West Lancashire '0' Gauge Group was formed in 1956, at about the same time as the Gauge '0' Guild, to which it is affiliated. (The Guild was formed to promote the 7mm:foot scale, which was then declining owing to the development of smaller scales, considered more suitable for building layouts in 'compact' modern houses.) The group is also a member of "North-west '0' Gauge Modellers". Links to both organisations are via the logos, below.
The West Lancashire Group was set up as a single-scale society in order to concentrate and capitalise on the particular advantages of Gauge 0, which has seen a considerable resurgence in more recent times. After 50 years, the Group had to move out of its original premises in Crosby (owing to their demolition for redevelopment) and now has excellent accommodation in Bootle.
When formed, the club was, indeed, in the west of Lancashire. (A mile further west and it would have been in the Irish Sea!) Since then, without any action required, in 1974 it found itself in Merseyside. With the addition of Halton borough (technically in Cheshire) to the existing five boroughs of Merseyside, it is now in what is known administratively as 'Liverpool City Region', though the historical club title remains as West Lancashire.
It currently has a Test Track, an end-to-end branch line (with extension under construction) and a continuous-run main-line layout with Motive Power Depot and single-track branch. A new exhibition layout is also under construction.
A colour magazine for members is published quarterly. The electronic file is in Portable Document Format (.PDF) and a link to each edition's location for download is sent to members' nominated e-mail addresses via an e-mail distribution group.
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