Diary Dates

Compiled by Jon Longman. Send details of your events to RMModellingeditor@mortons.co.uk


Open Tuesday to Sunday

Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

52/55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, West Sussex BN1 4EB. www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk

10am-5pm (Saturday 11am-5pm). See website for admission prices.

Open on winter weekends

World of Model Railways. Meadow Street, Mevagissey, St Austell, Cornwall. www.model-railway.co.uk

10am-5pm. Adult £4.50, concessions £4, child (5-17) £3.50, family £14. Disabled access. Winter opening:
Weekends only and Christmas and half-term holidays

Open Saturday-Monday

Famous Trains Model Railway, Markeaton Park, Derby. Nearest postcode for satnav users is DE22 3BG.

www.famoustrains.org.uk/.11am-4pm. Largest OO-scale model railway in the East Midlands plus other layouts.

Open most weekends and Bank Holidays

Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport

Long Wittenham, Abingdon, OX14 4QD.Features models to show life and railways of the 1930s. An invaluable resource for the experienced and new modeller alike. www.pendonmuseum.com for more details.


Amersham & Chorleywood Model Railway Society. Welcomes new members. The clubroom is in Chorleywood with layouts in O, OO and OO N9 scales. Meetings on Mondays 2pm-4pm and Wednesdays 7.30pm-10pm. Please contact Roger on 01494 726449 for further details.

Cardiff Model Engineering Society. King George V Drive East, Heath, Cardiff, CF14 4AW. New members welcome. The club has 3½ inch, 5 inch & 7¼ inch outside track as well as a 32mm & 45mm garden railway, and a 15 inch ⅓ scale tramway. Inside is an OO gauge layout, extensive workshop and comprehensive library of books members can borrow. Non-members welcome but please arrange visit in advance. Meeting times (7-9pm): Monday, OO meeting night; Tuesday, workshop; Wednesday, Garden Railway meeting night; Thursday, general. For all enquiries, call Rob Matthews 029 2025 5000 10am to 5pm or secretary@cardiffmes.com and www.cardiffmes.com


March 24

Belper Model Railway Exhibition. Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1UU. http://bmrg.coffeecup.com. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £3, concessions £2.50, child £1.50. n10 layouts and demonstrations.

March 28

South Croydon Toy & Train Fair. St John’s Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8DD. 6pm-8pm. Adult £1. Contact Joe Lock 07866 641215.

March 30

SRP Toyfairs. The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9HG. 10am-2pm. Contact Paula and Gerry on 07739 998012 for more information.

March 31-April 2

Gainsborough Model Railway Society.
Florence Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 IBE.

1.30-6pm (opens 10.30am Mon). Adult £4, concession
and child £3, family £10.

April 5

Theydon Bois Toy & Train Fair. Village Hall, Coppice Row (B172), Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex CM16 7ER. 7pm-9pm. Admission £1. Contact Joe Lock 07866 641215

April 7

N Gauge Model Railway Exhibition and Open Day for the Berkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society. Sindlesham Baptist Church, Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5BB. www.bagladdies.weebly.com 10am to 4pm. 11 N gauge layouts and modelling demonstrations. Trade and society stalls including the club second-hand stall and the Berkshire Model Shop. Adult £4, accompanied child under 12 free.

Beacon-Rail 2018 – Tring & District MRC. Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY. www.tdmrc.co.uk. 10.30am-4.30pm
Adult £3.00, child £1.50, family (2+2) £7. Refreshments. Access for disabled visitors. Free car parking. Eight layouts from N to G scale, preservation, and trade.

April 7-8

Scarborough and District Railway Modellers Club Open Day and Exhibition. Newby and Scalby Community Hall, Scalby Road, Scalby, Scarborough YO13 0RA. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-3.30pm. Adult £3, accompanied children under 16 free. 10 layouts and demonstrations, Light refreshments, on site parking, full disabled access.

SDRM are celebrating 40 years of railway modelling with club members layouts such as the North of England Line, Rumbling Bridge, Glengarry Tramway, Goathland in OO, Menabrea and Lomond Street well known on the exhibition circuit. Demonstrations and light refreshments.

Cheltenham Model Railway Exhibition. St Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road, Hatherley, Cheltenham, GL51 3NU. http://www.cheltmodrail.org.uk Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am 4.30pm. 12 layouts, trade stands, dioramas, demonstrations. Refreshments, free car parking, disabled access. Adult £4, child £2.50, family £9. All profits to the Pied Piper Appeal children’s charity.

April 8

SRP Toyfairs. Langham Community Centre, School Road, Colchester CO4 5PA. 10am-2pm. Contact Paula and Gerry on 07739 998012 for more information.

April 14

Crawley Model Railway Society 28th Annual exhibition. Tanbridge House School, Guildford Road, Horsham RH12 1SR. https://www.crawleymrs.org.uk/exhibition Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. 19 layouts, 15 traders plus demonstrations, second-hand stand. Free parking, refreshments, fully accessible. Adults £6, children (over 5) £4, family (2+2) £17.

East Surrey N Gauge 20th Exhibition. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Linkfield Lane, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1DU. www.esng.club 10am-4pm. Adult £5, child £2, family £12. Layouts and specialist traders Free on-site parking, wheelchair access, and refreshments.

Cambridge Model Railway Exhibition organised by 31A (Cambridge) Model Railway Club. Sawston Village College, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3BP. 10am-4pm. Adult £4.50, concession £3.50 (one child admitted free), under 5s free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Working layouts in N and O gauges, club and trade stands, refreshments, disabled access.

Luton Model Railway Club Exhibition. Stopsley High School, St Thomas’ Road, Luton LU2 7UX.

www.lutonmodelrailwayclub.org.uk 10.30am-5pm. Adult £5, child £2. Layouts, test track and trade support.

Association of Bexley Charities ’78 Grand Spring Fair. United Reformed Church, Geddes Place, Bexleyheath DA6 7DJ (near Broadway Shopping Centre). 9.45am – 1pm.
Local charities will be selling CDs, DVDs, jewellery, cards, books; jams, cakes, pickles; toys; model railways; collectables etc. Adult 50p, accompanied children free. Refreshments.

April 14-15

Maryport Model Club. Netherhall School Hall,
Maryport, Cumbria CA15 6NT. Saturday 10am-4.30pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. Adult £5, child £2, family £12 (includes programme). All gauges railway layouts,
radio controlled boats, model planes, trucks, tanks, Scalextric, children’s modelling competition. Trade stands, demonstrations. Parking. Disabled access.

Rail Road 2018 — a model railway and transport show. Astley High Sports College, Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield, Greater Manchester SK16 5BL. Sat: 10am-5.30pm; Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Adult £4, conc £3.50, child £1.50, family (2+2) £9.50. 25 layouts, trade stands and refreshments.

April 15

Bracknell Railway Society Society Open Afternoon. Pinewood Leisure Centre, Old Wokingham Road, Wokingham, Berks, RG40 3AQ. http://www.bracknellrailwaysociety.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/welcome/ 1pm to 4.30pm. Admission free.

April 15

SRP Toyfairs. Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BZ. 10am-2pm. Contact Paula and Gerry on 07739 998012 for more information.

April 21

Twickenham & District Model Railway Club pop-up event. Twickenham Library, Garfield Road,
Twickenham TW1 3JT. www.tdmrc.org.uk

10am-3.30pm. Free entry. Three working layouts.

De Havilland Model Railway Society Exhibition. Ludwick Way Methodist Church, Woodhall Parade, Welwyn Garden City AL7 3PN. www.dhmrs.co.uk 10am-5pm. Adult £5, child £2, disabled access. 12 layouts, trade support.

Pontypridd Model Railway Club Exhibition. Crown Hill Community Centre, Llantwit Fardre, CF38 2NA. 10am-4pm. Adult £3, accompanied child free. Refreshments, free parking, disabled access. 10 layouts and trade support.

SRP Toyfairs. The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YH. 10am-2pm. Contact Paula and Gerry on 07739 998012 for more information.

April 21-22

Stourbridge Model Railway Exhibition. Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4LU. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Free parking. Layouts, demonstrations, trade support, refreshments. Adults £3.50, Child/Seniors £2, Family (2+2) £10. As the Bonded Warehouse is Grade II Listed (no lift), disabled access is to the basement exhibition area only.

Liverpool Model Railway Society Exhibition. Ian Robinson Sports Centre, Merchant Taylors School, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool L23 0QP. www.lmrs.org.uk Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Adults £5, OAP £4.50, child £2 (under 5s free); family (2+2) £12.
19 layouts in various gauges, trade stands and demonstrations, miniature railway for children outside the hall. Free parking off street. Refreshments.

April 22

Blyth and Tyne Model Railway Society Sunday Skills Day. 40 Saville Street, Tyne & Wear, North Shields NE30 1NT.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/RailexNE/events/?ref=page_internal www.btmrs.co.uk/about-us.html 10am-4pm. Come and ask those questions about modelling you may have wanted to ask but haven’t got around to. Free parking opposite. Admission by donation.

SRP Toyfairs. Crofton Hall, Station Road, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8PR. 10am-2pm. Contact Paula and Gerry on 07739 998012 for more information.

April 28

Bluebell Railway Toy and Train Fair. Horsted Keynes Station, Station Approach, Horsted Keynes, East Sussex RH17 7BB. 10am-4pm. Admission by platform ticket, or free with train travel ticket or Bluebell membership card. Contact Joe Lock 07866 641215.

Benfleet St Mary’s Model Railway Club Exhibition, St Mary’s Church Hall, 376 High Road, Benfleet SS7 5HL. 10am-4pm. Adult £3, children free. Eight layouts, free parking nearby. Proceeds for church restoration funds.

Luton Model Railway Club O Gauge Section Exhibition. Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick MK45 1HP.

www.lutonmodelrailwayclub.org.uk 10.30am-5pm. Adult £5, child £2.

O Gauge layouts, test track and trade support.

Hope Methodist Church Model Railway and Bygone Era Exhibition. The Rushden Academy, Hayway, Rushden NN10 6AG. 10am-4pm. Adult £6, concession £5, child £3. Layouts. 12 layouts. Refreshments. Good parking.

Coventry and Warwickshire O Gauge Modellers 25th Anniversary Open Day. The Church of the Holy Cross, St Austel Road, Wyken, Coventry

CV2 5AE. 10am-3pm. The club’s full test track will be running with demonstrators on various areas of railway modelling, Two small layouts, traders. Annual Coach building competition, and a figure painting competitions for the Mike Lee Memorial Trophy. Free entry, parking and tea and biscuits.

April 28-29

Epsom Model Railway Show. North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 3DS. www.eemrc.co.uk

Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Adult £7, child under-16 free. 17 top class layouts, live steam passenger railway, trade support, societies, refreshments. Free parking on site. Disabled facilities. Ten minute walk from Ewell East station.

Sutton Coldfield Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition. Bishop Walsh School, Wylde Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
B76 1QT. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. Adult £5, concessions £4, accompanied child under 16 free. Layouts, trade stands, preservation societies and audio visual presentations.Sandwiches, excellent cakes and light refreshments available. Ample free parking.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the club and to celebrate such an auspicious occasion there will be 16 layouts on show including six from the club. Highlights are Oakley from Roger Strike, which exemplifies the steam era branch line, and Bear Creek Junction from Adrian Hall, a Warley National award winning American multi-gauge layout with stunning Colorado scenery.

West Essex Modelrail 2018. St Edwards School, London Road,
Romford RM7 9NX. www.iwemrc.org.uk Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Adult £6, concession £5, child £3 (under 5 years free), family (2+2) £15. Free parking. 25 layouts, trade stands, refreshments, disabled access.

April 29

Cleveland Model Railway Club Open Day. Unit 2, The B-Hive, Skelton Industrial Estate, Skelton, Cleveland TS12 2LQ.  http://www.cmrc.club 10am-4pm. Day membership: adult £1, child 50p. See our clubroom and talk to members. Eight layouts working and under construction from 2mm to 7mm scales, with displays, demonstrations, club sales and tombola stalls. Club hours are 6pm-9pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visitors and new members welcome. Refreshments, disabled access, on-site parking.

German Railway Society’s Globalrail 2018 exhibition. Didcot Civic Centre, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7JN. www.grs-uk.org 10.30am-4.30pm. Adult £5, child £3, family £12. More than 20 exhibits.

Disabled access, free car park, light refreshments.

May 5

Scarborough Model Railway Show. Westborough Methodist Church, Scarborough YO11 1TS. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £3, child under 14 free. 13 layouts. Steam railway rides for children.

Birmingham Model Railway Club Open Day. Club Room, Brueton Hall, Cadbury Drive (off Farnborough Road), Castle Vale B35 7JE.

11am – 4pm. Adult £1, child 50p. Club’s permanent layouts not seen at exhibitions will be on display. Car park nearby with easy access, Refreshments.

May 5

Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club Open Day. www.eemrc.org.uk

A mini-exhibition with many of the club’s layouts (N, 00, P4, 0) operational, with a new 2mm project showing work in hand. Refreshments. Bus service 418 (Epsom – Kingston) stops outside the church.

May 5-6

Sedbergh Centre, Huddersfield Road, Odsal, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD6 1DJ. Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm. Adult/concession £4.50, under 16 £1.50, family (2+2) – £10.  Refreshments. Selection of layouts including club layouts and invited friends. Trade support. Disabled access.

May 9

Hertford Toy & Train Fair. Richard Hale School, Hale Road, Hertford, Herts SG13 8EN.7pm-9pm. Adult £1. Contact Joe Lock 07866 641215.

May 12

Loddon Vale Model Railway Club Exhibition. Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1QX.  www.lvmrc.co.uk10am-4.30pm. Adult £4, child £2.00, family (2+2) £9. Layouts, trade support, refreshments and parking.

Bloxwich (St John’s) Model Railway Club Exhibition. St John’s Methodist Church, Victoria Ave, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 3HS. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £4, children (over 5 under 15) £2. Disabled access and refreshments. 20 layouts and trade support.

South West Herts Model Railway Society 38th Annual Model Railway Exhibition. Queens School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 2TY. www.southwesthertsmrs.org.uk. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £6, child £3,

accompanied children under 15 – up to 2 free with each adult. Refreshments, free parking, wheelchair access. 20 layouts have been invited, covering a range of timescales from the early 20th century to the present day. Many scales and locations will be represented from the tiny Z gauge to O gauge.

Willington Model Car, Train & Transport Bazaar. Peace Memorial Hall, Church Road, Willington, Bedford MK44 3PU.  10.30am-3.30pm. Free admission.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club Exhibition. Stamford Welland Academy, Green Lane, Stamford PE9 1HE. http://www.mdmrc.org/ 10am-4.30pm. Adult £4, child (5-17) £2, family (2 + 2) £10. Free parking, refreshments, disabled access.