nights do the different groups meet?
The main Association night is every Friday night from 7:15 pm,
but members can come any other night as long as there are at least
two members at all times for safety reasons. (Refer to the HOME
much does it cost in real terms?
In addition to the annual membership subscription, members also
pay a fee of £1 per person per visit.
does the Association own and pay for?
The money that is collected from the annual subscriptions and
from the visit fees, goes towards the purchase of the materials, equipment,
track, points etc. for the Association layouts, (excluding running
stock), also towards the upkeep of the Association premises,
including hut maintenance, the land lease, electric, water, heating,
is the mix of members between the gauge groups?
There are currently around 70 members, and these break down in
percentage terms to the following, N gauge = 35%, 0 gauge = 20%, 00
gauge = 35% and Junior (00 gauge) = 10%. However there are several
members who model in more than one gauge, so these figures should
only be seen as a rough guide.
there any age or other restrictions for junior members?
All junior members (under the age of 16) must be accompanied by
their parent, carer or their designated ARA adult member. (Please
Note:- Junior members are NOT allowed to attend on their
decides on what happens with each group's layout?
Each layout has a nominated 'Layout Manager' who is really only
a 'voice' of the group members at the Associations Committee Meetings,
and to 'chair' any discussions within their group, but ALL decisions
about their layout are discussed and agreed by the group as a whole.
The Layout Manager is also responsible for their group's financial
'tea duty' all about?
The Association has a small kitchen area where members can sit
and talk and purchase cups of tea, coffee or soft drinks, and a
small selection of confectionary including biscuits, crisps, chocolate
This area is now 'staffed' on a rotational
basis by each group on a weekly basis, hence the duty group is then
responsible for fulfilling the 'tea duty', washing up and clearing
away the rubbish etc.
||Does the Association
organise any social events?
The Association does organise a few social events, the
main one being our Annual
Model Railway Exhibition dinner, with our spouses and partners.
We also invite the exhibitors and traders. The committee occasionally
organises visits to other venues, including:- 'Pendon Museum' and
Didcott Railway Centre, Oxfordshitre.
York Railway Museum.
MOSI (Museum Of Science and Industry), Manchester.
Midland Railex Model Railway Exhibition, Butterly, Derbyshire etc.
||Is there a limit
to the number of members?
There is not a specific limit to the number of members,
as the Association is effectively broken down into several groups
or gauges, with each group having several members that come and go
at various times etc. so based on the fact that not all members come
at the same time, the Association premises are never 'full'.
However, new memberships can be suspended by the Association Committee
at their discretion .
||Can we run our
own stock on the layouts?
The Association only owns the layouts themselves and does
not own any locos, engines or rolling stock, other than some items
that have been donated by the public or Association members.
It is dependent upon the members using their own engines and rolling
stock to 'bring the layouts to life' which gives far more variety
and interest for other members and visitors, this then generates various
||What does the
Association expect of the members?
Nothing more than to join a long standing, enthusiastic
and lively group of like minded people, to exchange ideas and views
and to get 'involved' to a level that they wish to. Many members do
not have layouts of their own and so use the Association's layouts,
there is always a good mix of experience, knowledge, information,
and plenty of advice, but the main outstanding objective is enjoyment.
||What can the
members put on their web pages?
Every member can have a website area that is by default
(but is not limited to) 10 photographs with associated text area's,
which can contain anything you wish, as long as it is related to railway
modelling in general. Remember, this area is for the Association,
by the Association, so its content makes the Association's website
more interesting to other members and website visitors alike.
||Are the Associations
layouts Analogue (DC) or DCC controlled?
Up until recently no layouts have
had DCC loco control capability, however in addition to their standard
analogue control, the '0' and '00' gauge layout groups are in
the process of modifying their layouts to be partially or fully DCC
loco controlled. Those members that own DCC locos will then
be able to have running sessions. The control for some of the layouts
are traditionally operated by switches or probes etc. The '00' gauge
uses the Association's own digital electronics for the control of
points, signals, sections etc. These are under constant development
and are part of the fun element for those interested in electronics
and Model Railway Control etc.
|| Do the
Association groups model their layouts in any specific era?
All the layouts tend to model in a target era, but this
is mainly for when their layout is going to an exhibition, there is
no restriction on what era loco's and rolling stock is used at the
Association's premises or on any open day's.
the Association organise any demonstrations or talks?
From time to time, one of our members
(or a guest) who may be particularly proficient in some aspect of
the hobby will give a demonstration or 'talk' on their subject, this
is generally because there are a number of members that would find
the subject particularly interesting. There is always 'advice' being
given on various subjects on a one to one basis.