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 the prototype of which closed in 1954.
Southwark and District Model Railway Club are looking for permanent club room premises. What we need is somewhere to work on our layouts and space to store them, plus our tools and equipment when they are not in use. We do not have any special requirements, only somewhere to make a cup of tea and the usual toilet facilities. We would like to work with other handicraft and arts related groups and are willing to consider all types of facilities, scout huts, school halls, church halls, community centres or anywhere that can offer us a fair amount of space at a reasonable rent. Ideally we could do with a sponsor. Is there a model railway philanthropist or dragon out there ?
CAN YOU HELP ? – If you can, please call 020 7732 9675.
Meanwhile we are in temporary accommodation in the gallery at St Peter’s Church, Walworth, Liverpool Grove, off Walworth Road, SE17 2HH. There is off road parking for cars outside the church and it is close to BR and Underground rail services at the Elephant and Castle, plus numerous bus services serving the Walworth Road.
Meetings normally take place on a Tuesday evening from 18.00, but we have to keep the church secure. So please give us a ring on the above number beforehand if you plan to visit us, so we know you are coming.
Click on ‘Training’ to see details of our previous training sessions. We hope that we may be able to do more of these later in the year if we can find a new club room.
Andy Arches has a new Home.
One of our old layouts has now moved to a new home in Bexley. Originally built as a commissioned layout for British Rail Property Board, it had been re-acquired by the club after it was no longer needed for their refurbished arches promotion. Some work had been done to extend it, but it had not been actively worked on for some time. Declared surplus to our requirements, it was offered for sale and we were pleased to deliver the baseboards and fittings to their new owner in Bexley on 9th December. It is intended that it will be incorporated into a loft layout and we look forward to seeing progress on the project.
See more about this model in the ‘Our History’ section.
Rest in Peace Alan O’Neill.
Long standing club member John Alan O’Neill passed away recently and his well attended funeral took place on Monday 20th August. Alan was one of the early members of the club and took part in many of our activities including developing the layout Clearwater, featuring a railway dockyard scene, which was most appropriate as he also had a great interest in the research and modelling of cranes of all types. He also researched model railway paints, mixed his own colours and produced his own historic colour charts. He had been a long term member of the Bluebell Railway and his other interests included buses and he was a member of the RT1702 Bus Preservation Society and the Model Bus Federation. Although he had serious health problems over the last five years, he maintained his interest through magazines and DVD’s and he will be greatly missed.
We are pleased to report that Alan’s ashes were scattered on the Bluebell Railway via the firebox of S.E.C.R. 01 class locomotive 165 on Sunday 28th October. This took place after leaving Horsted Keynes, before reaching Sharpthorne tunnel. Although it was a wet and overcast day, as the ashes were placed in the firebox and there was a long blast on the whistle, the sun came out and sent Alan on his way in a place that he would have loved to remain in.
Progress at the Palace.
Crystal Palace High Level our largest club layout was exhibited at the Erith Club show at Longfield in January 2018 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 from 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.