The HRCA will be attending a number of public events, see below for details...
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
- 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
We hold six all-day-Saturday (10.00am – 4.30pm) meetings during the year. The dates are irregular so please look in the events diary. We have a large O gauge layout with four tracks. Generally we also have a Dublo 3-rail or 2-rail layout – sometimes both. Also a ‘modern’ 2-rail layout. All makes welcome. Light refreshments at very moderate cost – but tea & coffee included in the entrance fee, currently £3. We meet in the Scout Hut, St.John’s Church, St.John’s Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1PD. There is adequate car parking on site. For those travelling by public transport, go to Loughton Station (Central Line) and then bus no.20 to Church Lane.
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.
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).
Chiltern Hills HRCA Vintage Train Group
The Group usually meets 6 times a year in the Chesham, Buckinghamshire area
There is trade support and light refreshments are provided.
Cornish Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally monthly in the Camborne, Cornwall area
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.
Devon Area HRCA Meeting
Meeting monthly from Feb 2022 onwards, at FiBere Alston Bowling Club, off Bedford St, Bere Alston, PL20 7DZ signposted off B3257. 12 Noon to 9pm.£5 cover charge. Hourly Bus 87 from Tavistock stops outside. Trains from Plymouth. Ample parking. Wheelchair accessible. Hot drinks, light refreshments. Bar opens 3pm. Layouts, Sales table, remag service..
Edinburgh Area HRCA Meeting
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 (East) Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire area.
Bi-monthly meeting in the Harringworth area.
Nottingham & Derby Area Group.
Usually meets on the second Saturday of the even numbered months at Risley Village Memorial Hall, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS from 2.00 to 6.00pm. Running facilities for O-gauge clockwork and 3-rail electric, with Dublo 2 and 3-rail layouts normally available, so please bring something to run. Portable layouts welcome, just ring to book a space. One mile from A52/M1 Junc 25. Free parking and level access. Refreshments.
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.
Purbeck Group Meeting
Month meetings in the Swanage area. 3-rail Dublo layout and Dublo 2-rail running.
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.
Wessex Group Monthly Meeting
Monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of the month at St. Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen BH21 3LE. Ample free parking.
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, admission £3.00 includes tea/coffee & biscuits.
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.
See also diary below.
[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 2022]
PLEASE NOTE: Events may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
Oct 20, Thurs, Bristol and Somerset, Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4LJ.
Oct 20, Thurs. West Lancashire Classic Trains, Hesketh Bank Community Centre, Station Road, Hesketh Bank, PR4 6SR. 1.00 - 6.00pm £4 entry inc. Tea/Coffee/Biscuits. 0 and 00 tracks both for 2 and 3-rail - bring/run your loco/stock! Bring &; buy, sales tables, easy access, free parking and more!
Oct 22, Sat. Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Great Vintage Model Railway Show - HORNBY TRAINS GALORE! 52/55 Trafalgar St. Brighton BN1 4EB Under Brighton mainline station forecourt. 10.30 - 5.00
Oct 22, Sat. Chiltern Hills Vintage Train Group’s Day of Trains. St Johns Methodist Church, 60 Woodside Road, Amersham, HP6 6AN. 10am to 4pm.
Oct 25, Tue. Chesham Steamers, Christ Church,Waterside,Chesham,Bucks,HP5 1PY.(Please note this is the original venue and not the more recent Methodist Church) 3-8pm Admission £5 .
Oct. 29, Sat. East Anglia Group Play Trains Day. Trimley St Martin, Memorial Hall, IP11 0RJ. 11 am to 4 pm. Entry £3.
Oct 29, Sat. 12th Annual Vintage Hornby Train Show organised by the Bristol and Somerset Group. King Alfred School Academy (Block B), Burnham Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3EE. 10.00am to 4-00pm.
Nov 1, Tues. HRCA Surrey Hills Group Merrow Village Hall, 177 Epsom Road Guildford GU1 2QY (5 mins from A3) 1pm to 5pm
Nov 1 Tues.South Somerset(Yeovil). Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall, Recreation Ground, New Road, Norton Sub Hamdon. TA14 6SF . 2.30 to 6.30pm.Theme- the LNER. Running facilities for O gauge c/w & electric (steel track) and Dublo 2 and 3 rail club layouts, Refreshments, Traders.
Nov 5, Sat. Preston Brook. Preston Brook Village Hall WA7 3AW (M56 J11) 11.30-4pm 'O' and Dublo layouts plus all your regular traders . Admission £3 to include tea/coffee and biscuits
Nov 9, Wed HRCA Thames Valley Group, Mortimer. St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 3.30-9.30pm,
Nov 10. Thurs. Severn Valley Tinplate Runners, Quatt Village Hall, Quatt, Bridgnorth.Shropshire WV15 6QW. 11am to 6pm approx. 4 miles south of Bridgnorth, on the A442.
Nov 12 Sat. Slimbridge, near Gloucester,Village Hall, GL2 7BJ 11am - 4pm
Nov 13, Sun. Border Counties Haydon Bridge Community Centre NE47 6ET just off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Hexham 9.30-3.30.
Nov 13, Sun. Orpington, Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 09.45am -1.15pm.
Nov 14, Mon. Cotswold Group. Northend Village Hall, Top Street, Northend, Warwickshire CV47 2TN. 1 Mile from J12 on the M40. 3.30pm - 8.00pm.
Nov 15, Tues. Wessex HRCA Corfe Mullen St.Nicholas Church, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Time 19.00 to 22.00hrs.
Nov 15, Tues Whaplode Village Hall, Kirkgate Whaplode, PE12 6TE. 10 am-2 pm.
Nov 15, Tues. Penmorfa. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, LL49 9RT. On A487 Porthmadog-Caernarvon road 3-7pm.
Nov 16, Weds, Devon. Bere Alston Bowling Club, off Bedford St, Bere Alston, PL20 7DZ signposted off B3257. 12 – 5pm
Nov 16, Wed. Kentish Tappers/SEGOG(formerly Bromley Tappers) Bromley Common Road Methodist Church, Main Hall, Bloomfield Road, Bromley BR2 9RZ. 2-5.30pm.
Nov 17, Thurs. Chiltern Hills. St John’s Methodist Church Hall, 60 Woodside Rd, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6AN. 3.30–8.30pm.
Nov 21, Mon, Edinburgh Group Meeting, Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 11.30-17.00hrs
Nov 22, Tues. Cambridge. Fulbourn Village Library, The Swifts, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn. CB21 5HD. 5.30-9.30pm.
Nov 23, Wed. Eastwood Vintage Trains, St.Laurence Church Hall, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6UH:
Nov 24, Thurs, Bristol and Somerset, Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4LJ. pm onwards, 0 gauge electric and clockwork plus Dublo 2 and 3 rail layouts, light refreshments. Theme 'Bogie Wagons'. Please contact Steve Sands, 01934 413053, prior to attending. November. 24th. Thurs. East Anglia Group (Ipswich branch). 7.00 pm until 10pm. Landseer Road Methodist Church, Ipswich. IP3 9LX.
Nov 25, Fri. Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors, Crowhurst Community Centre, (behind Knoyle Hall) Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6RB, 1930-2200.
Nov 30, Wed. Retford Runners, Clarborough Village Hall, Nr Retford, DN22 9LN. On the A620. 4.00 to 9.30.pm
Dec 6, Tues.South Somerset(Yeovil). Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall, Recreation Ground, New Road, Norton Sub Hamdon. TA14 6SF . 2.30 to 6.30pm.Theme-Anything Goes. Running facilities for O gauge c/w & electric (steel track) and Dublo 2 and 3 rail club layouts, Refreshments, Traders.
Dec 8, Thurs. Severn Valley Tinplate Runners, Quatt Village Hall,Quatt, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QW 4 miles south of Bridgnorth on the A442. - look for our roadside banner. 11am - 6pm approx.
Dec 10, Sat. Nottingham & Derby Group Risley Village Memorial Hall, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS.One mile from A52/M1 Junc 25. 1.00-5.00pm.
Dec 11 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, Sun. Orpington, Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 09.45am -1.15pm.
Dec 12, Mon. Cotswold Group. Northend Village Hall, Top Street, Northend, Warwickshire CV47 2TN. 1 Mile from J12 on the M40. 3.30pm - 8.00pm.
Dec 14 Weds. Bedfordshire Vintage Train Group. Village Hall Houghton Conquest, MK453LF
Dec 14, Wed HRCA Thames Valley Group, Mortimer. St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 3.30-9.30pm,
Dec 17, Sat. Preston Brook. Preston Brook Village Hall WA7 3AW (M56 J11) 11.30-4pm
Dec 19, Mon, Edinburgh Group Meeting, Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 11.30-17.00hrs
Dec 20, Tue. Chesham Steamers, Christ Church,Waterside,Chesham,Bucks,HP5 1PY.(Please note this is the original venue and not the more recent Methodist Church) 3-8pm Admission £5 .O gauge live steam Free hot drinks and biscuits. Free on-road parking
Dec 20 Tues Whaplode Village Hall, Kirkgate Whaplode, PE12 6TE. 10 am-2 pm. 0 gauge and dublo 3-rail running tracks; bring something to run.
Dec 20, Tues. Wessex HRCA Corfe Mullen St.Nicholas Church, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Time 19.00 to 22.00hrs.
Dec 21, Weds, Devon. Bere Alston Bowling Club, off Bedford St, Bere Alston, PL20 7DZ signposted off B3257. 12 – 5pm
Dec 21, Wed. Kentish Tappers/SEGOG(formerly Bromley Tappers) Bromley Common Road Methodist Church, Main Hall, Bloomfield Road, Bromley BR2 9RZ. 2-5.30pm.
Dec 28, Weds. HRCA Thames Valley Group, Mortimer. St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 8am - 6pm,