The North West Group
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The North West Group provides a contact point for those G1MRA members resident primarily in the North West, although we do have members from further afield. We currently have nearly sixty members, and our interests concentrate mainly on the railways of the UK, covering all regions and the whole spectrum from pre-grouping through to the present day. We produce nine or ten newsletters per year.
Our abilities range from ready-to-run, modified ready-to-run, kit construction, and building from scratch, of both live-steam and battery-electric steam and diesel outline locomotives. Some of our members have demonstrated particular skills in the application of radio control to live-steamers and battery-electrics, and one notable achievement a few years ago was the construction of a working diesel-electric loco. We will always be happy to share our skills and knowledge with new members.
Outdoor running sessions are held from March to November inclusive, some on a regular basis and others arranged at short notice. We hold evening meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at a community centre near Chorley, which take the form of talks, demonstrations, project night etc, and these have always been well supported. Topics in recent months have included a demonstration of 3D CAD, reversing slip-eccentric valve gear, painting weathering and lining, radio-control, casting in resin, the use of CAD and laser-cutting to produce valve-gear parts, and a survey of experimental steam locomotives.
The group commenced the construction of our portable track “Withnell Junction” back in 1999. It has appeared at numerous exhibition venues since that time and has undergone much development and refinement. The track appears regularly at the Woodvale Rally, the Padiham model railway exhibition, the Southport Model Railway Society’s exhibition and at two events at the East Lancashire Railway.
In the last few years, links have been developed with the Southport Model Engineering Club who had built a good-sized G1 track some years ago. North West Group members have recently helped to extend the track to a circuit of approximately 300 feet, and all members will be invited to run on it by arrangement.
Contact: John Lindars
Contact details for this person are available in the Members Area.