St Neots Model Railway Club
St Neots Town Council Grant Aid Funding (2014) of £250 for a Test Track
Report of the building process and benefits March 2014 - March 2016
St Neots Model Railway Club (MRC) has been in existence for over 30 years. We now hold our weekly meetings in Buckden Community Millennium Centre. We aim to promote the
hobby of railway modelling for all ages from 8 years (with parental supervision) to those who are over 80 years.
Not all of our members can purchase track or kits themselves so our aim through the bid was to take forward a project called 'All Ages and All Gauges - Have A Go'
We envisaged that this bid would enable all members to get involved in building a multi-gauge, club based, test track layout for running their trains on, whatever the gauge. The bid also included funding to purchase various kits to enable all members to have a go at building wagons or buildings in a variety of gauges.
Our bid was for £916.63. Funding received was £250
Total spend to date has been £319.03 with the difference being made up by St Neots MRC.
that the test track is now up and running but we have not been able to buy the rolling stock
kits originally outlined in the bid .
1. Having received the grant in March 2014, the first six months were spent planning
the size and shape of the test track layout. It was also necessary to make sure that whatever
was built would fit into the storage cupboards available. The experienced members of the
club made sure that when they met to discuss the design and draft drawings, they included
more novice and junior members of the club to keep them informed and so that they could
learn about the importance of the planning phase.
2. Having agreed a design the wood was purchased and delivered and building
commenced in October 2014. The first two sections were made by experienced members so
that they could check that they fitted together okay.
3. Once the small group of experienced members were satisfied that their diagrams and
plans could be put into practice as planned, other members began to get involved and were
either taught how to build and construct more baseboard sections or were taught how to
build the legs which would support the structure. Many novice and junior members learned wood working skills for the first time and were taught about the importance of measure, the priority was buying the building materials and track to construct the layout. This means measure and measure again before cutting.