About the club

Railway Tracks

Tonbridge Model Railway Club (TMRC) was formed by a small band of local modellers in 1980 and has evolved over the last few decades to become the thriving club it is today.

We are a friendly club of ~50 members from across Kent and Sussex. Traditionally we meet once a week, on a Thursday evening from 7pm for a few hours to build model railways, have talks and socialise. We are also the organisers of the very popular annual Tonbridge model railway exhibition, which but for the pandemic would have reached its 40th show in February 2021. Club nights are expected to restart in late August 2021 (see the 'contact us' page for latest details).

Interests cross a broad spectrum of the hobby; some are fine scale modellers while others prefer running models straight from the box and cover a range of scales, gauges and prototypes. The club has layouts from N gauge to O gauge. You can see some of these in the 'layouts' section of this site.

Members typically spend club nights working on layouts, building kits, running their latest purchases or just having a good chat and a cup of tea. 

Many keep in touch using social media, e-mail and via the club news letter, sharing their modelling activities,  providing encouragement, humour and the 'Why didn't I think of that...'

During the year the club runs a range of events 

  • Modelling and photographic competitions, judged by the members on the last meeting of the year prior to Christmas

  • Annual exhibition held every year on a Saturday in mid February. See the 'Exhibition' section of the website for more details.

  • Occasional talks from guest speakers on range of topics from modelling to the real thing. 

  • AGM (members only) where discussions on topics such as finances, votes on ideas from members and re-election of committee members take place

In addition, a newsletter to members is provided at least 4 times a year along with members only and public social media sites through which many club members keep in touch, sharing their modelling activities,  providing encouragement, humour and the 'Why didn't I think of that...'

If you are interested in knowing more then please see the 'contact us' page.