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Section Guide16.5 Gauge (OO)7¼" GaugeN GaugeNorth AmericanO GaugeLibrary009 Gauge
North American Section
Section InfoSchaffons CrossingWhistling Woods 
No of Members7
Section HeadIan Waredraper
Meets onFriday evening

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


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...


Sun 04 Aug 2024
Sun 01 Sep 2024
Sun 06 Oct 2024

Train rides, model railways & refreshments


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