Colchester & District

Model Railway Club



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Club Room at Armoury Farm, Armoury Lane , West Bergholt

New members welcome.


Under 16s must be accompanied by a "responsible adult"


Adult membership

25 per annum, and a weekly fee of 4.00.

Main Club night Thursday Evenings 2000-2200


The club is loosely arranged into layout groups and you can belong to more than 1 layout group.  For the digital enthusiast, the club uses Lenz DCC equipment. 


Gauge / Scale

Layout Groups

O Gauge

The O gauge layout is a permanent layout which is being rebuilt at the moment.  

 Fine Scale OO



The fine scale group have extended Stratford Road and it came to Colchester 2012 and 2014.  It has an extnesive diary of exhibition bookings.


Several members of this group are also members of the O gauge Group.


There are four OO layouts/groups in the club. 

Arbor Lane, is another llayout being operated by DCC.  Arbour Lane is configured as a  tail-chaser and has been designed to be transportable.   Its first outing was at the Club's 2011 Exhibition..

Trevor's Green for St Aida's Quay is a large tail-chaser  using conventional DC controls with switched sections.  This layout was the main exhibit at the 2013 Exhibition.

Kenneth Hall, the club's secretary's own layout  is under construction.  The layout will be a small end -to-end layout using UK stock.

Seige Street - Junior  This layout is being built by the junior section under the guidance of the members of St Aids's Quay.



Mid Shires Light Railway came to the 2009 exhibition. In 2011, it went to  the Ilford & NW Essex Show and in 2013 it went to Mid Essex.

Continental /American

The continental / American group have the N Gauge Hill's Country , set in Colorado, which was completed in time for the 35th N Gauge Society show and goes out to 1 or 2 exhibitions per year.  In terms of scale it is the largest layout in the club.  The MK II variant first went out in 2007 and is operated using DCC. Its was at  Spalding in 2013 and came to the club exhibition in 2014.

Donauhafen Continental HO layout.  The construction of the baseboards is completed and the track has been laid on the front boards.

U.K. N scale

No current layout.  The club is refurbishing Hunter's Grove, which belonged to our President Gerry Greenwood, who died in 2014  The refurbished layout came to the clubs exhibitions in 2015..



Although the club does not formally meet on Tuesdays, a layout group are able to use the club facilities on Tuesday evenings..

Several of the club members have their own portable layouts which are exhibited under the Club Banner. These layouts are occasionally seen up at the club, usually just prior to going out on the road.


Club members are expected to help at the Club's annual exhibition.  The 1 day exhibition is held at the end of October / beginning of November.

The other main club event is the Open Day in late March / early April.  The Open day is basically a trial running day under semi-exhibition conditions, as you have to break the layout down, transport it, re-assemble it and then try running it.  The layout groups use it to find the first lot of gremlins.



The club is responsible for the maintenance of the clubhouse.  This is normally done on a Saturday.  Those members helping on a Working Party are crediited with 1 week's attendance. 

Club Structure 

The Club is a Company limited by Guarentee.

Every member of the CLUB, while he or she is a member or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member, undertakes to contribute to the assets of the CLUB, in the event of the same being wound up, such amount as may be required, not exceeding 10,

The CLUB shall have a minimum of two directors, one of whom shall act as Company Secretary. All directors shall be elected annually at the A.G.M.  The directors have the right to attend, speak and vote at committee meetings.

 The COMMITTEE shall consist of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Exhibition Manager and One Ordinary Member, and they alone shall be empowered to manage and transact the affairs of the CLUB.


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Last updated :27/7/2016