There are two club Open Days each year held at the club premises.
The Spring Open Day was held on Sunday 29th April 2018, the Autumn open day is to be held on Saturday 22rd September 2018.
Club open days provide the type of day out that can be enjoyed by the keen model railway enthusiast those who are just getting started or all the family looking for some entertainment. It doesn’t matter what age you are ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ there will be something of interest. Children and perhaps not surprisingly adults enjoy putting Thomas through his paces or maybe you would like to try the shunting puzzle. Shunting trucks into the right order is easy (or is it) try your hand at our fun puzzle you might find it harder than you think.
The North East the ‘cradle of the railways’ has a fascinating railway history. In this connection the club are developing a number of local stations. Depending on space and availability visitors can expect to see at least some of the those being modelled, to include Grosmont, Picton, Stockton, Northallerton and Thornaby. Other North Eastern stations that have previously been exhibited are Marske and Guisborough. All of these stations are likely to have appeared at the 2016 exhibition that will have a strong North East railway theme.
Additionally there are a number of fictitious destinations to view from rural stations to Steel Works The award winning Pallister Road modelled in ‘OO’ is a must see layout. Many modelling techniques have been used in its creation and the Pallister Road ‘Crew’ would be only to pleased to chat to you about them.
We would normally have demonstrations of scratch and kit building. At the very least club members (Red shirts with Club Logo and big smiles) would point you in the direction of those members who have these skills. A must see in this connection is a World War 1 Baldwin 0-6-4 Tank Engine which collected an award at the Cleveland model Railway Club 2015 Redcar Exhibition. This particular model can be seen running on the Byr a Cyrliog 009 Gauge layout.
Another interesting project is the Skiningrove ZigZag which is currently being recreated jointly with The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.
Light refreshments are available, there is also a Tombola and a mainly railway bric-a-brac stand to rummage through.
Our charity this year is Victoria’s Wish and a donation will be made from the profits of the open days. The main aim of this charity is to raise sufficient funds to make a difference to children with cancer and life threatening illnesses who live in the north east of England.
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