Soar Valley Model Railway Club
established 1981
About the Club

We are currently recruiting new members wishing to belong to a forward looking club involved in exciting new events, and building, mantaining and operating layout in several gauges: O, OO, OO9 and N. 

We are always ready to welcome new active members. If you would like to find out more about the club, its membership and its benefits these notes should help. You will of course want to visit the club, to avoid a wasted journey it is recommended that you contact someone first. Club nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

What does the club have to offer?

Joining us has lots of benefits.  As well as being able to be part of probably the one of best model railway exhibition in the Midlands, there’s the education, the chance to learn new modelling skills or develop existing ones, there’s the social life, and of course the layouts!

Expert Members

Being in the club has the advantage that there’s always an ‘expert’ in your favourite subject, Tap into the huge amount of knowledge that these experts have.  We’re all there to help each other.

Social Life

The club organizes social events from time to time, Annual Dinner, Skittles evenings, BBQs, visits to other clubs, visits to various events and exhibitions, these are great opportunities to meet those members that don’t make it to the clubroom every week.


There is an extensive library of books, magazines DVDs and videos, and these are available for a small charge to members.  As well as interesting browsing, it means that members can get modeling inspiration and then accurately research their next project.


FOCUS is the name given to our newsletter.  This is issued several times a year and provides details of events in which the club is involved.  It contains exhibition updates, notice of meetings, social events and other matters of interest to club members.

Partners and Friends

Get your partner or friend to come along too! There are a million and one things that our partners or friends can do (and do better than us!) especially at show times, when their non modelling abilities can come to the fore.  Without the help of many partners and other friends to organise ticket sales, look after the children, sell programmes, direct the public, etc, the show would never get off the ground.

Visit the Club Rooms

We would like to invite you to visit our club rooms and facilities on any club evening  (the only time that we can not accommodate visitors is on Committee meeting nights, so you might like to phone first).


We offer several types of membership including Full Membership, Junior Membership and Country Member.
All rates are per annum and there are various means of paying. Please contact us for the current rates.

Further Information

Hopefully this page has told you all you need to know, but if you would like further information please contact our secretary, -           email -

A Brief History

The beginnings of the SVMRC stirred in June 1981 when about six enthusiasts met at the Manor House pub in Quorn. The landlord, also an enthusiast offered the stable loft alongside the hotel as a clubroom but only if we cleaned and cleared away years of accumulated rubbish including several dead birds and rotted food.

At the first proper meeting a constitution was written, officers elected and a recruitment drive initiated. The next few months were a period of indecision and no clear direction but by the spring of 1982 more members had joined with a clearer idea of running a club. The name was changed to THE SOAR VALLEY MODEL RAILWAY CLUB and plans to build layouts were agreed. By Easter 1983 the club was arranging it's own small exhibition. The club established itself with good management and a strong membership and had gone from strength to strength from the small beginnings with only six members. We currently
have 61 members.

The proof can be seen around the first weekend in September every year when the club presents it's annual exhibition, and around two thousand visitors are welcomed. In the year 2000 the club lost it's clubroom, which was turned into a restaurant. As resourceful as ever and with the kindness of a local farmer the club built it's own clubhouse, with more than double the space (over 2000 sq. ft.) in which to build and operate layouts.

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