Club Links to other Railway related sites: This page includes some links to other sites which you may find of interest. The usual disclaimers apply, we do not imply any sort of endorsement of the sites listed. As far as possible, the links we have included reflect the organisations with which we have some sort of association.
The Model Railway Club is probably one of the oldest model model railway clubs in the world. They have a headquarters in London very close to Kings Cross Station and they welcome visitors to their regular club meetings on a Thursday evening. If you are ever in London on a Thursday evening then Keen House is well worth a visit – and the beer is good (I speak from personal experience)! They also sponsor an annual exhibition in association with British Railway Modelling Magazine
The Historical Model Railway Society exists to promote research into a variety of aspects of railway modelling. This site is a very good portal to a number of other sites of railway interest.
The Double 0 Gauge Association describes itself as an organisation catering for both new and veteran railway modellers working in 4mm scale using a track gauge of 16.5mm – the most common for models of UK prototypes. The DOGA have now published a set of track standards for both commercial manufacturer and finescale of 16.5mm track and wheelsets. These are available at the DOGA website.
The EM Gauge Society is the body which sets standards for 4mm/1ft modelling using 18.2mm gauge. A couple of members of the F&DMRC are members of EMGS although the club has no plans to move into this scale/gauge combination at present.
Scale Four Society is the body which sets the standards for 4mm/1ft modelling using 18.83mm gauge. A member of the 00 Group recently joined this society but, as with EMGS, there is no plan to start a P4 layout.
The Wessex Association of Model Railway Clubs is an association of Model Railway Clubs in the Wessex area from Haslemere in the East to Burnham on Sea and Exeter in the West. They are devoted to the furtherance of railway modelling in the area. They try to co-ordinate exhibition dates to avoid clashes. They encourage clubs in locations where model railway exhibitions are not held to organise one and support them with finance, layouts and personnel.
The Swanage Railway Project is dedicated to restoring the branch line from Wareham to Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Swanage is also the home of Southern Locomotives Limited, the umbrella organisation which is responsible for a large number of preserved locomotives from the old Southern Railway. There is an exciting new project taking place in the railway’s Herston Works – the construction from scratch of a British Railways Standard Clan Class Locomotive which will be called Hengist.
The Mid-Hants Railway runs from Alresford to Alton where it has an interchange with the Railtrack network. A group of members of the club were on the last service train over the line before it closed and a number of us are now members of the preservation society.
Based in Portchester Precinct, Wicor Models are our local model shop. They provide secure on-line ordering and we find them very competitive on price. They also deal in Dolls House equipment so a visit to the shop in the company of the Domestic Authority is always easy to arrange.
Hurst Models market a wide variety of modern image kits in 4mm scale and have recently moved into 2mm scale as well. Among projects currently being worked on by club members there are two Hurst Models supplied Class 442 (Wessex) Electric Units to run on Soberton and Greenfriars. These will be painted in ‘interesting’ liveries and pictures will appear once they are completed.
Train FlowTrainflow are the authors of a very useful software package called Wagon Flow. One of our plans for the modular system being developed by the OO Group is to be able to erect a number of modules and operate them as a complete system. Among other things this will involve running goods trains round the various modules, stopping to pick up and drop off wagons on the way. Wagon Flow is a software package which can provide us with a ‘work list’ to do this realistically. Their website tells more about this concept than we can here. Well worth a visit if you are interested in realistic freight operations.
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The Southern e-Mail Group (SEmG to its friends) started as in independent email group but it has since joined the Yahoo groups system. Their website is an invaluable source of information and the members of the group are a real treasure when it comes to answering those difficult questions about the Southern, its predecessors and successors.
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