Bradford Model Railway club
Welcome to Bradford Model Railway clubs website. Our aim is to foster and encourage railway modelling in Bradford and surrounding area. Membership is open to
anyone 11 and over with an interest in the hobby whatever level of skill
All materials and tools for constructing the club layouts are provided FREE (unlike
some clubs). The club is also building
up a collection of rolling stock for use on club nights and when
exhibiting at a show.
We meet every Monday (ex Bank hols) and most
Thursday evenings 7.45pm onwards when visitors are very welcome.
Membership is the equivalent of just £2 a week (£0.40p associates
Our e-mail address for general enquiries is
Why not pay us a visit (under 16's to be accompanied by an adult).
Sedberg Youth and Community Centre (1st Floor) 5-11 Huddersfield Road BRADFORD BD6 1DJ.
Please contact the secretary first on 0774 5268960 to check were open.
The club will be open as normal
23rd and 30th Dec 2013 as well as 2nd Jan 2014
The AGM is Scheduled for 30th Jan 2014
Any future nights when the club will be closed will be announced
The AGM is cheduled for Mon 30th Jan 2014
Diary updated to Start in Jan 2014 previous entries moved to end.
A most enjoyable well attended Christmas meal was had on 9th Dec
as usual at the Toby Cavery Keighley.
More detalis of exhibitors added to Exhibition page.
Big push to get new N diesel era layout Titheridge Junction ready for next Mays exhibition.
Track and Scenery profiles complete. Ballasting, wiring and senics
and some details added to layouts section.
Exhibition page updated with new 2014 venue.
Oxenope appeared at the presigious Warley event 23rd 24th Nov
Oxenhope, Tomas Queens St where popular at the Sedberg mini show
on 16th Nov 2013
Victoria road appeared at the Spalding event 9th 10th Nov 2013
Chisel Exchange and Glen Bogle were out 2nd 3rd Nov at Barnsley
Club Diary updated. Next year looks like a very busy year again.
The club Christmas lunch is sceduled for Monday 9th Dec 2013 Toby
Cavery Keighly as previous years. ALL welcome. £13.50 ea.
Work continues on minor repairs to Vic road along with LED's to
indicate which track on the fidle yard is selected. Titheride Jnc
track now layed and senery profiles comenced.
Vic road was very popular at the small but busy York Wiggington
exhibition as can be seen.
Big push to get Victoroia Road ready for York Exhib with the
rebuilt crossover and double slip to give a small headshunt to allow
run round in the goods yard.
Info added for our 16th Nov Mini show in conjunction with the Sedberg
Barnsley club visited to look at our C_bus controlled foiddle
yard and seemed impressed.
Trackwork on Victoria Road being altered to permit loco run round
within the goods yard and also additional circuitry which will
hopefully solve the flashing diamond crossing problem.
Experimental signal timers recieved from a man caled W_honest in
Hong Kong to be tried on Titheridge Junc if sucessfull.
Info started to be added to exhibition page for 2014 show .
Victoria Road has been erected and considering its not been used
for a while runs remarkably well. The new MERG Cbus controlled
fiddle yard works well too.
A further enhancement is planned also using MERG units to indicate
which fiddle yard road is seleced. LEDs have already ben fitted to
the panels top accomodate this.
Some alterations to the goods yard are being contempleted to alow
locos to run round without fouling the main line. This wil also
allow the arcing diamond crossing to be rectified.
Titherage Jnc N is starting to look the part with all track
layed.. Signalling is being looked into probably with CR 3 aspect
signals. These will probably be contolled by Heathcote or similar
modules as worked well with our Adlington layout.
Oxenhope apeared at Telfors on 7th 8th Sept 2001
The webmasters latest O gauge project now complete (I hate
painting). Very pleased with give myself 19/20.
The MERG Cbus system for Victoria road finally completed apart
from the future proposed route indicator LED's. Problem turned out
to be firmware version problems in the PIC chips. Most frustrating
but fine now.
A busy Bank Holl weekend foir the club with layouts out at Skipton (2)
Our Grassington layout as well as the associated display courtesy
Peter Huff was well received at the Skipton Exhibitiion supported by last mnute entry Aldington on Sea.
Chisel Exch appeared at Mondays Harrogate event.
The Webmaster/ Secretarys latest creation is nearing completion.
Couple of pictures prior to painting.
Although I have difficulty parting with my models I do really intend
to sell this one. Around £400. Any offers?
Victoria Road MERG CAN_bus controlled fiddle yard nears completion with all
modules built and just the 2 panels to complete an wire in.
Problems with some of the MERG CANACE8C input modules which needed
the chips reblowing and various other bugs just about resolved.
Should be finished at end of month.
Work continues with tracklaying on Titheridge Junction with
effort being concentrated on the flying junction and bridge.
Grassington and Oxenhope have been tarted up in preperation for the
The proposed Sat work day on 13th July has been cancelled.
Conversion of Victoria Road fiddle yard to C_bus electronic Kits
Hopefuly reliability will be much improved from the previous probe
and stud system with its volt drop problems. The system identical to
our Dewsbury layout also incorporates route setting.
Building the 10 modules is occupying a lot of time so lets hope the
time and cost is worth it.
Main advantage so far has bee the removal of miles of
point wiring which needed 2 25way connectors and cables.
C_Bus just needs two.
Titheridge junction baseboards complete and track laying
commenced. The Woodlands ramp systems is must impressive.
Rough initial concept plan Jul 2013.
Club website problems with Google searches not always finding us
seems resolved after much investigation.
Meeting of 24th agreed amongst other items Victoria Road fiddle
yard conversion to C-Bus and purchase of a dishwasher.
Chisel Exch appeared at Kirkby Stephen on 15th 16th June
Work is concentrating on new N layout Titheridge junction
A meeting has been arranged on the 24th June in the clubrooms at
7.45pm to discuss the exhibition and future projects.
The 2014 Exhibition flyer has been added to the downloads
section along with one for the 2013 Christmas fayre.
Dewsbury Midland with its associated new C_bus controlled fiddle
yard have been run successfully over a couple of nights and had been
declared a sucess.. Activities now to move to the new front for the
fiddle yard to be named Titheridge Junction after the late Steve
The clubs 2014 main exhibition has been fixed to be again at the
Mayday weekend. Location again at Bradford Acadamy.
A small Mini show is planned again for Sat 16th Nov 2013 at our
The club hosted a very informative MERG meeting on Sat 18th May.
A MakerBot Replicator Two 3D Printer was kindly demonstrated by Bob
Gledhill. The webmaster drooled and drooled over it but at over
£1700 a little unaffordable so far.
Chisel Exchange appeared at Stockport Exhibition on 11th 12th May
Our annual exhibition was held on 4th and 5th May 2013. Visitors
were slightly up on last year.
The layout judged best in show by the public was Cromford And High
Peak from John Holroyd seen here receiving the Pennock cup from our
Chairman Ian Atkinson
The layout judged best in show by our Chairman Ian Atkinson was
LLanfair Caereinion from Blackburn MRS
seen here receiving the Arthur Towers Shield
More Pictures from the exhibition to follow.
To try and gain some space in the clubroom a large quantity
of surplus bits and pieces inc many buildings, track and kits has
been cleared from storage and will be offered at knock down prices
on a first come first served basis at our
Timber has been procured for a new 14ft N gauge front that will fit on Dewsbury new fiddle yard.
This will be named Titheridge Junction after the late Steve
New basebaords have been ordered from Elite for our new 28ft
"Brook Street" (Ilkley) layout"
The Webmaster and another club member attended the Yorkshire Area MERG
meting at Harrogate where much interesting C_bus kit was viewed. The
next MERG Yorkshire group meeting will be held at our headquarters
on 18th May where it is hoped to have a couple layouts up to
play with and a buffet lunch. See
The uses of Servos using MERG kit is being investigated for
future layouts. More expensive than Seep/ Peco solenoids but much
cheaper than others.
Finding a cheap easy to build servo mount which allows the servo a
reasonable travel over the small point blade travel is proving
difficult. The Merg one at £20 for 8 is very good but lots of fiddly
Dewsbury Midland fiddle yard now has working points with route
setting using the MERG CBUS system with just 2 control wires. Most
impressive the way all the Seep motors for a particular route change
Not as daunting as we first thought although building the 6 MERG
ACC4 boards took time and we had a couple of shorts on the very fine
PCB's. Next time use the correct size bit!!!
At £120 plus build time to operate 28 seep points its more expensive
than lots of wires and a couple of CDU's but with built in route
setting and a CDU right next to each point the webmaster thinks much
Stop Press - Another prize for our award winning Grassington
layout when it was judged best Layout in show at Rainhill March 2nd/
Work continues on commissioning the MERG Cbus electrics on
Dewsbury new fiddle yard. After a false start the system which
incorporates route setting from push buttons looks most impressive
and may be rolled out to the clubs Vic road and other layouts.
More Cbus bits have been acquired to test the feasibility of using
cheaper RC servos for points and signals on any future layouts. as
well as making good Vic road sparking diamond crossing and fiddle
Glen Bogle was been requested a at short notice and appeared at
the Bolton O gauge event on 17th Feb 2013.
The 2012 news moved to the news Archive section.
The AGM was held on 28th Jan 2013. A warm welcome was given
to new members Paul Lawson and Pauline McKenna
Paulines N gauge modern layout "Loch Lochy" added to the
members layouts in the layouts section.
Dewsbury Fiddle yard has been erected to attempt commissioning of
the Cbus point control system.
Victoria road was popular with the public at Pontefract Exhib
26th 27th Jan 2012,
More info added to exhibition page. Victoria road is erected in
the clubroom as its next out at Pontefract.
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