Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
The home of Railway Modelling since 1930
Section Guide16.5 Gauge (OO)7¼" GaugeN GaugeNorth AmericanO GaugeLibrary
7¼" Gauge Section
No of Members6
Section HeadCharlie Nelson
Meets onWednesday afternoons & Sunday mornings

The club has it's own permanent 7¼" gauge miniature railway in the club grounds, with a mixture of live steam, electric and petrol locomotves. We hold monthly Steam/Open Days from April to September which are open to the public.

The History

One of the earliest members of the I & WEMRC was Dr Watts, back in the mid-1930's. He lived in a large house at Chigwell Row, and around the estate was laid a long and winding irregular circle of 7¼" gauge railway track, the main feature of which was a timber viaduct - some 30 feet long - built on a curve across the middle of the lake. It was the doctor’s custom to hold garden parties in the summer for the sole purpose of running sessions on his railway.

His locomotive was based on the LSWR Urie 4-6-0 N15 class that subsequently became part of the King Arthur class and was named Excalibur (right). The war years played havoc with the track as it was impossible to carry out any maintenance, and by the end of the war, the deck and timber supports of the viaduct had rotted. When the doctor died, Excalibur, rolling stock and track were bequeathed to the club.

The Present Day

Excalibur had a new boiler in recent years, and is the mainstay of our monthly Steam/Open Days, ably supported by our electric and petrol locomotives, and occaisionally by Thomas Junior, (left) which has undergone extensive maintenance but is always very popular with the children when it does make an appearance.

Coming up...


Our 61st Annual Model Railway Exhibition

Sat 22 Apr 2017
Sun 23 Apr 2017




Sun 04 Jun 2017
Sun 02 Jul 2017
Sun 06 Aug 2017
Sun 03 Sep 2017

Train rides, model railways and cakes!


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