The Bentley Model Railway Group

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Just to make sure there's no confusion the Bentley Model Railway Group are based in Calne, Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Also we're neither of the following: Bentley Miniature Railway; Westinghouse Model Railway Club

It all started with a layout, Bentley St. John's, which was built with the aid of a grant from the School fund and exhibited in Swindon in the spring of 1976. Things were a bit rough and ready back then (thinking about it I'm not sure they're all that different now). The layout stood on tables "borrowed" from the physics labs (lessons were conducted on the floor for a couple of days), and a certain amount of last minute "finishing off" was required on site. In fact, when the time to leave arrived we had to employ a hacksaw to dismantle the layout.

We started up again as a group of older, but no wiser, school friends who got together now and again to play trains. Since then we've been joined by several other nutters and have a number of layouts that we show here and there. After going through a bit of a quiet patch we started exhibiting again with layouts such as Elm Park, Hedges Hill Cutting, Gladstone Road, and Pengwynn Crossing.

The major OO layout to exhibit will be Somerford but the full rebuild project seems to be taking forever to complete although we have exhibited reduced forms entitled 'Somerford MPD', 'Somerford Town', and 'Somerford Embankment'. Also as an interim a revived version of an old layout Highbridge Road has made a few appearances. Whilst the Somerford project grinds inexorably on the increased membership has allowed various concurrent projects including new EM and N gauge layouts to progress.

On the N gauge side the major layout under construction has the working title of Matworth. Whilst physically smaller in scale terms this is at least as ambitious, if not more so, than Somerford. Fundamentally it is a revitalisation of a bought in layout, Tamworth, with the original fiddle yard and wiring replaced.

Our clubroom is located in the Porte Marsh Industrial Estate, Calne. We occupy a small industrial unit conveniently close to both the local model and take away Pizza shops. One of the great advantages of not being in a residential area is we can stay as late as we like making as much noise as we like..

On top of everything else the club organises two exhibitions each year, the Calne Model Railway Show on the penultimate weekend in January, and Trainwest in Corsham in the second weekend of April. Trainwest is a major exhibition which regularly features not less than 30 layouts.

Meetings are officially scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending when everyone has gone home.

If you would like to come along one evening to find out what we do and what we are like, or would just like to know more about the club please E-mail the club Secretary,Jack Royle.


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