The club was formed in 2009, due mainly to the fact that one of our founder members Brendan Curran came across the Heritage Centre, quite by chance, negotiated a rental deal, which we could afford and we have been happily ensconced there, ever since.
We have a close working relationship with the centre and its staff and indeed we held our first two successful model railway shows in the Centre. One of the first two club layouts is now permanently installed in the Centre and was overhauled and automated last year, to operate via push button, much to the delight of the visiting children! We have since also overhauled one of the other exhibits, which is a model of Abbeyleix Station, as it was in its Hey-day. This was built by another of our founder members Norman Rothwell.
Although small in number we are big in stature, as being limited in size means, we tend to push on and get things done ! We are on our fourth layout right now which is based around a gravel quarry and is designed to be very portable for external shows. We mostly model in 00 gauge, which is the most popular in railway modelling followed by N gauge. There are a couple of member layouts in the smaller N gauge medium, rumoured to be in progress! Many of our members collect rolling stock and travel extensively to do so, which, gives at times, a bigger perspective to the Club!
Being a member of a club give access to a tremendous amount of experience in both the practical and planning area’s and is a very worth while exercise for any age group, to be realistic over the age of 15, top age group whatever, as long as you are young in heart!
We have running nights on the first Friday of every month, on which full members can run basically, whatever takes there fancy! Some of our members have a lot of European stock, some a lot of Irish stock and many, have forms in between!!
For those of you interested in technology, the model railway hobby is now becoming very hi-tec, our small quarry layout which is in progress just now, will be the clubs first fully automated exhibition layout when it is completed.
We also have our own web site for any further information, contact numbers etc.
We give a warm welcome to all so, if you have some time on your hands and/or have an interest in the hobby, come along and join us any Friday evening 8pm till 10pm
Ronnie Gaunt. MMRC Secretary, e mail; firstname.lastname@example.org