40+ Years of Wexford Model Railway Club
Wexford Model Railway Club recently celebrated 40 years of railway modelling in the South East, having been established in 1978. The club is one of the largest in Ireland with over 50 members.
Wexford Model Railway Club owes its existence to the endeavours of two local railway enthusiasts; Michael Curran and Vincent Lynch. They placed an advertisement in the ‘The People‘ newspaper seeking like-minded individuals interested in starting a model railway club in Wexford during the Autumn of 1978.
The inaugural meeting took place in the Talbot hotel and attracted approximately fourteen interested people. The club met in a shared hall in the Presentation school building for its first two years, where the first layout was built before moving to premises in Stonebridge Lane. The club moved to the old Church of Ireland church at Rathaspeck in 1985, which became its home for over twenty five years.
The club moved to it's purpose built clubhouse within the grounds of St. Joseph’s Community Centre, Wexford in 2011.
Wexford Model Railway Club was established to promote the hobby of railway modelling in the South-East and welcomes new members to learn about layout building, modelling, electronics, railway history and to make new friends.
WMRC hosts an annual exhibition every spring – next exhibition will be 9-10 May 2020 – in addition to an annual club open day in October each year which coincides with the Wexford Opera Festival. The club also attends other exhibitions throughout the year including shows in Dublin, Cork and in Northern Ireland. The club intends to exhibit in the UK in the coming years.
Currently we have a number of exhibition layouts including Little Siddington (O Gauge), Rathmichael, Macmine Junction, Scully’s Dock and Bridge Street (OO Gauge).
The clubrooms are open to members every Tuesday evening (19:00-21:00) and Saturday afternoon (15:00-17:00). The clubrooms have an extensive test track for running N, OO and O gauge models on both DC and DCC, as well as providing layout building space, workshop space and a canteen/seating area. New members are always welcome to drop in and run some trains.