Bedford

Railway Modelling

You need to be a member of Bedford U3A to join this group

Group Leader:Mark Lewis - see Bulletin for telephone number for Assistant, Phil Lotan.
Time:Usually 4th Monday of the month at 1pm for the main model building session and other dates in the evening for building and detailing but see below.
Venue/Location:Members' homes
Vacancies:New members welcome

We are a small group, currently 10 members, who meet once or twice a month to develop our railway modelling skills by trying new techniques and learning from each other. The group also provides a resource for assistance with our own model railway projects.

Our aim is to collectively build a model railway, typically using second hand items from our respective junk boxes, to practice and share our skills and create a finished model. We then aim to exhibit the model to the general public.

Our current model (Middleton) depicts a small West Country fishing village. The track, buildings and trains are over 40 years old, donated by U3A members clearing their attic. We customise the buildings and add extra detailing to turn them into something unique.

The 4 photographs show the current extent of our model. We are now planning an extension to the village and quayside.

We used to meet monthly, but as meetings are currently in abeyance due to Coronavirus and lockdown rules we are all working at home on our own railway modelling projects. We try to keep in touch by email every week, to provide encouragement and to swap questions (and hopefully answers too) to any modelling issues we are having individually.

There is still plenty to do, so we welcome new members, no experience necessary.

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