Welcome to Southwark Model Railway Club

We are a small club based in Southwark, South East London, who have built a number of  layouts over the years including several which are available for exhibitions. These include a large model of Crystal Palace High Level Station and we are also building a new test track which when complete will provide facilities for running N, OO and O gauge trains.

An excursion departs from Crystal Palace High Level.

Potential members are most welcome to visit us on any Thursday evening between 6.30pm – 9.30pm. We meet at St Phillip and St Marks Church Hall, Avondale Square, SE1 5PD, on the Corporation of London estate. Opposite ASDA on the Old Kent Road.

Bus routes passing nearby include 21, 53, 63, 78, 172, 363, 381 and 453, and the nearest stations are New Cross Gate/New Cross or Elephant and Castle.

Free parking outside after 18.00.

For further details call 020 7732 9675.

Click on ‘Training’ to see details of our previous training sessions and plans for more later in the year.


Open Running Night on 11th August – See Open Evenings for further details.

Southwark M.R.C. reaches 30.

We are pleased to advise that the club reached its 30th anniversary at the end of February this year. Members and guests celebrated the event on Wednesday 20th April with a special birthday curry night at our favourite restaurant Karri Twist in New Cross.

30th Anniversary Cake 230th Anniversary Cake 3

Club Chairman Steve Rogers, Gary Cross and Secretary Ray Blanchard can be seen with the special birthday cake and a good night was had by all.

15 Responses to Welcome to Southwark Model Railway Club

  1. John Tolson says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I would be very interested in attending your training sessions.
    Yours John Tolson

    • 8southwark9 says:

      Hi John. Many thanks for your enquiry. Yes we are looking to hold a series of training sessions for railway modellers hopefully starting in the new year. This would cover a whole range of subjects from the basic starting point of a beginner with a train set, and develop to give a broad overview of the hobby. Some of these topics will be covered by our own members and others by guests with a greater knowledge of the subject and we hope where possible to give some hands on experience to the participants. However, this will only happen if we can get enough people interested in participating. Please watch the Training Sessions section on our website over the next couple of weeks for more details and in the meantime you could always visit us on a Thursday evening at the club room.

  2. Paul Tarrant says:

    Dear Ray,
    With reference to our telephone conversation last week I am very pleased to confirm my intention to come to your proposed training evenings.
    Many thanks,
    Kind regards,
    Tel: 07901 …[edited]

  3. Nick says:

    Dear Ray,

    Thank you for the information earlier on the telephone regarding the training next week, just to confirm that I will be attending.

    All the best,


    • 8southwark9 says:

      Hi Nick.
      Many thanks for your call and registering your interest.
      Look forward to seeing you at the first session nest week.
      All the best

  4. Alan Herbert says:

    Hello Ray Yes I wish to attend the course Regards

    Alan Herbert

  5. Alan Herbert says:

    Ray there may be a problem with the Email address I sent you on my previous message so could you please use this one Alan… [edited by site admin]
    I will definitely be at the course regards Alasn

  6. 8southwark9 says:

    Thanks for letting me know Alan Look forward to seeing you on the 18th.
    All the best

  7. Paul Tarrant says:

    Dear Ray,
    Just wanted to thank you and your fellow Members for the first Training Session you organised last night.
    I found it very interesting and helpful and am looking forward to attending the remaining Sessions in the weeks to come.
    Very well done !!
    Kind regards,
    Paul Tarrant

  8. 8southwark9 says:

    Hi Paul.
    Thanks for those kind comments. I think that we had a good group of people who wanted to learn and enjoyed the session. Hopefully they will all be able to come back this week and maybe a few more who have seen the details in the local press.
    All the best

  9. Mr Chris Hunt says:

    Hi. Could be interested in joining the club. Any more training sessions planned?
    Kind regards
    Chris hunt

    • 8southwark9 says:

      Hi Chris.
      Many thanks for your enquiry.
      We are in fact just in the middle of our first series of training sessions. This weeks session will be creating the scenics and a backscene, next weeks will be on constructing card and plastic kits for buildings and the last one will feature the construction of rolling stock from plastic, resin, white metal and brass/nickel silver kits in 4mm and 2mm scales, with a special look at the different types of soldering required for the metal kits. Plus a look at various types of couplings. I am also looking a second series of training sessions on additional subjects later in the year if there is a positive demand.
      Full details are available on our website as are details of where the club meets if you would like to visit us.
      Hope that we might see you.
      All the best

  10. Liam Scully says:


    I wondered on the age range for the club. My son is almost 15 and showing an interest in model rail. I wondered if there was anything happening that he would be suitable to attend.

  11. 8southwark9 says:

    Hi Liam.
    Many thanks for your enquiry. We do have membership available for juniors under the age of 16 who would need to be accompanied on visits to the club by a parent or guardian. You are most unfortunate in that we are just coming to the end of a series of training sessions covering the basics of building a model railway, last session this week on the construction of rolling stock kits. However, you might like to visit us on Thursday 28th April, when will be having a running night with several layouts in operation which you may both find of interest.
    Full details of the club location and public transport on our website.
    All the best

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