ARCHIVE: Liphook & District MRC

This section of my website covers details of the L&DMRC’s history.This remains on my site, post the establishment of the club owned site, as it appeared there was no interest in the origins or history of the club amongst the current membership or in researching its past.  My aim is to enhance and develop it with additional details from local press reports possibly held in record offices of West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey or other local clubs

This is an ongoing project which I hope, when complete, to present copies to local record offices and museums.

Club History: The club has been in continuous existence since 1964, and was originally called the Petersfield, Liphook, Liss & District Model Railway Club, although this was simplified in 1966 to their present title. They have also had a fair number of “homes” over the years. Started with meetings in a member’s homes & garages in Petersfield, Liphook and Lynchmere; “The Pavilion” in the garden of the Royal Anchor Hotel Liphook; in converted poultry houses in Bramshott; a building that originally formed part of the Longmoor Military Railway; an unconverted farm building in Milland and  my garage (2007 to 2011), also in Milland, before moving to the Milland Valley Memorial Hall Committee Room during 2011.

They probably first exhibited in May 1966 in the Liphook Village Hall and have exhibited at most of the Midhurst Modellers Shows from 1983 to 2016.

The club exhibited at the last Midhurst Modellers Exhibition to be  held in the old Grange building, in early January 2014. The building was demolished in February 2014. They attended the first Modellers Exhibition in the new facility in 2015 & exhibited two members layouts in February 2016

Early members of the club, were amongst the first 200 members of the Gauge O Guild, which has grown to have nearly  7000 members. In 2016 the Guild celebrated its Sixtieth birthday

Although L&DMRC has never been a large club-I don’t believe they have ever had more than 22 members, they continue to “punch above their weight” amongst much larger local clubs. Yamanouchi Oshika was the first club layout to be featured in Continental Modeller, twice in fact, in 2011. Another Japanese outline layout Kashiyama  by member Nick Harling, was featured in the Continental Modeller for November 2014.In 2017 Graham Ashley had an Italian themed layout and a a British modern image layout featured in Continental Modeller & Railway Modeller respectively. Unfortunately all these layouts were either sold or dismantled

The club celebrated its 50th Birthday  in 2014 with a special Model Trains in Petersfield event which attracted around 100 visitors. The event was repeated in 2015, but was less successful.

The club also donated £50 to the local school, Hollycombe Primary School, for books with a railway theme, chosen by the Head and staff. Similar offers were made to local schools at Rake & Liphook, but no replies were received.

I also  donated a book in the club’s name, to Hollycombe in 2016, on the Hawkshaws- famous civil engineers, who also established the school. The book was inscribed, that it was given to encourage girls & boys attending the school to take up engineering as a profession.

If you have artefacts or memories relative to the club’s history, please contact me

Updated/reworded January 2019