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.

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.

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What’s On?

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