Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club
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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 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


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 03 Jul 2022
Sun 07 Aug 2022
Sun 04 Sep 2022

Train rides, model railways and cakes!




Sat 29 Apr 2023
Sun 30 Apr 2023


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