Milland- part of Hawkshaw’s Hollycombe Estate

Milland has been “home” to the club for over half its existence, but it has also a link  to a great Victorian civil engineer.

Sir John Hawkshaw was a famous civil engineer who was responsible for many railway  and civil engineering projects in the UK, Europe & South America. He made his home in Hollycombe House in 1888 which at that time included the Hollycombe estate and covered most of the Milland Valley in what is now West Sussex, bordering and possibly covering lands in adjacent Hampshire. The family retained the estate until 1936 when it was sold and fairly soon split up.

No railway passed through the Milland Valley, although one was planned linking Midhurst & Haslemere on the Portsmouth line*, but was never built. The Portsmouth line skirted the estate to the north and the Midhurst to Petersfield  line to the south.

A new biography by Martin Beaumont is about to be published & is available from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society priced £18

*This line was constructed by Thomas Brassey


No “Model Trains in Petersfield” in 2016

There will be no Model Trains in Petersfield Open Day event in 2016.

Instead the club will display Friedrichstrasse  at the Milland Rural Fair on Sunday 5th June.

The club will review the future of a Petersfield event at the next AGM. One consideration will be to have the event every 2 years, alternating with attending Milland Rural Fair

We will also be having a small layout + club display at the Midhurst Rother College Community Day on  Saturday 23 April . This will be the first time we have attended what seems to be an annual event & will give the club opportunity to preview our activities to general public locally.

Hattons shop in Smithdown Road closes, but continues in Montague Road

Smithdown Road has been the home of Hattons, the countrys largest model railway retailer,since the 1940’s.  Just under 70 years

The road became as famous to railway modellers as Penny Lane did to Bettles fans & Binns Road of Meccano fame. (Both were close by)

Hattons & Smithdown Road became known to me first from adverts in Meccano Magazine & later from a school friend who went to Liverpool University & had a flat over Hattons!

I visited Smithdown Road once during a business trip to Liverpool in the late 70’s or early 80’s. Very basic with stock piled floor to ceiling & a copy of the latest issue of Railway Modeller hung from a substantial timber counter. (Hattons adverts even then ran to several pages in the RM & was used as the shop catalogue!)

The move has been apparently planned for some time, but has been hastened by the state of the building. They’re moving to their recently opened “distribution centre” 17 Montague Road, WA8 8FZ.

Initially there will be a temporary premises , but in April the permanent shop will be opened.

One by one all these famous model railway addresses are going. Charing Cross Road (Hamblings), London Bridge Stn Approach (Alan, Brett Cannon) & High Holborn (Bassett Lowke) & soon Hornby will be gone from Margate completely- the last to go, their visitor centre.


Kanjiyama- next exhibition appearance

Kanjiyama kicks off the model railway exhibition New Year at the the Astolat MRC Show at Guildford County School, Farnham Road, Guildford, on Saturday 16th January 2016

Two club members, Graham & Tony will be assisting Nick Harling, the layout owner, who is also a club member.

Pop in & have a chat.

Please note that the venue is a short uphill walk from the railway station. There is no off street parking at the venue

U3A Transport Interests Group

A new venture by the club in co-operation with Liphook U3A (University of the Third Age)

The proposed group would cover most forms of transport & the hobbies associated with them. Initial thoughts are for monthly meetings with speakers drawn from within the group or brought in, each covering a topic of transport interest. In the Spring & Autumn visits to places of transport interest would be arranged

See link to Liphook U3A for details.

The group will be formally launched at the LIPHOOK U3A OPEN DAY on 14th MARCH 2016