We are a group of individuals who enjoy a diverse range of model railway related activities in a variety of scales and gauges. The Club has excellent facilities and have several projects under construction. As well as the club layouts, several members have their own layouts that are available for exhibition, see the links in available layouts. We currently have around 20 members and growing. If you want to become involved then get in touch via the contacts page and arrange to come and visit.
AIMS OF THE CLUB
- Plan, construct, operate and exhibit model railways or other forms of model transport.
- To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation or otherwise provided that this shall be without prejudice to the ability of the Company to disclaim any gift, legacy or bequest in whole or in part in such circumstances as the Company may think fit.
- To promote, organise and operate exhibition events in pursuance of its objects.
- Meeting with other like minded individuals interested in railways in the furtherance of other such social or recreational purposes connected with railways or other forms of transport.
WHEN DO WE MEET?
We have weekly Club nights on Tuesdays and Fridays from about 19.00 until as late as we like. Unlike many less fortunate clubs the premises we occupy are used exclusively by the Club. So our members enjoy unrestricted access, 24/7 and it is an excellent facility for those who enjoy making and running model railways with other like minded people. Its also a good place for making friends. Several members also meet up during the week and spend a half or full day working away on various layouts; full days often being two sessions split by lunch in the local pub.
WHAT WE DO
All members are encouraged to contribute their skills to the on-going tasks. This includes carpentry, low voltage electrical wiring, scenery, rolling stock construction and model building construction. Members are also encouraged to pass on their skills and knowledge to other club members both in connection with the club and members own layouts. We also arrange group visits to other exhibitions and any railway related events for members who are interested.
WHAT FACILITIES DO WE HAVE?
We have a large workshop and layout room in which Club layouts are built and run. The room also has a running-in track for OO, EM and N gauges, fully compatible for running both DC and DCC stock. There is also sufficient room to temporarily assemble and set up Member’s own layouts as and when required for testing and practice sessions before exhibiting. We have a well equipped tea room with both microwave and fridge together with comfortable ex Bure Valley Railway carriage seating. The usual toilet facilities complete the description of our welcoming clubroom.
More than adequate free parking is available immediately outside the Club. There is a very good local pub that serves lunches well within easy walking distance and several others a short drive away. All these facilities enable members to spend happy and pleasant days at the Club and or pub socialising, building layouts and running trains. A really great way to spend a day.
WHAT ARE WE BUILDING?
Currently constructing exhibition standard layouts in O, OO, N and 009 gauges.
Oma Park is portable ‘N’ gauge layout for exhibiting and is now complete. It is designed to be reconfigurable from British outline to Japanese depending on our mood. The buildings and trees will be interchangeable to suit the country chosen. This is a new idea which we hope will work and give exhibition managers some food for thought.
Another ‘N’ gauge layout, Herrington, has progressed sufficiently this year and will hopefully be available soon for exhibiting.
A new OO layout, Broad Oak, is designed to use DCC and traversers. Work is progressing well with all trackwork complete and scenery is well underway. This layout may be in a workable state by May 2019.
A new 009 layout , Castle Broad, is progressing well with track laying complete, wiring is complete with testing underway and scenery is being added now. We expect to be able to show the layout in April or May 2019.
Port St Arbor (Port or Starboard!) is now fully DCC converted and has had a few modifications and lighting added. The station platform has been moved so viewers can see the passenger trains that are currently obscured by the goods shed.
WHERE ARE WE?
The Club is located in the village of Catfield just off the A149 not far from Stalham. If you are interested in having a look around before considering becoming a member then please contact the Club Secretary from the contacts page.