The Club Room

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The sec­tion about you, the Model Rail reader. In­cludes Ex­hi­bi­tion Di­ary.

The Perth and Dis­trict Model Rail­way Club has been run­ning since the early 1960s, but mod­ellers with an in­ter­est in rail­ways had been meet­ing in Perth long be­fore that.

Our pre­vi­ous venues have in­cluded a rail­way sta­tion hall­way, a fu­neral par­lour cel­lar and some damp, draughty com­mer­cial rooms with no heat­ing or run­ning wa­ter. We’ve op­er­ated with no meet­ing rooms at all, and in enor­mous open spa­ces in an old warehouse, but the PMRC has fi­nally found a new home in Methven, just out­side Perth.

For our last move, we were in­vited to join a larger group – the Scot­tish Model Engi­neer­ing Trust (SMET). The trust owns land where it runs an ex­ten­sive out­side lay­out ca­ter­ing for 5in and 7¼in en­gines and rolling stock. By join­ing forces with SMET, we have se­cured our group’s fu­ture.

Cur­rently, we have a North Amer­i­can out­line ‘N’ gauge lay­out un­der con­struc­tion. We’re close to fi­nal­is­ing a ‘OO’ gauge British out­line lay­out plan and, shortly there­after, a British out­line ‘N’ gauge lay­out will fol­low, util­is­ing the same fid­dle­yard as the North Amer­i­can lay­out. We’ll be able to run these as DC or DCC, and will use pri­mar­ily Dig­i­trax con­trol sys­tems, which the club has adopted as stan­dard.

A new work­shop and store­room build­ing is planned to com­ple­ment the ex­ten­sive on-site fa­cil­i­ties. This will ac­com­mo­date an en­thu­si­as­tic team of peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a cen­tre of modelling ex­cel­lence at Methven, cov­er­ing all the scales of rail­way modelling, from ‘N’ gauge to 7¼in. Last year, SMET hosted the 7¼in so­ci­ety an­nual meet­ing at Methven, at­tract­ing many vis­i­tors from the rest of the UK and from Europe.

The Perth Model Rail­way Group will con­tinue to or­gan­ise and run one of the most ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated and well-known model rail­way shows in Scot­land. Our ‘Cel­e­bra­tion of Model Rail­ways’ is al­ways held in the De­wars’ Rinks on the last week­end in June, and is now the largest club-run ex­hi­bi­tion in Scot­land. It show­cases a large selec­tion of high-qual­ity lay­outs from around the UK (some mak­ing their de­but in Scot­land) and also hosts a wide selec­tion of spe­cial­ist trade stands.

Rep­re­sent­ing mod­ellers in the smaller scales, we will also be present at the Wester Pick­ston site on the var­i­ous public open days, which we run four times a year. These events are our op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate our ca­pa­bil­i­ties as a club. The open days give us a chance to en­cour­age peo­ple to join us, ei­ther to start a new hobby or, as I did, get back into the hobby – a per­sonal goal fol­low­ing my re­tire­ment.

We have be­come quite ac­tive on the ex­hi­bi­tion cir­cuit, not only in Scot­land but at many of the larger UK shows. Cur­rently we have seven ex­hi­bi­tion-stan­dard lay­outs that will be dis­played at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out this year and we’re busy mak­ing more plans.

Ad­dress: Scot­tish Model Engi­neer­ing Trust, Col­lege Road, Methven, Perth, PH1 3RX Mem­ber­ship: £240 a year (in­cludes ac­cess to all of SMET’S fa­cil­i­ties)

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