HMRG and Pete Waterman 2 Aug 2013A contingent of members from the Heywood Railway Model Group (hmrg) recently rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous with an invitation to visit Pete Waterman’s famous Leamington Spa railway layout somewhere out in the Cheshire countryside.

The music and railway maestro was on hand to show the hmrg members how to work the layout and most importantly where the kettle was.

After a couple of hours running steam and diesel locos around the circuit Pete joined the members for a cuppa and and informal chat on all things railway wise, he also chatted about his career in the pop world.

Secretary Roger Bottomley and John Essex enthused, not just about the enormous layout but also the variety of railway memorabilia that was on show. Never has five hours passed so quickly, and some of the other members of the group will make another visit as soon as it can be arranged.

Other Group visits

A Sunday afternoon visit to renowned railway modeller Bob Harrop was enjoyed by some of the parents and juniors of the club. Bob has around 5 layouts at his home and the refreshments he provides are second to none. Much fun was had by all and another visit is in the offing very soon.

The group were also invited to the recent East Lancs Railway celebrations at Heywood Railway Station along with their ‘Thomas the Tank ‘ layout. Many children and adults enjoyed driving the engines until torrential rain brought a premature end to the day.

Growing from strength to strength

The group’s Publicity Officer John Slater said ” the group is going from strength to strength with around 55 adults and juniors attending on a regular basis, our good name goes before us and we have recently been invited to join the North West O Gauge Modellers Group. I believe we are North Manchester’s premier railway modelling group and new and established modellers are more than welcome to join us on our club nights”. The Lighthouse Project entrance is wheelchair friendly with everything on one level.

A recent visitor to the group’s meeting room was the photographer from the Railway Modeller magazine who had come to photograph Webmaster John Essex’s excellent 00 gauge ‘Livesey Lane’ layout. John was on hand for the photographer’s visit to offer his advice and answer any questions for the magazine article which is scheduled to be included in the March edition of the journal. Well done John.

Getting in touch

Full details of the groups activities can been seen on their website or they meet in the Lighthouse Project, Warwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton, M24 1AZ opposite Tesco, on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7pm and Wednesday daytime from 10.30am.