Welcome to the Chester Model Railway Club est. 1951
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After a great deal of consideration, we have decided to not run any more railtours for the foreseeable future.
We realise that this will disappoint a great many of our regular passengers, many of whom have been coming with us for many years.
We thank you for your support over the years.
I am sure you will be wondering why we have come to this decision; in no particular order.
a) We actually received a quote for a train in 2017, but the price was very much higher than we were expecting and
would have resulted in ticket prices being higher than we thought the majority of our passengers would be willing to pay.
b) The railways are very much busier than when we started these tours, itself no bad thing.
However this restricts the availability of trains to hire and restricts the routes and destinations we can use.
c) The organising societies have largely attained their objectives of running these trains.
d) The existing organising team have been running these tours for over thirty years now.
With no prospect of willing and younger volunteers coming forward, it is time to ‘retire’.
Laurence and the tirelessly hardworking team.
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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 70 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 the track being laid and wiring done. The OO section has constructed a new end to end DCC layout (Beeton Hough) and is in the process of completing a running layout for which the boards have been made up, track laid and scenic work in progress. We also have an almost complete 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 £60 p.a., with juniors at £16. 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 - As well as modelling we usually organise a railtour each year. Details of future railtours will appear on the Railtour page. Visit the railtour page or contact Laurence Wheeler.
Members also assist in and run their own working parties on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways amongst others.
Chester Model Centre - members get a 10% discount at this exciting new store in the heart of Chester's Rows on production of a valid membership card!
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
24th Jan - Updated details about the decision not to run a railtour this year.
19th May - Some photos of the club exhibition.
6th February - Chester MRC's own sound App click her to download our own app.
18th January 2015 - Several pages reorganised!
20th December - Plans of Faugham Hill's new extension and a couple of pictures of Beeton Hough have been added.
10th December - Pictures of Castlefin have been added showing the current state of affairs.
13th November - details of our latest railtour to Oxford are now available and the online booking facility is available. Don't miss the opportunity to get an early Christmas present for your loved one.
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!
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trains in a box in your attic or garage and would like advice on the best ways
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