The HRCA will be attending a number of public events, see below for details...
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
- 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).
Chiltern Hills HRCA Vintage Train Group
The Group usually meets 6 times a year in the Chesham, Buckinghamshire area
There is trade support and light refreshments are provided.
Cornish Group HRCA Area Meeting
Normally monthly in the Camborne, Cornwall area
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
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
Preston Brook HRCA Group meet 8 times a year usually on the first Tuesday of the month. O gauge and Dublo layouts - members sales and refreshments.
Midlands Area HRCA Meeting
Monthly meeting in the Burton upon Trent, Derbyshire area.
Bi-monthly meeting in the Harringworth area.
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.
Purbeck Group Meeting
Month meetings in the Swanage area. 3-rail Dublo layout and Dublo 2-rail running.
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.
Wessex Group Monthly Meeting
Usual meeting in the Broadstone, Dorset area.
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.
See also diary below.
[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 12th October 2017]
Oct 14, Sat, Brighton Toy and Model Museum, “GREAT VINTAGE MODEL RAILWAY SHOW”, 52/55 Trafalgar St. BN1 4EB, beneath Brighton Railway Station forecourt, Museum open 10.30 – 5.00, train running 11.00- 1.00 and 2.30 – 4.30. Special train running day prices: adult £10, child £5. web: brightontoymuseum.co.uk ; tel 01273 749494.
Oct 14, Sat. South East Queensland Group (Aus) meeting at John & Doreen Wilkinson’s home, 151 Sherwood Road Toowong. 12.30pm – 4.30pm, Tel. (07 33714405). HD 3-rail layout. Theme: LMS Express Passenger Engines.” bring and buy table. Please contribute to afternoon tea. Visitors welcome.
Oct 19-21, Thurs -Sat. TCA Show, County Fairgrounds,York, Pennsylvania, USA. Greater Toronto Hornby Dublo Group Displaying 3 & 2 rail layouts.
Oct 21&22, Sat-Sun. Cornwall Redruth, Pool, Heartlands Open Days, 10-4pm. Colin 07511256677, Mike 01208-841350, Bernie 01726-338623, John 01326-314372. www.heartlandscornwall.com/events.
'Oct 28, Sat. Vintage Hornby Train Show organised by the Bristol and Somerset Group. King Alfred School, Burnham Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3EE. 9th show. 10.00am to 4-00pm.
Oct 28, Sat. Bristol & Somerset. 9th Annual Vintage Hornby Train Show. King Alfred School, Burnham Road, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 3EE. 10A.M. - 4P.M. Adults £3.00 Concs £3.00 Hornby 0 gauge & Dublo layouts, trade stands & displays. Free parking, good level access, light refreshments. Steve Sands Tel: 01934-413053.
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.
Oct 29, Sun. Reading Vintage Toy Fair and Exhibition. Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, RG1 8EQ. 10.30am-3-00pm Admission £4.00. Accompanied Children under 16 free. Early Entry 8.30am £10.00. Approx 150 sales tables, excellent selection of various gauge layouts, display stands. Tony Oakes 01270 652773 Mob 07825 631323.
Nov 3-5, Fri-Sun, International Eurospoor model railway event, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Dutch HRCA with a 3-rail 0-Gauge layout 'British Tinplate Toy Trains' and a 3-rail Dublo layout. Details www.dutchhrca.nl
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 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.
Feb 24, Sat. Gravesend, Vintage Hornby Train Exhibition, St Georges Church Hall, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ. 10.30-4.30, £3.50 Adults, £2 Children. Refreshments. 07879 651090
Apr 7, Sat. Kirriemuir Vintage Railway 7th annual event. Guide Halls, 43 Roods, Kirriemuir, Angus. DD8 4HN. Dublo 2-rail and 3-rail, clockwork, steam and electric 0-gauge and other scales. HRCA, TCS, BLS, ATOC and other members. Free parking, all day refreshments, sales tables. Tel. Dale Smith 01575-574128