The Club

Are you interested in railway modelling or just railways in general and keen to share your interests with others? We welcome new members of all abilities from newcomers and novices to master modelmakers. Founded in 1971, we have a diverse membership with a common interest in all things railway. Members model across a range of scales and gauges, eras and countries. Bring along your own modelling projects or work on the club project layouts – currently, Okehampton (O gauge, SR/BR, 1948-55) and Aylesbury Town (P4 gauge, 1950s/60s). Or share knowledge and experience of the real thing. We meet every Friday evening from 19.30 to 22.00 (7.30 to 10.00pm) in the Carrington Room at the Community Centre in Princes Risborough (postcode HP27 9AX). A hot and cold drinks bar is provided as well as the use of a TV and Video so that members can view videos/DVDs during the meetings.

Club Room
We have the good fortune to possess a modern permanent clubroom within the Community Centre in Princes Risborough. This room is well equipped with workbenches, vices and drills etc. for all our railway-modelling activities. We meet each Friday and one Saturday every month, where we have the use of the adjoining Carrington and Cherry Baker rooms where projects can be set up and worked on. We also have a small library, DVDs, workshop tools, laser cutter etc.

We have an established history of building entertaining layouts. These have included: Addison Park, Chiltern Road, Radmore, Chiltern Parkway and New Mills, however, we do not rely solely on past successes and we have a number of layout projects under construction in 'O' and P4. We are custodians of the iconic Aylesbury LNWR (High Street) layout which faithfully reproduces the original station as it was circa1910. When exhibited it has generated a lot of interest, not just in the exquisite modelling but in the history of the railway, local industries (e.g. ducks, osier!) and the development of the town. For more information on these please see our Layouts and Stock page.

Within the community we have an educational role by promoting knowledge and interest in railways to the wider public, as the club holds two exhibitions a year, Risex in February and Railex in May, an informal Openday in the autumn. The latest details of our exhibitions can be found on the Exhibitions page. We also take part in the annual Princes Risborough Festival, speak at historical societies, support a local church fete and railway-related events (e.g. Bucks Railway Centre).

Wheeltapper Competition
Our annual model making competition with a wide range of classes covering UK and overseas stock, scenery, road vehicles etc. This is a chance to see and admire the work of the past year and have a friendly competition.

Modelling Workshops
We are running a series of workshops to improve the skills of members. These cover such subjects as: weathering, modelling with plastic, 2D and 3D CAD design, DCC (Digital Command Control), brass, whitemetal & resin casting, kit building, modelling trees, etc. In fact, any topic you want.

Thinking of Joining
Benefits of membership include free entrance to the club on Friday evenings and the use of the facilities at other times, organised exhibitions, social events and a quarterly newsletter “Footplate” which contains news, features and articles plus details of forthcoming events, competitions and exhibitions. See our Meetings and Contacts page for what is happening at the Club.

Membership Subscriptions
After you have visited the club on several occasions you may wish consider joining, for this there are 3 types of membership:

    1. Full is anyone over the age of 18
    2. Student is anyone aged between 12 to 18 (Who will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult)
    3. Associate is anyone deemed not to be able to attend the club on a regular basis due to distance or circumstances
Subscription rates are as follows:

Year 2019 April- 2020 March, Full £75, Student and Associates £37.50

Membership runs from the 1st April each year, with those joining part way through the club year, then the subscription rate will be calculated pro-rata.