Welcome to the Preston and District Model Railway Society


A message from the Chairman to all members:

I hope you have all been keeping safe and well during the pandemic.

Following the recent rise of COVID in the Preston area and the ensuing increase in lockdown restrictions, the committee has taken the decision that the club rooms cannnot open next Monday (31st. August) as was originally anticipated.

Whilst we appreciate that the majority of members do not live in the geographical area of Preston we have to abide by rules that apply there, and therefore we have had no option but to stay closed. Please be assured we are as disappointed as you must be.

We are monitoring the situation, and plan to re-convene the Monday following the lifting of restrictions in Preston, whenever that may be, at which point we hope to be able to announce that the club will be able to open (and will send an email to all members to the effect).

When we do open, it will be necessary to take extra precautions. There will be hand sanitisers on the premises and would in the first instance advise keeping a safe distance from other members.

Any PPE equipment you feel you require whilst at the club must be provided by yourself (we may require masks). You should also bring your own refreshments (none will be available at the club).

We must all ensure that surfaces are wiped down as often as possible, especially door handles, stair handrail, layout controllers, point switches etc., there will be a few notices spread around the giving advice on how we keep the club rooms a safe environment.

An e-mail will be sent out nearer the time with more details, with a link to a risk assessment which will be on this web site. It is up to you to decide what the risk is to yourself, and decide if it is acceptable to you; the club cannot be held responsible!

The Committee look forward to seeing you all in the future back in the club rooms enjoying our hobby.


Addendum (04/Sep/20): Following tonight’s announcement on the COVID outbreak in the Preston area we will not be able to open the club as we were hoping. As and when it’s announced that it’s safe to open we will let you know as soon as possible.


OUR CLUB ROOMS are in Unit 12, Aqueduct Mill, Aqueduct Street, Preston.  PR1 7JN.

This is a comfortable and modern industrial unit situated behind the Mill. Here the Society’s layouts are displayed and in use. There is a brew room, demonstration room and library facilities.

(From Fylde Rd, immediately left after the railway bridge, through the large gates, and directly ahead) (click here for a Google Map with current traffic and weather)

Location map




We currently have in excess of 35 male and female members. Everyone is welcome. However, junior members under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult

The Society meets each week on

Mondays             7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Wednesdays      2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and  8.00 p.m to 10.00 p.m.

Fridays              8.00 p.m to 10.00 p.m.

Note: Club rooms are not open bank holidays or on the first Monday of October (for the AGM).


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Our layouts in the model press:

Congratulations to Karl Smith, whose layout “Fallahill” is featured in the December 2020 of  British Railway Modelling , together with excellent photos. We need to see about getting a proper write-up for the web site.

“Ardson” was featured in  Railway Modeller  in January 2008 and “Tellem Summit” in August 2014.

Our large new 00 layout, “Euxton Junction” which gives more scope for both D.C and D.C.C. operations is set up and running in the club rooms, was debuted at our 2016 exhibition and has appeared as layout of the month in the October 2018 edition of  Railway Modeller  magazine.

“Tellem Summit” has been photographed for a further article in  Hornby Magazine - Britain's fastest growing model railway magazine which is awaiting publication.

“Bee Lane” was in  British Railway Modelling  November 2008, and in model_rail in September 2015. “Bee Lane” is now retired

We normally hold an Exhibition on the first weekend of March each Year. Owing to Covid restrictions our next exhibition has had to be postponed until 5th/6th March 2022