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Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month. This is the current programme.

Meet at Priory School 7pm for 7.15pm start. 


 

 

6th June 2018.

Michael Shaw will give a talk about the Railways of the Shrewsbury Coalfields and surrounding area.

The coal, lead and barytes mines and brickworks of the Shrewsbury area had numerous narrow gauge lines and though they were almost all short and non-loco worked they are not devoid of interest. The earliest datable ones are from the early 19th century, some of the lead mines had plateways which no doubt dated from the very late 18th century and at least two sites had wooden railways underground, though these are probably no earlier than the plateways.  Only a handful lasted into post war years with the very last vestige ceasing use in the early 1970s.


 

4th July 2018

Visit to Mick Ogden's garden railway at Broseley.

 

With the garden not being flat, the railway starting point is a waist high station and steaming up area leading to a circuit of some 90 foot around the garden with a section at ground level and including a cutting, a tunnel, station halt and passing loop. The circuit also has two bridges with a return to the station via a triangle junction.  There is also a branch line from the station up the garden slope and back via a return loop for the smaller locos with a total track length of over 200 feet.

In a section of converted garage, the 00 gauge 8 x 4 ft DC layout, is a coastal mountain scene, nowhere specific, but LMS region in BR steam days. It's a "Watching the trains go by" continuous run layout with a double track on an embankment, exiting by a road bridge at one end and a hill and tunnel at the other.  Behind the back scene is a two road fiddle yard electrically divided for four trains controlled by the points which have Peco motors and there is also a four siding engine shed for up to eight locos with isolating switches to have all the locos on display.

 

 


 

August 2018

No meeting.

 


 

5th September 2018

 Authentic Model Railway Operation – Martin Nield.

Martin Nield will explain how to get more fun from your layout by operating it in accordance with prototype practice. He will discuss the importance of using an authentic track plan, working signals, timetables and realistic train formation and movement.”

 


 

3rd October 2018  

 

Scenic modelling and backscenes – Mike Raithby

 

Mike Raithby will talk about and demonstrate scenic modelling and painting backscenes.

 


 

7th November 2018.

 3D Printing with Alan Buttler of Modelu.

 


 

5th December 2018.

TBA