South Dublin Model Railway Club

A Brief History

The South Dublin Model Railway Club was founded in 1975 to foster the craft of railway modelling in the South Dublin area.

In 1976, with very little resources, the club built a layout in 21 days for an exhibition in the Glencree Reconciliation Centre.

We held our first full scale exhibition in Wesley College, in 1979, which was a resounding success.
As work on Dublinsí new DART system was nearing completion CIE commissioned the club to build a model of Dun Laoghaire and Harmonstown stations, complete with Overhead Catenary and DART trains, at the Spring Show in the RDS. This demonstration was highly appreciated by the public. (The Dun Laoghaire layout is on display today).
Other commissioned works followed, such as a Christmas layout for Superquinn, Blackrock, Co. Dublin and Westport House Model Railway, Co. Mayo.

The Club has had four different homes in the last 28 years and for one reason or another none of them was entirely satisfactory. We could not be sure of a roof over our heads from one year to the next. This situation stunted our planning and the future development of the club.

In 2001 the Club, with assistance from South Dublin County Council, built new clubrooms in Knocklyon, Tallaght. We now have 400 Sq. Metres of floor space, which incorporates a comprehensive Library of books and magazines on Irish, British and American Railways and of course Model Railways.

New Members:

The South Dublin Model Railway Club is now open to new members (persons over 18). At the moment Wednesday Night is Club Night (20.30-2300 Hrs). Members meet to operate or work on layouts, meet friends, browse in the Library or talk shop over tea and biscuits. A second Club Night is on the cards, if the chat is anything to go by.

Apart from building and operating Club layouts, members may apply for space to build their own layouts, for operation in the Clubrooms or to take home. Some members cannot afford or have not got the sufficient confidence to build their Layouts. In this case there is no need to worry, help is at hand. An alternative is for members to form a group and apply for space to build a group layout. Some of the layouts we are operating at this exhibition are Club owned and some are privately owned.

As you can see we cater for all situations, so whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced modeller you will fit in straight away.



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Some of us have been modelling for 50 years and it is a poor day when we donít learn something new. Contact us Now to make a start in this wonderful hobby and make Friends for Life.

Club Secretary

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