Coming EventsHRCA AGM

 1): Main HRCA Events:

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The HRCA will be attending a number of public events, see below for details...

2): HRCA Area Meetings:

HRCA members have got together and formed themselves into local area groups to organise meetings and events which are open to members and friends.  The meetings are often held monthly or bimonthly during weekday evenings and generally consist of:

  • working layouts (members are encouraged to bring something to run)
  • member's sales tables
  • train traders
  • refreshments
  • exact format varies from group to group

Some groups also organise events in conjunction with other local 'railway' related themes, such as Heritage Steam Railways and Model Railway Societies.

Details of meetings and events can be found in the member's area of this website (login required).  However, the following summary of local groups is provided for potential new members consideration and review.


Anglia HRCA Meeting for the West Essex and North East London area
Normally meets bi-monthly in the Loughton area, which is on the eastern end of the Central Line.  Test track and running layouts usually provided for Hornby 0 and Dublo and other makes are welcome.
Some Saturday meetings and visits to other local model railway systems are arranged.

Border Counties HRCA Area Meeting
Monthly at either Haydon Bridge Community Centre just off the A69 between Haltwhistle and Hexham;
or Houghton Village Hall, Carlisle, 3 minutes from J44 of the M6 on the Hexham Road.
Refreshements are available and there are usually running facilities for 0 gauge 2 and 3 rail and dublo 3 rail.

Bristol and Somerset HRCA Area Meeting
Usually monthly in the Weston-super-Mare area. O gauge and Dublo layouts; members’ bring and buy. 

Bromley Tappers HRCA Area Meeting
Monthly in the Bromley area (just off the A21).
Refreshments; layouts, bring and buy.

Cambridge Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally bi-monthly at Fulbourn (4 miles East of Cambridge).
Test and running layouts in Clockwork and Electric 0 gauge, Dublo 2/3-rail, bring something to run. Sales table.

Chiltern Hills HRCA Vintage Train Group
The Group usually meets 6 times a year in the Chesham, Buckinghamshire area
Dublo 2 and 3 rail and Hornby 0 Gauge working Layouts are always in operation and members and friends are invited to bring something to run.
There is trade support and light refreshments are provided.

Cornish Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally monthly in the Camborne, Cornwall area
Members set up Hornby O Gauge and Hornby Dublo 2 and 3 rail layouts for general use; bring your own trains! Members sales, light refreshments. Excellent local fish & chip restaurant nearby!

Cotswolds Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Banbury area. 
0 gauge and Dublo running facilities are always available and traders and other members always have a variety of Dublo and 0 gauge for sale or exchange. Car parking, Hook Norton Ales and a cottage pie supper usually available.

Edinburgh Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly get together, usually at the Duddingston Golf Club in Edinburgh.
O gauge and 3 rail Dublo running facilities, traders and bring and buy table.
Bar lunches and an informal sit down supper always available.

Merseyside Area HRCA Meeting

Monthly meeting in the Preston Brook, Cheshire area.
Dublo and 0 gauge layouts, traders and additional exhibits.

Midlands Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire area.
Hornby 0 Gauge and Dublo 3 rail layouts and traders.

Northants & Rutland Area HRCA O Gauge  Meeting
Bi-monthly meeting in the Harringworth area.
Hornby 0 Gauge layouts and traders.

Orpinton (SE London/NW Kent Area) HRCA Meeting
Informal meetings held most months in the Orpington area.
 
0 Gauge running facilities and remag service always available, plus Dublo layout most months, regularly supported by 30-36 HRCA members.  These meetings are held in conjunction with the Toy Collectors Fair to which the public are welcome.  Small admission fee applies, regular attendance by several train traders, refreshments available, car parking and easy access by public transport.   
Please note that the layouts/meetings are located on a stage only accessible by steps.

Penmorfa (NW Wales) HRCA Area Group Meeting
Regular monthly meeting in the Penmorfa area.  
Layouts operating in both gauges, electric and c/w.  Light refreshments usually available.

Purbeck  Group Meeting
Month meetings in the Swanage area. 3-rail Dublo layout and Dublo 2-rail running.

Retford Runners
Normally held on the last Wednesday evening in the month, alternate even numbered months, in the Retford, Notts area. Lots of free parking, level access, Dublo and 0-gauge tracks or bring a layout.  Commission-free Bring and Buy table, refreshments.

Scottish HRCA Area Meeting
Normally held in Menstrie. Scottish Members Get-together, 0 gauge and 00 running tracks available.

Sussex Vintage Model Railway Collectors
Meets monthly in the Brighton area, and sometimes at the famous Brighton Toy and Model Museum.
Test tracks for Hornby 0 gauge electric and clockwork, and 2 and 3 rail Dublo. Other makes also welcome.

Thames Valley Area HRCA Meeting
Usual monthly meeting in the Mortimer, Berkshire area.  
Working Layouts, Train Traders and Refreshments. Different display theme each month.

Wessex Group Monthly Meeting
Usual meeting in the Broadstone, Dorset area.
Club layouts: 00 gauge 2 and 3 rail; 0 gauge 3 rail layout featuring 4 running tracks with gaugemaster controllers. Member's sales table. Members and guests welcome - bring something to run, small admission charge to cover refreshments. Excellent local fish & chip restaurant open from 5.00 pm!

Yeovil and District Group Monthly Meeting
Usual monthly meeting in the Yeovil area.  We would be delighted to see anyone from the area with an interest in vintage model trains and we run O gauge and our new Dublo 2/3 rail layout at most meetings.  In fact anything from the Meccano empire is most welcome.  
 

3): Other Events:

See also diary below.

 

4): Diary Dates: 

[HRCA members: please login to the Members' Area to view a more detailed diary which includes all the following events plus 'Members only' events]

[last updated 9th June 2017]

 

Jun 11, Sun. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.
Jun 17, Sat. Cornwall. Murdoch Model Day. Jubilee Hall, Redruth. 10-4pm. Contacts Colin 07511256677, Mike 01208-841350, Bernie 01726-338623, John 01326-314372
Jun 17, Sat. Alresford Festival of Toy Trains, Perins School Alresford SO24 9BS 10.30AM –4.30PM 20+ Vintage Layouts including Hornby O Electric & Clockwork Hornby Dublo 2-Rail and 3-Rail, 80+ Sales Tables Refreshments, BBQ, Real Ale and Live Music. Adults £6, Children £2, Family 2+2 £14 Early entry to sales hall 9am £10 Take the Steam Train to the show from Alton Station on the Watercress Line Contact Bob Leggett 07836 734311 or email:bob.leggett@tesco,net
Jun 24, Sat. SHIPTON, York 34th annual joint HRCA/TTRCA get-together. Layouts in Hornby 'O' & Dublo, Trix Twin and Meccano display. Many regular stall holders booked. Members sales table.
Refreshments available all day from the 'Kitchen Car', plus the Dawnay Arms or The Sidings up the road. Details and sales table enquiries Dave Norville 01904 470270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jun 25, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR.
10.00am-2pm. Toyfair with large 0 & Dublo with running facilities supported by HRCA members. Remag service, spares & traders. Free parking. Terry 01622 871167. Toyfair bookings - Gerry 0773 999 8012.
Jun 30, Fri. Sussex Vintage MRC, Brighton Toy Museum, 52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4EB 7pm Theme: “Neverwazzas”; exhibition briefing. John Hollands 01256 350764 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jul 1 & 2. Sat & Sun. Border Counties Display at Shildon National Railway Museum
Jul 8, Sat. 24th Annual Model Railway Exhibition The Robert Barclay Academy, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon,
Herts EN11 8JY. 10.30-4.30. 25 Layouts inc. Hornby and other makers, traders, refreshments. Free parking. Adults £4.50, Concs £3, Family £12. Proceeds to Academy projects. Exhibition Manager 07866 641215
Jul 22, Fri, Sussex Vintage MRC Toy and Model Train Show, Knoyle Hall, Knoyle Road, Preston Park, Brighton BN1 6RB . 10 am to 4.30 pm, 2nd show, about 12 exhibits, highlighting Hornby Trains, Dublo and other vintage makes. Good trade support. Refreshments. Guest trains welcome. (Exhibition preparation Fri evening.) John Hollands 01256 350764 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jul 23, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR.
10.00am-2pm. Toyfair with large 0 & Dublo with running facilities supported by HRCA members. Remag service, spares & traders. Free parking. Terry 01622 871167. Toyfair bookings - Gerry 0773 999 8012.
Jul 30, Sun. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.
Aug 6, Sun. East Anglia Group. Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum, at Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Suffolk, 11 am to 5 pm. Details to follow. Enquiries David Southgate on 01473 712367, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aug 20, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 10.00am-2pm. Toyfair with large 0 & Dublo with running facilities supported by HRCA members. Remag service, spares & traders. Free parking. Terry 01622 871167. Toyfair bookings - Gerry 0773 999 8012.
Aug 27, Sun. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.
Sep 23, Sat. Bassett Lowke Northern St Georges Hall, Chapel St Leigh WN7 2DA. Hornby layouts. 10am-4pm. Admission £3, accompanied children free.
Sep 24, Sun. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.
Oct 28, Sat. Bristol & Somerset Annual Show, King Alfred's School, Burnham on Sea. (date to be confirmed)
Oct 28, Sat. Chiltern Hills Classic Model Train Show. St John's Methodist Church Hall, 60 Woodside Road Amersham Bucks HP6 6AN. 10.30-5pm. Adult £4, children £2, families (2+2) £10. In aid of Church Community projects, 14+ working layouts and displays including Hornby Dublo and Hornby O Gauge, Specialist trade support, Light refreshments Contact Ron McCaskie 01494 875904 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Derek Smith 01895 672251
Oct 29, Sun. Orpington
Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 10.00am-2pm. Toyfair with large 0 & Dublo with running facilities supported by HRCA members. Remag service, spares & traders. Free parking. Terry 01622 871167. Toyfair bookings - Gerry 0773 999 8012.
Nov 12, Sun. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.
Dec 10, Sun. Border Counties Houghton Village Hall, Carlisle, 3 minutes from J44 of the M6 on the Hexham Road.
Refreshements available, usually running facilities for 0 gauge 2 & 3 rail and dublo 3 rail. Grant Robinson 01661 844843
Dec 17, Sun. Orpington Crofton Halls, next to Orpington Station BR6 8PR. 10.00am-2pm. Toyfair with large 0 & Dublo with running facilities supported by HRCA members. Remag service, spares & traders. Free parking. Terry 01622 871167. Toyfair bookings - Gerry 0773 999 8012.
Dec 29, Fri. Rayleigh The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive SS6 9BZ. 10–2pm. Toyfair plus Hornby O with running facilities. Ample free parking. Details and trade bookings – Gerry, 0773 9998012.