Coming EventsHRCA AGM

 1): Main HRCA Events:

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The HRCA will be attending a number of public events, see below for details...

2): HRCA Area Meetings:

HRCA members have got together and formed themselves into local area groups to organise meetings and events which are open to members and friends.  The meetings are often held monthly or bimonthly during weekday evenings and generally consist of:

  • working layouts (members are encouraged to bring something to run)
  • member's sales tables
  • train traders
  • refreshments
  • exact format varies from group to group

Some groups also organise events in conjunction with other local 'railway' related themes, such as Heritage Steam Railways and Model Railway Societies.

Details of meetings and events can be found in the member's area of this website (login required).  However, the following summary of local groups is provided for potential new members consideration and review.


Anglia HRCA Meeting for the West Essex and North East London area
Normally meets bi-monthly in the Loughton area, which is on the eastern end of the Central Line.  Test track and running layouts usually provided for Hornby 0 and Dublo and other makes are welcome.
Some Saturday meetings and visits to other local model railway systems are arranged.

Bedfordshire Vintage Train Group HRCA Area Meeting

Meets bi-monthly on the second Wednesdays. Doors open at 5.00p.m.
running from 5.30p.m. close at 9.30p.m. Meet in the Village hall Houghton Conquest. MK453LF
All gauges welcome, but O,OO(2&3rail) and Ogauge steam are regulars. Traders too.
All members and friends welcome, food available, make your own Tea, Coffee or soft drinks.

Border Counties HRCA Area Meeting
Monthly at either Haydon Bridge Community Centre just off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Hexham;
or Houghton Village Hall, Carlisle, 3 minutes from J44 of the M6 on the Hexham Road.
Refreshements are available and there are usually running facilities for 0 gauge 2 and 3 rail and dublo 3 rail.

Bristol and Somerset HRCA Area Meeting
Usually monthly in the Weston-super-Mare area. O gauge and Dublo layouts; members’ bring and buy. 

Bromley Tappers HRCA Area Meeting
Monthly in the Bromley area (just off the A21).
Refreshments; layouts, bring and buy.

Cambridge Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally bi-monthly at Fulbourn (4 miles East of Cambridge).
Test and running layouts in Clockwork and Electric 0 gauge, Dublo 2/3-rail, bring something to run. Sales table.

Chiltern Hills HRCA Vintage Train Group
The Group usually meets 6 times a year in the Chesham, Buckinghamshire area
Dublo 2 and 3 rail and Hornby 0 Gauge working Layouts are always in operation and members and friends are invited to bring something to run.
There is trade support and light refreshments are provided.

Cornish Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally monthly in the Camborne, Cornwall area
Members set up Hornby O Gauge and Hornby Dublo 2 and 3 rail layouts for general use; bring your own trains! Members sales, light refreshments. Excellent local fish & chip restaurant nearby!

Cotswolds Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Banbury area. 
0 gauge and Dublo running facilities are always available and traders and other members always have a variety of Dublo and 0 gauge for sale or exchange. Car parking, Hook Norton Ales and a cottage pie supper usually available.

Edinburgh Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly get together, usually at the Duddingston Golf Club in Edinburgh.
O gauge and 3 rail Dublo running facilities, traders and bring and buy table.
Bar lunches and an informal sit down supper always available.

Merseyside Area HRCA Meeting

Preston Brook HRCA Group meet 8 times a year usually on the first Tuesday of the month. O gauge and Dublo layouts - members sales and refreshments.

Midlands Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire area.
Hornby 0 Gauge and Dublo 3 rail layouts and traders.

Northants & Rutland Area HRCA O Gauge  Meeting
Bi-monthly meeting in the Harringworth area.
Hornby 0 Gauge layouts and traders.

Orpinton (SE London/NW Kent Area) HRCA Meeting
Informal meetings held most months in the Orpington area.
 
0 Gauge running facilities and remag service always available, plus Dublo layout most months, regularly supported by 30-36 HRCA members.  These meetings are held in conjunction with the Toy Collectors Fair to which the public are welcome.  Small admission fee applies, regular attendance by several train traders, refreshments available, car parking and easy access by public transport.   
Please note that the layouts/meetings are located on a stage only accessible by steps.

Penmorfa (NW Wales) HRCA Area Group Meeting
Regular monthly meeting in the Penmorfa area.  
Layouts operating in both gauges, electric and c/w.  Light refreshments usually available.

Purbeck  Group Meeting
Month meetings in the Swanage area. 3-rail Dublo layout and Dublo 2-rail running.

Retford Runners
Normally held on the last Wednesday evening in the month, alternate even numbered months, in the Retford, Notts area. Lots of free parking, level access, Dublo and 0-gauge tracks or bring a layout.  Commission-free Bring and Buy table, refreshments.

Scottish HRCA Area Meeting
Normally held in Menstrie. Scottish Members Get-together, 0 gauge and 00 running tracks available.

Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors
Meets monthly in the Brighton area, and sometimes at the famous Brighton Toy and Model Museum.
Test tracks for Hornby 0 gauge electric and clockwork, and 2 and 3 rail Dublo. Other makes also welcome.

Thames Valley Area HRCA Meeting
Usual monthly meeting in the Mortimer, Berkshire area.  
Working Layouts, Train Traders and Refreshments. Different display theme each month.

Wessex Group Monthly Meeting
Usual meeting in the Broadstone, Dorset area.
Club layouts: 00 gauge 2 and 3 rail; 0 gauge 3 rail layout featuring 4 running tracks with gaugemaster controllers. Member's sales table. Members and guests welcome - bring something to run, small admission charge to cover refreshments. Excellent local fish & chip restaurant open from 5.00 pm!

Yeovil and District Group Monthly Meeting
Usual monthly meeting in the Yeovil area.  We would be delighted to see anyone from the area with an interest in vintage model trains and we run O gauge and our new Dublo 2/3 rail layout at most meetings.  In fact anything from the Meccano empire is most welcome.  
 

3): Other Events:

See also diary below.

 

4): Diary Dates: 

[HRCA members: please login to the Members' Area to view a more detailed diary which includes all the following events plus 'Members only' events]

[last updated 20th October 2018]

 2018


Oct 1, Mon. Cotswold. Rye Hill Golf Club, Milcombe, Banbury, OX15 4RU, just off A361-Banbury to Chipping Norton Road about 3/4 mile south-west of Bloxham. 4-9 pm.
Oct 2, Tues. Preston Brook. Preston Brook Village Hall WA7 3AW (M56 J11) 15.30 to 20.30 hrs.
Oct 3, Wed. Thames Valley St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. ( Note one week early) 4.00-9.30pm.
Oct 3, Wed. Yeovil & District. Preston Road Methodist Church, Preston Rd., Yeovil BA21 3JR. 3 – 7.30pm.
Oct 6, Sat. Northamptonshire and Rutland 0 Gauge Group. Christie Hall, Elton Road, Wansford, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6JS 10am-4pm
Oct 10, Wed. Bomere Heath. Bomere Heath Village Hall Shropshire SY4 3NU. 4 - 8pm .
Oct 10, Wed. Bromley Tappers Bromley Common Methodist Church, Bloomfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 9RZ. 7.30-10pm
Oct 13, Sat. Bedfordshire Vintage Train Group All Day Running. Houghton Conquest Village Hall MK45 3LF, 3miles South of Bedford off the A6 close to A421 for Junction 13 M1 and East to A1. Running day 9.30am-4.30pm.
Oct 13, Sat. South-east Queensland Meeting at 151 Sherwood Road, Toowong, 4066, Queensland, Australia., at 1.00pm.
Oct 14, Sun. Border Counties Houghton Village Hall, Carlisle, CA3 0NG 3 minutes from J44 of the M6 on the Hexham Road. 9.30-3.30
Oct 15 Mon, Edinburgh. Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 12.30-19.00hrs
Oct 15, Mon. Woodville. Woodville Snooker Club, High Street, Woodville, Swadlincote DE11 7EH. 17.00 – 21.30
Oct 16, Tues. Penmorfa Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, LL49 9RT. 4-9pm.
Oct 16, Tues. Wessex Broadstone Methodist Church Centre, Macaulay Road off Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8AR. 19.00 – 22.00
Oct 20, Sat. Chichester High School, Kingsham Road, Chichester, PO19 8AE. 10.00 – 4.30. Lions Club Model Railway Exhibition with HORNBY (0 & Dublo) and MECCANO emphasis.
Oct 20, Sat. Winchester American and Continental "0" Gauge Exhibition. King's School, Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5PN 10am - 4pm.
Oct 23, Tues. NEW DATE Chiltern Steamers. Chesham Methodist Church, Bellingdon Road, Chesham HP5 2HA 3pm to 9pm.
Oct 25, Thurs. Bristol & Somerset. Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4LJ. 6pm onwards.
Oct 25, Thurs. Severn Valley. Quatt Village Hall , Quatt, Shropshire, WV16 6QW 2-7pm.
Oct 26, Fri. Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors, Knoyle Hall, Knoyle Road, Brighton BN1 6RB, 7.00pm.
Oct 27, Sat. Chiltern Hills Vintage Train Group Amersham Classic St John’s Methodist Church Hall, 60 Woodside Rd, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6AN 10:30am to 5pm,
Oct 27&28, Sat & Sun.Cornwall. Heartlands, Dudnance Lane, Pool Redruth, TR15 3QY Heartlands Open Days 10.00am- 16.00pm each day. Free Entry
Oct 28, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 10.00am-2pm. .
Oct 28, Sun. Reading Vintage Toy Fair and Exhibition. Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, RG1 8EQ. 10.30am-3-00pm


Nov 3, Sat. 10th annual Vintage Hornby Train Show by Bristol and Somerset Group. King Alfred School, Burnham Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3EE. 10.00am to 4-00pm.
Nov. 3, Sat, East Anglia Group. Play Trains Day. Hacheston Village Hall, Hacheston, Suffolk. IP13 0DW. 11 am - 4 pm.
Nov 5, Mon. Cotswold. Rye Hill Golf Club, Milcombe, Banbury, OX15 4RU, just off A361-Banbury to Chipping Norton Road about 3/4 mile south-west of Bloxham. 4-9 pm.
Nov 6, Tues. Preston Brook. Preston Brook Village Hall WA7 3AW (M56 J11) 15.30 to 20.30 hrs.
Nov 7, Wed. Yeovil & District. Preston Road Methodist Church, Preston Rd., Yeovil BA21 3JR. 3 – 7.30pm.
Nov 10, Sat. Bromley Tappers 7.30-10pm Bromley Common Methodist Church, Bloomfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 9RZ. 1.30-5.30pm
Nov 11, Sun. Border Counties Haydon Bridge Community Centre NE47 6ET just off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Hexham 9.30-3.30.
Nov 14, Wed. Eastwood Vintage Trains St Laurence Church Hall, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend SS2 6UH. 7-10pm.
Nov 14, Wed. Thames Valley St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 4.00-9.30pm.
Nov 15, Thurs. Chiltern Hills St John’s Methodist Church Hall, 60 Woodside Rd, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6AN. 4–10pm.
Nov 17, Sat. Slimbridge, near Gloucester, Village Hall, GL2 7BJ 11am - 4pm
Nov 18, Sun. Storth Toy and Model Railway Club. Storth Village Hall Milnthorpe LA7 7PH
Nov 19, Mon. Edinburgh. Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 12.30-19.00hrs
Nov 19, Mon. Woodville. Woodville Snooker Club, High Street, Woodville, Swadlincote DE11 7EH. 17.00 – 21.30
Nov 20, Tues. Penmorfa Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, LL49 9RT. 4-9pm
Nov 20, Tues. Wessex Broadstone Methodist Church Centre, Macaulay Road off Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8AR. 19.00 – 22.00.
Nov 22, Thurs. Bristol & Somerset. Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4LJ. 6pm onwards
Nov 24 & 25, Sat & Sun. Vintage Hornby ‘O’ gauge layout ‘Templeford’ at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, Hall 5 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT, 9.45-6pm Sat, 9.45-5pm Sun.
Nov 26, Mon. Northamptonshire and Rutland 0 Gauge Group Harringworth Village Hall, Gretton Road, Harringworth, Northamptonshire NN17 3AD 4pm to 9pm
Nov 27, Tues. Cambridge. Fulbourn Village Library, , The Swifts, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn. CB21 5HD. 5.30-9.30pm.
Nov 28, Wed. Retford Runners, Clarborough Village Hall, Nr Retford, DN22 9LN. On the A620. 5.00 to 9.30.pm
Nov. 29,Thurs. East Anglia Group (Ipswich branch). Landseer Road Methodist Church, Ipswich. IP3 9LX at 7.30pm.
Nov 30, Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors, Brighton Toy and Model Museum, 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4EB. 7.00pm.


Dec 3, Mon. Cotswold. Rye Hill Golf Club, Milcombe, Banbury, OX15 4RU, just off A361-Banbury to Chipping Norton Road about 3/4 mile south-west of Bloxham. 4-9 pm.
Dec 4, Tues. Preston Brook. Preston Brook Village Hall WA7 3AW (M56 J11) 15.30 to 20.30 hrs.
Dec 5, Wed. Yeovil & District. Preston Road Methodist Church, Preston Rd., Yeovil BA21 3JR. 3 – 7.30pm.
Dec 8, Sat. London N.E. Running Day. St John the Baptist Church Scout Hut, Church Lane, Loughton IG10 1PD 10.00-5.00pm.
Dec 9, Sun. Border Counties Houghton Village Hall, Carlisle, CA3 0NG 3 minutes from J44 of the M6 on the Hexham Road. 9.30-3.30
Dec 11, Tues. Chiltern Steamers. Chesham Methodist Church, Bellingdon Road, Chesham HP5 2HA
3pm to 9pm
Dec 12, Wed. Bedfordshire Vintage Train Group Houghton Conquest Village Hall MK45 3LF, 3miles South of Bedford off the A6 close to A421 for Junction 13 M1 and East to A1. 5.30p.m. to 9.30p.m
Dec 12, Wed. Bromley Tappers Bromley Common Methodist Church, Bloomfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 9RZ. 7.30-10pm
Dec 12, , Wed. Thames Valley St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF.
Dec 13, Thurs. Bristol & Somerset. Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 4LJ. 6pm onwards.
Dec 16, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 10.00am-2pm. .
Dec 17, Mon, Edinburgh. Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 12.30-7pm.
Dec 17, Mon. Woodville. Woodville Snooker Club, High Street, Woodville, Swadlincote DE11 7EH. 17.00 – 21.30
Dec 18, Tues. Wessex Broadstone Methodist Church Centre, Macaulay Road off Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8AR. 19.00 – 22.00.
Dec 28, Fri. Thames Valley St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. All Day event. 10.00-4.30.pm.