Now Railway of the Month for L&DMRC member!

Graham Ashley followed up the featuring of his Italian HO layout in Continental Modeller’s June Edition, with Railway of the Month in September’s issue of the sister magazine Railway Modeller.

“Bridport re-imagined” is an OO scale modern image British outline “never leave home” layout located in a purpose built room using half of a double garage.

So for the record,  layouts at the Liphook club have now been featured three times in Continental Modeller (two articles on a Japanese N scale club layout and one on the Italian HO scale layout) and once in Railway Modeller.

Unfortunately none of the layouts now exist. Yamanouchi Oshika was sold and is now a British layout!; Travo has been dismantled, as has Bridport- ready for an impending house move.

For a club of 13 or so members a good effort..

Koln Trip

The Liphook club made its latest (3rd?) biannual trip to the International Model Railway Show recently. Travelling out on Wednesday 16th November with an early start from from Liphook at 06.04. A total of 6 were in the party including one “other half” and a non-member (me)

We had a pleasant two hour lay over in Brussels using a taxi out & back to the centre of town where beer & chips were consumed.

We reached Koln around 4.00 pm local time with a short walk to our hotel.

Visited exhibition on the Thursday, followed by a trip to a local model shop. On Friday some returned to the exhibition; I got an all day tram ticket and travelled for 5 hours or so on mainly street running parts of the system plus a trip to Bonn & back by two different routes.

All evenings were spent sampling a different restaurant with different local beers.

Return departure  on Saturday 19th just before midday, with arrival at Liphook just gone 18.00hrs. (Eurostar  was a re-conditioned set)

Good trip with pleasant company. Perhaps one more time in 2018?


Railway Children Charity proceeds at this years Model Trains in the Valley

For the first time this year we selected a railway themed charity to collect for at our annual Open Day.

We chose Railway Children, a charity that operates amongst homeless children in East Africa, India & the UK found at or near large railway stations

We had a display of their Christmas Cards & a collecting tin and raised a grand total of £70 made up of

Sale of Cards- 8 sets- £34

 Collection box             £21

Club Donation              £15

Thank you to all who made a donation or bought cards

5.11.2016 Received Railway Children Certificate in club name for receipt of £70 from club

Secretary resigns

Tony Bettger has resigned as club secretary and as a club member  with immediate effect. Nick Harling takes over on an interim basis.

Tony will complete his commitments to the Model Trains in the Valley club Open Day event on the 23rd October.

Transfer of content from the current to a club owned website with a new name will commence shortly.

Tony will retain the site & will continue as one of the Milland Valley Memorial Hall trustees

Film premiere

We had a viewing of Bethany King’s new short film, which she made about railway preservation as part of her college course. Part of the film was shot at a club meeting a few weeks ago & some club suspects appeared.

Bethany earned a well deserved distinction for her film from her college tutors.

Remember now that a forthcoming leading director cut her teeth at the Liphook & District Model Railway Club!

We hope to have the film running at this years Model Trains in the Valley on 23rd October.

Busy meeting 3rd June

Preparations for the Rural Fair meant the Committee Room was more crowded than usual with Friedrichstrasse erected to fit the curtain & the perspex screening.

A small amount of running was achieved with a Trix TEE unit, but there were problems with the operation of the front & rear headlights.

A potential new member James  from Liphook turned up & seemed to enjoy himself.

Volunteered to help us out at the Rural Fair on Sunday.

Simon appeared to show progress on F/Strasse church. Announced he recently celebrated his 80th birthday- congratulations.

Showed samples of wall finish for viaduct- underwhelming response!

Appartment block moved away from church as it dominated the scene- now placed on “island” between tram tracks.

Area around church to be fully fledged churchyard

29th May Workday goes well

There was a reasonable turn out of 7 members working on Friedrichstrasse & the West Country branch line in the main hall of MVMH on Sunday.

Unfortunately I was only able to stay for  two hours of the 5 hours booked, but I’d expect that good progress was made. I have plenty of homework to do on Friedrichstrasse!

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!

Good day exhibiting at Globalrail 2016

Today we (Nick, Graham & myself) had a good day exhibiting Kanjiyama at Globalrail 2016 at Didcot

This was the first time the club had exhibited at a German Railway Society exhibition. It was well organised; there was a good interesting range of layouts, including Czech narrow gauge -TT on Z scale track & O gauge German & British; with excellent trade serving continental enthusiasts & a number of specialised continental socities. The venue was good. The layout behaved itself.

I am sure the organisers would have liked a few more visitors, but as a new show at a new venue it was promising

We hope to get invited again!

David & Ben visited the exhibition & did some shopping..

Nick & myself also helped to keep the traders happy  with some buying & Graham exercised commendable control in buying a few copies of S/H back issues of Continental Modeller magazine!

I met a fellow member of the Scandinavian Railways Society & the editor/owner of Scale Rail International, Chris Ford who recognised my name from his subscriber list!!