The society was founded in November 1959 by a group of railway enthusiasts who came together to make visits to various railway sites and exchange information, photographs etc.
In 1963 one of the original headboards from The Elizabethan (a non-stop express service which ran from Kings Cross to Edinburgh from 1953 to 1962) was purchased from B.R. by the society members and has remained in our possesion ever since. Within a few years they were joined by modellers which led to the purchase of our original clubroom, erected on our present site between 1969 and 1972. In the next few years layouts were constructed including Trawden and Milnforth, both featured in Railway Modeller.
Our annual exhibitions began at various local venue (usually in mid October) and have proved very popular with the public and exhibitors alike.
Then came disaster in 2004.
An arson attack on our clubrooms destroyed the building and most of the contents including Milnforth, our N Gauge exhibition layout, and all the other partly built layouts inside. The membership continued to meet in the local church hall to plan the societys future. The N Gauge group also met at a member's house and began construction of baseboards for a new modular layout.
We now have a rebuilt clubroom (erected January 2006) and a grand opening took place in late March2006. Layout building is in full swing in all gauges and the Society is fully flourishing again.
We are a group of modellers and railway enthusiasts of all ages and abilities whose aim is to build layouts of various gauges and eras and promote the enjoyment of our hobby.
The clubrooms are open every Monday and Friday at 7pm at our purpose built clubrooms at The Lammas recreation ground Sutton In Ashfield.Nottinghamshire (located at the rear of the leisure centre).
Visitors and new members are always welcome so why not come along and see us.
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