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.
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 – please call 020 7732 9675.
Click on ‘Training’ to see details of our previous training sessions and plans for more later in the year.
Progress at the Palace.
Crystal Palace High Level our largest club layout was exhibited at the Erith Club show at Longfield in January this year and we are pleased to attach some new photographs to show what progress has been made.
Sections of the new roof spans laser cut from MDF with laser cut clear plastic glazing can be seen from the terminus end. These are supported on new curtain walls, (the ones on the outside), and for the first time the central wall, which divides the two halves of the train shed. Also the houses on Farquhar Road are making progress.
The extensive coal yard is also being developed with the coal bins, which are made mostly from hand cut scale timber, now in their first stage of weathering.
Also out of sight to the left, a completely new fiddle yard area has been constructed.
A closer look at the coal yard. Much of the cobbled approach visible on the right side of the picture has now been painted and and weathered and the remainder will be completed in the near future. The area surrounding the signal box is having the location of the point rodding plotted, and this feature will also be added in the near future.
Finally a view of the approaches form the London end of the station.
It is hoped to have much of the outstanding works completed making the layout available for regular exhibition appearances towards the end of 2019.
All pictures by Paul Hamley.
Southwark becomes ‘Southwark and District.’
At our Annual General Meeting on 22nd February 2018 we gave further consideration to the name of the club. As we are the only club representing the inner south east London boroughs of Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, apart from our friends at the Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Railway Society who specialise in the study, research and modelling of narrow gauge railways, we thought that it would be more appropriate to adopt the name ‘Southwark and District Model Railway Club’ to cover our full catchment area. This change was agreed by a majority vote.
Southwark M.R.C. reaches 30.
We are pleased to advise that the club reached its 30th anniversary at the end of February 2016. 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.
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.