Heywood Model Railway Group


Chairman John Essex
Treasurer Brian Amis
Secretary Roger Bottomley
Exhibition Manager Steven Smith
Publicity Manager David Saxon
Assistant Secretary Chris Howarth
Committee Member John Roebuck
Committee Member Mark Towers

Welcome to our News Page

First of all thanks to Chris Howarth for agreeing to take over the Assistant Secretary post resulting from Henry Stahr having to cease being a member. I have now included Chris on the Committee list along with his email address.

Our next Open Day will be on the 9th of December. Its free to enter and you can bring any stock you want to run on any of our large layouts. We have N gauge to G scale layouts and can accommodate either analogue or DCC fitted stock in any of the scales mentioned.
There are also light snacks and drinks available at a very modest cost along with a variety of second hand locos, rolling stock and scenic items. Even if you have no stock to bring come along anyway and you can always run some of the clubs own items on our layouts.

Our large 0 gauge layout Heybury has now had two cameras installed with monitors placed near the control panel. These now give a view of the hidden areas near the small station and the loco shed end of the layout. The two cameras are inexpensive "car reversing" ones and work very well making trains quite visible in the hard to see areas.
The final points are having their servos installed as this goes to press and should be up and running in a few days.

Sumner Brook is looking much better now that it has been tidied up and had the track ballast re-coloured with a darker wash. In addition some static grass has been used in various places. It will be receiving some treatment to the back scene as well over the next few weeks. 3/4 of the points at the front are now servo operated and the final section on the inner track circuits should be completed by our next open day.

The Xmas layout for the town hall has been erected for testing and the troublesome "snow" made from a fine white long threaded material has been given a coat of neat PVA glue within and adjacent to the track bed. This should prevent the loco and coach wheels from picking this up and jamming. (Last year needed 3 visits to clear the stuff form the wheels).

The office is about to have its false ceiling installed as the required timber has been ordered and should be delivered on Wednesday the 1st. This ceiling will be much lower than the existing part ceiling formed from the apex of the roof material and should make it possible to keep the office at a higher temperature than currently possible with the existing unsealed one.

If you are not a member of the club and want to join and get involved with the building and upkeep of our layouts or just to run your own stock on one of the models then drop an email to any of the committee listed above or just call in and see us on a Monday night from 18:00 to 22:00, or a Wednesday during the day between 10:00 and 14:00 where you will be made most welcome.
See the how to find us page for instructions on getting to our existing premises.

John Essex
Webmaster Heywood Model Railway Group.

This page updated 11th November 2017