Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
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Section Guide16.5 Gauge (OO)7¼" GaugeN GaugeNorth AmericanO GaugeLibrary
North American Section
Section InfoSchaffons CrossingWhistling WoodsHermosa TacomaUpper & Lower Crofton 
No of Members7
Section HeadIan Waredraper
Meets onWednesday evenings

Club Layouts


Schaffons Crossing

3.5mm/HO gauge, North American

Continuous layout with long 2-way main line, overhead circuit, shuttles and logging section, lots of movement

No longer available for exhibitions


Whistling Woods

3.5mm/HO gauge, North American

Logging layout with circular 2-way main line

Available for 1 or 2 day exhibitions


Members' Layouts


Hermosa Tacoma & Cascade Western Railroad  by Fred Gillin, North American section

On30 (7mm/16.5mm gauge), North American, narrow gauge

Mountainous narrow gauge logging layout with long climb plus circular main line

Available for 1 or 2 day exhibitions


Upper & Lower Crofton  by Alan Waredraper, North American section

G45 (16mm/45mm gauge), British, fictional

T-shaped automated layout with trams on the upper level and industrial switching below

Available for 1 or 2 day exhibitions



Although the current incarnation of the North American section dates from 1998 when the core of the group re-joined the club, the section was originally formed around 30 years earlier when Alan Waredraper (father of the current section head) first moved to the area and joined the I & WEMRC.

Exhibition visitors of the 70's and early 80's still remember and talk about East Falls, which started as a relatively small layout (18' x 5') built in Alan's conservatory, then grew into a bigger 'L' shape, and then was squared off again at approx 25' x 25'.

Although the section models mainly in HO gauge (3.5mm scale), the section had brief period in the late 70's where the main layout was in N gauge.

Other Projects

Various of the section members have projects underway at home, including a parmanent On30 narrow gauge layout, a box-room sized HO gauge layout, and an automated G-scale exhibition layout.

Coming up...


Our 64th Annual Model Railway Exhibition

Sat 23 Apr 2022
Sun 24 Apr 2022




Sun 04 Apr 2021
Sun 02 May 2021
Sun 06 Jun 2021
Sun 04 Jul 2021
Sun 01 Aug 2021
Sun 05 Sep 2021

Train rides, model railways and cakes!


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