The club’s Kildare Station was one of the highlights of the MRSI show in Raheny over the October Bank Holiday weekend. Club members were delighted with the attention it received. With its large fiddle yard eight rakes of trains were to be seen running on the layout together with a working crane in the station yard. Thanks to the organisers for a very successful show.
As society has opened up post Covid so too have the various model rail shows and exhibitions. The club attended and exhibited layouts at the Wexford Model Railway Club Exhibition on 17th/18th April in Wexford Town and the North Down Model Railway Society Exhibition in Bangor County Down on 23rd/24th April.
The club exhibited its Kildare Station layout at the open day marking 175 years of Inchicore Railway Works on Saturday 7th May.
The club will be attending further exhibitions throughout the year and a list of upcoming shows can be found on the events page.
Work has started on installing a turntable on this famous layout. As originally built a location for a turntable was allowed for next to the water tower at the ‘southern’ end of the layout. This site has been excavated out to reveal a pre-existing pit below the baseboard surface. The photos below show the progress of the work. The new turntable is in kit form and produced by London Road Models.
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.
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.