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Potato Market – cart road canopies for Copenhagen Fields

The Potato Market cart road canopies in the KX Goods Yard have been progressing, albeit a little slowly. The frontage is quite tricky in the way it interacts with the warehouse behind. Nothing is simple on Copenhagen Fields A jig has been invaluable for assembling the roof, which consists of a remarkably complex set of …read more.

Apr 9, 2021

Ingatestone presents – playbacks from our recent Layout Focus evening

In February, the team building our OO gauge model of Ingatestone Station hosted a Zoom meeting to show the wider membership what they have been up to. Here are a series of videos from the evening. If you would like to get involved, you can Join Us today, sign up to our newsletter at the …read more.

Apr 5, 2021

Rydes Vale – the rewiring concludes

I have been busy under the boards of the Rydes Vale. After removing all the lineside accessories to protect them from damage and also allow easier access I have turned to the wiring. I have removed all the old wiring and am currently installing tag strips in place of the brass screws used as solder …read more.

Apr 2, 2021

DCC installation – 4mm scale Heljan Class 15

I have been DCC fitting one of the Heljan class 15s that arrived to-day and that I had ordered for our late 1960s period Orchard Wharf, locomotive D8242, as depicted in real life here and here. Photographs of the finished article can be seen above and here:   I have made some modifications to the …read more.

Mar 28, 2021

Pete Waterman @TheMRC – Replay

In case you missed the excellent video presentation call with Pete Waterman on 11th March, here’s a chance to watch it again. Please like the video, and/or follow us on YouTube. You can also sign up to our newsletter below. Finally, just before you start, if you like what you see and would like to …read more.

Mar 21, 2021

Steve Flint – “Who’d Be An Editor” Playback

In case you missed it, here’s a chance to watch “Who’d Be An Editor” – Steve Flint’s presentation to the MRC in February 2021 If you’ve enjoyed it, please visit to buy us a coffee, and follow us on YouTube

Mar 6, 2021

Teatime with Matt Falden

As part of the World of Railway Virtual Exhibitions, the MRC’s Lawrence Robbins interviews leading lights of the model and full size railway world. Ahead of the 3rd event on 13/4th March, here’s another chance to see some of those interviews with Matt Falden of Twitters’s “Teatime with Matt” and Biggest Little Railway as he …read more.

Feb 21, 2021

Controlling Electromagnetic Uncouplers

Electromagnet uncouplers are a proven method for uncoupling Sprat and Winkle and other couplings that require a magnetic “pull down”, but due to the heat generated by electromagnets when they are energised, there is the potential of heat damage to the baseboard or in the worst-case scenario fire, due to overheating caused by misuse or …read more.

Feb 20, 2021

Tim Dunn on Model Villages and The Architecture The Railways Built

As part of the World of Railway Virtual Exhibitions, the MRC’s Lawrence Robbins interviews leading lights of the model and full size railway world. Ahead of the 3rd event on 13/4th march, here’s another chance to see some of those interviews, kicking off with Tim Dunn. Tim discusses the history of Bekonscot including its history …read more.

Feb 14, 2021

Restoring Rydes Vale – a pioneering 2mmFS layout

“Rydes Vale” was one of the earliest 2mm finescale layouts. Constructed in the early 1960s by Mr H H Grove and his son Bert, the Groves created a new set of track and rail standards which were instrumental in giving a faultless performance at our exhibition in Central Hall, Wesminster, London, for three years. This …read more.

Feb 13, 2021

Lockdown Labours – Broad Ethel

I’m fairly new to the MRC, although I have helped out a tiny bit on Copenhagen Fields in the past. And will do again soon, once I get a window to do some more! I do build models professionally, and also for pleasure (although sometimes it feels more like a self inflicted punishment). One thing …read more.

Feb 6, 2021

Sir Kenneth Grange – HST on a budget

Although the current Hornby superdetail High Speed Train power cars are popular, they are not particularly cheap, but the secondhand market is awash with older Lima and Hornby models. These of course generally display older liveries, limiting choice if you want a more recent HST. However, the restoration of pioneer production HST W43002 into its …read more.

Jan 31, 2021

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