Alte Zeit Gruppe (Historical German Railway Group) and European Railway Association to merge

Press announcement issue 20th January 2014

The Alte Zeit Gruppe is to join forces with the recently-formed European Railways  Association.
The Alte Zeit Group will become an autonomous national section within the ERA catering for those interested in German Railways from the very beginning right up to the modern era.
As well as strength in numbers, there are many other benefits arising from the merger : the ERA is to adopt the AZG’s modern web-based electronic membership system and as the ERA expands by adding national sections covering the railways of other European  countries, all members will have access to all sections for a single, low subscription of £11.50 pa.

Until the new website of the combined group is launched at the end of March, new members can join the ERA online through the AZG membership portal at

Hobby News 20th January 2014

Peco are introducing Peco TV to their website.

So far it consists of two videos; one covering scale and gauges of model railways and the other covering the new Peco smart switch. The aim is to cover most Peco products and more general information on aspects of the hobby. and follow side bar link to Peco tv

New club modelling competition

For 2014 our Jubilee year  we are re-introducing a modelling competition to the club’s activities.

This year the competition will be judged by visitors to our annual open day in late October and the rules are as follows

50th Anniversary Modelling Competition – known as the ‘Alf Rolph Modelling Competition’

The Cube

To celebrate our 50 years ‘in the business’, the club would like to invite all members to take part in the 2014 modelling competition. The item submitted can be anything of your choice, from a diorama to a small working layout, providing it fits the criteria below.


1.       The model should be able to fit inside a cube that measures 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm

2.       The model can be in any scale/gauge combination but  it does not have to operate

3.       There should be some reference to the club in the model – it could be as simple as a banner or a figure of a particular club member – you choose.

4.       The model should be completed in time for display and judging by the 2014 Open Day

5.       Judging will take place at the Open Day by public ballot

6.       The winner will be awarded a Modeller’s Cup that they can keep for 1 year.

7,    Tony Bettger has donated prizes of £10 for 1 st place £5 for 2nd place and £2.50 for 3 rd place

Alf Rolph

A long time modeller and club member, he scratch and kit built a number of fine GWR locos in 0 gauge for a small layout in his shed at home. He had two serious operations in his later life, but still managed to drive himself to the club regularly. With Martin Hill he built a 40′ long gauge 0 club layout called Woodchurch a fictitious station on the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton line. He was made an honorary member around 2007 and died in  2009 aged 85