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.

February 2018 Update

Friday 23rd February 2018


It’s now just four weeks to go until the 2018 Nailsea and District Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition. The events page has recently been updated with all of the layouts, traders, demonstrators and other stands that will be attending, which can be found 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.


With the exhibition date being soon upon us, last week a few of our members were at the Nailsea Community Market promoting the Club and Model Railway Show complete with DCC Sound fitted locomotives.


Nailsea and District MRC at Nailsea Market 2018-02-17


Nailsea and District MRC at Nailsea Market 2018-02-17a


During the last month, we’ve also had the usual Tuesday evening Club meetings with engines being tested and given a run on the test tracks, work progressing with Club layout Nailsea Wharf, as well as Club members working on their own projects. The photos below show a selection of trains and models that have seen use on the test tracks recently.


N Gauge Freight




O Gauge AC Railcar


Gauge 1 Crocodile


Gauge 1 T18

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

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What’s On?

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