Milton Keynes Model Railway Society, now in its 43rd year, has moved to new club rooms in a Bletchley Industrial Estate after losing its facilities at Bletchley Park which had been its home for the last 18 years. The club was given six-months notice to quit in June and has since then dismantled several permanent layouts which have had to be destroyed. It has donated full size signalling equipment to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Derbyshire and dismantled a large garden railway which was finished just a month before the axe fell. With weekend and school holiday opening together with educational school visits the Society entertained over 250,000 people at its clubrooms in Bletchley Park but has now had to regroup and slim down its operations to accommodate just the portable exhibition layouts and leave the museum business behind.
After a stressful six months breaking up layouts whilst looking for alternative accommodation, MKMRS have now embarked on a more creative approach in readiness for its annual exhibition on 16 February 2013, also at a new location. Vice Chairman Chris Hughes said “After several successful exhibitions at Milton Keynes College we had outgrown the room available and needed somewhere larger. The new venue at Shenley Brook End School will have more layouts, traders and demonstrations than before and we look forward to seeing many friends old and new in February”.
Anyone interested in joining MKMRS or learning more about its activities can telephone Chris Hughes on 01908 605417 or visit the MKMRS website at www.mkmrs.org.uk
Date of issue 4 December 2012 – Contact details 01908 605417