Warley Model Railway Club

Railway modelling in most scales and gauges

Warley Model Railway Club, Unit 1F Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2RA

Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charity No: 1153792

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The following is an overview of membership and is not intended to be definitive in its content.  A full copy of the rules is supplied to every member, is available to anyone visiting the clubrooms, as well as being available to all members on the Members page.

WARLEY MODEL RAILWAY CLUB is always ready to welcome new members.  If you would like to find out more about the club, its membership and its benefits these notes should help.  You will, of course, want to visit the club and to avoid a wasted journey it is recommended that you contact a member first to confirm accessibility.  As a consequence of increased running costs, all groups, except the Student Members now meet on a Tuesday, commencing early afternoon until about 22.00. The Student Members formally meet on a Friday evening, but they may, if they wish, use the facilities on a Tuesday. There are a few Tuesday evenings when the clubroom is not open to visitors, such as when formal members meetings are taking place.

What does the club offer?

Joining us has lots of benefits.  Being a member of the club that organises the best model railway exhibition in the country is one.  Having access to all sorts of railway modelling education, including the chance to learn new modelling skills or develop existing ones, plus the social life, and of course the layouts! are others.

Being a member has the advantage that there’s always an ‘expert’ in your favourite subject, be it GWR steam, painting coaches, building Welsh narrow gauge layouts and so on.  Tap into the huge amount of knowledge that these experts have.  We’re all there to help each other.

There are several types of membership available and these are designed to suit all needs:



25% discount on full membership equivalent!

Includes access to clubroom with layouts, library, workshop, exhibitions, plus experienced members to give you advice and form new friendships*

Pay just £50 after your application is accepted. Nothing else to pay for six months, when you will be switched to our normal annual full member subscription (currently £120 pa). If after six months you sadly decide the club is not for you, then you are under no obligation and can cancel your membership: just let us know.

To apply fill in the attached application form, tick ‘Trial’ and follow the instructions. If it’s easier you can simply scan your completed form and return by email.  We’ll be back in a day or two with your acceptance and payment instructions (please do not send payment until then).

* Trial membership includes all the rights and obligations of Full membership with the exception of voting rights.

   The £50 trial offer is not refundable.

   Offer applies only to Full membership.


Full membership is available to all persons over 18 years of age.


Open to all persons over 12 years of age until 18 years of age except those in full time education who may continue to pay Student subscriptions until 25 years of age or completion of their education, whichever is the soonest.  Student members shall be accompanied by a parent or adult appointed by the parents when the student attends the club rooms or club event.  Parents of Student members may apply to join the club.

Out of Town

Out of Town membership is available for people who live more than 50 miles away.  This grade of membership carries voting rights as well as the right to stand on the committee, and is ideal for active members who can’t visit the club regularly.


Membership is available for those who are unlikely to visit the club regularly & is limited to six (6) visits per year. There are no voting rights with associate membership and it is suited for those who want to support the club by being a member and wish to be kept in touch with the club activities.   

How Much?

All rates except the Trial are per annum and there are various means of paying.

Trial membership £50 for 6 months (single payment)

Full Membership                                     £126.00 (£10.50/month)

O.O.T Full Membership                            £63.00   (£5.25/month)

Student Membership                               £52.00   (£4.40/month)

Associate Membership                             £32.00   (£2.70/month)

There are no extras!

The cost  of being a full member then is just a little over £2 per week - the equivalent of a little over 1 litre of car fuel; less than a pint in most locals; less than a cup of coffee in a lot of places and less than a return trip to Birmingham on a West Midlands bus.  

Not only that, but for your subscription you have access to the clubroom on each and every evening that the club is open (except Associate membership where the limit is 6 visits/annum); a free cup of tea or coffee every evening you attend (remember £2 a cup in most outlets); access to your own show - The Warley National - as well as the Open Days.  

Unlike some clubs we DO NOT have a per visit fee.

I think you may agree that is not a bad return on being a member.

So What Next?

Come and visit us:

S7, O, EM, OO, N, On16.5 & American HO groups meet on a Tuesday

OO & students meet on a Friday.  

There are odd days when formal meetings are held, but apart from Christmas & New Year someone is there every week, usually from 19.00 onwards.

If you wish you can download an application form here.

Note: If applying for student membership then download this form  which when completed should be enclosed with the application.

Further information

Hopefully this page has told you all you need to know, but if you would like further information, please e-mail the secretary