Welcome to YMRG

Ours is a progressive and friendly club where members are only too pleased to help others who would like to progress in the hobby. Whether it’s a loco that’s broken, a DCC chip that’s not working, a building that needs to be made to look more realistic, a ready-to-run model that needs modifying or a kit that needs building, bashing and weathering, (in all scales from 2mm to 7mm) – there will be members who have ‘been there, done that’, and will  be happy to help.

Our members have taken layouts and demonstrations to exhibitions all over the country including Warley, Guildex and ExpoEM.  At over 7000 square feet we feel we must have one of the biggest club rooms in the UK with some of the largest scenic layouts anywhere. One of these is a substantial new finescale 00 gauge scenic layout which will be wired for DCC control and will be used to run full-length trains – this could be straight from the current crop of superb ready-to-run models straight out of the box!

Our spacious club rooms are available to full members seven days a week, but most members attend on Wednesday afternoon and evening to work on layouts, when we have the undoubted benefit of a visiting ice cream van!   Most then go on to our local hostelry for refreshment between the afternoon and evening sessions.  For some the evening ends back at the pub for lively wide-ranging and usually non-railway discussions.

The YMRG Blog

Autumn 2022

The big event for the club in October was the much delayed appearance of Gary’s 7mm Scale 0 Gauge Halsdon Road at Rail-Ex Taunton. In the week leading up to the show, Gary went down with Covid. Consequently, it was left to Dave S and the Gang to take it down from CS2, cart it…

Summer 2022

This Summer has seen us start the arduous process of realising our Chairman’s scheme to re-organise our clubroom. With a predominance of large layouts – almost all of which will be moving to optimise walkways. It’s a bit like 3D chess and the full scheme may not be realised until the Autumn. The opening gambit…

Spring 2022

In the run up to the appearance of Evercreech New at the Bath & West Showground a huge amount of scenic work was carried out on the Prestleigh Viaduct board. This board is the size of a small car, albeit a very strangely shaped one! What a difference! Normans’ Bridge is the scenic break at…

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4 thoughts on “Welcome to YMRG

  1. Good day to you.

    I have recently retired and l would be very interested in building a modelled railway.
    Please can you inform me if your club would be suitable for a complete beginner


    1. Hello William,
      Have just noticed your comment, and our club is happy to accept anyone who is interested in railways and modelling railways in particular. Our members are mostly within half-an-hour or so drive of Martock. We will be at the Bath & West Great Model Railway Show this weekend, and you could meet us there, or use the contact details to arrange a no obligation visit to the club house to meet some of us there. We’re very much a social club for people that like railways. Best wishes, Steve


  2. Hello there, I am looking to become a member of the club. I’ve recently moved to the area and got back in to model railways.


    1. Hello Gareth,
      You would be very welcome to pop along to our clubhouse to have a look round. A quick phone call to our Secretary Simon (see our contact page for latest number) will fix a fix a suitable time and secure directions. Model railways is such a good hobby with so many ways of deriving satisfaction from it. We are very much a social club for people who like model railways, and everyone who shares that interest is most welcome.


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