Railway worker's cottages, overlooked by a passing train.

Hazel Grove and District Model Railway Society

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17 March 2020 Club closure during Coronavirus control phase

On Monday the Government uprated its previous advice regarding the Covid-19 virus. With the objective of restricting and slowing the spread, all people over the age of 70, together with anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions affecting heart, breathing, immune system, and diabetics, are now asked to self-isolate at home for “up to 12 weeks”. In addition, all ages and groups are asked to work from home if possible, and reduce social contact and unnecessary travel.

The Committee have studied this advice, and in common with many other organisations, including other users of the Methodist Hall, have taken the decision, with considerable regret, that all meetings of Hazel Grove and District Model Railway Society must be suspended until the situation and advice changes.

This takes effect immediately, and also means that at present we do not expect the AGM to take place on May 1st.

2020 Open Day CANCELLED

We will keep in touch with you at intervals, to ensure that you know how quickly some sort of normality can resume. It is possible that Government advice will change as more knowledge of the virus is acquired.

Please re-visit this page at intervals for further updates.

We are pleased to announce a series of Mutual Improvement Classes open to all Club members. These will cover topics of interest to novice modellers as well as the more experienced. An opportunity not to be missed! The inaugural meeting took place on 7 February 2020 at our Club room, and was well attended. Why not join us when the Club re-opens after the Coronavirus panic has ended?

It’s time to start that layout or build a kit with our help, or join one of the Club’s projects in the new year!

About the Club

Founded in 1966, we are one of the most popular model railway societies in north-east Cheshire, with 60 members.

The Society currently has layouts in O; HO/OO (American and British) and N gauges, and we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit our club house take a look around, have a chat with the members and take a cup of tea with us – all for free!

Why not check-out our annual Open Day, held at our Club rooms in June and our annual Exhibition at Hazel Grove Sports Centre held at the end of October, please see the Exhibition and Open Day pages for full details.

So, if you’re considering dipping your toes into the world of model railways; or maybe you’ve started a layout but got stuck and need some help, or you’re just plain curious, get in contact or come and see us one club night.  We don’t bite, well, one of us does, but we keep him chained up in the corner making the tea….

While you are here, have a look at our “railway safety layout” commissioned by Northern Rail. It can be viewed on YouTube.

Club nights and how to find us

The Club meets on Monday & Friday evenings from 19:30 to 22:00 at the Methodist Church Hall, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4JQ. (Location map) where we have our meeting rooms and well equipped workspace.  Please go to the car park at the rear of the building and ring the left hand door bell on the blue double doors for admittance.

Please note that we do not meet on any of the following Bank and Statutory Holidays -Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday, Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Hazel Grove railway station is 5-10 minutes walk. The 192 bus service from Manchester city centre to Rising Sun (Hazel Grove) runs frequently along the A6 Buxton Road. You should alight at Hazel Grove Civic Hall.

See Transport for Greater Manchester for current train and bus timetables.


The what3words address for the Club room entrance is ///tuck.raced.sheets

This will take you to the back door of the Church Hall where you should ring the left hand door bell on the blue double doors for admittance.

This geolocation App is available for iOS and Android devices. Please see https://what3words.com/daring.lion.race

A typical Friday Club night

Four narrow-gauge locomotives under construction
Four narrow-gauge locomotives under construction
Scenic improvements to Ash Valley- note the subtle tools in use (hammer and wood-chisel)!
Scenic improvements to Ash Valley- note the subtle tools in use (hammer and wood-chisel)!
A new "N" gauge project underway. Testing the trackwork in the station area.
A new “N” gauge project underway. Testing the trackwork in the station area.
Working on improvements to Hazel Valley
Working on improvements to Hazel Valley

Member’s private projects

Club nights give an opportunity for Members to work on private projects as well as Club ones.

The “144 challenge” is such a project. This downloadable 144-diorama-narrative tells the story of how one member faced up to the challenge of creating a prize-winning diorama of no more than 144 square inches, including as many types of transport as possible.

The finished diorama-there is a canal running under the two bridges

144 Challenge- A Bridge Two Far
144 Challenge- A Bridge Two Far, a view of the completed diorama

Club facilities

  • There is an extensive library for Members to use
  • We have a good range of tools and materials for use in projects
  • Layout projects are used for developing Members skills
  • Films are shown at various times

Our history

Download the first fifty years of our history The first 50 years of HGDMRS

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