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Highlights of this year’s Lydney Model Railway Show

Posted by fodmrc on 29/09/2014

A presentation in stills and video is now available for viewing on You Tube by clicking here >>>>>


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Our next illustrated talk …..

Posted by fodmrc on 14/09/2014

… willl be given by Martin Connop Price. His subject will be  “The Gloucester, Ross and Hereford Line“.

It is now 50 years since the Beeching axe fell on this line.

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Friday, 31st October, 2014 @ 7.30pm ….. Westbury-on-Severn Village Hall [GL14 1RD] ….. Members £1.00 Guests £2.00

Further reading >>>>>

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Aide for Railway Modellers

Posted by fodmrc on 09/08/2014

If you are scratchbuilding in a range of scales, try this little programme “Model Rail Scale Calculator” which can be downloaded here >>>>>


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Peru succumbs to the Forest of Dean model railway charms?

Posted by fodmrc on 25/07/2014

31yAFRDf3aL._SY300_Yet another South American country has found its way to

This time its from Lima in peru on 15th July after entering a search for Forest of Dean.

Thanks to we know that the surfer uses Windows 7 and was on the site for 50 mins and 5 seconds!

Check out the map here >>>>>

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So, where is Belize?

Posted by fodmrc on 25/07/2014

Flag_of_Belize.svgWell, wherever it is, someone has surfed in from Belize on 20 Jul 2014 @ 18:55:14. Belize is in Central America and is described by Wikipedia as, “a country on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area that has English as its official language; Belizean Creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide”.

Check out the map here >>>>>

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Konnichiwa from Japan

Posted by fodmrc on 13/07/2014

japanrailway_1675693cSomeone in the Far East has found japan, famous for its Bullet Train has now surfed into model railway life in Drybrook.

Check out the road to world domination here >>>>>

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Changes to the Club’s Constitution

Posted by fodmrc on 01/04/2014

eggyweggersAt an EGM at the clubrooms last night [31 March, 2014], some changes were made to the constitution. These centred around sychronsing the financial year, subscriptions and the Annual General meeting.

The changes will mean that the AGM will be held on the last Monday of October each year, accounts will be presented based on a financial year of 1st October to 30th September inclusive. Subscriptions will be due before 30 September.

This will mean that accounts presented at the AGM will be as up-to-date as possible for members to peruse and for the committee to set budgets etc.

The revised constitution and EGM minutes are available in the Members Area of the website!

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Successful Presentation Evening

Posted by fodmrc on 20/03/2014

gravtalk3The eagerly awaited model railway talk by Gordon and Maggie Gravett was a very encouraging start to the club’s new initiative.

See  a full report on the club’s website by clicking here >>>>>

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New club layout to make its debut

Posted by fodmrc on 07/03/2014

brio3After the shake-out from last year’s Lydney Show, it was suggested that the club should provide a simple wooden railway for toddlers!

For a small sum, the wooden railway set is now available for club events.

It will make its debut at the upcoming combined URC Coffee morning and open sessions in the club rooms.

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URC Coffee Morning and Running Trains

Posted by fodmrc on 05/03/2014

1457744_435973753175225_1113622433_nThe United Reform Church in Drybrook is running a coffee morning on Saturday 15th March, 2014, from 10.ooam to 12.30pm.

FoDMRC is supporting the Church with an open morning at the club rooms adjoining the Church during this time.

Proceeds from the coffee morning will be donated to the Charlie Michell Fund.

Click here for more details about the Charlie Mitchell Fund

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The refurbished Lord and Butler

Posted by fodmrc on 07/02/2014

Your editor visited Lord and Butler in Cardiff for the first tpostime in a long time!

What a change!

Take a look through the shop here >>>>>

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Club Member of the Year award

Posted by fodmrc on 04/02/2014

The club committee decided to award the inaugural “Club Memebr of the Year Award” to long serving member Clive Reid. Clive is pictured here receiving the Golden Signal Box award from club chairman, Paul Lansdell.



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News from the Test Track

Posted by fodmrc on 30/01/2014

An interesting new combo on the test tracks on Monday …….


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Club Diarama Competition

Posted by fodmrc on 21/01/2014

railway-underpass1The model railway club have decided to run an internal competition within its membership.

The competition is to build a diorama scene of any railway associated activity.

The only constraints are:-

  • In N Gauge (2mm) scale it cannot be larger than 144 square inches
  • In OO Gauge (4mm) scale cannot be larger than 288 square inches
  • In O Gauge (7mm) scale it cannot be larger than 576 square inches.

In any of these scales the diorama can be smaller than the maximum size, and it must not overhang the base footprint of the model.

The completed dioramas are to be displayed at the Baptist Church in Coleford on Easter Monday, the day of the Transport Rally.

The dioramas will be judged for their finish, standard of modelling and general appeal, with a modest prize in each category for the winner, and an overall prize for the one judged to be best overall.

There is no entry fee for the competition, but if a diorama is going to be submitted you must inform the committee secretary by the 1st April that you will be bringing an entry.

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Club Diarama Competition

Posted by fodmrc on 07/01/2014

railway-underpass1Paul Lansdell, Chairman, announced a new club competition at last night’s club meeting in Drybrook.

Members are asked to produce a diarama in ‘N’, ‘OO’ or ‘O’ gauge with the rules that each gauge will have a maximum area of 1 square foot, two square feet and four square feet respectively.

Diaramas will be judged at the forthcoming Coleford Carnival of Transport on Easter Monday. It is hoped that entries will also be displayed at the Lydney Model Railway Show in late September.

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FoDMRC and Gordon and Maggie Gravett

Posted by fodmrc on 17/12/2013

railex2011The club has landed a massive coup de grace by inviting the famous railway modelling couple, Gordon and Maggie Gravett to address an audience on Wednesday, 19th, March 2014 at 7.30pm. The event will take place at Westbury-on-Severn Village Hall

Their theme will be “Pempoul : From Research to Model”. View a short You Tube video of Pempoul here >>>>>

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Christmas Social Evening ….

Posted by fodmrc on 10/12/2013

DancingReindeer1……. will take place on the evening of Monday, 30th. December, 2013 at the club rooms.

All members are invited to bring along guests on the evening!

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Benvenuto to our first Italian surfer!

Posted by fodmrc on 29/10/2013

italian-flagOur continued international appeal has claimed a new model rail supporting country in Italy!

See our map here >>>>

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Little details from our recent show(s)

Posted by fodmrc on 18/10/2013

As part of the Lydney Show 2013, we were able to give each exhibitor an attendance plaque as seen below:


We have also made retrospective plaques for the Lydney 2012 show as well as the 2013 Coleford Carnival of Transport. If any members would like any ot these plaque, cost free, please contact the website asap.


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New club initiative

Posted by fodmrc on 03/10/2013

A trophy (see below aka “The Golden Signalbox”) will be presented to the Club Member of the Year.

It will be awarded by the club chairman annually for someone who epitomises the ethos of the club.


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