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

Nailsea and District MRC Open Day 2018

Friday 11th May 2018


This week’s update brings the announcement of our next Open Day event.


2018 sees the return of the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s biennial Open Day to be held in Clevedon, North Somerset.


All the layouts and displays that appear at our biennial Open Day events 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. Below is a photo from the 2014 Open Day which was also held at The Barn in Clevedon.

 Nailsea and District MRC Open Day 2014 at The Barn, Clevedon

More information on our 2018 Open Day can be found by visiting our 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 we look forward to seeing everyone who visits.

May 2018 Update

Friday 4th May 2018


Since the last update, we have had two talk evenings. The first was about baseboard construction and the second about photographic backscenes. Both talks had some useful information for those Club members who haven’t built their own baseboards or are yet to add backscenes to their existing layouts. The photo below shows the underside of a baseboard under construction with built in legs fitted that fold underneath when in storage.


Baseboard Under Construction


We’ve also had various activities on our modelling evenings where our Club members have progressed with items both for Club layouts and their own projects. Included in these and pictured below was the construction of some lengths of OO point rodding from a Wills kit, which will be fitted to one of our Club members’ layouts.


Point Rodding Under Construction


Finally, some of the locomotives seen on the test track evenings are pictured below. These include a DB Köf II on the Gauge 1 test track, an EM gauge ex-Somerset and Dorset 0-6-0 tender engine, a Hornby GWR 2800 tender engine and a recently released Andrew Barclay tank engine from Hattons, also in GWR livery.


Gauge 1 DB Köf II


EM Gauge 0-6-0


OO GWR Andrew Barclay and 2800

2018 Annual Exhibition Report

Wednesday 18th April 2018


Almost a month after the event, I have finally added a brief report and some photos of last month’s Annual Exhibition 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!


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


The date for next year’s show has also been set and is slightly later than previous years. The 2019 Nailsea Model Railway Show is planned for Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th of April next year.


Nailsea School Atrium - After Opening

2018 Annual Exhibition Over

Monday 26th March 2018


The 2018 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 Saturday of the show.
Layouts featured in the video in order of appearance are:
Arun Quay – O Gauge
Melton Mowbray North – N Gauge
Trenance – 00 Gauge
Ashgate – 00 Gauge
Launceston Steam Railway – 009 Gauge
Lego Layout
Nailsea & District MRC Test Track
Hounslow Siding – 00 Gauge
Elmfield – N Gauge
New Andil Yard – 0 Gauge
Abercynon Shed – EM Gauge
Ludlow – N Gauge
Glb Bitterfeld – H0 Scale
Coldred – 0 Gauge
Swanford – Gauge 1
Angst-Lesspork – 009 Gauge
Vale of Oxbury – N Gauge



Thanks to Callum for sharing this video he recorded during the Saturday of the Nailsea Model Railway Show 2018 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.

One Week Until Upcoming Annual Exhibition 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018


There’s now just one week to go until the 2018 Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition. 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 ‘join’ the event and tick the relevant box to show you’ll be attending.


Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition 2018 - Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018 at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 2HJ


When – Saturday 24th March 2018, 10:30am to 5pm
– Sunday 25th March 2018, 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 – £5.50
Child – £2.50
Family – £12.00


List of Layouts:
Abercynon Shed – EM gauge
Angst-Lesspork – OO-9 gauge
Arun Quay – O gauge
Ashgate – OO gauge
Coldred – O gauge
Elmfield – N gauge
Hounslow Sidings – OO gauge
Glb Bitterfeld – HO scale
Launceston Steam Railway – OO-9 gauge
Lego Layout
Ludlow – N gauge
Melton Mowbray North – N gauge
New Andil Yard – O Gauge
Swanford – Gauge 1
Trenance – OO gauge
Vale of Oxbury – N gauge


List of Traders:
Alan Ward
John Langley
Keith’s Bits and Pieces
Lord & Butler
Modelmania & Just in Case
Platform 3 Models
Railroom Electronics
Ray Heard


List of Other Demonstrators and Stands:
Nailsea Model Railway Club Information Stand and Test Track
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
John Anderson & Paul Taylor; CLevedon And PortisHead Armchair Modellers
Childrens Hospice South-West
Ffestiniog Railway Society
Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre Group
WC&P Railway Group


We hope to see you there and that you enjoy your visit.

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What’s On?

Nailsea and District MRC Events:


NDMRC Open Day 2018

December 15th at The Barn, Great Western Road, Clevedon, BS21 6HB


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