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The Society was founded in 1958 by a small group of enthusiasts and by 1960 had established a permanent home. After the great storm in October 1987 totally destroyed our original clubrooms, the centre has been completely rebuilt. We now have our own excellent facilities with space for 5 medium/large layouts, lounge and refreshment area.
The Society is often invited to exhibit layouts at model railway shows throughout the South East of England; there is therefore an emphasis on layout building and operating.
We are currently constructing an N gauge, finescale, continuous layout with through station and goods-yard. Most of the the track is down and we will then tackle the electrics. Our other layout under design is an On30 American logging and we're currently building the baseboards. Other Society activities include:
* demonstrations of various modelling techniques,
* video and slide evenings,
* visits to places of railway interest,
* social events,
* publishing our own quarterly newsletter - "The Ashpan" - for members,
* quiz evening,
* annual competition.
We encourage members in all scales and gauges, and members are welcome to participate in the design, construction and operation or all layouts, not just their chosen gauge.
We are very close to London Gatwick Airport and would welcome anyone in transit to visit.