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Local Clubs and Societies with their own websites (all with 50 miles or so)

Alsager Railway Association
Barrowmore Model Railway Group
Blackburn and East Lancashire Model
Bolton & District Model Railway Club

Clwyd Railway Circle - this is a link to a calendar produced for all meetings in the N Wales / Merseyside / Lancashire area including railway exhibitions - most useful
Hazel Grove & District Model Railway Society
Heywood Model Railway Group
Liverpool Model Railway Society
Merseyside Model Railway Society
Merseyside Railway History Group
Preston & District Model Railway Society

Rainhill Model Railway Club

Rhyl & District Model Railway Club
Southport Model Railway Society
Stafford Railway Circle
Warrington Model Railway Club 
Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers

From the Mersey to the Dee via Royden Park - Wirral views

Further pictures of Royden Park miniature railway, including an historic moment - the first double-headed steam arrival at the station! Left two; let's shunt these cariages out of the way.  Centre; coupling up for the first time.  Right; the historic arrival!

Pictures from Hoylake's inaugural model show 20th July 2010.  The models of old Mersey Ferries were delightful.  Sadly the wind was too strong for the boats to go sailing on the boating pond outside.  Left; a model of Taliesin made from 'ordinary' Meccano parts. Next left; A model of 'Bidston' which operated from 1930 to 1960.  Left of centre; the 'Egremont', built in 1952 and retired in 1966 and retired to Devon and is now a moored accommodation vessel without any engines.  Right of centre; built in 1948 to ply the Irish Sea between Liverpool and the IOM.  Right; Hornby O gauge tinplate.

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A more adventurous form of transport - the Dee estuary off West Kirby and on the marine lake.

Interesting stuff

Rare or out of print books needed?

More out of print books

Manx books

The North Wales Coast Railway website.

UK Model Shops directory which also has access to a selection of club layouts available for  exhibition

Manufacturers we have used (with own websites)

 ‘Backwoods Miniatures’

‘Parkside Dundas’

‘Worsley Works’

MSE - model signal engineering

Conversions for and types of rail.

4mm / ft scale, rail weight per yard / rail code, conversion scale

This is a work in progress and is based on American standards, but might be of use to convert rail mass per yard to the coding system of model rail.  Sadly none of these exist so you will have to use the nearest available!

Rail lb/yd

100

95

90

85

80

75

70

65

60

55

50

45

40

35

30

25

Code if it exists!

68

66

64

62

59

57

55

53

51

49

46

44

41

39

37

33

The other problem you face is that prototype rail comes in different sections and different weights.  Flat bottomed, double-headed and bullhead rail will all weigh slightly more or less than each other per yard.  The above is only a guide and I hope to alter it for more relevant British practice.  If I get a chance I will do it for different rail types as well but that may be ambitious!

Peco crazy track is Code 75, as is their HOm track.  You can purchase, Code 100, 83, 65, 60, and 40 rail and others.  

Code 100, 83, 75, 65 come from Peco.

Code 81 rail at http://www.cvmw.com

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