Club News

Work on our current projects has had to be suspended due to the current pandemic in common with other clubs and societies around the country. We hope to resume activities this coming Summer when restrictions may be eased.

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 layout attended its first major outing at our own show in April 2019 where the new control system proved its worth with smooth and simple operation. The layout is now up and running in the Clubroom and recieving attention from the 'scenic creatives'. We are also constructing a set of new supports which will make the layout much easier to erect and dismantle, as well as raising the viewing height to a more realistic level.

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, . Prior to Covid lockdowns, Watermouth was undergoing final electrical testing and comissioning of the new control panel which we hope to complete and have trains running  again by summer 2021.

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 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!