Club Nights

Opening Times

The Club meets every Monday (Excluding Bank Holidays although a few hardy members may be there - please check in advance) & Wednesday between 7.00pm and 10.00pm. The 'O' gauge group also meet between 7.00pm and 10.00pm on a Thursday (although it always best to check in advance), they have a schedule of monthly running nights which currently is a follows although is subject to change (please ring 07977 452459 to check) :-

Thursday December 13th 2018
Thursday January 10th 2019
Thursday February 7th 2019
Thursday March 7th 2019
Thursday April 4th 2019
Thursday May 2nd 2019
Thursday May 30th 2019
Thursday June 27th 2019
Thursday July 25th 2019
Thursday August 22nd 2019


The general aim of the club nights is to construct / complete the club layouts in readiness either for our own exhibition or to take to other clubs' exhibitions. Matters relating to the administration of the club and maintenance of the building are normally resolved at the monthly committee meetings.

Do not think you have no pertinent skills - every member can contribute to the club in some way - we can all learn from each other, irrespective of age. If you do decide to join us, hopefully both parties will benefit and we can all acquire new skills.

There is, however, always the opportunity to just run models or generally socialise. We try and make the club as friendly as possible and any new recruits are guaranteed a friendly welcome. Nobody is forced into joining immediately: you are welcome to come down and have a look around before deciding to whether to join us or not. Why not come and see us.

The current subscriptions are as follows:
Adults £70.00

We try and keep the subscriptions low in the hope of introducing new members and maintaining an interest in both Railways and Model Railways within the Calderdale area. We are a member of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society who have a range of trips and events: all our members are eligible to attend.

Photo © National Railway Museum and SSPL

Club Details

We are a friendly bunch and membership details can be found here.

Annual Subscriptions

Adult   £70.00

Come visit us at our Clubhouse

5 Deal Street
West Yorkshire

Link to google maps

Club History

Our Club History

Towards the end of steam on British Railways, three old work colleagues met in the end gangway of a coach on one of the "Oliver Cromwell" hauled steam tours.
They were Brian Cain, Kenny Bushell & Gordon Milnes.

The train was overbooked and so the end gangway was the only place left. They began talking about the lack of a society in Halifax for people interested in railways.
Through later meetings, along with other friends, they decided to place an advert in the local paper, the Halifax Evening Courier, asking for people with an interest in railways & railway modelling to attend a meeting in the lecture room at Boothtown Methodist School.

The Methodist School was chosen for the meeting as they had a fixed screen for film shows. During the first few meetings films and slides were shown at alternate meetings, funded with a silver collection.

Once the attendances had grown to about thirty, it was decided that the society should have a proper title and aims and, after a long discussion the title of THE HALIFAX MODEL RAILWAY CLUB was decided upon, dropping reference to general railway interests.
The first officers elected at that meeting were Gordon Milnes, Eric Mallinson & Brian Cain.
Premises were the next consideration and these were found in a flat, over a Fish & Chip shop, in the Ovenden area of Halifax. The rooms in the flat were not the largest in Halifax, so the first layouts to be built were constructed to fit. This was not too bad for the N-Gauge. However, the OO-gauge layout was very cramped, comprising a loco shed on a high level, with a main line leaving a tunnel from under the shed to a fiddle yard at the back, the fiddle yard being the imaginary station. This allowed us to run main line trains in a very limited space.

For various reasons, it was decided that we should move to premises nearer the town centre and our first move was to another flat above the historic Borough Market.
After a short stay, the club moved yet again; this time to the first floor of an old mill owned by our president, Terry Honour. Here for the first time the club was able to construct larger layouts in all gauges, something it had always attempted to do; for the simple reason that very few modellers have the space at home to run scale-length main line trains.
By the dawn of the Eighties the club was again outgrowing its premises. The hunt was on for larger rooms resulting in our purchase of the club's present home in 1984.

The club's first exhibition was in the Elizabeth Room of the Civic Theatre, Halifax during 1973; the main exhibit being from the Hyndburn club.

This brief plotted history has been done by the current members of the club, so if anybody has any further information including dates or corrections to the above then we would be very pleased to here from you.

This image by David Greaves

Club Annual Events


Our next Open Day is to be held at our Clubrooms, 5 Deal Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QX

DATE : Sunday October 20th

TIMES: 10.00am until 4.00pm

Why not come along and see what we get up to and chat to the members about any aspect of the club, you never know you could become hooked and end up joining us.


2019: Saturday 14th December

For further Information please contact Peter Burke


LOCATION: The Clubrooms, 5 Deal Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QX

DATE : Monday February 10th 2020
TIME: 7:45pm
Members Only

Committee Cycle 2019/2020 (Committee & Officers Only)

Location : Committee Room

Monday March 11th - 8:00pm
Monday May 13th - 8:00pm
Monday July 8th - 8:00pm
Monday September 9th - 8:00pm
Monday November 11th - 8:00pm
Monday January 13th - 8:00pm

Club Exhibitions

Club Exhibitions

Our Annual Exhibition this year will again be held at the North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, HX3 6TE.

Dates : 28th and 29th September 2019.

For more details about the 2019 exhibition please contact Geoff Bridge via the link below.

Opening Times for our Exhibition are 10:00AM to 17:00PM on Saturday and 10:00AM to 16:30PM on Sunday.  North Bridge Leisure Centre has excellent access for wheelchair users.

2019 Admission Prices

Adults          £7.00
Under 16's   FREE

Layouts Provisionally Attending

Cardham Bay                OO
Newhaven Harbour       OO
Neuberg                         HOm
Kirkby Stephen              O
Castlefinn                       OOn3
Preuninger Alm              HO
Ryburn Head                  OO
Annerley                            N                        
Gresten                               HOe            
Vals                                    HOm            
Millers Crossing                 HO            
Brunshafen                         HO               
Bastogne rue de Clervaux   HO
Welney Depot                      OO                       
Overlord                              OO                  
Harkness                             EM                   

Arun Quay                          O         
Kitson Castle                      009                                    

Traders Provisionally Attending

Millennium Models
Keiths Models 
North Road Trains              
Model Roads & Tramways            
Going Loco                
The Loco Shed          
Mount Tabor Models                                 
Stevenson Carriages     
The Junction Box    
North Road Models
North Western Models
Sawyer Models       
Milnsbridge Models
Grosmont Books

Other Attractions

Thomas the Tank Engine
Wigan Finescale Modelling Demonstration          
European Railways Association
HMRC Sales Stand
Static Exhibit of Live Steam Locomotives

(c) Halifax Courier

Welcome to the Halifax Model Railway Club

Welcome to the Halifax Model Railway Club. Please feel free to have a look around or maybe visit us on one of our Club Nights. Our Clubs nights are every Monday(except Bank Holidays) and Wednesday.

More details can be found here.

Club Nights