Ickenham and District SME 

Last updated on
20th March 2020

Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers

Model Railway Group

*** Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic all formal meetings of the society, including those of the Model Railway Group, have been temporarily suspended. ***

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The Model Railway Group is a subsection of the society that concentrates on modelling in the smaller scales. Traditionally it has been the haunt of younger members developing their modelling skills before graduating to larger scales. The Model Railway Group meets on Monday evenings and members work on their own projects or on one of the society's three model railway layouts. Individual members have interests ranging from N gauge through 00, EM and O gauges up to 16mm scale.

The Model Railway Group has three model railway layouts under its care:


Bidsmere West  

This OO gauge model railway is the second society layout to carry the name which feature the society's initials in the middle. It is housed in its own dedicated room attached to the society club house and takes the form of a continuous run layout.  It depicts a small junction station on a double track main line allows members of the society to give their trains an extended run.      


This portable OO gauge model railway was built with the intention of use a model railway exhibitions. It depicts a country branch line terminus and is named after a local stately home. In use it is sixteen feet long but when stored away, it and its supporting legs fold into a box four feet by two feet by eighteen inches.      


Brushford was originally owned by one of the stalwarts of the Model Railway Group and depicted a small Traction Maintenance Depot in the early 1980s. Donated to the society the layout has been substantially rebuilt and updated to depict a similar installation in the early years of the twenty-first century and was was renamed New Brushford to reflect these changes. Recently it has been used as a test bed for DCC (Digital Command Control) layout operation.