Established in 1965, the Society held its first show in October of that year. Shows continued in Blackburn's King George's Hall complex until 2010 This year, our new location is at the Darwen Vale High School. (Exhibition details below)
The Society has built many layouts over the years, including "Wilpshire' and 'Holmfirth' which were well known on the exhibition circuit.
Our cuurent layouts have won many trophies at shows throughout the country in recent years. Some of our member's layouts have been exhibited throughout Europe. We have an active membership working on these at our evening meetings every Tuesday - 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
In 2011 we moved to our present headquarters in the Business Centre of Oswaldtwistle Mills. This has given space to have all our layouts in operation.
Access to our library of over 1000 books is also a great part of being a member of our Society.
We have modeled Grange in the late 80’s early 90’s; just at the time when British Rail was getting ready to be privatised. This means lots of diesel locomotives, DMUs, and the occasional steam special.
N Gauge - (Under construction)
When we were considering the choice of our next layout to build we decided that we wanted to choose a real location that had scenic potential and that offered some variety of operation. The American Cajon Pass became our preferred location and we started to see how it could be done in model form.
009 Narrow Gauge
The fictitious history of our model is similar to the history above, but with a number of differences. We have assumed that the line was more successful in its non-preservation years and this lead to the line being extended through the town of Llanfair and beyond.
Based on the Lancashire town of Rishton, Rishton is one of our current N gauge model railways. The layout was completed in 2015 ready for our annual exhibition in September where it was well recieved.
Oxenholme is situated on the West Coast Main Line between Lancaster and Carlisle and is the junction station for Kendal and Windermere. The line was opened in stages between September and December 1846 when through trains could reach Carlisle. The line is still in use today as part of the West Coast Route to Scotland.
OO Gauge - (Under construction)
Cumberland Gap is currently being constructed as a L shaped coal and goods shunting layout. The layout also has a fully working road system showcasing the movement of other vehicles,
Darwen Vale High, School, Blackburn Road, Darwen, BB3 0AL – about 300 yards from Junction 4 of the M65.
Canalside Ironworks 6mm
Cumberland Gap 00
Lower Darwen Shed N
Deadman’s Lane 00
Llanfair Caereinion 009
Thomas the tank 00
Fiddlers Row 00
Shunting Puzzle 00
Apethorn Junction 0
Fenchurch St Peter 00
Along Classic Lines
Made In Manchester
Model Roads and Tramways
The Junction Box
2nd Hand Stall
Plus club layouts, societies, traders, demonstrations, displays and second-hand stalls.
Large FREE parking area and refreshments are available on site.
One mile from junction 7 of the M65.