January’s Newsletter

Hi, I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Our January newsletter is now available.

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Route Master 467; an ex London bus which will running a service between Macclesfield Railway Station and Tytherington School on the 10th and 11th of March during our 2018 Model Railway Exhibition. In this months issue you will find:

  • RM 467 and our Exhibition this year
  • The Route Master Story Pt1: A history of the Route Master, probably one of the longest serving busses in the world (RM 467 was in service from 1960 until 2004).
  • RM 467’s CV; a closer look at the service history of “our bus”

Other articles include:

  • Heads Up! It’s on Its Way; Some information on the Exhibition.
  • Double Header at Uppermill; Ken shares one of his photos of Uppermill in Saddleworth.
  • A Personal View of Modelling; Surfs up! Some special modelling.
  • The Brockenbahn; Dominics’ adventures in Germany early last year.
  • Penny Project: Buying Secondhand; Mikes guide to buying secondhand.
  • Pounds or Dollars for a Bargain; Mikes interest in American narrow gauge has him investigating buying direct from the states.

Decembers Newsletter


Well into December and here it is, Decembers newsletter. A very busy issue, thanks Mike for a fantastic effort.

December 2017 Newsletter

  • Purgatory Peak at Hazel Grove
  • Dominic continues his ‘Colorado Adventure’ with a visit to the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
  • Something for the kids – some activities for the younger readers!
  • Rumblings from the London Underground – A list of actual announcements that London Tube train
    drivers have made to their passengers…
  • I’m watching you Santa – Mike has had enough and this year he is getting the help of NORAD so he can put Santa straight.
  • Mike visits Spalding with Shauns layout,  Wolfe Lowe.
  • Mikes tribute to 7mm Narrow Gauge modeller; David Butler who recently pass away.
  • Santa visits Macclesfield, well Macclesfield in 2mm to the foot any how.
  • Tornado visits the East Lancs Railway, Tornado is ten next year and is the first Steam locomotive to be capable of hauling express passenger trains since Steam since 1968. the time table for the ELR is in the newsletter and there might, just might be some seats left.

So please enjoy this Decembers offering from Macclesfield Model Railway group, have a merry Christmas and prosperous new year!

Novembers Newsletter!


Our November newsletter is now available to download:

November 2017 Newsletter

In this months issue you will find:

  • “The 0N30 Group Searched For The Pies” Purgatory Peak visits Wigan.
  • “The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad”; Dominic’s grand tour of America visits another high altitude narrow gauge railway. Both terminus are over 7,800ft with the high point being 10,015ft!
  • “Do Model Buildings Have to be Boring?”. I think the answer is no definitely not, as Alek comments, a gallery of some beautiful examples of railway and scenic modelling.
  • “Paignton Model Shop Theft”. Recently Paignton Model Shop was broken into and a lot of stock was stolen. Mike makes some excellent comments and we at MaccMRG hope that Susan and Richard manage to recover the stock and wish them well through what must be a difficult time.

I hope you enjoy this issue and remember if you like this please see our other issues here:


Exhibition news: Free Classic Bus service on both days!

Some great news for our March exhibition.

On both days there is going to be classic bus scheduled service which will be running from Macclesfield Railway Station to Tytherington School and back.


Octobers Newsletter!

Hello again.

Octobers issue is now online here:

October 2017 Newsletter

In this months issue, you will find:

  • “Penny Project” – Paper Mache; Udo gives a tutorial on how to create this cheap alternative to “plaster and bandages” for landscaping your layout.
  • Three Members Found Legless in Bakewell; Sutton Hilltop (our 00 layout), recently visited Bakewell for the Chesterfield MRG show.  Alan and Tony give their account of the weekend and how they ended up literally legless!
  • The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad; Dominic visits this wonderful museum. Incidentally at 6512ft is higher than anywhere in the UK. If you’re in the UK you’d like a closer to home fix for American narrow gauge, Purgatory Peak is at the Hazel Grove Exhibition on the 28th and 29th October.
  • Some Facts From The Early Days of Railways; Mike supplies some trivia from the early days of railways.
  • ‘Wolfe Lowe’ Goes to Telford; Mike was asked to help with the operation of Wolfe Lowe at Telford.
  • Also in this issue there is;
    • Useful Tip 1 – Making Your Own Paper Mache Stirrer.
    • Useful Tip 2 – A ‘Power Stirrer’ for Those Pesky Little Paint Pots.
    • A Guide to Model Railway Scales and Gauges.

I hope you enjoy this issue and remember if you like this please see our other issues here:



September 2017 Newsletter is now available to download.

Hi.  September already and our newsletter is now available for download:

September 2017 Newsletter

If you like this and want more please look here for back-issues.

In this month you will find:

  • How to get standard gauge freight cars on narrow gauge tracks:
    • A great article from Udo showing how the narrow Gauge railways of Germany and Switzerland got around having to move goods between wagons at exchange yards by using this ingenious system.
  •  A journey not to be missed- Worth Double:
    • Looking back to 1961, Vic remembers the trip to Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge. Worth double meaning cheap at twice the price!
  • Peak Forest in a Cellar (part 2)
    • Dave continues on with showing us his fantastic layout.  I’m particularly impressed with how he created his Ballast and wagon loads, though I think I’ll keep buying mine.
  • Wolfe Lowe travels to Perth:
    • Wolfe Lowe recently went to the Perth Model Railway Exhibition.  Shaun gives us the lowdown on the weekend.
  • The Georgetown Loop Railroad:
    • While on holiday in America, Dominic visited this amazing railway, quite a feat of engineering.

August Newsletter

Augusts newsletter is now online.

Please feel free to have a look.

August 2017 Newsletter

In this months issue there is:

Ian continues with part 2 of “LEDs For Railway Modelling”, another excellent article on how to light up your layout and models. Ian again does a fantastic job of dispelling s some of the myths mysteries around using these types of lights.

“How Do They Do That? Keeping Your Rails Clean” How do you keep your rails clean and why? Dirty tracks can cause issues with running locos, Mike explores some of the different methods for cleaning your tracks .

“Peak Forest in a Cellar” Part 1 of Dave’s layout in surprisingly his cellar.

“Penny Project” make a track side hut.  Mike shows how easy it is to produce a card building with this home grown card kit. Mike is pushing the idea of Penny Projects and is interested in hearing from anyone who has similar ideas. If you use his kit, please send us a picture and it can go in the newsletter.

There is also the usual fun and jokes so please have a look, also if you want to look at any some of the back issues please check them out here.

Julys newsletter

Hello again!

Yes, July’s newsletter is available to download. Please free to have a look.

July 2017 Newsletter

In this months edition:

Dominic visits The Weisseritztalbahn (a German narrow gauge railway). This looks like an amazing day out, but a little far for me to travel! At time of writing the line was 15 km in length but a final section has been rebuilt, so if you find yourself  near Dresden with a day to spare why not go and visit it.

Part one on LEDs and Model Railways. A great introduction to adding illumination to your layout. Ian has done a fantastic job, with just enough information for anyone to have a look and experiment with lighting streets and buildings. I look forward to the next instalment.

Of course if you liked this edition, please feel free to download previous issues from here.


June 2017 Newsletter

Late again I’m afraid…..

But cause for celebration, our newsletter is now four years old! Thanks to Mike for all the hard work.  Please feel free to download it:

June 2017 Newsletter

Past news letters can be found here.

In this month you will find:

  • ‘Loxley’ – an ’N’ gauge layout in Germany.
  • More Wintry Shots of Steam in Saddleworth.
  • How do They do That? Building a Jetty (part 2).
  • Snow and Rain; a few pictures from the internet.
  • A challenge (or a plea); following on from the show. The editors final word is a challenge to see what we can do to help children move on with the hobby, beyond the loop of track on the carpet or dining table.


Mays Newsletter!

Well, we’re well and truly into May now.  The newsletter is up and available to download:

May 2017 Newsletter

In this months issue:

Shaun takes Wolfe Lowe to Nottinghams 2017 Exhibition

Udo gives us a view of the hobby in Germany.

Udo also tells us about “Die Modelbahnwerkstatt in Wuppertal” which is the club he is a member of, without giving to much away; this is a great article explaining how a model railway group in Germany and is quite a different model than we use at MaccMRG!

Mike tells us how the jetty for Purgatory Junction was made.  I’ve seen this “in the flesh” and it is quite extraordinary. A lovely piece of model engineering!

On top of this is the usual extras and thanks again to Mike for putting together a fantastic newsletter.

If you liked this newsletter and would like to see what else we’ve been up to, please feel free to see our back issues here.