We are very pleased to be able to re-open the club to our members from the 3rd of August, 2020. We have – like many organisations – been closed since mid March. We have put in a host of extra measures to ensure social distancing and improved hand hygiene in the club, and are looking forward to getting back to the club layouts.
Unfortunately we don’t yet feel able to accept any visitors or potential new members. Hopefully this will change in the near future if the overall situation continues to improve.
Didcot “A” Power Station layout , winner of “ Best Modern Image Layout in Show” at the N.E.C. 2018 has been dedicated to the People of Didcot and those who lost their lives on 23 rd Feb 2016 when the building collapsed during demolition.
The layout has been presented by Tony Musgrave and fellow builders Roly Hamblin and Derrick Mortimore to the Didcot Railway Centre and the Abingdon and District Model Railway Club as joint custodians. The layout will eventually take its place as part of a permanent exhibit at the railway centre, until then it will reside at the ADMRC clubrooms in nearby Abingdon from where it will be available for exhibitions as required. Unfortunately it will no longer include those famous catchphrases by Tony…..”What do you know about Didcot Power Station” and “Let me give you a 3 minute history” followed by tales of “Arthurs Pit”(the Miners Strike) or the Greenpeace invasion and their campsite on the top of the chimney, but it will still fill the room with “smoke” and we will still get warned by the Fire Marshall ”If you set off the sprinklers you will pay the bill”. That’s all part of the fun of exhibiting DIDCOT “A” POWER STATION.
Eric Young (Chairman ADMRC)
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come to Abrail 2018 on a bitterly cold day — at least it wasn’t the Sunday! We think the event went well, though we know there were a few teething problems with our new venue. If you have any feedback on the event, do please contact us and let us know (good or bad – it’s all valued!).
Some pictures from the event are available here on the event page;
Abingdon Exhibition 2018
After a long process, with lots of input from a few key individuals, we’re very pleased to announce that the club has achieved charity status. The change was approved by the members at an EGM in January 2018. Whilst not changing the day-to-day ethos or running of the club, this move should help improve the overall organisational structure and make it easier to access grants and extra funding.
Our charity number is 1176029