We are a group of individuals who enjoy a diverse range of model railway related activities in no particular gauge. The Club has excellent facilities and have several projects under construction. As well as the club layouts, several members have their own layouts that are available for exhibition, see the links in available layouts. We currently have 20 members and growing. If you want to become involved then get in touch via the contacts page and arrange to come and visit
AIMS OF THE CLUB
- Plan, construct, operate and exhibit model railways or other forms of model transport.
- To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation or otherwise provided that this shall be without prejudice to the ability of the Company to disclaim any gift, legacy or bequest in whole or in part in such circumstances as the Company may think fit.
- To promote, organise and operate exhibition events in pursuance of its objects.
- Meeting with other like minded individuals interested in railways in the furtherance of other such social or recreational purposes connected with railways or other forms of transport.
WHEN DO WE MEET?
We have recognised regular Club nights on Tuesdays and Fridays from about 19.00 until as late as we like. But because the premises are rented exclusively for use by the Club the members have unrestricted access 24/7. This is something not available to many Clubs and is an excellent facility for those who enjoy making and running model railways with other like minded people. Its also a good place for making friends. Increasing membership may mean another Club night to spread the ‘load’. This will be decided upon at the club AGM. Several members also meet up during the week and spend a half or full day working away on various layouts; full days often being two sessions split by lunch in the local pub.
More than adequate free parking is available immediately outside the Club. There is also a very good pub that serves lunches well within easy walking distance. All these facilities enable members to spend happy and pleasant days at the Club and or pub socialising, building layouts and running trains. A really great way to spend a day.
WHAT WE DO
All members are encouraged to contribute their skills to the on-going tasks. This includes carpentry, low voltage electrical wiring, scenery and model building construction. Members are also encouraged to pass on their skills and knowledge to other club members both in connection with the club and members own layouts. We also arrange group visits to other exhibitions and any railway related events for members who are interested.
WHAT FACILITIES DO WE HAVE?
We have a large workshop and layout room in which Club layouts are built and run. The room also has running-in tracks for N/009 gauge, two for 00 gauge. All of which are fully compatible for running both analogue and DCC stock. There is also sufficient room to temporarily assemble and set up Member’s own layouts as and when required for testing and practice sessions before exhibiting. We have a well equipped tea room with both micro-wave and fridge together with comfortable ex Bure Valley Railway carriage seating. The usual toilet facilities complete the description of our welcoming clubroom.
WHAT ARE WE BUILDING?
Currently constructing exhibition standard layouts in OO gauge and N gauge.
The new N gauge layout, Oma Park, is portable for exhibiting is now complete. It will be reconfigurable from British outline to Japanese depending on our mood. The buildings and trees will be interchangeable to suit the country chosen. This is a new idea which we hope will work and give exhibition managers some food for thought.
Another members layout, Scaranish, is undergoing modification to make it more transportable and will hopefully be available for the club open day in August 2017.
A new OO layout is in the early stages of design to give a continuous run with spirals at either end.
A new 009 layout is now progressing and track laying is complete. Wiring up and scenery is the next stage.
Port St Arbor (Port or Starboard!) is now fully DCC converted and had a few modifications and lighting added. The station platform has been moved so viewers can see the passenger trains that are currently obscured by the goods shed. The layout will have its last outing for 2017 in September and is a popular choice from exhibition managers. To see the finished article have a look at the available layouts tab above.
WHERE ARE WE?
The club is located in the village of Catfield just of the A149 not far from Stalham. If interested in having a look around before considering becoming a member then contact the Club Secretary or Chairman from the contacts tab.