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..

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..

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.

HOBBY NEWS Kadee coupler co-inventor dies

Model Railroader has announced that Dale Edwards Senior, inventor with his twin brother Keith,  of what became known as the Kadee coupler,died 19th September aged 93.

His twin brother pre-deceased him.

Kadee was started in 1945 by the twin brothers, creating the first operating model knuckle coupler.

Dale has been credited with assisting in the development of more than 40 patents related to model railroad products.


We have created a new Google+ page called Liphook & District MRC History Archive.which will show our…

We have created a new Google+ page called Liphook & District MRC History Archive.which will show our collection of photos, magazine and newspaper cuttings together with meeting notes, exhibition programmes and even club accounts. This is part of our 50th birthday celebrations and will I hope be continued in the coming years.
Additional material is welcome at all times.

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

Ex Hollycombe Engine back in Sweden

A much travelled narrow gauge 0-4-0 T loco manufactured by J A Maffel of Munich in 1925 for a  Swedish industrial railway, has recently returned via  the USA, Sweden and England  to the Risten-Lavik Jurnbane (RLJ) near Stockholm. It was damaged by a shell in WW2 and was out of use  by the mid 60’s.  It was shipped to New York, later to Seattle and returned to Sweden in the 1990’s having never run in the US.

It was restored in the 1990’s in Sweden before an arrangement  for it to run  on the RLJ  fell through, as they had no need of another loco. The loco was purchased by British enthusiasts in March 2006 and ran for a time on the Quarry railway at the Hollycombe steam collection.

In 2007 it was bought by the Lynton and Barnstable Railway Trustees,  as a replacement for Bronllwyd, whose boiler ticket was due to expire. It entered service as Sid (after the Devon river), on the L&BR in August of that year and ran until the following  August, when it was withdrawn from service. It left the L&BR in January 2009 to have work  on the cylinders, wheels and boiler and returned in September 2009. Further work was carried out on a broken lateral stay in the boiler in 2011 and until late  2013 was regularly in use on passenger trains. It was then sold to RLJ, arriving in Sweden in January 2014, where it has been renamed Lakvik as RLJ number 3.

Précis of article in Skandiapilen the Journal of the Scandinavian Railways Society No 73 Spring 2014 by Phil and Lin Spiegelhalter

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.