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
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.

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.

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
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 (East) 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.

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.  
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
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.  
 

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 September 2022]

PLEASE NOTE: Events may be subject to cancellation at short notice.

 

2022

Sep 6, Tues. HRCA Surrey Hills Group Merrow Village Hall, 177 Epsom Road Guildford GU1 2QY (5 mins from A3) 1pm to 5pm
Sep 7, Weds. Yeovil and District. Preston Road Methodist Church ,Preston Road, Yeovil, BA 21 3JR . From 3pm to 7pm.
Sep 11, Sun. Border Counties Haydon Bridge Community Centre NE47 6ET just off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Hexham 9.30-3.30.
Sep 12, Mon. Cotswold Group. Northend Village Hall, Top Street, Northend, Warwickshire CV47 2TN. 1 Mile from J12 on the M40. 3.30pm - 8.00pm.
Sept 13, Tues. Whaplode Village Hall, Kirkgate, Whaplode, Lincs. PE12 6TE. 10am – 1pm;
Sep 14, Wed HRCA Thames Valley Group, Mortimer. St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 3.30-9.30pm,
Sep 15, Thurs. Chiltern Hills. St John’s Methodist Church Hall, 60 Woodside Rd, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6AN. 3.30–8.30pm.
Sep1 5. 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.
Sep 18, Sun. Orpington, Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 09.45am -1.15pm.
Sept 20 Mon, Edinburgh Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 11.30-17.00hrs
Sep 20, Tues. Wessex HRCA Corfe Mullen St.Nicholas Church, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Time 19.00 to 22.00hrs. With Hornby O gauge and OO 2/3 rail layouts, All welcome.
Sep 20, Tues. Penmorfa. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, LL49 9RT. On A487 Porthmadog-Caernarvon road 3-7pm.
Sep 21, Weds, Devon. Bere Alston Bowling Club, off Bedford St, Bere Alston, PL20 7DZ signposted off B3257. 12 – 5pm
Sep 21, Wed. Eastwood Vintage Trains, St.Laurence Church Hall, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6UH:
Sep 21, Wed. Kentish Tappers/SEGOG(formerly Bromley Tappers) Bromley Common Road Methodist Church, Main Hall, Bloomfield Road, Bromley BR2 9RZ. 2-5.30pm.
Sep 22, Thurs, Bristol and Somerset, Scout Hut, Totterdown Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4LJ.
Sep 24 Sat. Scottish Area Group Meeting ,The Scout Centre ,Menstrie Clackmannanshire FK11 7BW. 9,00 am to 5.00 pm 0 Gauge Electric and C/W, Dublo 2 and 3rail Remags Available. Sales Tables. Hot Drinks only
Sep 27, Tues. Cambridge. Fulbourn Village Library, The Swifts, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn. CB21 5HD. 5.30-9.30pm.
Sep 28, Wed. Retford Runners, Clarborough Village Hall, Nr Retford, DN22 9LN. On the A620. 4.00 to 9.30.pm
Sept. 29th. Thurs. East Anglia Group (Ipswich branch). Landseer Road Methodist Church, Ipswich. IP3 9LX. 7.00 pm until 10pm Meeting in church hall.
Sep 30, Fri. Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors, Crowhurst Community Centre, (behind Knoyle Hall) Knoyle Road, Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6RB, 1930-2200.
Oct 1, Sat. HRCA Autumn Event. British Motor Museum Gaydon, Warwickshire. CV35 0BJ. A free of charge event for HRCA members (on production of membership card)
Oct 1, Sat. Penton Mewsey Southern Railways Running day, Penton Mewsey Village Hall Penton Mewsey, Hampshire., SP11 0RA. 10.30am – 5pm
Oct 4, Tues. HRCA Surrey Hills Group Merrow Village Hall, 177 Epsom Road Guildford GU1 2QY (5 mins from A3) 1pm to 5pm
Oct 5, Wed HRCA Thames Valley Group, Mortimer. St.John’s Hall, West End Road, Mortimer RG7 3TF. 3.30-9.30pm,
Oct 8, Sat. Nottingham & Derby Group Risley Village Memorial Hall, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS.One mile from A52/M1 Junc 25. 2.00 – 6.00pm.
Oct 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
Oct 9, Sun. Orpington, Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 09.45am -1.15pm.
Oct 10, Mon. Cotswold Group. Northend Village Hall, Top Street, Northend, Warwickshire CV47 2TN. 1 Mile from J12 on the M40. 3.30pm - 8.00pm.
Oct 13. Thurs. Severn Valley Tinplate Runners, Quatt Village Hall, Quatt, Bridgnorth. Shropshire WV15 6QW. See September 15th for location and details etc. Theme for this meeting is ‘LNER’.
Oct 15, Sat. Bedfordshire Vintage Train Group. Village Hall Houghton Conquest, MK453LF
Near the A6, and the Ampthill – Bedford Road B530 All Day Running.
Oct 17, Mon, Edinburgh Group Meeting, Duddingston Golf Club, 137-139 Duddingston Road West, Edinburgh EH15 3QD. 11.30-17.00hrs
Oct 18, Tues. Northamptonshire and Rutland O Gauge Group (NAROGG) Kirby Road, Gretton, NN17 3DB Note new day, time and venue
Oct 18, Tues. Wessex HRCA Corfe Mullen St.Nicholas Church, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Time 19.00 to 22.00hrs.
Oct 18, Tues. Penmorfa. Memorial Hall, Penmorfa, LL49 9RT. On A487 Porthmadog-Caernarvon road 3-7pm.
Oct 18, Tues. Whaplode Village Hall, Kirkgate, Whaplode, Lincs. PE12 6TE. 10am – 2pm
Oct 19, Weds, Devon. Bere Alston Bowling Club, off Bedford St, Bere Alston, PL20 7DZ signposted off B3257. 12 – 5pm
Oct 19, Wed. Kentish Tappers/SEGOG(formerly Bromley Tappers) Bromley Common Road Methodist Church, Main Hall, Bloomfield Road, Bromley BR2 9RZ. 2-5.30pm.
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 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. 29th, Sat. East Anglia Group
11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Entrance £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 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 4 miles south of Bridgnorth on the A442. - look for our roadside banner. 11am - 6pm approx.
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. 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 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.
Nov 30, Wed. Retford Runners, Clarborough Village Hall, Nr Retford, DN22 9LN. On the A620. 4.00 to 9.30.pm
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 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
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