Model Railways have always had an important place in our
activities, with a slot for a monthly test-track
session a long established part of our programme.

Members have many interpretations of modelling, some
are expert modellers who build their own locos and
rolling stock to run on extensive layouts, others are avid
collectors of the latest ready to run releases and most enjoy
scouring swap-meets and toy fairs for bargains or rarities.

The test-tracks are less than ten years old having replaced
a previous incarnation that had become hors-de-combat.

Designed specifically for running models, they are not
furnished with scenery or lineside structures to enable
them to be put-up and taken-down easily and quickly
and then stored compactly until their next outing.

The main circuit has six tracks, formed within an oval of 18ft by 14ft (5.5m by 4.3m), this was recently suplemented
by a freestanding board with a double track N gauge oval of 6'6" by 2'6" (2m by 0.75m).

To summarize, the tracks are arranged thus:-
  • four OO/HO tracks,
  • a coarse scale O gauge track, home for vintage tinplate,
  • a dual gauge 1 and finescale 0 gauge track, also home for LGB
  • a freestanding board supporting a double N gauge circuit.

Most members collect or model British, Continental or American prototypes in both standard and narrow gauge but some focus
on novelty or freelance subjects and occasionally Chinese and Australian models can be spotted, so it is fair to say "anything goes".

Each monthly session brings out a different mix of models and so even if you don't run your pride and joy or new aquisition,
it is a usually a pleasure just to sit and watch what other members have brought along.

During the summertime, through the good offices of some members with garden railway layouts, we often arrange
garden meetings where model motive power is often battery or live steam.

The main test-track circuit is a veteran of several appearances at local model railway shows where it has
showcased the club, displayed members trains and also provided a loco testing service for visitors.

Scenes from the February 2020 "SEERS on show" exhibition held in Leigh-on-sea.

Starting young                               A member's layout.

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