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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby AustralisRico » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:40 am

GWR_fan wrote:Australis Rico,
southern suburbs, Sydney.

I'm in the shire lol. Ill PM you.

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby Emettman » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:50 am

kebang wrote:No chance of me joining a club here, I'm sure I'm the only railway modeller in Bohol! (I don't know about the rest of the Philippines, but I doubt there other railway modellers.)


Ah, but that's where the the internet comes in... it lets those with rare and unusual interests (just saying...) get in touch with each other.
You may not be as alone as you think.

http://www.modeltrain-philippines.com/EN/location-alcoy-cebu.html
Only one major Island away.
For me in Cornwall that would be a bit like having a "neighbour " in Ireland. Certainly not a "drop in for a cup of tea" job.

I also stumbled across this on the WOW toy museum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Yz8kY5dzk

But in general, I very much see what you mean!

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby Bigmet » Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:43 am

skyblue wrote:... Also remember that us young 'uns can learn a lot from older generations!

Some of that learning might be 'how not to fossilise' around the way 'things are done' in such a way to discourage new - and even existing - members.

I gave up on model railway club activity when a group enforced a 'visual detail above all else' priority, and so degraded an exhibition layout's running capability as to make it a misery to operate over the two days of a show. Gone it alone since then, and have found several like minded friends over the years with whom to have fun operating model trains. (My priorities might be summed up as 'I'll never win a prize for scenery', I don't have any beyond the railway fence: railway modeller, not town and countryside, let alone canal and aerodrome, modeller!)

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby Suzie » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:00 pm

Age is the least of the problems. It would appear that there are very few modellers under 70 now, so it would be par for the course.

What is key is does the club share your ideals? What do you want to do - work on a big layout, exhibit, work in a specialist scale, operate prototypically? All of these things are aspects of clubs, but some clubs do some, and some clubs do none.

It is important to go for a few meetings to get a feel. You will know you want to join when you turn up for your fourth meeting!

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby End2end » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:07 pm

Just an idea, but how about visiting one of the clubs open days. I wouldn't know if they are at the "clubhouse" or a "neutral" hall or such like where you (and they) may feel more comfortable chatting more about the club and thier aspirations / projects rather than a rush to fit as much in as possible during the clubs meeting night.
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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby Lysander » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:36 pm

InFullSteam wrote:Hi everyone,

I was thinking of joining my local railway club so I went to a meeting recently, but I'm not sure. There was about 20 men there, we walked about what was new with us and in the model railway world and watched a steam footage DVD. They seemed to be nice but I really noticed the age gap (all of them were at least twice my age).

What would you do?


It depends pretty much on what you want from a club, and only you can answer that question.

However, and not knowing how old you are, you really shouldn't be surprised that the majority of club members are probably in their 50s/60s/70s: how many 20 year olds do you know who model railways these days [or, more to the point, are prepared to admit it] ? And don't forget either that you'll be 50/60/70 one day also !

If you don't like clubs - are there are many who do not - then clearly it's not going to be for you. If you are not social by nature then, clearly, it's not going to be for you either. However, there is much to gain from joining a club, not least from sharing experience and learning skills.

To give you a flavour of what you could benefit from, my own club now has 80+ members and is thriving. The pool of skills and experience is vast and the majority of modellers are only too happy to help newcomers. Modelling isn't compulsory for members either, for a number it's the social aspect that they attend for. We also have absolutely no train Nazis as members: pompous know-it-alls are made to feel uncomfortable pretty quickly and usually end up voting with their feet. We have an absolute hatred of bureaucracy and have worked hard to shed the pointless, boring and pedantic files of policy statements that amateur committees seem to be so fond of. There is a Committee, it simply exists to safeguard the interests of the club and its members. Any member who wants to be on the committee because they like being on committees hasn't a hope in hell of getting there. We have open nights for guests, winter lectures, summer trips, stock sales, a useful library and an annual modelling competition in five categories. I don't think that we are that unusual either although probably most clubs are smaller. Being open several days a week, the average attendance is probably 35 a time over4 gauges.

The only rigid modelling rule that the club has concerns building layouts: all club layouts now have to be built as dismountables [in case we ever have to move] and also of sufficient quality to exhibit at our annual show. Given the frightening cost involved in layout building this is only reasonable. Otherwise, in terms of running stock, Rule One always applies. And it's a joy to see members running their collections of Triang stock alongside kit-built locos on the large test tracks.

So, think about what you want and how far you are prepared to go to achieve it. Don't let the age of others put you off and have a go. The worst that can happen is that you conclude that clubs are not for you.

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby castlespitfire » Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:06 pm

Years ago I took an interest in my local Model Railway club and a nicer lot you could not want to meet. But my problem was with the club scene was wanting to do my own thing and not spend all my time getting the clubs layout ready for the next exhibition leaving no time for building my one at home. I guess it all depends if you like group activities or if you just want to work at home on your own I suppose. Personally I found it took up to much time so I drifted away from the club scene.
I think joining a club is great if you dont have anywhere, or enough space to build your own layout. Or if you like group activities. Personally i like to work on my own and dont have to listen to somebody saying how I can run my railway. If I have an A3 in apple green pulling a rake of teak coaches through a GWR station I dont want somebody telling I cant do it. LOL.
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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby InFullSteam » Sat Dec 12, 2015 1:28 pm

I think my biggest complaint is that we did not really do anything. We just sat around a bunch of tables, talked about what's new in the model railway world, ate biscuits and watched a DVD. Half the members were gone in an hour and a half (of a 3 hour meeting). The actual layout is stored at a member's house.

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Re: Not sure about joining my local model railway club.

Postby castlespitfire » Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:24 pm

InFullSteam wrote:I think my biggest complaint is that we did not really do anything. We just sat around a bunch of tables, talked about what's new in the model railway world, ate biscuits and watched a DVD. Half the members were gone in an hour and a half (of a 3 hour meeting). The actual layout is stored at a member's house.


Hi IFS, Well over the last 45 years I have helped out and taken an interest in 3 different clubs in different parts of the country. But never stuck with it for long as I am bit of loner in the long run I guess. But don't think the club you went to was topical of clubs in general. All the ones I know had club layouts and normally an interest in exhibitions as well. I just found I did not have enough time to devote to the club scene with my kids and own railway at home......John
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