Welcome to the Crawley Model Railway Society website, where we provide information about our club and its activities. 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 facilities with space for 5 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 are currently in the process of constructing 2 layouts. A German prototype, HO-gauge, end-to-end layout and using the FreMo standard for layout construction, and a cornish O-16.5 gauge constructed from a pre-publish plan to show members how you could go about building a layout from published plans found either in books, magazines or on the internet. Other society activities include: demonstrations of various modelling techniques, video and slide evenings, visits to places of railway interest, social events, publishing our own quarterly newsletter "The Ashpan", quiz evenings and an annual competition. We encourage members from all scales, gauges and ages above 13 to participate in the design, construction and operation of all layouts not just their chosen gauge.
We’ve recently started building a new junior layout. This will give the younger members the opportunity to build a layout of their own, but most importantly learn new skills in doing so.