Model railway club in Chadwell Heath to hold membership recruitment drive

PUBLISHED: 11:22 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 September 2018

A section of a railway layout named Taw Magna, built by members. Picture: Trevor Mead

A section of a railway layout named Taw Magna, built by members. Picture: Trevor Mead


The Ilford and West Essex Model Railway Club, based next to Chadwell Heath station, is holding a showcase event this weekend.

The club, which is the fourth oldest in the world, will be opening its doors for two days to show visitors what it gets up to.

There’ll be railway layouts on display which have been built by club members, along with a layout built by the club’s two junior members. Visitors can ride the mini railway and there’ll be a trade stand selling railway products.

“Instead of sitting in front of the TV, we’re trying to encourage more young people to get up and join the club,” chairman Trevor Edmead said.

“We want to get out to the wider community in Barking and Dagenham – a lot of people have an interest in this, but have no idea that we exist. We want to foster the idea that model railways aren’t a nerdy hobby.”

The showcase will take place on September 15 from 10am-5pm and September 16 from 10am-4pm at the Bethel Christian Centre, 170 Bennets Castle Lane, RM8 3XP. For more information, visit

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