Welcome to the Crawley Model Railway Society website, where we provide information about our club
and its activities. The date of the last update is displayed at the bottom of each page. Please refer
any queries to the site webmaster via the Contact page.
The Society was founded in 1958 by a small group of enthusiasts and by 1960 had established a
permanent home. After the great storm in October 1987 totally destroyed our original clubrooms, the
centre has been completely rebuilt. We now have our own excellent facilities with space for 6
medium/large layouts, lounge and refreshment area.
The Society is often invited to exhibit layouts at model railway shows throughout the South East of
England; there is therefore an emphasis on layout building and operating.
We recently constructed an N-gauge, finescale, continuous layout ('West Tilgate') with through station
and goods-yard. Our other recently constructed layout is an On30 American logging layout ('Groenen
Creek'). We are currently in the construction stages of our next layout - an HO-gauge, finescale, end-to-
end layout based on German prototypes and using FreMo baseboards.
Other Society activities include:
demonstrations of various modelling techniques,
video and slide evenings,
visits to places of railway interest,
publishing our own quarterly newsletter - "The Ashpan" - for members,
We encourage members in all scales and gauges, and members are welcome to participate in the design,
construction and operation of all layouts, not just their chosen gauge.