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We are delighted to announce that Squires Tools & Crafts will be attending our exhibition in April 2019. This is exciting news for all modelmakers in Cornwall as Squires are one of the largest suppliers of tools, equipment and materials to the hobby. We look forward to welcoming Squires in April - start making that list now!

We have had a busy year both in the Clubroom where our two main layouts St. Martins Square (00) and Watermouth (P4) have both been undergoing a major wiring overhaul, and on the exhibition circuit with our GWR branch terminus 'Trenance' appearing at the Great Electric Train Show (sponsored by Hornby Magazine) at Milton Keynes. Trenance also appeared at the Bodmin MRC's show in October and will be appearing again at the 'Model Engineer's Weekend' to be held at Falmouth Maritime Museum on November 17 & 18.

St Martins Square has been drastically enlarged with additional goods yard and siding space, and the control system revised to provide push-button automatic route selection allowing the operators to set the road for trains at the touch of a button. All the point motors have been replaced with Cobalt slow-acting units and new control panels built. 

The additional trackage will allow for much more freight capacity with a five road marshalling yard, goods arrivals and departure roads, parcels sidings and a complete private system serving a brewery which even has its own locomotive shed.

Watermouth, our P4 layout is nearing the end of its Phase 1 re-wiring and has also been equipped with Cobalt point motors to replace the ancient H & M solenoids of the original. The control system is more traditional than St Martins Square with conventional switched sections and individually switched points in keeping with the layout's original concept. It is however wiired for two controllers with a third placed to come on stream when the second station is added, hopefully in early 2019. Watermouth we hope will be in an operational state by Christmas 2018.

HFMRC modellers take the prize at York!

Cornish Modellers Take the Prize at York
Club membersTony Bates, Matt Stobie, Howard Ward-Ure,Mike West & Steve Howe receive the award from Malcolm Scrimshaw, York Exhibition Manager Photo: Steve Flint courtesy of Rai
Members of the Helston & Falmouth Model Railway Club collected another award for their layout 'Gweek North Quay' at the recent York Model Railway Show. The Mike Cook Memorial Cup is awarded to the layout that, in the organiser's view, would have been most enjoyed by the late Mike Cook who organised the York show from 1962 to just before his death in 2011.
The model represents the station and quayside at Gweek on the mythical narrow gauge ‘Helford Valley Railway’ which was proposed to link Helston and Penryn, but was never actually built.
Club member Steve Howe, one of the team behind the project, said “We were delighted to be asked to appear at the York Show which is one of the highlights of the railway modelling calendar, after our layout appeared in the ‘Hornby Magazine’ last year. It’s a real accolade to get this award and I’m pleased that it raises the profile of the Club and railway modelling as a creative and absorbing hobby.”

Gweek North Quay wins new award

Gweek North Quay wins new awardMembers of the Helston & Falmouth Model Railway Club were presented with the Chairman's Shield for their 'Gweek North Quay' layout at the Rail-Ex Taunton exhibition on 28th October 2017.

Another successful show!

Over 400 people visited the Helston & Falmouth Model Railway Club's 2017 Spring Exhibition at its new, larger venue at the Helston Community College.  Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with visitors praising the quality and variety of layouts, the 'how to do it' demonstrations, the wide range of traders and, not least, the excellent catering available on site.

Another successful show!

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Another prestige award for the Club!

Following hard on the heels of their success at the Great Electric Train Show, the Helston & Falmouth Model Railway Club has been awarded another accolade at the National Model Railway Show held at the NEC where their layout 'Gweek North Quay' was awarded the Glasscot Trophy presented by record producer and model train enthusiast Pete Waterman for the Best Narrow gauge layout in Show.

The exhibition, organised by the Warley Model Railway Club, is the largest show of its kind in the UK and attracts some fourteen and a half thousand visitors over its two day period.

This latest award comes just one month after 'Gweek North Quay' was awarded a 'Best in Show' trophy at the prestigious Great Electric Train Show sponsored by Hornby Magazine.

Another prestige award for the Club!