Introduction: One of the special features of the F&DMRC is the wide range of interests of its members. We model in all the principle scales and gauges; our prototype interests range from pre-grouping companies through to the post privatisation scene of today (has the wheel gone full circle?). Standard gauge, light railways, narrow gauge or model engineering – you name it, at least one of our members will have an interest in it. There are three main special interest groups within the club and we also regularly host meetings of two regional groups of National Associations.
Special Interest Groups: The smallest scale we currently model is 2mm British N Gauge (as yet nobody has proposed a Z layout, but you never know). There is also the 09 project which represents 15″ gauge trains in 7mm/ft scale. Moving up the scales, there is an active 4mm group who work in 00 Gauge. Some members of this group are also members of the EM Gauge and P4 Societies, although the club has no plans to move into these gauges at present. There is also an established, and growing, base of 0 Gauge finescale modellers who are working on their new Middleton Junction layout, more details on the layouts page.
16mm Narrow Gauge Group: A number of members of the 7mm group also operate 32mm and 45mm narrow gauge outline models and several of them are members of the 16mm Narrow Gauge Association. The club hosts monthly meetings of the South Hampshire 16mm & G Scale Railway Group. To find out about the activities of this group please contact their organiser, William Bickers-Jones or visit the 16mm Narrowgauge website. A member of this group is the owner of the layout, “The Southdown Railway Company Ltd”. If you would like to find out more about The Southdown Railway Company and its scheduled appearances then please visit the web pages of 16mm Group Member Paul Betts
3mm Group: The club also hosts monthly meetings of the Solent and Southdowns Area Group of the 3mm Society. There was a time many years ago when the club was very strong in TT and the wheel has now gone full circle with our association with this group.
Costs and Benefits of Membership: A lot is written in the modelling press about the pros and cons of belonging to a model railway club. There are many benefits, not least of these is the fact that you get to rub shoulders with others who share your interests and from whom you can learn. In the end, as with many things in life, it will boil down to the costs of being a member of a club. Of the model railway clubs in this area we are one of the least expensive. Annual Membership costs £75. For this you get unrestricted use of club facilities including the test track and you can attend as many meetings of the different groups as you wish. From there on it is up to you. The aim of the club is to promote railway modelling in the Fareham area and that is exactly what we do. If you are desperate to build a model of Fareham Station as it was in the early 1950s to exact scale in 7mm fine scale then come along and inspire us to help you. You will get out of the club what you put in to it.
F&DMRC Meetings: The club meets on most Monday and Thursday evenings in the clubroom (even bank holidays). If you are interested to find out more about the club this is the best meeting to attend. The third Saturday of most months sees us getting together in the clubrooms to do something “big”. When we moved to Portchester this was mainly work on the building but at last we are now starting to have days “running and working on the layouts”. The Solent and Southdowns Area Group of the 3mm Society now meet on the 1st Saturday of each month. If you are interested in 3mm modelling or just want to find out about TT as a scale we will be very pleased to welcome you. The South Hampshire 16mm & G-Scale Railway Group meets in our clubroom on the second Friday of most months.