The Joy of Small Shows

That’s the title of an article in the latest issue (September) of British Railway Modelling Magazine. The main article, by Phil Parker argues that small shows are worth a visit.

I couldn’t agree more; to me they are at the heart of the hobby. As against large shows, there is time to chat to operators, ask questions and have a nice cup of tea or coffee with some home made cake, whilst you watch the trains go by! Possibly some bargains on the club second-hand stall as well.

I would recommend the Liphook & District Club’s Open Day event- Model Trains in the Valley on Sunday 29th October 2017 at the Milland Valley Memorial Hall GU30 7NA- close to The Rising Sun PH and Milland Stores at Milland Cross Roads, (3 miles from Liphook Hampshire; 7 miles from Petersfield Hampshire and from Midhurst West Sussex,  in the South Downs National Park.

Now in its 8th year this will be the first I will not be involved in, but I may be exhibiting!

The Open Day is aimed at enjoyment of our hobby- so do come along and support their efforts

Last trolleybus in London- 55th Anniversary

Fifty five years ago today ( 9th May 1962) the last London Transport trolleybus ran in London- Route 657 Hounslow to Shepherds Bush.

They were modern, silent, swift and clean, but the road lobby didn’t like them. Today with London air pollution at dangerous levels, we need them (and trams) back.

The politicos gave us Borismaster- hugely expensive- unreliable and too complicated- we had the “keep it simple solutions” and we threw them away in the 50’s & 60’s. So sad.

Building a Model Railway Group is GO!

It was a successful launch for Building a Model Railway Group 2017 at Liphook U3A’s Open Day yesterday (13th March).

I went prepared with lots of model railway reading matter to while away the hours! Actually it was quite hectic at some periods with people waiting.

Seven were signed up pus one who was already signed up so we have 8 in total. At that rate the cost will be £21 each for the 12 monthly sessions.

I have written to the 3 “associated” local U3A’s as a last check to see if we can get another 3 or so to reduce the subs a little more.

The group was a good spread with a range of types- most new to retirement, but no obvious anoraks!

E-mails out to confirm arrangements later today..

Liphook Village Day-Saturday 11th June (Cancelled)

We have been advised through a reliable source that this event has been cancelled. We have had poor communication from the organisers since the early announcement- lack of firm information- lack of response to our e-mails etc. We have received no information from the organisers for several weeks.

We did get a response (& apology) finally, following our complaint about poor communication regarding the cancellation.

It might have proved useful to make ourselves known amongst newcomers to the village but perhaps no event is better than a badly organised event!

Frank Hornby the man who gave us our hobby

Today , the 15th May, was in 1863, in Liverpool, the birth day of Frank Hornby. He invented Meccano and founded the company who gave us Hornby Trains, Hornby Dublo & Dinky Toys.

Lets also not forget Meccano Magazine, and the clubs; the Meccano Guild, still in existence or part of the Model Engineering world and the Hornby Railway Company groups, which were the starting point for most of the oldest model railway clubs in the UK and the Commonwealth.


The club will be making its annual trip to exhibit at the Midhurst Modellers Show on Sunday 14th February 2016 at the Grange Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst.

We will have two club members layouts on display Uberernst in HO scale by Nick Harling , his late father’s layout, last exhibited in the 1990’s and recently re-discovered & part way through refurbishment.                Nouvion 1943 in 1:35 scale narrow gauge by Matt Wildsmith using a mobile phone app to control the speed & direction of the locos.

There will also be a club display table with details of club activities & forthcoming new layouts & events.

Please drop in & have a chat

We have informed all the local press & community sites regarding our attendance & to supplement the rather sparse publicity for the show itself