The Club Room

The sec­tion of the mag­a­zine that’s all about you. In­cludes Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­ary.

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The Wake­field Rail­way Mod­ellers’ So­ci­ety was formed when the model rail­way sec­tion of the Wake­field So­ci­ety of Model and Ex­per­i­men­tal En­gi­neers de­cided to start their own club in 1958. Of the ten mem­bers who formed the so­ci­ety, our cur­rent pres­i­dent, Peter Dowd, is the sole sur­vivor. Ini­tially rooms were rented above a shop in the city cen­tre, but space was ex­tremely lim­ited and al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion was sought. This was some­what larger but only avail­able on a tem­po­rary ba­sis so, in 1967, it was de­cided to lease a plot of land from the coun­cil and con­struc­tion of the new clu­b­rooms com­menced. Most of the work was done by the mem­bers them­selves and the of­fi­cial open­ing took place in May 1969. By the late 1970s space was once again at a premium, owing to an in­crease in mem­ber­ship, so a sec­ond storey was built. This was opened in Fe­bru­ary 1983 by our then pres­i­dent, David Jenk­in­son. An op­por­tu­nity arose to buy out the lease from the coun­cil, so the so­ci­ety now has a per­ma­nent home. The ground floor con­sists of a meet­ing room ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 45 peo­ple, a lay­out room and a kitchen. Up­stairs is the main lay­out build­ing room and a li­brary with an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of mod­el­ling mag­a­zines, many go­ing back to the first is­sue, along with over 500 ref­er­ence books. The cur­rent mem­ber­ship is just be­low 90 and dur­ing the win­ter months mem­bers are en­ter­tained ev­ery fort­night by talks, demon­stra­tions or films on a va­ri­ety of top­ics, both mod­el­ling and pro­to­type. Other meet­ing nights are de­voted to the con­struc­tion of lay­outs. Cur­rently work is pro­gress­ing on an Aus­trian 9mm nar­row gauge lay­out, a scale model of Stan­ley in ‘OO’ gauge set in the late 1950s (due to make its de­but at our forth­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion), an ‘O’ gauge lay­out based on Eye­mouth in North Bri­tish days and an Amer­i­can ‘O’ gauge switch­ing lay­out. In ad­di­tion there are com­pleted lay­outs which are stored be­tween ex­hi­bi­tions. In­di­vid­ual mem­bers have their own lay­outs which ap­pear at ex­hi­bi­tions up and down the coun­try. Our mem­bers have a wide range of skills and knowl­edge, and if any­one has a prob­lem there is usu­ally some­one able to help. Meet­ings are held ev­ery Mon­day and Fri­day, com­menc­ing at 1930. Visi­tors and po­ten­tial mem­bers are al­ways wel­come, whether they’re new to the hobby or ac­com­plished mod­ellers. Thank you to David Wood­ward for pre­par­ing this ar­ti­cle. Ad­dress: Wake­field Rail­way Mod­ellers’ So­ci­ety, Gar­den Street, Wake­field, WF1 1DX E-mail: com­mit­tee@wake­fiel­d­ Web: www.wake­

The club has its own per­ma­nent base, which in­cludes a lay­out build­ing room and a li­brary.

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