We are a small group who meet in our own club room in Chorleywood and always welcome new members. Most of our members model UK railways from various parts of the country.
The club has layouts in gauges "O", "OO" and "OO9". The test track has "OO", "EM", "3mmFS", N/009 and "HOm".
The '0' gauge layout has been undergoing some relaying and rewiring. Ballast has been laid and is to be painted.
The '00' gauge layout has also been undergoing major works, particularly to the station area. Virtually all the trackwork is now laid - just some sidings to finish. There remains plenty to do still, especially on the scenic side!
There is a second '00' layout primarily designed for exhibiting, Quarry Halt. It has had several successful outings.
John brought the 009 layout out of storage and it has been run successfully for a couple of sessions. We had been booked to go to Flaunden for a weekend festival, but unfortunately it didn't happen through no fault of ours. The baseboards are now back in store.
Most of us have some form of layout at home, some have more than one, our chairman has a magnificent "OO" layout in the garden.
Most of us buy ready-to-run models and enhance them to varying degrees, others prefer to build from kits. The ready availability of R-T-R in 4mm means most of us use them at running sessions, but a lot of the '0' gauge stock has been built from kits.
If you are already a railway modeller, want to pick it up again or are just starting out, then come along and see what we do. Contact us using our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The branch line now energised on the 00 layout! It has also been tested and proved OK to be driven by DCC. MikeB has loaned a Gaugemaster Prodigy handset that plugs into the normal controller socket, so it is a bit crude at the moment!
At the moment it is just a push-pull operation as the pointwork down in the station isn't active yet. If any member wants to bring their DCC stock (Branch line sized!) and we can have you trundling up and down the branch - at the next running session. MikeB has also proved DCC is OK to be used on the main lines, but at the moment there is no simple switching to set this up, and it does mean that regular DC powered stock cannot run at the same time.
On Wednesday 22nd February we said goodbye to PeterE, as he moves off to the Malvern area, and Malcolm leaves on the 30th March. Hopefully SarithC will be impressed enough with us to become a new member, having visited his first Running Session on the 1st March.
There are some photos courtesy of Bill of our Jubilee Dinner at Guidos last December here.
Other news items have now been moved to a separate page, here.
The next running session is Wednesday April 5th 2000-2200