Chester Model Railway Club
Welcome to the Chester Model Railway Club home page.
Please note that the recent updates section has been moved to the bottom of the page.
Details of our latest Railtour - The Somerset Coast Express are now available
Do you have model
trains in a box in your attic or garage and would like advice on the best ways
of disposing of them?
Would you like to begin railway modelling and don't know how or where to start?
Members of the Chester MRC would be pleased to offer impartial advice, so email Colin Dollimore.
About the club
Back in 1951 there were probably few who thought, though some probably hoped, that the club would still be going strong nearly 60 years later. However, despite many setbacks along the way, including being given just three weeks to vacate our premises some years ago, we are now going from strength to strength and are proud to possess our own clubrooms. These have recently been extended to include toilet facilities, a kitchen and library / meeting room. Our membership is beginning to grow but we always welcome and encourage new modellers. Our N gauge layout is currently making steady progress with new boards and much of the track laid. The OO section is constructing a new end to end DCC layout (Beeton Hough) for which the boards have been made up, track laid and scenic work virtually complete. We also have a OOn3 layout being constructed by the narrow gauge section, so there is plenty to interest almost everyone. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us (see below).
Our club-night is Monday from 8pm to 10pm, barring Bank Holidays, however there are often members down at other times, although this is by private arrangement!
Membership is currently £56 p.a., with juniors at £14. We recommend that you visit the club on at least three occasions to see if the atmosphere and general conviviality suits you! It should be noted that all membership applications go for approval by the committee.
NO SMOKING policy. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the site.
Railtour Information - Contact Laurence Wheeler. Details of our next tour will soon be available - book early to avoid disappointment!
For obvious security reasons a location map is not published in these pages, especially since a break in at the club a couple of years ago. This has resulted in there being little of any value kept on site, though the layouts themselves are virtually irreplaceable - if almost worthless to anyone else!
If you are interested in joining us, or would like details of how to find us and see how we are progressing, please feel free to contact us CLICK HERE
Most Recent Updates
7th October - Update to the N gauge page. Several new pictures and latest progress. Also regularly updated is the On My Travels page. This is where you webmaster shows where he has been (in a railway sense) recently. As you can see from the dates this is updated more than is listed here! Keep watching for details!
7th December - details of our latest railtour, 'The Somerset Express' are now available. You can download a booking form or book online using Paypal. Book early to avoid disappointment!
30th Sept - Some pictures of the OO section's new layout Faugham Hill and a short update to their Beeton Hough page.
10th June - pictures of Dingle's last outing and her new residence.
22nd May - 'Dingle' leaves for Ireland. This iconic 00n3 layout has been donated to promote the Blennerville Railway in Tralee - part of the restored Tralee and Dingle Railway. Details of this are on the Dingle page and more details and pictures will appear after the event. The layout leaves these shores next week and will bbe on permanent display, though will only be running with its original stock from Thursday 30th May to Saturday 1st June. John Campbell and Neil Ramsay will also be there showing their superb live steam 15mm scale rolling stock so it should be a good event. Please feel free to come and see us and join in the launch of this exciting development.
9th March - Update about railtour - selling well so if you want tickets buy now to avoid disappointment!!
8th January - Updated information (and corrected location) for our club exhibition in May of this year.
6th January - More details of our exhibition on 11th / 12th May can be found here.
21st December - Details of our latest railtour are now available. Our secure online booking facility is also available to purchase those tickets - a present for Christmas perhaps? We are holding our own exhibition of club layouts on the 11th and 12th May. This will be held in the British Legion in Saltney. More details to follow.
22nd April - Pictures from our latest railtour can be seen from the railtour page - follow the link lower down the page. Also added a page called on my travels, linked from the Narrow Gauge page
18th November - Detailed railtour updates are now available, as is a downloadable booking form. Get in early to avoid disappointment - last year we ran out of room!!
15th November - Bookings for our latest Railtour are now being taken. The Waverley Express takes you to Edinburgh next April (21st) so get your bookings in early to avoid disappointment! Keep watching as there will be a further update with more details in the next couple of days. Coming soon is the downloadable booking form.
27th October - Update with good news about the Tralee and Dingle (Blennerville) line in Kerry. 5T is due to be fully refurbished and running again by this time next year.
20th September - Update to links page with pictures of Birkenhead Transport Festival 2011
19th September - update to OO section page with pictures of Beeton Hough's first outing.
16th August - update to the N-gauge section. This is now under 'new' management and has changed considerably in its concept. A keen hardcore of regularly attending members are working hard to complete this project though there is still a lot of work to do. New N enthusiasts would be welcome.
9th August - Beeton Hough - the new OO section DCC layout - will be on show at Upton British Legion (click for location map) club, Chester on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, 10:00 – 16:00, along with an ‘O’ gauge layout. Donations of £2:00 will go the annual British Legion Poppy appeal.
29th April - more updated pictures and an article by Laurence Wheeler about the success of the day on the Railtours page. Also a set of pictures I took yesterday on walking around Beddgelert of trains on the WHR and FR (part of their 'Spring Thing') on the Narrow Gauge page.
18th April - some links to pictures from Saturday's railtour.
15th April - 2011 - Update to the OO section pages regarding the name change of their new layout - Yorke Road to Beeton Hough
13th December - Slight change to Railtours page; special rates for travel over the Steam railway and the ferry have been agreed and there is now a downloadable booking form.
1st December - Update to the Narrow Gauge page. Video links to the Tralee and Dingle and West Clare Railway. Also update to 'Train Set' OO layout and its appearance at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester.
28th November - Outline details of the new Railtour are now available and the online booking service is up and running. Book now to avoid disappointment !!
12th August - Major revamp of the OO section pages. There are now separate sections for each of the layouts. Also an update and picture of the O gauge section's 'Wrexham High Town' layout
11th August - Current progress on Castlefin and removal of a couple of dead links off the Narrow Gauge page
13th June - Updated links page with pictures of Royden Park (Wirral) miniature railway's first double headed steam loco arrival at the station. This is hope to be one of the features of their August Bank Holiday extravaganza!!!!
7th April - A couple of pictures and videos taken of Dingle at York.
2nd April - Update about the West Clare diesel operating on the Tralee and Blennerville on the Dingle page.
4th March - Update regarding railtour timings
2nd January 2010 - Details of our latest Railtour to Windsor and Eton via Kensington Olympia, on the 24th April, including a brand new facility of being able to book online! Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
21st November - Reminder to members "Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chester Model Railway Club will be held at the Clubroom on Monday 7th December 2009 at 8-00pm. Please make every effort to attend."
21st November - Additions to the Dingle page (picture of plaque placed by Dingle Historical Society) and maps page (gradient profiles for the line added)
8th October - With an increase in this sites webspace (and me running out of space on mine) there is a return of the popular Dingle maps pages linked off the Dingle page. These maps are copies of 1905 OS maps showing the line before its diversions. There are also a couple of more detailed maps of three of the stations, Dingle, Castlegregory and Tralee. These are for research only and not to be used for sale or other profit making activity!
3rd October - Link to latest developments on the Tralee and Blennerville Railway on Dingle page.
9th August - Two links to excellent 'taster videos' created by the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways on the Narrow Gauge page
4th June - A new page has been created with some pictures of Dingle's tour to Donegal
5th May - Update to railtours page - photo links from latest tour
28th Feb - link put in to Narrow Gauge North - or click here
18th Feb - There have been some important timetable changes to the club railtour. It is really important that these are checked. There is also an updated booking form available to download. Also a changed link to the Cheshire Modellers from the links page.
16th January 2009 - Details about our latest railtour are now available with downloadable booking forms.
26th Dec 2008 - Seasons greetings to all our readers! Thanks to all who make this a successful site and congratulations to our 50,000th visitor.
3rd October - Some pictures of progress on the Narrow Gauge Section's 'Castlefin' layout.
3rd September - Some pictures of the OO section section added, taken by photographer and member Alistair Field.
29th August - New write up on the OO section pages. This gives much more detail about what the OO are doing and have done!
6th August - Some more pictures added to the OO page. Theses were taken a while back by James Shuttleworth.
5th August - General tidying up of website, with many of the 'missing links' (not just me) fixed. Update to the OO Section page - several pictures showing significant developments with the scenic work (captions to come). Plus updates to shows being visited by Dingle.
18th January 2008 - Update to our Railtours page. Why not join us on the "Dorset Coast Express"? A wonderful day out on Saturday 19th April. Click on the link above for details and booking form.
17th December 2007 - Happy Christmas to all our readers
1st December - update to the Dingle page - news about the Tralee and Blennerville operating for next year.t the b
13th November -
Haslington Models in Crewe broken into. They were broken into on
Thursday night. About 45 locos have been taken, most are run of the mill,
but there are a couple of commissions that may stick in peoples minds.
Hornby Dutch livery class 31 weathered detailed and renumbered to 31134, this is Les's own model.
Most interesting and collectable are 3 lima class 59s all identical, 59003? "Alan J Day" in Mendip Rail/DB livery, this is the limited edition model rail loco complete with certificate and badge etc, these don't come up for sale very often so if you get offered one then please make a note of the certificate number (I do know them but will need to confirm with Les which ones are missing) and let me know.
If anyone is offered any locos under suspicious circumstances please try to get the name of the vendor and say you'll get back to him/her, then contact the police at Crewe (01270 500222), Haslington Models (01270 589079/ email@example.com)
The sooner these selfish criminals are caught the
better. Model (railway) shops are a rarity these days and this sort of
action deprives all of us the opportunity to browse rather than order unseen off
the internet. Please help if you can.
4th April - Upton Dale has now been sold and the narrow gauge pages amended accordingly. Various other tidying up jobs done as well!
13th March - UPTON DALE is up for sale. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a working, exhibition standard 009 layout. Starting price is around £500. Click for more details on EBAY (link no longer available) and click here for pictures of the layout. Get bidding - you have a few days left - last bids ' Monday 19-Mar 19:10:05 GMT' !!! Good luck with your bids.
10th January 2007 - A list of the stolen OO items has been placed in the OO section. There is also a downloadable pdf file here
8th January 2007 - Some extra pictures of some of the stolen stock have been added to the Upton Dale page to help with recognition. Sadly however this is by no means all of what was lost.
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