The North West Group provides a contact point for those G1MRA members resident in the North West of England. Current members hale from North Wales in the West, Mid Cheshire in the South and Silverdale in the North, although we do have members from further afield. We hold regular meetings throughout the year and communicate via newsletters and email, we are also not adverse to talking on the phone.Presently we have well over 50 members, all with varying interests, relating to the railways of the UK, covering all regions and the whole spectrum from pre-grouping through to the present day. Gauge 1 is a model railway standard whereby the track measures 1¾ in (45 mm), and accommodates 1:32 scale and 10 mm scale locomotives and rolling stock. The range of which covers ready-to-run, modified ready-to-run, kit construction, and building from scratch, of both live-steam and battery-electric steam and diesel outline locomotives.Some of our members have demonstrated particular skills in the application of radio control to live-steamers and battery-electrics, and one notable achievement a few years ago was the construction of a working diesel-electric loco. We are always happy to share our skills and knowledge with new members.Our regular meetings take place at Padiham and we have outdoor running sessions which are held from March to November inclusive, some on a regular basis and others arranged at short notice. A number of our group are members of The Southport Model Engineering Society who have a large G1 track which we are regularly invited to use.The monthly meetings at Padiham are well attended and take place on the second Wednesday of the month between 10 am and 4 pm from January to December, the only exception is August when the hall is in use. The group’s own potable track is laid out for anyone to use and we have talks, demonstrations and show off our current projects.The group commenced the construction of our portable track “Withnell Junction” back in 1999. It has appeared at numerous exhibition venues since that time and has undergone much development and refinement. It is however starting to show its age and some of the sections are getting heavy to lift by some of our members. This has made us embark on and are in the process of building a new light-weight portable track.
NOTE: Due to the current lock down environment all our meetings and running sessions have been suspended.
Public Events Diary 2020 (updated 29th Apr)27/28th June Bluebell Model Railway Weekend18th JulyGauge 1 North – Bakewell25/26th July Gauge 1 at Severn Valley Railway Kidderminster8th AugustThe BIG Model Show – Southport3rd October Llangollen Garden Railway Festival7th NovemberPadiham Model Railway Exhibition28/29th November Warley National Model Railway Exhibition