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This site is about my personal interests in railway & tramway modelling; railway history; bus and trolley bus models and modelling; bus company history and in the various railway & tramway prototypes, covering British, European, Canadian, USA & South American prototypes.

In diesem Blog geht es um meine persönlichen Interessen in der Eisenbahn- und Straßenbahnmodellierung, der Eisenbahngeschichte, der Busmodellierung und in den verschiedenen Eisenbahn- und Straßenbahnprototypen, die britische, europäische, kanadische, amerikanische und südamerikanische Prototypen abdecken.

Ce blog traite de mes intérêts personnels dans la modélisation des chemins de fer et des tramways, l’histoire des chemins de fer, la modélisation des autobus et dans les divers prototypes de tramways et de tramways, couvrant des prototypes britanniques, européens, canadiens, américains et sud-américains.

The site has been in existence since April 2007.

In the past it included the activities of the Gauge O Group at the South Hants Model Railway Club- (GOSH) for a short time & of the L&DMRC for 9+ years.

Since 5th February 2017 this site no longer covers the activities of the L&DMRC, who now have their own website- see our links side bar-local model railway clubs. Apologies if you were directed here via other sites. Many sites have been advised to change their L&DMRC links but some have not done so or we have been unable to contact them.

Club archive material remains on this site for the foreseeable future.

Best wishes to the club in its future endeavours!

Why the Milland Valley Railway?

The Milland Valley is a real place in the United Kingdom, as far west as you can get in the northern part of West Sussex- up against the eastern borders of Hampshire and the southern border of Surrey. About half way between Guildford & Portsmouth. It contains a number of small villages and hamlets, the largest of which is probably Milland.

Administratively in the County of West Sussex, part of Chichester D.C. ,  although the postal address is  Liphook, Hampshire,  the Milland Valley was part of the Hollycombe Estate, which was owned from 1888 to 1936 by Sir John Hawkshaw , famous Victorian civil engineer, involved extensively in British, Continental & South American railway, docks & canal projects. His son John Clarke Hawkshaw was also a civil engineer. The family was connected by marriages to the Wedgwood’s , owners of the famous pottery firm of Stoke on Trent. A new biography of Sir John by Michael Beaumont was published in 2016.

Milland as a village is of recent creation with the building of homes in the 50’s, 60’s & 7o’s around a village pub in Milland Marsh. The pub was  built on spec  by Brickwoods  as a road-house for  a Liphook by pass scheme,  in the 30’s, which never happened. Milland is part of the South Downs National Park,  first mooted in 1949 and  the latest National Park to be created in the UK, in April 2011.

There was a plan for a railway line to be built from Midhurst to Haslemere, which would have passed through the valley, but it too was never built.

The name Milland Valley Railway was “invented” many years ago, as the name of a fictional American style model railway layout that I never built! The name however bound together location & interests without having an allegiance to a single club, so was registered as a domain name.


 Local Events that may be of interest
Bus/ Transport Rallies/ Fairs

See Bus and Transport  preservation magazines and rally/fairs websites for full details

Friday March 10th-Sunday March 12th 2017

Victoria Coach station 85th Birthday

Saturday 19th March 2017

Winchester- Front entrance Running Day from 10.00

Monday 1st May 2017 (Bank Holiday)

Winchester Buses Running Day

Sunday 14th May 2017

Basingstoke Festival of Transport

Sunday 11th June 2017

Southsea Spectacular    Southsea Common 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Sunday 16th July 2017

Alton Bus Rally

Sunday 6th August 2017

Tinkers Park Bus Rally   A272 Hadlow Down, Uckfield TN22 4HS

Saturday 9th September 2017

Winchester Evening Running Day 16.00 to 21.30

2017- Exhibitions 

See model railway press for full details of location, opening times and entry prices .I shall be assisting  in exhibiting the specified layouts at the  events marked*



18thAbingdon & District MRC Exhibition*-White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre with Nick Harling’s Kanjiyama– Japanese N scale

25th/26th London Festival of Railway Modelling– Alexandra Palace


22ndRotarail 2017- Fareham College- (L&DMRC layout Titherleigh on display)

Personal Layout Show-The Coombe Court, the Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning, West Sussex                            BN44 3XZ

22nd/23rd Crawley MRS Exhibition

Epsom & Ewell Show- NESCOT(North East Surrey College of Technology)- Ewell


1stFarnham & District MRC O Gauge Open Day– Wrecclesham Community Centre (Farnham)

6thSWING- Felpham Community Centre


22nd/23rd Festival of Tramway Modelling– London Museum of Water & Steam (Kew)


2ndBurgess Hill Model Railway Club Exhibition– Burgess Hill Girls School


14thWinchester Annual American & Continental O Gauge Exhibition, Kings School, Romsey Road, S022 5PN 10.00 am -4.00 pm

29th- Model Trains in the Valley 8th Annual Open Day of L&DMRC- MVMH, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


2017- Other events



13th  Liphook U3A Open Day– Liphook Millennium Hall from 2.00 pm, including launch of Building a Model Railway Group- see below

25th-South Downs Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association-Bacon & Bash- Pagham  (7mm NGA members only)


20th- TLRS AGM Birmingham (TLRS members only)

LIPHOOK U3A-TRANSPORT INTERESTS GROUP  I formed  this new  group in early 2016. The group covers  all the major forms of  land, water and air transport, including railways, buses, coaches, trams, military vehicles, civil and military aircraft, merchant  & naval ships, canals & canal craft etc .

Unfortunately I was no longer able to carry on leading this group-but the group continues under new leadership -Bill Gill -with a number of new visits being planned. Please contact Liphook U3A 

See www.liphooku3a.org.uk  or contact the leader transport1@liphooku3a.org.uk

Membership of the  group is restricted to paid up members of Liphook U3A  (currently £12 per annum) & certain other local U3A’s. A separate group annual fee may be payable  to fund meeting room hire & external speakers. There will be additional costs for  any entrance charges/travel costs on arranged visits to places of interest.

LIPHOOK U3A -BUILDING A MODEL RAILWAY GROUP 2017   New groups first session was held on 19th  April 2017.  The next session is on 17th May.  Click on the heading to see details on a new page. Please contact the group via the Liphook U3A website or via  model.railways1@liphooku3a.org.uk. There are two or three places  still available.

This site is owned and managed by Tony Bettger, a former long standing L&DMRC member (2003 to 2016) with responsibilities for publicity/website and at different periods Treasurer and Secretary.  His interest in model railways goes back to 1949 and a few Hornby Dublo wagons and some track on the Dining -Room table!

Revised March 2016/ April 2016/May 2016/June 2016/July 2016/August 2016/September 2016/October 2016/ November 2016/December 2016/January 2017/February 2017- major re-positioning of content from other pages/ March 2017 Diary changes /April 2017-updated details on Building a Model Railway Group 2017

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