The South Dublin Model Railway Club clubhouse reopened to members on Wednesday 29th September. For the time being the Covid-19 restrictions and precautions put in place in the clubhouse before the last lockdown remain in place.
Long time club member Brian Bramhall passed away on July 1st. Brian was a gentleman and an enthusiastic modeller and was well regarded by his fellow club members. His enthusiasm was to the fore at various model shows where he had a great rapport with the visiting public and could get them engrossed in the detail of his layouts. Living in Naas but originally from County Durham (and a Newcastle United supporter) he modelled the English scene and was keen on DCC control from the start. He will be missed by us all here at the South Dublin Model Railway Club.
We extend our sympathies to his wife Joan, his daughters and all his extended family. May he rest in peace.
As this strange and troublesome year draws to a close we remember our dear friend and fellow member Alex Wright. It was with great sadness that the club learned of his passing on 10th November this year. A regular attendee at Wednesday night meetings he was a popular member who always had a story to tell and was great company for a chat. Described by many as a true gentleman he was always willing to help out in any way with jobs or projects. He helped out and represented the club at numerous exhibitions and shows. A fan of old trams he was starting to build a new layout in his house and was looking forward to working on that. He will be missed by us all here at the South Dublin Model Railway Club.
The South Dublin Model Railway Club held an EGM this week and decided not to hold a model railway and hobbies exhibition this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
The Board of the South Dublin Model Railway Club would like to thank all of the exhibitors and traders and especially our sponsors, Irish Railway Models, who took part in our biennial model railways and hobbies exhibition held in Blackrock College over the October bank holiday weekend. We would also like to thank all those members of the public who came along to the exhibition and hope that you found it to be interesting and that it stimulated your interest in the hobbies on show. Finally we want to thank our own members for the work they put in in setting up and running the show over the three days; that work helped to make it the success that it was.
Photos of the exhibition can be found in the Gallery section of this website.
Irish Railway Models previewed a working prototype of their CIE A Class Metro Vickers locomotive in the club recently. The model is finely detailed and an exceptionally fine runner. The model will come in both Crossley engined and GM engined body formats and will be available in 17 liveries. the locomotives can be seen at our Model Railways and Hobbies Exhibition in Blackrock College over the October Bank Holiday Weekend.
The preview of the new Murphy’s Models CIE Class 121 locomotive was shown in the club on Wednesday 3rd July. The unmotorised prototype drew plenty of praise from members. It is hoped to have production models available by the end of October in time for the clubs biennial show.
July 2019 marks ten years since the Adavoyle Junction layout arrived in the South Dublin club rooms. To mark the occasion the club held an open day for invited guests on Saturday 22nd June. The day was a great success with not only Adavoyle but four other layouts in operation.
2018 was one of the most successful years for the club on the national exhibition circuit.
At the Wexford MRC show in April the club won the Michael Curran Memorial Award for the Best OO Scale Layout with Rosslare Strand. It also won the award for the Best Scenery.
Later that month the new Kildare Station layout won the award for the Best Irish Layout at the North Down MRC show in Bangor.
At the Erne MRC show in Enniskillen the Hayden Road layout won the Alice & Ken Wiggins Perpetual Shield.
Finally, at the MRSI show in Raheny in October the Kildare Station layout won the Best in Show Award as voted for by the MRSI members.
Kildare Town, the newest layout of the SDMRC, made its debut exhibition appearance at the North Down MRC show in April where it won the Best Operating Layout award. The layout depicts the station in the modern era with the adjoining infrastructure depot and a detailed and lively local match in the adjoining GAA grounds. Work is continuing on adding further detail to the layout which it is intended to exhibit again at the Friends of Cultra exhibition next November.