New Facebook page & additions to this site

It’s all happening

A new Facebook page  for Building a Model Railway 2017 is now in place.

A number of new links has been added to this site mainly relative to UK tramway systems.

Progress photos on Milland Valley Railway- Dioramas has been added to the Facebook page and on this site.

Times they are a changing

Today marks the end of any official connection between the Liphook & District Model Railway Club and this site. Their new official website is up & running.

I have re-arranged  this site to delete or archive club pages, so unfortunately some of your regularly used pages will get the “oop’s” message.

The next stage, on which I will not be involved, will be the mammoth task of removing links to this site from community sites, which have details of the club. This could take time…

I have added details of Building A Model Railway 2017 onto RM web- see if it leads to any interest..

Building a Model Railway

See details of a new Liphook U3A group being proposed for 2017

Building a model railway 2017 is not a course but a group who will follow the building of a new model railway layout over a period of 12 months- monthly sessions with the opportunity to exhibit the finished layout at local & regional exhibitions. See details on a new page on this site.

Club “Building a model railway course” re-appears in Canada

Back in 2013/4 I had some correspondence with a Canadian modeller who had seen our website a reference to our “Building a Model Railway” course with Liphook U3A. We agreed a token price and I sent PDF’s of the course notes. Never heard from him again- & no money!

Despite a couple of follow ups no response & I thought he was dead!

Imagine my surprise when a link about a model railway course popped up in a Google search recently- its from 2014. We did receive a mention…


Ever had an inclination or interest in model railroads? Ever wonder how one gets into model railroads and how one goes about developing one? Well, coming down the track is your opportunity to learn all you need to know either to get started or to develop even further your interests in railroads especially of the model” kind! The course is based upon one offered in England by the “Liphook & District Model Railway Club”. That Club has provided plentiful information that we will be sharing. And we can accommodate those with either a basic or a more in-depth knowledge of model railroads. So, if you think you might enjoy learning about model railroads or you wish to extend your already existing knowledge, here’s a great opportunity. Jump aboard and enjoy the hobby. You will receive a CD with all course notes in PDF format and, there will also be material available during each session to offer you a hands-on experience.

The Course will be held over four sessions (days):

# 1: History of Model Railroading in North America and Europe: “scale” and “gauges”, layouts and locations, types of models.
# 2: Constructing layout tables, laying tracks, switches and roadbed alternatives; basic wiring and controls; understanding DC and DCC / Computer controls.
# 3: Scenery, landscape methods and materials, backdrops, trees, grass; and buildings and structures;
# 4: Engines, rolling stock types, layout vehicles; operation and maintenance.

Instructor: Vic Nelson
Vic Nelson was born in Windsor (Walkerville) Ontario and worked in the Automotive Industry as a Manufacturing Engineer for almost 40 yrs. Retired from Ford Motor Company in 2007 and moved to Kingsville, Ontario. He has been a member of The Canadian Association of Railroad Modellers (CARM) for the past 10 years. He is currently enjoying working on an HO scale layout in his home.

Canterbury Elder College provides learning opportunities for older adults (55+) who wish to enrich their lifestyle through active involvement, education and contribute to the social and cultural development of their communities.

Where: Kingsville Fire Department (1720 Division Street North. Kingsville)

When: April 16, 17, 23 & 24, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Course Fees: $35 + HST = $39.55

To register, or for further details, please visit Canterbury Elder College’s website: or call us at 519-253-3000 x 4944



The last session will be held this coming Wednesday (17th).
There are no plans currently to have a similar course in 2015.
So far three courses have been run, but the take up has been low on the last two courses despite initial enthusiasm at launch.
There is a possibility of having a monthly railway interest group at Liphook U3A in 2015, which will cover a wider span of railway interest- local railway history, walks on abandoned lines, visits to places of railway interest in addition to railway modelling.
We will have a table at Liphook U3A’s Open Day in March 2015 to gauge if there is any interest.