Veg Stall and Book Stall - B M


Red and yellow seemed to feature on most of the models entered, as can be seen with this next fruit and veg stall…


Fruit and Veg Stall - H H


… and also this one, both having the canopy painted in the same pattern.


Fruit and Veg Stall - J D


The colours red and yellow still feature on this book stall, but overall this entry uses darker shades than on many of the other market barrows.


Book Stall - D B


It was great to see the different interpetations everyone had on how to build and paint the same kit, hopefully giving all our Club members some inspiration with the friendly competition.
Many thanks to Gordon for coming along to do the judging.

2017 Annual Exhibition Over

Friday 17th March 2017


The 2017 Annual Exhibition is now over and soon 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 Saturday of the show.
Layouts featured in the video in order of appearance are:
Lydgate – OO gauge
Ashbrook – TT / 3mm scale
Nailsea MRC Test Track
Edford – P4 scale
Red Hook Bay – HO scale
Nailsea and Backwell Station Diorama – OO gauge
M Shed – EM gauge
Welton – N gauge
Swanford – Gauge 1
Lindau Hbf – N gauge
Wisteria Collop – OO-9 gauge
Shed 101 – OO gauge
Nottingham Goods – P4 scale
Lower Clifton – N gauge
Folkstone Junction MPD – OO gauge
Banbury – N gauge



Thanks to Callum for sharing this video he recorded during the Saturday of the Nailsea Model Railway Show 2017 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.

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What’s On?

Nailsea and District MRC Events:


NDMRC Annual Exhibition 2018

March 24th and 25th at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, BS48 2HJ


For more information on the events listed above, click here