Sunday, 17 May 2015

A busy weekend for BRMRC

Saturday May 16 was a very busy day for the club with two layouts attending the Model Railway show at Angmering. This was arranged by the West Sussex N gauge Society supporting Jamie's Wish Trust. In attendance was our ever popular “00” scale “Aldingbourne Central” layout which allows children to have go running trains. This show was attended by two club officers, the Chairman and Treasurer and several other members who went along to help with operating and transport of layouts. The Show appears to have been successful and our contribution an important part of it.

Meanwhile, at the Felpham Leisure Center, another show took place arranged by the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association local group known as SWING (Small and Wonderful Industrial & Narrow Gauge) supporting Dizzy (a diabetes charity). Several of the group are also members of BRMRC. These include Club officers, the Vice-Chairman (also 7 mm. member) and Secretary and two Committee members  together with a few other Club members with interest in a different aspect of the hobby to support and help with transport and set up etc.  Whilst not the first of its kind it was the first time at this venue and judging by the queue to get in and the great strain placed on the few running the “Buffet”, was a great success.

Were this not to be enough, in the afternoon, at the home of BRMRC at the Aldingbourne Sports Club two BRMRC members (members of the American section), one of whom built almost single handed (and has recently completed - if a model railway layout is ever completed!), the “G” scale layout between the Goods Shed and the restored Barnham Signal Box, hosted a meet of the “G” scale Society where their members could bring and operate their own trains on this newly constructed layout.
This again proved a very successful few hours with requests for further visits.

All this goes to prove that with friendship, reciprocity and harmony a great deal can be achieved within railway modeling and that BRMRC really is a “Club for all gauges & scales” - and like the NMRA, "sharing Know-how".

News Item submitted by Cliff South

Thursday, 14 May 2015

VICTORY for Barnham Junction

On Saturday 9th May 2015, BRMRC were the guests of the Victory Model Railway Club and exhibited one of our lesser seen layouts, 'Barnham Junction' at their 3rd Annual Show held at the Admiral Lord Nelson School.

The day got off to a slow start as Barnham showed it's age, literally - not just because it was set to run stock from circa 1948 to the late 1950's - but due to the usual exhibitor nightmare of 'on the day' wiring issues. Attended to by our Exhibition Manager (John Wakeman) and his able assistant (John McPeake), both who probably can recall early wiring of the period (ha ha), the layout began to perform to much visitor satisfaction and admiration, particularly the rolling stock, which again we were thankful to Paul Hopkins for the loan of.

There was a strong membership attendance from BRMRC, including our junior section and the Chairman, on a 'flying' spot check, was delighted to see all in correct club attire.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the show and the hospitality afforded to us by Victory MRC, to whom we extend our sincere thanks, the day ended on a high note as Barnham Junction was awarded the 'Best in Show' award, as voted for by the paying public. Lots of pictures of a fantastic engraved award presented to the BRMRC team will no doubt follow on the website in due course.  

Congratulations & well done to all.

Chairman - BRMRC.

BRMRC - Annual General Meeting

Our 2015 AGM will be held at the Signal Box on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 7:45pm.

Please ensure you are in attendance before 7:45pm as this will allow for a prompt start.

The evening will be a mix of formality, a review of the last 12 months as well as awards for effort and commitment etc.

See you there