The Sodbury Vale Model Railway Club was first formed in the mid ’70s and for a while met in a room at the back of The George Public House in Chipping Sodbury. After a number of temporary homes including a caravan, nowadays the club has its own premises and most of the members live in South Gloucestershire but some are prepared to travel from Bristol and even Portishead. For over 25 years it has organised a Model Railway Exhibition usually in January or early February. As a club it caters for modellers interested in various scales, 2mm N, 4mm OO, 4mm fine scale, 7mm O and various narrow gauges including OO9 and O-14.
We have a membership of about 25, most of whom are active modellers, but we also have a number of social members who come along for a natter and to partake in the cakes and coffee that are a regular feature of our morning meetings. The club test track is in regular use to bed in the locos of members, this allows us to run locos of a variety of gauges now including EM and P4 track.
We have members with a variety of skills including loco building, spray painting and weathering, electronics, track construction and railway scenics. Members are helped to learn new skills and develop their abilities through working on both club projects and their own layouts.
We regularly send layouts to local (and occasionally not so local) exhibitions. We also organise our own exhibition normally in late January or early February.
If you are interested in joining the club please contact the Secretary,
email Steve Douglas at: [email protected]