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Cheque presentation for our 2009 Christmas Exhibition

The 9th Rhyl & District Model Railway Club Exhibition was held at the Guides Hall and Parish Community Hall in Prestatyn on December 12th 2009. The day was very successful with numbers of visitors up substantially from the 2008 show.  The exhibition raises money for charity and this year the proceeds were donated to Ty Gobaith Childrens Hospice in Conwy, which relies heavily on charitable donations and fundraising events. The Hospice cares for terminally ill children and young adults from North Wales and beyond. (www.tygobaith.org.uk)

Some excellent raffle prizes including Arriva Wales Rail travel vouchers ensured the money kept flowing, leading to a final figure of 793. The cheque was presented by Exhibition Organiser Martyn Wild to Ty Gobaith's Eluned Yaxley at a small ceremony at Rhyl MRC's Clubrooms in Dyserth on the 27th January 2010.  Rhyl & District Model Railway Club would like to thank everyone who supported the exhibition. This years Exhibition is scheduled for Saturday 11th December (Charity TBA). 

Oakland 3rd Street on tour

Martin Wild is seen operating his American "G" scale layout at the Large Scale show in Leamington Spa on April 18th 2009.

Cheque presentation to Wales Air Ambulance

The cheque for 500 raised at our 2008 exhibition was presented to Sharon Laurence of the Wales Air Ambulance at the clubhouse on February 27th 2009.

2008 Christmas charity exhibition

Mike and Dave operating the 'O' gauge Llamedos layout

The Club's Junior Members exhibited their Murphy's End layout for the first time

Justin manning the Rhyl Miniature Railway stall

Alan with his 'Jack the station cat' books

Trevor keeping the Clwydsville N gauge layout rolling

Chris operating his superb new Wild Creek Lumber

Three past masters on the G scale Bringenrun layout

Christmas 2008 meal

We returned to our friends at the New Inn, Dyserth on December 9th for the 2008 xmas sustenance.  Club member of the year award was presented to Phil Griffiths for his quiet but competent work over many years as club treasurer.



Club dinner - August 2008

To allegedly commemorate the end of main line steam in 1968 the club had an evening meal in the New Inn, Dyserth on August 12th.  Photos taken by Laurence Smith.

Holyhead and the Welsh Highland Railway, 25th July 2008

With the deep blue sea behind, the team await their return train to Bangor

Five members of the club enjoyed an excellent day using the 'Tocyn Taith' rover ticket.  We first travelled by train to Holyhead, returned to Bangor and then got an Arriva bus to Caernarfon.  Return travel on the Welsh Highland was by the K1 garratt locomotive.  Then back to Prestatyn.  All trains and buses ran to time.

A visit to Snailbeach, 6th July 2008

Some of the more intrepid club members visited the Snailbeach lead mines in Shropshire in early July.  There we were given an excellent surface and underground tour by a member of the Shropshire Mines Trust.  A very interesting site I would heartily recommend.

Three minutes in Blaenau, 2nd July 08

On July 2nd 14 members of the club took advantage of the Conwy Valley Evening Rover ticket.  For £5.30 this enabled us to travel from Prestatyn to Llandudno Jct then up the Conwy valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog - where we spent the grand total of three minutes!  We returned via Llandudno.  All the trains ran to time and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

New Pandora & Geirionydd Tramway' goes on tour

"The New Pandora group" - Phil Shaw, Lee Shaw and Brian Orton - attended the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association convention at Burton on Trent on 10th May. Due to the layout having some electrical problems we were accompanied by club electrical guru Al Prescot. Luckily it ran fairly well and Al was able to sit down and doze most of the day dreaming of the electric mice he usually models. (Swiss Railways in N gauge)"

 A visit to Dorothea Quarry, 8th March 2008

Several members of the club recently visited the cornish beam engine house at Dorothea Quarry near Nantlle.  Despite driving rain at the start of the visit a most interesting time was had by all.  There is more to read about the engine house and Dorothea here.

Outside the engine house and ready for anything the weather can throw at us!

The immense 68" cylinder which powered the beam engine.

Charity model railway exhibition cheque presentation - Xmas 2007

On Wednesday 6th February 2008 members' of Rhyl & District Model Railway Club visited The Rhuddlan Borough Talking Newspaper offices to present a cheque for £450 to the Prestatyn based charity.  The money was raised at the Club's 2007 Charity Model Railway Exhibition held at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Prestatyn and by the auction of a donated train set.

The Chair

A sad event took place at the premises of the Rhyl and District MRC on January 16th 2008 when, after 30 years of faithful service to the club, the ex Meliden VP School headmasters chair finally succumbed to old age and fatigue.  After a final sit in by Phil Shaw it was, with all due care and reverence, placed on top of the rubbish filled trailer by Brian Orton and taken to it's final resting place at Prestatyn Tip.

May it rest in pieces.


2007 Christmas meal

Photos taken at the New Inn, Dyserth on December 18th for the 2007 Christmas get together.  Club member of the year award was presented to Jim Corfield for his sterling work on the new downstairs floor at the clubhouse.




The Annual Prestatyn Show - 2007

Our 2007 show was held on December 8th and our chosen charity this year was the 'Rhuddlan Borough Talking Newspaper for the Blind'.  Despite appalling weather it was another successful event.  Many thanks to all the club members for their hard work and to the general public for their support.

Club member exhibits at Warley, 2007

Club member Martin Wild exhibited his gauge 1 layout Oakland 3rd Street Yard at the Warley Exhibition at the N.E.C in November 2007.  Martins layout is somewhere in the centre of the photo!

A walk through Dinorwic slate quarry

Seven members of the club went on a ramble through the quarry on 16th July 2007.  Although the weather was dull a good time was had by all.  Further details on Dinorwic slate quarry can be read  here.

Looking up Nant Peris towards Snowdon

Llanberis and Llyn Peris

Our President at the National Railway Museum

On July 28th 2007 our club president Alan Cliff,  author of the Jack the Station Cat children's books, and his son Nigel from Wrexham, who illustrates the Jack books, were invited to a book signing at the National Railway Museum York.  The footplate of "Mallard" the world's fastest steam locomotive, preserved at the museum, was specially opened up.   Alan and Nigel, whose drawing of "Mallard" appears in "Jack and the Lost Kittens," were photographed by the museum's official photographer "driving," and leaning out of the cab window. This was a dream come true for Alan as he had long wanted to go on the footplate of "Mallard" since he first saw the loco at King's Cross station in 1946.   Alan presented a complete set of Jack books to the NRM Librarian Karen Baker as well as signing over 60 books for visiting children.

Alan in book signing mode

Alan on the footplate of Mallard with illustrator Nigel Cliff.

Alan handing over his back catalogue of Jack the Station Cat books to the NRM.

Cambrian delight

On June the 4th 2007 eight club members went on the circular tour of North Wales by rail.  An excellent day was enjoyed by all.  Our route was Prestatyn - Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog - Porthmadog - Machynllech - Shrewsbury - Chester - Prestatyn, over 230 miles.  Further details of the tour can be found on this website.

Our route is shown in black on the map above

Merddin Emrys at Blaenau Ffestiniog on the Ffestiniog Railway

Crossing another service at Harlech

The team chill out in Shrewsbury

Rhyl Miniature Railway developments

Congratulation to our friends at the Rhyl Miniature Railway on the opening of their new station,
a Gala Day train is seen here on May 26th 2007.

A new paint job for downstairs

and very nice it looks too!

and a new floor needs new paint.

nearly finished!

A new floor at last!

Back in the mists of time it was decided that the downstairs modelling area needed a new concrete floor as the existing stone floor had all the characteristics of a ploughed field!  It was decided to do the job in three parts, phase 1 went to plan but matters were then held in abeyance until recently.  Following a major exersise in April/May 2007 the remaining sections were completed.  The concreting crew were ably led by construction foreman "Handyman Jim" and matters proceeded to plan.  The momentous efforts are recorded below for posterity.

Jim gets ready to lay section 3

Answers on a postcard is you know what Mike Williams is up to!

A final bit of tamping by Phil Shaw

30th anniversary dinner

To celebrate 30 years of industrious railway modelling, the club held its Anniversary Dinner in the New Inn, Dyserth on the 24th of April 2007.  Following an excellent meal, vice chairman Phil Shaw thanked the members for their support and glasses were raised in honour of absent friends, which sadly included our indisposed Chairman Tony Williams.  We now look forward to the next 30 years.  Below are a few photos taken on the night



Charity model railway exhibition cheque presentation - Xmas 2006

Our Christmas 2006 exhibition was held in support of the Glan Clwyd Hospital family support group for children with diabetes.  The cheque for £550 is seen being presented by exhibition organiser Martyn Wild at the hospital on January the 17th 2007.  The amount raised by the one day exhibition is our highest yet and thanks must go to Martyn and all the club members who helped to make the exhibition such a success.

Pictures at an exhibition - 2006

A few photos taken at our Christmas exhibition, held in Prestatyn on the 9th of December, congratulations to all involved for another successful show.



Club members venture under the Great Orme

Fully kitted out our brave group prepare to descend

On the 16th of November 2006 some of the more intrepid members visited the Ty Gwyn copper mine in Llandudno as guests of the Great Orme Exploration Society.   The mine entrance is actually right in the centre of the town near the pier.  The whole visit was a revelation and many thanks go to GOES for their hospitality.

After the visit and with the mud to prove it!

Visit to Phil and Arthur's garden railway - August 2006

Club member's Phil Griffiths and Arthur Airey operate a G scale outdoor layout.  As they are next door neighbours the layout serves both gardens.  Club members visited on the 23rd of August 2006 to view progress:



Garden Party 2006

A couple of views from this year's event - held on the evening of July 18th in glorious summer's weather.

Fundraising for the Rhyl lifeboat, Xmas 2005

Our 4th annual charity model railway show, held in Prestatyn in December 2005, was in support of the Rhyl lifeboat.  The event again raised over £400 and this brings our total donations to various local charities to over £1,600.  Again the show was very well supported with visitors from as far afield as Newcastle, Caernarfon and the English midlands.  The atmosphere at the show was as usual happy and good natured - with many asking how soon the next one would be!

A big thankyou is due to all the exhibitors - without whom there would'nt be a show .  Our local sponsors were Gibsons bakery, Kwiksave and Iceland stores to whom we express our thanks.  The show was organised by Martin Wild who managed to assemble the impressive total of 17 exhibitors and traders.  On a club note the exhibiton featured the public debut of the New Pandora and Geirionydd Tramway which, predictably, performed without a fault.

The presentation to the RNLBI was on January the 22nd 2006 at their Rhyl station.  below are a selection of photos taken on the day.

Warley Show 2005

A number of members visited the Warley Show in Birmingham in 2005 where
Chris Wild's Kansas Grain layout was exhibited

A visit to Talacre

A number of members visited Mike Dunnings excellent 'O' gauge modern image Talacre layout on November 20th 2005.

An impressive line-up on the fuelling point at Llandudno Junction.

A walk along the Holywell branch - September 2005.

The final evening walk of the season was along the trackbed of the
Holywell Junction to Holywell Town branch.  A group of eager participants
are seen here contemplating the 1 in 27 ascent up the valley!

Visit to Cwm Eigiau - August 2005

With rain in the air the group ponder if this is such a good idea?

Cwm Eigiau is a long upland valley above Dolgarrog, which is in the Conwy Valley.
A good turnout of members assembled for the trip on August 11th to view the
remains of the Cedryn Tramway, which closed in 1889, and the
breach in the dam at Llyn Eigiau.

The gap in the wall in the background is where the Llyn Eigiau dam gave way on 2nd November 1925.  This lead to the flooding of Dolgarrog with the loss of 16 lives.  The breach was never repaired, instead the water in the lake is now diverted to Llyn Cowlyd in an adjacent valley to prevent such a tragedy happening again.

Looking up the lonely valley with Llyn Eigiau on the right
and Cedryn Quarry on the left hand hillside.

Garden Party 2005

It has become a club tradition that members meet up at the chairmans house during the summer to enjoy an evening of fun, food and garden railways.  This years event was held on the 5th July and ended with a 21st birthday present, a mountain bike,  being presented to one of the club's keenest young members.  Many thanks to Tony and his wife for another wonderful evenings entertainment.



Trip to New Pandora and Geirionydd Tramway - June 2005.

As a number of our members are modelling this obscure industrial light railway, it was felt that a site visit to check on its authenticity was required!  Accordingly 10 members met up for what proved to be a delightful amble amidst some wonderful scenery.

A well earned rest by the Pandora Lead Mine ore dressing area.

Proof, if any were needed, that there was once a tramway here!

O.K. who's got the torch?

The Klondyke Lead Mine buildings.

An evening visit to Penmaenmawr

In May 2005 a number of club members visited the old quarry workings above Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.

The intrepid group are seen here admiring the panoramic view of Conwy Bay.

The group make acquaintance with "Penmaen"
- an 1878 built 3 foot gauge De Winton.

One of the disused incline drumhouses.

Club raises money for local hospital

The picture above shows club members presenting a cheque for £400 to our local hospital, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, in February 2005.  The money is to be used by the  Special Care Baby Unit.  The £400 was raised at the club's 2004 Christmas Model Railway Exhibition in Prestatyn.

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