Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society has over 80 members mainly from South Warwickshire but several come from much further afield. We moved into a spacious new club rooms just outside Leamington Spa in April 2006 which provides over 3,500 sq ft for layouts, discussion area, library and kitchen. We are currently cataloguing our extensive collection of magazines, journals, books and photographs for use by the membership and outside visitors.

Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society started life on 20th February 1975 when 18 keen modellers met at Milverton Village Hall. At that time it was known as Milverton Model Railway Society, a name it bore until November 1976 when it changed to its current name upon obtaining new premises in Warwick.

This section tells the history of the society

Annual Exhibition 2018

Thursday 1st March 2018 20:45

With regret we have to confirm the CANCELLATION the 2018 Exhibition.

The weather has deteriorated significantly in south Warwickshire this evening and the forecast has now changed with the Amber warning zone extending in our direction.

Just after 20:15 this evening we were was informed by the College Estates team that the Leamington site would be closed tomorrow and therefore it would not be possible to build the show.

Contents of the 2018 Exhibition

This year's layouts feature our society's own O gauge layout, Kimble. To support this theme we have a significant presence of other O gauge layouts, including the 55' foot long Newchapel Junction. Both of these will be located int he Sports Hall, at the rear of the building.

In total we have 25 layouts booked, covering the entire spectrum of model railways, from G scale on the second floor balcony, down to N scale; the layouts representing locations from Australia, the USA, Canada, Spain, and of course the UK, and from the 1920s to the present day.

ABC Model Railways Finishing Touches Modelex
Bill Hudson Transport Books Freestone Model Accessories Nick Tozer Books
C & L Finescale Gramodels Online Models
Cheltenham Model Centre Greenscenes Plus Daughters
Classic Train & Motorbus H & A Models R D Whyborn
Campaign for Rail (New) JB's Model World Railroom Electronics
Country Park Models (New) Kitmaster Collectors Club Roger Carpenter Photographs
Don Bishop Photography (New) Kytes Lights Severn Models
DCC Supplies London Road Models Skytrex (Sunday Only)
Eileen's Emporium Metropolis Vintage Toys Starlight Models (New in 2017)
Elite Baseboards Model Railway Developments Wrenn Specialist

2017 Exhibition Traders

The following trade stands have confirmed attendance at our 2017 exhibition
Confirmed attendance as at 17th February 2017.

DEMU Knightcote Model Boat Club Stratford & District Model Railway Club
Double O Gauge Association OO9 Society The European Railways Association
EM Gauge Society Scalefour Society MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group)
Friend of the National Railway Museum N Gauge Society Talyllyn Railway
Gloucester & Warwickshire Steam Railway 2mm Scale Association  
Historical Model Railway Society Coventry Model Engineering Society  

The following Societies have been invited to attend our 2017 exhibition.

Details of membership categories, privileges of membership and subscription rates.

The society has a number of subgroups, with most members belonging to one of them. Most are dedicated to producing layouts in particular scales. Membership of internal groups is generally informal. Groups may set their own funding arrangements, allowing them to raise further funds for layouts than is available from the society.

The society is also closely associated with external groups, regional groups of other societies. These are detailed here too,

 

 

 

 

The O gauge, (7mm scale) group operates on club nights (Thursdays) and at exhibitions. The current layout is named Kimble and is under constant development with new buildings, landscape and electronic enhancements. The current measurements are: 12.2m x 4.9m, (40’ x 16’approx).  A double track (continuous loop) main line has a through station and a 6 track fiddle yard which allows for 12+ trains to be marshalled at any one time.

The modelled location is non-specific, the buildings and structures based on BR(LMR).  All structures on the layout are scratch built, closely modelled on or inspired by actual prototypes.  The period represented for exhibition running extends from early BR to steam/diesel transition, demonstrating a wide variety of stock. 

Operators can control trains at various points on the outside or the inside of the layout with handheld DCC MERG controllers. The majority of locos are fitted with sound decoders, and all signals are operational.

At the southern end (left), the town of Kimble is set on a hill, dominated by Knight’s Brewery with its array of industrial buildings, workers’ housing and private railway with a wagon turntable, operated manually or with an automatic shuttle.  Below the town there is the through station, set-back siding and a comprehensive motive power depot with roads leading to the loco shed, coaling/sand/water renewal, storage and turntable.

At the north end (right), is an impressive viaduct, with hills, rocky outcrops, pine trees and a tunnel.

The focus at exhibitions is running main line trains although loco movements on and off shed are an attractive feature. The layout can be viewed from the front only or from the front plus one or both curved ends.  It has its own lighting rig. For transporting the layout to exhibition venues, all the baseboards are stacked (up to 6 high) in bespoke wheeled trollies. Level access is required from  parking area to the exhibition hall.  Erection or dismantling of the layout can be accomplished in little over an hour.   Operating a reasonably intensive service requires 5 operators per shift from a team of 8 – 12.

Thursday 1st March 2018 20:45

With regret we have to confirm the CANCELLATION the 2018 Exhibition.

The weather has deteriorated significantly in south Warwickshire this evening and the forecast has now changed with the Amber warning zone extending in our direction.

Just after 20:15 this evening we were informed by the College Estates team that the Leamington site would be closed tomorrow and therefore it would not be possible to build the show.

 

The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society has over 80 members from Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and much further afield.

We have seven club layouts in various stages of construction in N, OO, P4 and O gauges with club layouts regularly appearing on the exhibition circuit and in the modelling press.

Our next  exhibition is the 43rd and is on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018. It will again be held at the Royal Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road, CV32 5JE.

Visitors are welcome to come along to our club night on any Thursday evening from 7:30pm. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome with plenty of interest for all levels of modelling skill or just the opportunity to chat with members or browse the extensive club library.

Invitations to our trade supporters were sent out some time ago and at present Mark Reader, our Exhibition Trade Liaison Officer is busy speaking with traders, both familiar faces at our exhibitions, and new to us, to confirm their attendance at the exhibition. We shall release names as traders confirm their attendance in the very near future.

Several of our regular traders have retired over the past year, and we thank them for their support and offer our best wishes for the future.

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