Heywood Model Railway Group


Chairman John Essex
Treasurer Brian Amis
Secretary Roger Bottomley
Exhibition Manager Steven Smith
Publicity Manager David Saxon
Assistant Secretary Henry Stahr
Committee Member John Roebuck
Committee Member Mark Towers

Welcome to our News Page

Once again we had a very successful open day in July and our next one will be on Saturday the 12th of August starting at 10AM and running until about 4PM. If you are not a member of the club then do come along and bring any locos you want to run on our large layouts. It's free and you can get drinks and sandwiches at a very modest cost.
We should also have Chris from Todmorden Models with us on this next open day along with his selection of modeling tools and other items for you to purchase if required.

We now have proper signs up to direct people to the club premises. There is one facing you as you come up Brown Street and this instructs you to go through the double gates and round the back of the building to Unit 4. Then another in the wall to the right as you enter the car park directing you the rear of the car park. The third one is on the fence at the back of the buildings pointing to unit 4. Hopefully anyone now trying to find us should have an easier time.

On the 2nd of this Month we took our Thomas layout "Knapford" to a fun day at the request of the organizers at Crimble Croft Community Centre. The event was very well attended and one of our members "Barry" made an appearance as the fat controller. Plenty of youngsters at the event enjoyed operating the layouts with Thomas, Annie and Clarabel pulling our Giraffe truck where the Giraffe ducks its head to go under the bridge and Harry the diesel from the Sodor Iron works pulling some troublesome trucks.

Still more progress is being made on the O gauge layout "Heybury" with an additional crossover being added so that trains can now get from the outer tracks to the inner ones. This will be necessary if we link our existing end to end layout "Wrye" into it as a branch line. Also more scenic work is in progress to further enhance the appearance of the layout.

I must get a name attached to the OO layout being worked on by some of our new members then it can take its place with a link on the home page. At the moment the baseboards have been completed and some track has been laid on them.

We now have a proper working lathe that has been donated to us and this has been set up in the workshop area. This should prove to be an asset when working on loco wheels etc.

The 15 watt security light that had failed a few weeks ago has now been replaced with a 500 watt version before the days get too short and darker nights make it difficult to see when leaving the club at 10PM. This should give much more light over a bigger area than the original LED version.

Finally Several members got involved in pruning back the overhanging trees that had grown alarmingly over the last few years and were completely covering the pathway to the door of the club room.

If you are not a member of the club and want to join and get involved with the building and upkeep of our layouts or just to run your own stock on one of the models then drop an email to any of the committee listed above or just call in and see us on a Monday night from 18:00 to 22:00, or a Wednesday during the day between 10:00 and 14:00 where you will be made most welcome.
See the how to find us page for instructions on getting to our existing premises.

John Essex
Webmaster Heywood Model Railway Group.

This page updated 2nd August 2017