Kanjiyama featured on American website

Following in the footsteps of Yamanouchi Oshika Kanjiyama is now featured on the Japan Modellers of Washington, DC website.

The piece written by club member Nick Harling, together with his photographs features his new Japanese layout which has been exhibited at a few shows this year including our Model Trains in Petersfield event on 1st June


Yamanouchi Oshika for sale on Ebay

Following the layouts appearance at Rotarail 2014 at Fareham College the layout has been offered for sale, without stock.



The layout has given us a lot of pleasure (and backache) and has raised the club’s profile

We hope we can find a good home for it.

Yamanouchi Oshika at Rotarail 2014

What is almost certain to be Y-O’s last public display, went off pretty well at Rotarail 2014. Minor electrical problems kept us on our toes, but the visitors – particularly one young boy,were captivated by the layout.

It could have been a sad occasion but it was an enjoyable  day at a well organised, friendly show.

For the writer it was good to have long chats with old colleagues from Fareham and South Hants clubs who were also exhibiting at the show.

The following picture- featured on the N Gauge Forum, was taken by Neal Mansell – whom we thank for permission to use on this site


Fareham 2014 Ben R, Bob Rn Tony B
Fareham 2014 with Yamanouchi Oshika final public appearance
Ben R, Bob R Tony B  (Graham A and Reg P out of shot) Picture by Neal Mansell

The crew comprised Ben, Bob, Graham , Reg and for the morning Matt-+yours truly. Thanks to them all for a long but enjoyable day.

Thanks to Nick for finding still and movies plus links and permissions

Also a short YouTube video  of the layout operating at Rotarail 2014

There are also other Y-O outings on this page

Further additions to links to specialist societies, overseas model railway clubs, and club details on local community sites

Specialist societies A further tranche of links to specialist societies has been added which  means we now cover most areas of interests within the club.

Overseas model railway clubs To celebrate our forthcoming 50 th birthday we are contacting many clubs across the world in the hope that they may add links to our site. To date the response has been somewhat better than approaches to local clubs, who in many cases didn’t even bother to reply, but hasn’t been great. This is a pity; its a great club hobby but it won’t get far if it doesn’t embrace established devotees. What does it do to newcomers?

Local community sites We have added Petersfield which has finally got a site which is kept up to date and seems to have regular users. In all the local sites generate up to 20% of visits to our site so the best of them are really useful in promoting the club.

Publicity update- local community websites

Recently we’ve added  links to the community websites  of Grayshott,  Haslemere and East Hants .

Grayshott, which is near Hindhead, Surrey figured in the early days of the club. Members came from the area and exhibitions were held in their village hall.

The community website now has details of the club and our events and our exhibition visits are included in their events calendar.

Haslemere did have a model railway club of its own and as a club we had at least one joint exhibition with them in Haslemere Hall. The club no longer exists and we are not sure when it closed.

Again details of the club have been provided, but have yet to appear, together with details of our Model Trains in the Valley 2013 event.

East Hants is a local authority area that covers all the villages from Liphook west towards Alton, south to Petersfield and Horndean  and north to Bentley on the Hampshire/ Surrey border

These local websites are increasingly important in publicising the club, as local newspaper readership declines. Unfortunately many are just advertising fronts and no effort is made to keep them up to date. The good ones like Liphook provide a good flow of visits to our own website and keep us in the local eye.