Members’ Day & AGM

Saturday 21st January 2023

Thirsk Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR

From 10.30am for both visitors and EMGS members until 4.30pm For EMGS members only the formal business of the Annual General

Browse, Trade and enjoy the 4mm Modellers Day demonstrations and Meeting will commence at 2.00pm sharp and will take place in a reserved layouts. area of the main hall. This meeting will be private for EMGS only.

Entry for EMGS members is, of course, free, however non-member visitors will be charged the small of amount of £4. This will allow those visitors to become non-voting Day Members and defray some of the costs of putting on the meeting.

1.00pm until 2.00pm

Voting in the EMGS Annual Competition will be available by all present.

EMGS members will find details of the competition groups on manual sheet 0.1.1.(1).  A summary of the groups is included elsewhere in this guide.

Car Parking.

There are a reasonable amount of car parking spaces at the venue but these will fill up quickly. There are car parking spaces available in town and on local streets. Tesco has a large car park but there may be constraints on the length of time allowed.

Overnight Accommodation.

There is now a new Premier Inn about a mile away. There are a number of B&B accommodations available so contacting the tourist office will produce a list of venues in town as well as slightly out of Thirsk.

Access by Road

Thirsk is easily accessed by road. Travelling from the south or north via the A1(M) you should leave at junction 49 and take the A168 towards Thirsk and Teesside.  After approximately 5 miles take the B1448 towards Thirsk and Sowerby. Stay on this road towards Thirsk town centre and the venue will be on your right just before the Ritz cinema.

If travelling from the North-East via the A19 take the third Thirsk exit sign posted Thirsk, Sowerby B1448 then proceed as above.

Access by Public Transport

Thirsk station is on the ECML about 22 miles north of York. It is served by an hourly service from Manchester, York, Middlesbrough and Redcar operated by Trans Pennine Express. (

There are also direct trains from Sunderland and London Kings Cross operated by Grand Central. (

If travelling by LNER from the south then a change at York will be needed, although there are just a few direct services that stop at Thirsk.

Thirsk station is approximately 1.5 miles from the venue; if walking follow the road (A61) alongside the racecourse past the Tesco filling station and turn left at the mini roundabout, the venue is on the right just before the Ritz cinema. The Reliance Motor Services bus service 70 calls at the station en-route to Thirsk Market Place


Barum West Junction – EM

North Devon 1980s blue period.                                                                                                                            Ken Gibbons

The layout aims to depict in as small as space as possible, the gist of the installation that used to exist at the north west end of Barnstaple station. The trackplan is a very simplified version of the original, though by the late 1970s, there was in real life no more, in fact less, than there is on this small layout.  Basically, one end goes to Exeter, the line then splits into the Ilfracombe line, retained as passenger only in our supposed location and era, and the line that leads to Torrington and Meeth.  Again, we’ve supposed a retained passenger service, but only as far as Torrington. Freight is mainly ball clay and fertilizers

Chesters Yard – EM

BR Blue diesel period.                                                                                                                                                Robin Coulthard

Chesters Yard is a completely fictitious location loosely based around the late 1970s Blue Diesel era. The layout is DCC controlled using an NCE Power Cab system, track and point work are from Marcway as I did not feel I possessed the required skills or patience to produce my own, one day may be.

Motive power is supplied by a mixture of Class24, 25 and128 DPU from Bachmann and Heljan and all but the 128 DPU at present are sound fitted. The sound files coming either factory fitted or Legobiffoman. The Marcway points are also digitally controlled via the NCE system using DCC Concepts slow action point motors and the only signal a Dapol semaphore is also digitally controlled using a Train Tech interface.

Fiddler’s Wharf – EM 

A shunting game.                                                                                                                                                            Paul Gregory

An experiment with DCC, the layout is basically a shunting game, the aim being to shunt the wagons onto the front line in the sequence denoted by the cards, a task made more difficult by the fact that the headshunt will only take two wagons and the engine.

Pointwork is handbuilt from EM Gauge Society plans using copper clad sleepers and phosphor bronze track to give a rusty tinge effect.  Points are operated by the wire in tube method attached to slide switches which also change the frog polarity.  Control is by an NCE Power Cab unit.  Buildings and scenic effects are scratch built from plasticard and other bits and pieces found in the scrapbox.

Hudson Street – EM

York (BR Period) late 1950s.                                                                                                                                              Peter Fletcher

Hudson Street is operated as a parcels depot.  The lines from the platforms run adjacent to a building based on the old  Y&NM goods warehouse and pass through an arch in the City walls, modelled on those still to be seen at Queen Street bridge, opposite the present York station.  The small office building at the entrance to the platforms depicts the one still standing by the Queen Street arch.  The period of operation is the late 1950s, when steam locos still performed pilot duties at York, although the occasional green diesel was beginning to make an appearance.

Kyle of Macallan Locomotive Shed – EM

BR (ScR) September 1966.                                                                                                                                                 Adrian Walby

Welcome to the locomotive shed at Kyle of Macallan, somewhere in the NW Highlands of Scotland. It is September 1966 and steam has been gone from the area since June 1962. Where the steam locomotives were once serviced diesels now rest between duties though not for long as the writing is on the wall for the somewhat derelict shed.

The layout is based on but is not an exact copy of the shed at Kyle of Lochalsh and coincidentally the shed lost its roof in a fire shortly after the end of steam, remarkably similar to events at Kyle of Lochalsh.

Northern Central – EM

BR(ER) Late 1990’s.                                                                                                                                                          Jason Johnson

Northern Central is to be a fictitious layout very closely based on Goole Railway Station, set around the late 90s just before the original North Eastern station building was demolished.  Track work will be flat bottom rail on concrete sleepers, any sidings will have bullhead rail and wooden sleepers. Sidings will be reinstated that once served the goods shed, as will 2 Dutch barns, and a bay platform has been added due to an upsurge in passenger numbers. The other main feature of the layout will be the double subways either side of road that sits at the throat of the station. The station mainly serves the Sheffield to Bridlington services and the Leeds to Goole services, but with the increase in popularity central trains have started running into Goole along with Northern Rail, hence the name.

Tanpit Lane – EM

North Derbyshire Peak District                                                                                                                                      Alan Atherley

Tanpit Lane is an imaginary layout built to EM standards and set in the North Derbyshire Peak District around the year 2000. A cement works dominates the area with facilities for loading stone and a separate wagon repair shop. A through line is situated in the middle of the scene to allow access to neighbouring sites and transfer of materials.

The Depôts, Rosedale East – EM

NER North Yorks Moors                                                                                                                                         Nicola & Paul Gallon

At the very end of the Rosedale Mineral railway, high on the North Yorkshire moors was once found one of the remotest railway outposts there was, nothing but a goods shed, coal depôts and a couple of sidings, it was built to feed the growing communities in Rosedale  as the ironstone mines expanded. The line to Rosedale west was opened in 1861 with the east branch opening in 1865.

After an up and down career the mines finally closed in 1926 and after waste from the mines (which was found to have a commercial value) was removed the whole line closed in 1929.

Wepre Park – EM

1960’s steam to diesel.                                                                                                                                                  Ken Gibbons

A mineral line built to serve the bustling collieries, quarries and brickworks of the north east part of Flintshire from Buckley, to the Banks of the River Dee at Connah’s Quay and now depicted at the end of the lines’ existance in the mid 1960s. This is the era of the change from steam to diesel on the LM region.


Bob Dawson & Scott Waterfield – Card building construction

Card is used for the basic structure of the models and then either individual bricks are applied, for stonework Das Clay is used, applied and left to dry and then scribed.

Sue & Andy Battersby  – Tree construction and electrical modules

Tree construction methods will be demonstrated with the use of various supplies. The electrical modules will cover such items as block signalling modules, speed control and such electronic wizardry that modern model railways now cover.

Simon Howard – DCC Clinic

Simon will be there ready to discuss the concept of DCC as well as methods of applying the modules to rolling stock. Bring along any loco that you may be having trouble with and he may be able to help.

Vernon Harrod  – Kit & Scratchbuilt Wagons and carriages

Vernon is demonstrating scratchbuilding both wagons and carriage using a variety of tools and materials.

Roger Sawyer – Soldering for beginners

Soldering is known by some to be ‘the black art’, however Roger will take you through the basics of soldering after which you will have made a soldered joint and have a better understanding of this basic part of the hobby. You will be able to take away a short guide to basic soldering as well as a list of suppliers of the kit you will need.

Tony Gee – EM The “Manchester Way”

Display of models belonging to the late Sid Stubbs built to the Manchester EM Standards developed in the 1940s along with the first baseboard of a layout been built to run this stock. Track to the original 18mm rather than the later 18.2mm gauge

John Phillips – Doncaster Layout

John will be showing the progress being made on North Bridge and other developments on his Doncaster Layout

Mike Fishwick – Weathering

Mike will be demonstrating how to weather wagons, road vehicles and buildings to give them that authentic area. He will also be constructing a number of kits.



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We specialise in supplying wire, switches and scenic accessories for model railway  layouts. Wire and connectors are available for DC and DCC layouts, and a number of wiring kits are available for beginners. Plastic section, MIG paints, Expo tools, Model Scene, Albion Alloys, Alan Gibson and greyboard card packs also supplied.

GM Transport Books

(Formerly known as Grosmont Books and Grosmont Bookshop.)

We were established in 2009 and look to provide quality new and second hand books in the railway, bus, tram and trolley genres.  We took the decision in 2017 that for health reasons we should concentrate on model railway exhibitions and similar events and have finally managed to sell Grosmont Bookshop as a going concern in 2019. On this website you will find PDF files containing lists of the railway and bus titles we currently have to offer.

Stoneybridge Structures  

07970 883663                                                                                                                                                 

Stoneybridge Structures manufacture in house designed and precision laser cut modelling kits, detailing packs and accessories for railway modellers. We also stock a small range of glues, tools, sheet, strip and moulded material for purchase online, at shows or from our workshop in South Shields. If you are looking for something that you cannot find anywhere else, we also offer a custom design and laser cutting service.

Stoneybridge Structures are supplying the laser cut Stand Numbers and Layout Plaques for which they will make no charge. The EMGS is very grateful for this donation.

EMGS Trade Officer

The EMGS trade Officer carries a large range of items suitable for the EM and P4 modeller including wheels for locos, coaches and wagons, together with appropriate axles. He also has a range of loco conversion kits for the easy conversion of R-T-R proprietary locomotives both steam and diesel. At shows he can supply metre lengths of ready made track and points in 18.2 and track in 18.83 gauge. For members he operates a mail order service throughout the year. Non-members can only access the Trade Officer at EMGS events.

The Trade Officer will not be bringing all the usual stock. If you require anything in particular please contact him at least one week before with your order and he will bring it with him.

There will be a selection of EMGS polo shirts, sweatshirts and aprons available to purchase from the society trade stand.

Members’ Sales Stand

The Members’ Sales Stand will be in attendance and will be accepting items for sale from 10.30am but to enable those items to be set out for display it will not open for SALES until 11.00am. Trading will finish at 3.30pm and settlement will take place starting at 4.00pm. It will not accept books or videos nor old electrical equipment. The stand manager’s decision is final regarding the acceptance of any article offered. Items will not be reserved with a policy of see it and buy it. It is a strictly CASH operation, sorry but no cheques or cards.

Unsold items not collected at the end of the show will be disposed of at the manager’s discretion.

PopUp Café

There will be a pop up café serving tea, coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks during the show. Seating will be provided for visitors to relax while eating, however we would ask that you vacate the seating area once you have finished eating so that others may relax too. The catering will be provided by well known local outside caterers who have agreed to run the café on a no fee/no cost basis.

EMGS Test Track

The EMGS Test Track will be in attendance with 18.2 and 18.83 tracks available for running. Members and visitors are cordially invited to run their stock on the tracks and also make use of them to test any possible purchase they may make at the Members’ Sales stand.

So as not to let them feel left out there will also be a short length of 16.5 track available for those who wish to run 00 stock and of course test any purchase they may wish to do from the Members’ Sales.

EMGS Membership

The EMGS Membership Secretary will not be in attendance as he will be in Australia. However we will still be ready to accept subscriptions from those members who have missed the September renewal date.  Also we will be more than happy to enrol anyone who at the show decides to join us.

It might be a good idea to check with that we have your correct address, telephone number and current e-mail address. There have been a number of members who have been unable to log on the web site due us not having their correct e-mail details.  Also if any member has missed the September renewal then perhaps signing up for Direct Debit payment will mean that you need not bother when the next renewal comes around.

Annual Competition

It is intended to have the Annual Competition at this AGM, but due to very few entries in recent years the competition will be a lower key affair. However, please do not let this stop you entering all those models you’ve been working on while at home these last few months!

Group 1 Scratchbuilt and Kitbuilt Motive Power.

This Group is for model locomotives, where the term ‘locomotive’ is defined as any self-contained tractive unit intended for the haulage of nonpowered rolling stock. Steam railcars, diesel or electric multiple units and parcels units are not included in this Group.

Group 2. Converted and Modified Proprietary Motive Power.

This Group is for models of locomotives which have been modified from proprietary products. The term ‘locomotive’ is as defined in Group 1.

Group 3. Scratchbuilt, Kitbuilt and Modified Proprietary Rolling stock.

This Group is for all rolling stock powered or non-powered, including Departmental, not included in the two groups above.

Group 4. Trackwork, Buildings and General Lineside Features.

This Group is open to 4mm scale models of buildings and general lineside and scenic features and to examples of model permanent way.

A reminder to all those who were winners at the last competition to return their trophies to the