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Welcome to the website
of the
Chiltern Model
Railway Association

CMRA Member Layout - Leysdown (P4), Uckfield MRC

What is the CMRA?


The Chiltern Model Railway Association (CMRA) was founded by a small group of local model railway clubs (centred around Hertfordshire, England) in 1965 to facilitate the avoidance of clashes of exhibition dates, provide a means of communication between the clubs and encourage mutual support. Its aims are best summarised in the key phrase "to encourage and promote the model railway hobby".

Since that date the Association has gradually expanded. Now with approximately one hundred and forty Associate organisations, the Association covers a large portion of the UK. The membership includes a number of national "scale/gauge", company and nationality interest groups. In all, the Association can be said to represent over nine thousand individual modellers.

The range of services offered to Associate organisations has expanded over the years and now includes exhibition insurance, portable appliance testing (PAT), loan of exhibition equipment, exhibition diary, layout register, guidelines for running exhibitions, modellers workshops and seminars. The Association also publishes an occasional electronic magazine CaMeRA which is distributed to member organisations.

Membership is primarily open to any bona fide organisation with an interest in the hobby. Since January 2016 membership is also open to individuals and members of the trade. For further details regarding membership please contact our Membership Officer, of whom details are on the contacts & links page. All applications for membership, including individual and trade, are vetted by an applications committee of whom the majority are not members of the Company's Board. A membership prospectus can be downloaded here.


For many years the Association was organised as an informal non statutory body. However the increasing scope of operations and the issues affecting it eventually made it logical to form a company limited by guarantee - CMRA Ltd.

Our company registration number is 3340950 and our company registered office is at: 8 Ffolkes Place, Runcton Holme, KING'S LYNN, Norfolk PE33 0AH.

The membership elect the Company Directors who form the Board of the Company. At the first Board meeting following an AGM the Board elect from within their number a Chairman and take up positions to carry out the functions necessary for the administration of the Company such as Administration Secretary, Membership Officer, Treasurer, Exhibition Manager etc. The Board may appoint persons from outside the Board to perform tasks as appropriate such as Webmaster, CaMeRA Editor etc. Formal accounts are prepared in the Company's name and registered at Companies House annually.

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