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.
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 Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire area.
Bi-monthly meeting in the Harringworth area.
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
Usual meeting in the Broadstone, Dorset area.
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 17th August 2020]
PLEASE NOTE: Events may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
Sept 4, Fri. Whaplode Group. At a new venue, Whaplode Village Hall, Kirk gate, Whaplode, Lincolnshire PE12 6TE, next door to the church. Further meetings will be decided on the day. We will start at 10am and finish at 1pm.
Sept 15, Tues Wessex HRCA will attempt to meet St Nicholas Church, 30 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne BH21 3LE. 19.00-22.00 hrs. We will be following the latest recommendations on Covid-19, and there may be no tea as the kitchens are a grey area. We would like to welcome all members and non-members who feel comfortable to attend - we are in a large spacious area with an extra sitting area attached. We will be implementing slightly different running arrangements but our normal club layouts will all be operating - the O gauge, Dublo three rail and two rail layouts.
Nov. 26, Thurs. East Anglia Group (Ipswich branch). Landseer Road Methodist Church, Ipswich. IP3 9LX. 7.30pm. Theme – diesels. This meeting will go ahead with whatever restrictions are recommended by the government at the time.