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42774 exits the tunnel at Grindley Brook [Photographer: David Brocklehurst]

Hillingdon Railway Modellers is a group of railway modelling enthusiasts based to the West of London in the West Drayton/ Hayes/ Yiewsley area.

Interests of our members cover the majority of the smaller gauges, (N, OO, HO, O and narrow), with club layouts and test tracks in N, OO and O.

News

Club Open House

On Saturday 23rd April, (12:00 to 16:00), we are holding a Club Open House. It is not an exhibition but our new 0 gauge layout, Grindley Brook, will be set up and operated in 'exhibition mode'. We plan to try everything out including a proposed schedule of train movements.

Our 00 section will be working on our new test track (it currently at the wiring-up stage).

It's an opportunity to see what goes on on a typical evening meeting. Entrance is free and teas and coffees will be available, (however the sausage and bacon roll that we normally have on our Test Track days will not).

Parking Update

GOOD NEWS - Hillingdon Council has revised the parking restrictions. The 'residents only parking' now only applies Monday-to-Friday so on-street parking for our open days on Colham Avenue and other roads nearby is now permitted.

Next Test Track Open Day

Our next club open day is being held on Saturday the 4 June (confirmed) and we charge £4.00 per person to cover the rental of the hall.

We now have a N-gauge test track .

Our N-, (two DC and one DCC loops); OO-, (four DC and one DCC loops) and O- (four DC loops but one can be run on DCC if requested) gauge test tracks will be set up for operation. In busy periods we may have to introduce a time limit on occupation of a track to allow everyone a fair turn.

There is usually someone around to give advice on a poorly running loco and some small fixes may be possible (for a small donation to club funds).

Bacon rolls, teas and coffees and other refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

Some photos of previous open days appear in the gallery section. As a reminder this is not an exhibition so please bring along your stock to run.

O gauge test track in use on 23 February

The O gauge test track [Photographer: Gary Kerr]

Gridley Brook is still under contruction but here is a view of the weighbridge

Work is still in progress but the weighbridge at Grindley Brook is starting to take shape [Photographer: Peter Storey]

General

The club usually takes its completed layouts to three or four exhibitions a year. Two new layouts are currently under construction, one in OO and another in O (Grindley Brook); so if you've never built a model railway, come along and pick up some tips on how (and how not) to do it. March sees our annual modelling and photographic competitions.

On the social side, we enjoy the occasional day out to places of railway interest to in the South of England; occasionally further afield, and last but not least, our annual Christmas dinner for members and their partners.

Future Test Track Days

OO gauge test track

OO gauge test track [Photographer: Gary Kerr]

We are holding a club open days on 4 June (confirmed) and 24 September (to be confirmed), (both 10:00 to 16:00). Our N, OO and O gauge test tracks will be set up so you can come and run your own locomotives (sorry but no live steam). DC and DCC will also be available as will refreshments. It should be noted that these ARE NOT exhibitions, so bring your own locos and rolling stock to run. At busy times we may have to introduce time slots so that everyone can get a chance to operate their stock.

Exhibitions

Confirmed Exhibition Bookings for Grindley Brook
Date Location
11/12 June 2016 The Chatham Show 2016 - Medway Park Leisure Centre