For some obscure reason, despite being a Society, we always seem to refer to ourselves as 'The Club'!
We have our own clubrooms in Mapperley, Nottingham, to which we re-located in 2008. There is access and parking for cars and we are very well-served by public transport, being close to Nottingham City Transport's Services 44, 45 and 41. In the clubrooms we have a very extensive reference library, together with a comprehensive magazine collection, plus DVDs & Videos. There are layout building and modelling facilities and space for a natter and a cuppa.
There are several groups within the club who have already completed exhibitable layouts, or have layouts currently under construction. There are currently club layouts in 3.5mm (HO), 4mm (OO and EM) and 7mm (O) scales, though our members' interests also include P4, narrow gauge, North American and continental. Over the years, our speciality has been the construction of near-scale, authentic, working overhead electrification systems. Layouts with overhead line equipment include Deepcar , which features the 1500V DC electrification of the Woodhead route and Carstairs , which features the 25kV AC electrification of the West Coast Mainline, plus computer control of the signals.
We are an active group of modellers with widely ranging interests. As well as Nottingham, we have members living in various parts of the country, and we are always delighted to welcome new members. Amongst us, there are members modelling railways from most decades of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and several have even had articles published in the model press. We cater for all modellers, whatever their interests, and currently we have vacancies within most of our groups.
There are other, of course, including Skipley, in 00 gauge depicting a fictional trans-pennine route in the 1960s and Ilkeston Town in 00 gauge in the 1930s.
Streatham Mainline is an imaginary ex-Southern line in south London, set in the 1980s - 1990s. It is a large 00 gauge layout with a junction station, loco depot, Underground teminating trains, goods sidings and a two level fiddle yard which has storage for very many trains. Three rail electric multiple units and loco hauled passenger and goods trains operate an intensive service.
Under construction is the club's latest big project: Trent Lane Junction a 00 gauge model of the ex-Great Northern junction in east Nottingham in the 1950s. In addition to the ex-GNR, the layout features the erstwhile Nottingham Suburban line and the former Midland Rauilway route to Newark and Lincoln.
Whatever aspect of the hobby you're interested in, we're always happy to receive new members. If your name is Dave, then you'll be made particularly welcome ..... we already have seven of them, so you'll fit in well! Just so there's no confusion, we've numbered them and we've now also made a start on Ians, Grahams, Neils and Peters, of which we currently only have two each. At present, about 25% of the club are professional railwaymen, so if we need to know how something is done on the real railway, we've got a choice of folk to ask!
Please contact the secretary if you require any more information about the Nottingham MRS, its facilities or activities. Everyone is most welcome to call in at our clubrooms to have a look around and meet us but, again, please contact the Secretary beforehand.
The Nottingham Model Railway Society (formerly the Nottingham (Bulwell) MRS, but, back then, known simply as the Bulwell MRS) was formed in 1971, as a result of a group of five like-minded folk, with interests in railways and railway modelling, getting together. At the time, the group were all employees at Nottingham City Transport's Bulwell Bus Depot. Although none of the founders are still current members, since then there has always been at least one member connected with the city's public transport.
After meeting in various places, the fledgling club settled at the Bulwell Youth Club and even held its first few exhibitions there. In the late 1970s, there was a need for the Youth Club to expand and there was nowhere for the NMRS's equipment to be stored. Two former Education Department temporary classrooms were moved, and re-erected, on a nearby site leased from the City Council. The NMRS stayed there for some twenty-eight years, until September 2008.