Abingdon and District Model Railway Club (ADMRC) is – as the name suggests – a model railway club serving Abingdon and surrounds in Oxfordshire, UK. We currently have 40+ active members of all ages, from as far afield as Oxford, Newbury, Wantage, Wallingford, and of course Abingdon. We are an active and friendly group, with six layouts in 2mmFS, N, OO, and O currently being developed or in operation. Our members have a good mix of skills and abilities from novice upwards. Their interests include Steam and Diesel, British, European, and American prototypes.
The club has been around for over forty years, and for the past sixteen settled in large premises on the northern edge of Abingdon. Since early 2018, we have been registered as a UK charity number 1176029. Our facilities include a generous meeting room, extensive library, workshop, kitchen, and enough workspace to allow layouts to be permanently assembled. This is major benefit over many other clubs, as our resources are permanently available to members, and we don’t waste time un-packing and re-packing every session.
Club members have experience in most scale/gauges from 2mmNG (N6.5) to 7mm scale (O gauge) and can offer advice and assistance in all aspects of railway modelling including layout planning, baseboard design and construction, track building and installation, wiring for DC analogue and DCC control, MERG CBUS systems and scenic features such as ballasting, buildings and vegetation. Help with kit and scratch built stock can also be obtained.
The clubrooms are open for several sessions throughout the week. The main club session is on Friday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, but other groups also meet on Tuesday daytime and Wednesday evenings.
The club hosts two annual exhibitions: our main Abingdon event in March each year, and a smaller Didcot show in October. Club and member layouts are also regularly exhibited around the country, so if you like the exhibition scene there is plenty of scope for getting out and about.
New members are always welcome, and whether you like building models or running trains, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. We welcome every level of experience and expertise and all new talents and ideas. Why not come along and see what we have to offer?
As Covid-19 restrictions ease, we are now organising visits on Friday nights for potential new members. You can contact the club using the form below for more information and to arrange a visit.