Chatham & District MRC

Chatham & District Model Railway Club was first formed in the early 1950s and moved around quite a lot over the years until establishing itself in the Historic Dockyard Museum, Chatham. The clubroom is around 15 metres square and in a cellar below the famous Ropery. Club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7.30pm until 10pm or so. Currently, there are three layouts being worked in. First a large 4mm [00] scale continuous run & terminus, second an N gauge American outline exhibition layout and third an 0 gauge circular test track, which is being expanded into an oval exhibition layout.

In addition to the regular club nights when the focus is on the layouts themselves, we also have monthly presentations on a variety of modelling and prototype themes, while there is an annual modelling competition and various social events.

The Club runs a large, annual exhibition every June. Currently, this is in the Mid Kent Leisure Centre in Gillingham, which occupies over 30 000 square feet in two halls, with high ceilings, level floors and excellent lighting, ventilation etc. The last few years have seen an average of around 30 layouts, 50 traders and numerous society & demonstrator stands, with a total of around 100 in all. We think this means the Chatham Show is one of the 10 largest in the country.

Chatham Show

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