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.


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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.

Five Days Until Upcoming Annual Exhibition 2017

Monday 6th March 2017


At our recent Club meetings, we have seen a little preview of what Dave plans for this years Gauge 1 display at our annual exhibition. In previous shows, the Gauge 1 model display has consisted of a single length of track or two. This year Dave is planning to include some point work in the track setup to allow more operational interest, so he needed to get some points ready. The photo below shows Dave soldering a microswitch that sits in between the point blades at sleeper level and is triggered by the movement of the tie bar. This changes the polarity of the frog on the point to keep power flowing through the rails to the locomotive.

Soldering Microswitch on a Gauge 1 Point

Dave had also brought along a Gauge 1 German locomotive which is pictured below. This is a DB Class 78, one of 534 built between 1912 and 1927 for the Prussian state railways as Class T 18s. More than 400 of these passed into Deutsche Bundesbahn ownership as depicted by the model.
Gauge 1 DB Class 78
We look forward to seeing what Dave brings along to the show, as well as all the other exhibitors and their models.


Finally for this update, with less than one week left until the Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Annual Exhibition on the 11th and 12th of March, here’s a quick run down of details for the show.


When – Saturday 11th March 2017, 10:30am to 5pm
- Sunday 12 March 2017, 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
Senior – £5.00
Child – £2.00
Family – £12.00


List of Layouts:
Banbury – N gauge
Coburg – N gauge
Lindau Hbf – N gauge
Lower Clifton – N gauge
Welton – N gauge
Ashbrook – TT / 3mm scale
Red Hook Bay – HO scale
Wisteria Collop – OO-9 gauge
Folkstone Junction MPD – OO gauge
Lydgate – OO gauge
Shed 101 – OO gauge
M Shed – EM gauge
Edford – P4 scale
Nottingham Goods – P4 scale


List of Traders:
Alan Ward
C&L Finescale
Keith’s Bits and Pieces
Modelmania & Just in Case
Railroom Electronics
Ray Heard
Titfield Thunderbolt


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
O gauge model locomotive construction by Dave Murdoch
Building 7mm models by Ian Roll
Gauge 1 model display by Dave Batstone
Children’s Hospice South West
Ffestiniog Railway Society
N Gauge Society Weston-super-Mare Group
Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre
W C & P Railway Group


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

Two Weeks Left Until The Annual Exhibition 2017

Saturday 25th February 2017


It is now only two weeks to go before this year’s Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Annual Exhibition.


As well as the layouts on display, there will be a number of trade stands, and also some demonstrations and society stands. These are listed below;


Trade Stands;


Alan Ward
C&L Finescale
Keith’s Bits and Pieces
Modelmania & Just in Case
Railroom Electronics
Ray Heard
Titfield Thunderbolt


Demonstrations and Other 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
O gauge model locomotive construction by Dave Murdoch
Building 7mm models by Ian Roll
Gauge 1 model display by Dave Batstone
Children’s Hospice South West
Ffestiniog Railway Society
N Gauge Society Weston-super-Mare Group
Sandford Station Railway Heritage Centre
W C & P Railway Group


Click here to see the details of the 2017 Annual Exhibition on our Events page or view the 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.


For those members of the Nailsea and District Model Railway CLub who aren’t currently assisting in the preparation work for theis years exhibition, our recent modelling evenings in Clevedon have continued to show a variety of activities.

Amongst the work taking place, one of our members was painting some OO gauge white metal figures, while in 7mm scale, another member was using a set of rollers to gradually curve the panel of an etched brass kit to the correct profile. Photos of these are shown below.
Painting OO Figures 1

Painting OO Figures 2

Rolling Brass Kit Roof


Finally for this update, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the retirement of the Class 52 ‘Westerns’ from British Rail service, pictured below are a few models owned by Nailsea and District Model Railway Club members. In O gauge is the first Western produced, D1000 ‘Western Enterprise’, in it’s original Desert Sand livery while in N gauge is the same locomotive in mid 1960s condition, featuring a Maroon livery under a layer of weathering. Also in N gauge, in pristine late 1960s Maroon livery with full yellow ends, is D1056 ‘Western Sultan’.

 O Gauge and N Gauge Westerns

Four Weeks Left Until The Annual Exhibition 2017

Saturday 11th February 2017


It is now only one month to go before this year’s Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s Annual Exhibition.


So far twelve layouts have confirmed that they will be attending and those are listed below;


Banbury – N scale
Coburg – N scale
Lindau Hbf – N scale
Welton – N scale
Ashbrook – TT / 3mm scale
Wisteria Collop – OO-9 scale
Red Hook Bay – HO scale
Folkestone Jct – OO scale
Lydgate – OO scale
Shed 101 – OO scale
Edford – P4 scale
Nottingham Goods – P4 scale


As well as the layouts that are on display, there will be a number of demonstration stands to show you some of the basics of creating something similar, from kit building to detailing. Having gained some inspiration from the layouts and demonstrators, there will be a number of sales stands where you will be able to purchase model railway supplies including locomotives, wagons, scenic items, modelling tools and more.


Click here to see the details of the 2017 Annual Exhibition on our Events page or view the 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.


Pictured below is part of Shed 101, one of the layouts that will be attending this year’s Annual Exhibition.


Shed 101 01

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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