Braintree & Halstead Model Railway Club was formed in 1990 by the amalgamation of two clubs that had previously served each Town. Originally dating back to the early 1970's, Braintree MRC had an enviable record of building layouts in OO gauge and of exhibiting these around the South East. In addition, for many years, an Exhibition of Model Railways was held at Braintree Town Hall, providing a great opportunity for young and old alike to both admire the models and to get involved in a creative pastime that develops new skills and fellowship with many thousands of people around the world. In 2013 we revived the exhibition which, until recent events, was held in the Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree Town Centre. Exhibitions have not been in Braintree since the start of the Covid pandemic, and unfortunately circumstances mean there is now not a venue suitable which will allow our return at this time. However, we are pleased to be able to have Exhibitions at the East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel. Look out for the 'SMALL TRAINS DAY' in October.
The Braintree and Halstead Model Railway Club is proud to be part of the East Anglia Railway Museum Chapple & Wakes Colne Station, where we are privilaged to have a large club space in the Thompson Centre. New members are always welcome and if you would like to come and meet us, you can enjoy two weeks free membership, please see the contact form. ('Contact Us' on the side menu).
The main club room houses the 'almost' complete OO gauge club layout which is 60ft long incorporating the Gas Works OO9 and a Tramway linking the industrial end of the layout with the Town Center and main line station. ( A new layout is in the planning stage)
The O gauge club layout has three running lines, up and down main with passenger loop platforms in the station and a branch line with goods yard all capable of running both DC or DCC locomotives.
There are two permanent exhibition layouts on display for the public, the original club layout Lymeswold and Halstead, bequeathed to the club by the late Reg Down, one of our past members.