with FIMF (Federazione Italiana Modellisti Ferroviari), the GFM - Gruppo
Fermodellistico Milanese (formerly known as Gruppo Fermodellistico
Milanese Italo Briano) is a non-profit-making association formed in
Milan on January 1987, with the aim to foster public interest in model
railways, rail transport, tram ways and trolleybuses.
its inception, the GFM has carried out all its activities in accordance
with its constitution.
Committee is the organizationís most prominent body. They meet at
least once a year in order to vote the balance sheet, draw up a budget for
the coming financial year, assess the associationís initiatives and
elect the Association Board, responsible for implementing the
committeeís decisions. The Board include a Chairman,
a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer and three more active members,
each working on a specific theme.
newsletter is sent regularly to all members and is intended for
enthusiasts to exchange news and information and to cater for all those
who are interested in all the latest developments of the GFM. Not only
that. A mailing
list (in Italian only) is intended for enthusiasts to brainstorm on
various topics of railway and tramway interest.
modelling activity of the Group is focussed on the construction, operation
and continuous upgrading of the Club layout consisting of a number
of modular panels, built by FIMF standards in H0 (1:87) scale.
construction brings about advantages such as easy storage, handling and
transportation of the panels, especially when the Group takes part in
model-railway exhibitions or other travelling promotional events.
for non-skilled modellers are also run, where people learn how to assemble
model kits of locos and rolling stock. In addition, the GFMís mission
statement involves studying and experimenting new manufacturing techniques,
keeping in touch with manufacturers of hardware and tools, advising
members on the purchase of spare parts and materials that are not easily
found on the market, and supporting members by negotiating wholesale
prices and special offers for models and other supplies.
meant for public-transport enthusiasts include outings to events of
railway-, tramway-, trolleybus- and subway- interest, train trips over
specially selected lines, special trains chartered directly by the Group
or in collaboration with other organizations, slide- and video- shows
along with photograph exhibitions on display at the Club-house.
GFMís well-stocked library, available to ordinary members, houses
books, journals, model-railway catalogues, projects and comparatively rare
reference material of high historical value.
is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9pm-12pm, and
Saturdays from 3pm-7pm, and is located on Via Gabbro 6, Milan, close to
the Milano Affori station on the Suburban Railway Service S2 and S4 or Metro line M3.
further information please contact the Chairman by e-mail.