Heywood Model Railway Group


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

Welcome to our News Page

Again we had a very successful open day in August and our next one will be on Saturday the 9th of September starting at 10AM and running until about 4PM. If you are not a member of the club then do come along and bring any locos you want to run on our large layouts. It's free and you can get drinks and sandwiches at a very modest cost.

Unfortunately we won't have Chris from Todmorden Models with us for the next couple of open days as he has exhibitions and holiday commitments that will prevent him attending.

We now have a name for the latest OO layout that is being constructed using the baseboards and some of the track from a end to end layout that was donated to the club. It will be called Jericho, named after a district of Bury close to Heywood itself. Although the original layout was an end to end in a L shape. Jericho will be built as a continuous run by adding another couple of boards.

Our N gauge layout Warwick Mill is undergoing a complete rewire to make it a lot simpler and easier to fault in the future. Complex inter board links will be done away with by using 12 wire cables direct from the control panels to each of the layout boards. It will also be arranged to allow the use of DCC as well as the standard Analogue controllers. As the inner and outer circuits are independent of each other then it will be possible to have one as DCC and the other as Analogue if needed.
The other N gauge Priestly currently under construction is now at the stage where scenery can start to added. Indeed some cuttings and retaining walls have already been built on the layout and more scenery will be appearing as the layout progresses
OO gauge layout Midhey is at the stage where little can be added in the way of scenery and the final work on this layout which is booked to attend our 2018 Annual Exhibition will be to add signalling. To this end one of our club members Mark Towers will be constructing signals for it from brass which will be much stronger than the plastic kits available. These signals will be operated by servo motors and the switches for them will be on a separate control panel from the existing one that operates the points.

At our last committee meeting the possibility of building a TT 3mm layout was discussed as we do have a complete original Triang TT gauge trainset with 3 locos, several coaches, some goods wagons and a lot of track with some points. A small oval of track has been put together to test the locos and stock. The 0-6-0 Jinty has been made to run fairly well and the 4-6-0 Castle is showing signs of life. Unfortunately the Merchant Navy class has a body so badly distorted that it looks like it will only be good for spares. It should however be possible to create a layout from these items that can be displayed at one of our exhibitions in the future.
Are there any members wanting to take this project on ? If so contact anyone on the committee and let us know.
We have decided to retire the Narrow Gauge layout "Studelstan" as 2 of the original builders are no longer members and no interest has been shown in it for the last few years, so the base from it will be an ideal one to build the new TT layout on.

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 1st September 2017