Shipley Model Railway Society

About the Club: Shipley Model Railway Society was badly affected by the floods on Boxing Day last year. The ground floor of the premises was flooded to a depth of approximately seven feet. The clubrooms, on the top floor, were not flooded but access for normal club activities is still not possible as, amongst other damage, the emergency lighting and fire alarm systems were damaged beyond repair. Following the flood there was concern that the building might not be recommissioned. The club has now received assurances that the building will be reopened but, as yet, there is no time table for completing the work. Because of this the society has reluctantly decided to cancel their 2016 exhibition which was planned for September. Meanwhile the club continues to be very active and our layouts are fulfilling bookings at other exhibitions around the country. Updated 11/4/2016

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

Our Tuesday night club nights are currently suspended.


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 2013 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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