The club run as many events as possible during the course of the year, from trips out on local steam railways to Christmas parties and of course not forgetting our annual exhibition. Some of our upcoming events are:
Open DayThere are two club Open Days each year held at the club premises.
The Autumn Open Day was held on SSaturday 23rd September 2017, the next Spring open day date is to be advised.
Club open days provide the type of day out that can be enjoyed by the keen model railway enthusiast those who are just getting started or all the family looking for some entertainment. It doesn’t matter what age you are ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ there will be something of interest. Children and perhaps not surprisingly adults enjoy putting Thomas through his paces or maybe you would like to try the shunting puzzle. Shunting trucks into the right order is easy (or is it) try your hand at our fun puzzle you might find it harder than you think.
The North East the ‘cradle of the railways’ has a fascinating railway history. In this connection the club are developing a number of local stations. Depending on space and availability visitors can expect to see at least some of the those being modelled, to include Grosmont, Picton, Stockton, Northallerton and Thornaby. Other North Eastern stations that have previously been exhibited are Marske and Guisborough. All of these stations are likely to have appeared at the 2016 exhibition that will have a strong North East railway theme.
Additionally there are a number of fictitious destinations to view from rural stations to Steel Works The award winning Pallister Road modelled in ‘OO’ is a must see layout. Many modelling techniques have been used in its creation and the Pallister Road ‘Crew’ would be only to pleased to chat to you about them.
We would normally have demonstrations of scratch and kit building. At the very least club members (Red shirts with Club Logo and big smiles) would point you in the direction of those members who have these skills. A must see in this connection is a World War 1 Baldwin 0-6-4 Tank Engine which collected an award at the Cleveland model Railway Club 2015 Redcar Exhibition. This particular model can be seen running on the Byr a Cyrliog 009 Gauge layout.
Another interesting project is the Skiningrove ZigZag which is currently being recreated jointly with The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.
Light refreshments are available, there is also a Tombola and a mainly railway bric-a-brac stand to rummage through.
Our charity this year is Victoria’s Wish and a donation will be made from the profits of the open days. The main aim of this charity is to raise sufficient funds to make a difference to children with cancer and life threatening illnesses who live in the north east of England.
Upcoming Diary Dates
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October - Guisborough will be at the Spennymoor show.
November 3rd - 5th - Teesteel will be at a Holland exhibition.
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November - Stop Gap and North Sunderland Railway will be athe Newcastle Model Railway exhibition.
Saturday 2nd December - The club will be taking a mini Christmas themed layout to Redcar and Cleveland college for their Christmas fair.
The 2018 exhibition will once again be held at Redcar & Cleveland College, dates to be advised.The exhibition will be contained in two halls both of which are on one level there will be sixteen layouts to view. The theme of this years exhibition will be local stations. What has been created is an event that promises to deliver not only a nostalgic look back at stations that have long since disappeared but those in a more modern era. The north east is the cradle of the railways and is rich in railway history. Club members (look for the red shirts) and exhibitors will be only to happy to share what knowledge they have of the projects they have worked on and perhaps gain a little more information from our visitors as well.
Operating ‘Thomas’ will help keep the younger visitors amused, and, maybe the older ones too. For those who like a challenge operating the Shunting Puzzle tests your ability to move rolling stock from sidings to form a train in the sequence requested. Additionally there are trade stands to browse, a tombola and demonstrations of modelling technique.
Our charity this year is Victoria’s Wish. The main aim of this charity is to raise sufficient funds to make a difference to children with cancer and life threatening illnesses who live in the north east of England.
Refreshments are available from 10am till mid afternoon.
Our exhibitions have proven very popular in past years, so why not come along and join in the fun with us!
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