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Monthly Club News

December 2017 : Work this month has continued on our Smallwood layout with lights being installed in a number of the buildings. Also we have made some scenery improvements to Arrowmouth following some very slight damage to one of the corner boards. To prevent the damage happening again we are finally after over 25 years of exhibiting the layout making some covers for the sections of scenery on the corner boards that are exposed when the layout is transported. Due to heavy snow the club did not meet on Tuesday 12th December

November 2017: Work this month is concentrating on preparing for the Warley show at the end of the month and adding the remainder of the backscene  to our Smallwood layout. We had an enjoyable weekend at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition over the weekend of the 25th and 26th November with our display stand and our Arrowmouth layout. Once again we incorporated our Barrie Island into the display which was very well received by the visitors.

October 2017 : Following excitement of our annual model railway show in September we have gone back to improving our Smallwood layout and getting our Chilcompton layout ready for the Great Electric Train Show. We had a great weekend exhibiting our Chilcompton layout at the Great Electric Train Show over the weekend of the 7th and 8th October. We finished the month off by exhibiting our Buckshee layout at the Castres Model Railway Exhibition over the weekend of the 28th and 29th October 2017 in the South of France. This involved a journey each way of over 852 miles by road and sea.

September 2017: We staged our 50th Anniversary Redditch Model Railway Exhibition over the weekend of the 17th and 18th September and thank you to all that attended. The exhibition proved to be one our best attended show in recent years.

August 2017 : Work this month is very much centered around getting ready for our September exhibition including getting Smallwood ready for the event. On Saturday 26th August we took our Buckshee layout to the Bournville Model Railway Exhibition.

July 2017 : This website is now 18 years old. More of the same work continues on our Smallwood layout.

June 2017 : On Thursday 1st June the club finally reached its 50th Anniversary. We had our normal club night just like that first night meeting starting as usual at 1930. During the evening at around 2100 the time the Club was actually formed we cut a cake. This was done by Mick Clements who was also there 50 years ago when the club was formed. Mick is the Club President and has also been Club Treasurer from day one a record for any model railway club !! The Club's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 6th June once again provided few surprises and the Committee where re-elected without change for a further twelve months. On Thursday 8th June a many of the club members spent a day on the Severn Valley Railway where we had chartered one of the former GWR Inspection Saloons for the day as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

May 2017 : We start the month with more work on our Smallwood layout. In the June 2017 edition of Railway Modeller magazine there is a feature article on 50 years of Redditch Model Railway Club. On Wednesday 25th May it was a significant milestone for Redditch Model Railway Club as 8 people met at the White Hart pub in Headless Cross exactly 50 years ago. They met again the following week on Thursday 1st June 1967 and that night they formed the Redditch Model Railway Club.

April 2017 : Work continues on our Smallwood Layout with much of the ballasting is now complete. This week we have had our head in the clouds with our Smallwood layout as the sky painting on the  backscenes and it really gives the layout some depth of field when it is viewed. We had a great weekend in the company of Westerns, Class 50's and Class 20's in the diesel shed at the Severn Valley Railway exhibiting our Oakenshaw layout on the 8th and 9th April and two weeks latter on the 22nd and 23rd April at the Sutton Coldfield show where once also showed our Oakenshaw layout and was voted best in show.

March 2017: Work continues on our Smallwood layout. The block of flats for the town on the layout has been completed as has the ballasting of the track in the station area. On Sunday 26th March we took our Buckshee layout to the Aston Transport Museum at Aldridge for their models in the museum event.

February 2017: We started this month by ensuring all the track joints over the baseboard joints were soldered and the track was cut so for the first time for a couple of year our Smallwood layout has been split into its 4 separate baseboards. This is allowing the wiring to be completed. 

January 2017: We start 2017 and our 50th Anniversary year with work continuing on our Smallwood layout. Work currently is concentrating on the backscenes and the lighting unit above the layout. This lighting unit will be the first in 50 years for our club as to date we have never built a layout with an integrated lighting unit above the scenic parts. Up to now all our exhibition layouts have had separate lights. We are also making improvements to the station canopy glazing and working on some of the buildings for the layout.