West Lancashire '0' Gauge Group

Railway Modelling in 7mm:1ft Scale

Update 27/01/2022

The clubroom has been open, after lockdowns, since 19th May 2021. Although legal restrictions were lifted on 27th Jan 2022, there are still considerations to take into account when visiting the clubroom. Please see the News Page for full details of the latest situation.

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 (and without any action required), in 1974 it found itself in the newly-created county of Merseyside. With the addition of Halton borough (technically still 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 of West Lancashire has been retained.

It currently has a Test Track, an end-to-end branch line and a continuous-run main-line layout with Motive Power Depot and single-track branch. A new exhibition layout is also under construction.

A 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. A Zoom meeting is held on the first Monday of each month, enabling more distant members to "attend".

Clubroom meetings are generally held each week on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8 and 10pm. 

Non-members wishing to visit or join the club are welcome to attend, either as the guest of a member, or alternatively by leaving a relevant explanatory note, along with their name, phone number and e-mail address in the contact box below, so that Hon. Sec. can provide suitable information about the location of the clubrooms etc. and/or make any other arrangements, as required.

For the current status of 'Call Attention'  (the Group's quarterly magazine), please see the News page.
Members are reminded that annual subscriptions become due for renewal from 1st January. The rates are £30 per full member, £15 per country member (>20 miles) or junior member (<18 years). Full details can be found on page 2 of the current edition of the club's magazine for members: 'Call Attention'.

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