Shipley Model Railway Society

About the Club: Shipley MRS is pleased to report that its clubrooms are now fully open again following the restrictions imposed by the flooding last Boxing Day. The club has three new layouts under construction, Scarghyll in OO and OO9 , Clayton in EM and a modern image OO layout and is also extending and re-theming Flemingsburg Junction in American O scale. Preparations are also in hand for the club’s next exhibition which will be held in September 2017. The club meets Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm and invites any potential new members to come and have a look around and chat. . Updated 3/10/2016

The club, founded in 1978, has approximately 50 members and is known both for its high standard of layouts and friendly atmosphere. Our membership include those new to the hobby with perhaps as yet few or no modelling skills to those skilled in one or more of the many aspects of the hobby. DCC control has long been adopted by some members and several layouts have been built using this control method.

Shipley MRS is well known to railway modellers throughout the UK through the Society's and members' layouts which appear regularly at exhibitions around the UK, through our own annual exhibition held in Shipley in September and via the many articles written each year by our members which appear in the model railway press.

Our membership is drawn mainly from towns across Yorkshire including Keighley, Ilkley, Otley, Harrogate, Guiseley, Horsforth, Brighouse and Bradford. Naturally the interests of members are varied. Layout subjects range from Great Britain in the 1920s to the present day, European, American and Canadian. Layouts in the clubrooms at the moment are in 7mm, 4mm (OO and EM gauges) N and Swiss metre gauge.


Our home is the top floor of Baildon Recreational Centre, Green Lane, Shipley where we have two spacious clubrooms which incorporate a separate kitchen and a library. Access is by stairs only.

Club Night

We meet regularly at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings.


Our aim is to have fun enjoying our mutual hobby and we welcome anyone wanting to join us who wishes to do the same. If you have some experience we would like to benefit from your skills, if you are just starting in the hobby we can answer your questions. We all learn from each other and together we build and run layouts that, because of lack of space, time and perhaps lack of skills and/or funds we could never achieve alone at home. Membership is open to any person interested in the hobby. Full adult membership in 2016 works out at the equivalent of £1.65 per week. Junior Membership is available to those between 11 and 18 accompanied by their parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must also be or become a club member – this stipulation is due to the legislation covering adults working with children. An introductory membership rate of £1 per visit applies for the first 6 months. This covers the junior member and their accompanying adult.

If you are interested in joining come along on a Tuesday evening, have a look around and ask as many questions as you like. There will be no charge for your first few visits and no pressure to join.

Location - for Satnav use Postcode BD17 5JH

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