Colchester & District

Model Railway Club



Layout groups

Club Structure


 Open Day


contact us



Club Room at Armoury Farm, Armoury Lane , West Bergholt

New members welcome.


Under 16s must be accompanied by a "responsible adult"


Adult membership

£25 per annum, and a weekly fee of £4.00.

Main Club night Thursday Evenings 2000-2200

 The club is loosely arranged into layout groups and you can belong to more than 1 layout group.  For the digital enthusiast, the club uses either Lenz, the early adopters, or NCE.   Currently no club layout uses computer contol. 

Gauge / Scale

Layout Groups

 Fine Scale OO

Broadgate Street

 This is a new layout currently under construction by the ‘Fine scale OO’ group of Colchester and District Model Railway Club. The layout has a four platform city terminus with a double track approach, all on a viaduct with an associated low level goods yard. The goods yard is separate from the rest of the layout, effectively giving two layouts in one! Although there are obvious similarities to Fenchurch Street, it’s not a model of Fenchurch Street! In particular the station will see a mixture of long distance express trains and suburban/commuter trains more like Liverpool Street. The time period will be the same as our previous layout, Stratford Road, BR steam and early diesel i.e. 1950s – 1960s. The layout will use Peco Code 75 track. Construction has currently reached the “bare baseboard” stage. It will be a DCC layout using NCE controllers.


The group’s previous layout Stratford Road is in storage.


There are several  OO layouts/groups in the club. 

Arbor Lane, is another llayout being operated by DCC.  Arbour Lane has been re-configured as an out & back layout with a turntable on each end.  The new version would have come to the 20220 exhibition.

The group are starting on a new layout - Broadham  

Trevor's Green for St Aida's Quay is a large tail-chaser  using conventional DC controls with switched sections.  The layout also has a DCC circuit.  

Seige Street - In Storage. A replacement layout is being discussed.


Mid Shires Light Railway 

U.K. N scale

The club has refurbished Hunter's Grove,  The group is now currently track laying  on a new layout - Bergholt Junction, which is a tail chaser based on East London 50s/60s era with mixed livery ie no particular region.This lis a DCC layout


Modular N Gauge.

 The club is working on a set of modules P.I.M. which are configured as a twin track main line with a turning loops/yard at each end.  There is no specified geograpihic / tome period for the modules. Current modules are:

P.    2 turning bords with loops - These act as fiddlle yards.  Associated with the loops 1 right angle board and an American town .  This group gives 1 15ft *10ft layout.

I       3 boards representing a UK town

M.     2 boards which have a UK station and industrial area.  The buildings have been made using  Metcalfe kits.

   This lis a DCC layout


Although the club does not formally meet on Tuesdays, a layout group are able to use the club facilities on Tuesday evenings.

Several of the club members have their own portable layouts which are exhibited under the Club Banner. These layouts are occasionally seen up at the club, usually just prior to going out on the road.

What is expected of Members

Club members are expected to help at the Club's annual exhibition.  The 1 day exhibition is held at the end of October / beginning of November.

The other main club event , at which members should attend, is the Open Day in late March / early April.

 The Open day is basically a trial running day under semi-exhibition conditions, as you have to break the layout down, transport it, re-assemble it and then try running it.  The layout groups use it to find the first lot of gremlins.

The Club is a Company Limited by Guarentee.

The club is governed by Company law.   All club ruless must agree with Company law.

Every member of the CLUB, while he or she is a member or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member, undertakes to contribute to the assets of the CLUB, in the event of the same being wound up, such amount as may be required, not exceeding £10.

The CLUB shall have a minimum of two directors, one of whom shall act as Company Secretary. All directors shall be elected annually at the A.G.M.  The directors have the right to attend, speak and vote at committee meetings

The elected officials of the club are, the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Exhibition Manager and One Ordinary Member.

The Committee is made up of the Directors and the elected officials.   The Committee is empowered to manage and transact the affairs of the CLUB.



 Back to top

Last updated : 4/10/2020