Milland Valley Railway Modellers

An afternoon special interest group  of Liphook & Midhurst U3A’s-part sponsored by this website to encourage more adults to take up the model railway hobby

BUILDING A MODEL RAILWAY In the years 2010 to 2014 I ran 12 week long courses, as a member of the Liphook & District Model Railway Club (L&DMRC) and Liphook U3A, on building a model railway, aimed at those who wanted to build one for themselves or for a grandchild. Several club members assisted me. No actual practical work was involved, but the published notes of the weekly sessions, built up into a useful resource and several attendees went on to build their own layout and one joined the L&DMRC.  The first course attracted 11 members, but subsequent attempts in following years attracted few attendees and in 2014 they were abandoned.


In resurrecting the idea in 2017, I  attempted a different format. The sessions were monthly of  2 hours duration. Those attending  followed and if they wished to, assisted in the building of a small model railway, through from planning to construction.  In between sessions I  carried out the majority of the work and explained  at each session what had happened and what has to happen next. It was the intention to complete one OO scale diorama and most of an N scale tramway layout by the end of the first year(March 2018)- which was not achieved! It was then  more of a working group, rather than a course.

The drawbacks were- considerable pressure on me and problems with members patchy attendance.

So for 2018 at the request of existing members, the format was changed to that of a model railway club. Members can work on their own projects or on group projects. An afternoon model railway club which is not exactly unique, but slightly different and therefore aimed at the retired (U3A members)

  • A  change of group name to better reflect the group aims (From Building a Model Railway Group to The Milland Valley Railway Modellers)
  • Move to Redford Village Hall from our May 2018 meeting, due to introduction of extended hours at the nursery school using Milland Valley Memorial Hall (to meet government 30 hours a week edict.) which meant we could no longer keep our Wednesday slot.
  • A change to 3 hours sessions


Building a model railway is often a solitary occupation and some like the hobby for that reason. However if you have taken up the hobby in retirement or after the death of a loved one or to build a layout for a grandchild, you would gain much by joining a club. You could get help on problems with building your layout; you could gain a pal or two in the process and best of all be part of a community that’s enjoying themselves- playing trains.

One last point- this is not just aimed at semi-retired or retired men who want to take up model railways as a hobby,  but for similarly aged ladies.. Although traditionally it has been seen as a male preserve, the hobby is more open and more welcoming  to women than at any time in its 110 year history..Its 2019 for Gods sake, so don’t be put off in trying us ( or  a local club if you’re outside our age limits) …

Please contact any of the local clubs- there are links to virtually all of them from this site- see RH side bar. Most encourage visitors to visit a regular meeting or two for free to check each other out.  You will not regret it.

If we seem to be the group for you,we look forward to hearing from you soon  

Milland Valley Railway Modellers   (Link to our Facebook Page)


Membership of this group is the cost of the hire of the venue used + cost of small consumables (not layout construction items) – divided by the annual membership. We currently receive 40% of our meeting hire cost as a subsidy from Liphook U3A.

Layout construction materials are  not financed out of group funds but are provided by the group leader and the completed layouts are his property but will be made available for exhibition as the group members require. The layouts are/will be insured for exhibition.

 We will announce the fees for 2020 (Starting February 2020) once a decision on our meeting arrangements have been finalised We are also holding recruiting new members temporarily for the same reason.

Group members also need to be a paid up members of Liphook U3A or Midhurst U3A or one of several local U3A’s associated with them. (Petersfield, Haslemere, or Woolmer Forest (Whitehill-Bordon area)  

This is an annual membership fee for U3A which covers public liability insurance and central services (general meetings, open day and financial management) and is limited to the semi-retired or retired over 55 years old.

If you wish to use any portable electrical equipment at our sessions, that has a mains voltage function and is over 12 months old (Mains extension leads, transformers etc) they need to be tested/inspected annually in accordance with the Portable Appliance Testing regulations.  This requirement is not negotiable! (We can arrange for these to be inspected/tested on a group basis and from next year we will set the group membership fee to include for this) 

This group is one of over 40 special interest groups in the Liphook U3A.There are thought to be well over 400 model railway clubs in the UK, but there are, at the last count only 8 model railway groups  under the U3A “umbrella” in the UK.


Currently booked up to and including 19th February 2020

Redford Village Hall, Linch Road, Redford, Midhurst  GU29 0QF

Our   current meeting location is in the centre of the small village of Redford,  in West Sussex and is a one roomed village hall with small kitchen, all recently extensively refurbished, within 3 miles of  of our original home in Milland.

From Liphook  About the same distance as to Milland, (3 miles) using a different route (use the road exiting Liphook in the direction of Hollycombe- go past that on the left , ignore the RH turning to Milland and the next turning on the left to Fernhurst and turn left at the War Memorial in the direction of Linch & Redford. The hall is on your left on higher ground approx 100 metres after village sign) From Petersfield you can go via Liphook or  the A 272 in the direction of Midhurst turn left on the approach to Midhurst 30 mph limit, sign-posted Woolbeeding, Redford 3, Linch. This is a very narrow winding road, single track for over a mile, so not for the faint hearted.

From Midhurst leave the town centre via the A 272 in the direction of Petersfield- turn right soon after leaving  30 mph limit, past Half Moon public house on right.  Signposted Woolbeeding, Redford 3, Linch-unsuitable for HGV’s

Alternatively go via Fernhurst A 286-turn left in centre of village into Vann Road keep on this road following Milland or Liphook signs. When you get to T junction  near to large electricity substation (Right To Liphook Left to Linch- turn left and next Left by Linch War Memorial, then as for Liphook To Redford –Please check there are long term electricity cable works on this road which is subject to long closure periods

Meeting Dates     The schedule of meetings for  2019/20- all 3rd Wednesday in the month are as follows – 16th January; 20th February ; 20th March; 17th April;  15th May; 19th June; July & August- no meetings*; 18th September; 16th October; 20th November; December- no meeting* 15th January 2020; 19th February

Meeting Times–  2019/20  The February meeting is the first of 3 hours duration starting at 13.30. hrs. For most meetings  they will be 3 hours long and start at  14.00 hrs and end at  17.00 hrs . (Earlier start in November, January & February -winter months only)

Layout building sessions-  We are trialling these sessions in September and October 2019 ,of 3 hours duration each, commencing at 14.00 hrs,  and held at a private address in Milland. This will allow for layout work to occupy the whole time period, with little or no setting up or clearing and packing up required. This format may also be suitable for building dioramas or micro layouts. There are however limits on the numbers that can be accommodated at a single session. We may be able to create two groups to overcome this.

There will be no charges incurred for use of these private facilities by group members other than for Portable Appliance testing or refreshment donation. These sessions are not currently open to visitors and are specifically for layout building on the group’s East Hants Link N scale layout  and  any subsequent group  projects

We are considering making these the main part of our activities from March 2020 and hope to make a decision on this before December 2019.


The layout constructions being followed by the group in our first year were chosen from the following list. Click on the highlighted names for more detailed information including sizes. Increasingly each layout will have a page on this site to give more details and progress photos where appropriate,

Those marked ** are the chosen projects for the first year   

Danger- Border Ahead++ German outline 1:87 scale (HO) Tramway operational diorama set around Friedrichstrasse station at the border of East & West Berlin in the early 1960’s 

Not being progressed currently

“East Hants Link”  **   covers  5 + scenes along the line showing how light rail systems merge easily into  residential and commercial areas. Although a scheme for light rail is not to proceed for Bordon/Whitehill, this layout will show how such a scheme might have looked.

As most modern trams are of fairly similar designs throughout the world, I have chosen Japanese outline trams in N scale, as they are easily available at relatively low cost. The scale (1:150) is slightly different to the British N standard (1:148) but is closer than to the international standard of  1:160.

As a trial I used Ikea type toy boxes as the baseboard for most scenes, but later abandoned it as it was difficult to model and lay track within the box and to align the boxes themselves. I resorted to using some spare conventional baseboards I had.  Work is now well underway.

Construction photos are being added  progressively- see East Hants Link section of this website and Facebook Page

Suggested layout list for 2020/21- CHOICE FROM

Increasingly each of the layouts that go forward to construction, will have a page on this site to give more details and progress photos where appropriate, and our various Milland Valley FB pages will also show progress updates

Soltendieck++, German outline 1:45 scale (O) a very minimalist track layout but with interesting shunting. Set on the inner border between East & West Germany

Click on sidebar title for full details of proposal on which work will proceed . This is a Gauge O micro layout DCC operation

Warehouse District ++ American outline 1:87 scale (HO) a switching (shunting) layout set in Milwaukee Wis. DCC operated

This layout is partially completed with baseboard built, track layout completed and wiring well advanced. Some buildings have been completed.

Idylton Vale ++ British outline 1:76 (OO) tram layout set in South west London- using Bachmann OO scale RTR Hong Kong trams, prototypes UK designed and built originally, so little work to Anglicise them. Street scene in area around New  Malden/Kingston By Pass area immediate post war.

Baseboard completed- track partially laid, No wiring completed. Click on sidebar title for full details on which work will proceed in 2019

Cartersland Camp ++ British outline 1:76 (OO-9) DC narrow gauge military camp layout set in the UK, in the First World War. The baseboard is constructed but no other work other than selecting a track layout has been undertaken

Bennett Mews ++ British outline 1:76 scale (OO). Industrial layout with a small main line content set in Blackfriars South London            Originally on the list for 2017/18 but only planning work done


Increasingly each diorama or micro-layout will have a page on this site to give more details and progress photos where appropriate, and our various Milland Valley FB pages will also show progress updates

“If the railway had come to the Milland Valley”  **Small  diorama in OO scale showing Linch & Redford  on Midhurst to Haslemere line- proposed and although receiving parliamentary approval- never built (Link is to Facebook Page) work well advanced-completion work into 2018/9 season  Very relevant to our Redford location

Halte Terres de moulin” ++ cross roads with level crossing and a railway  halt- with a game of petanque  in progress on the  terrain near the bar. Sunflower field or vineyard nearby? A small diorama of rural  liberated France a couple of months after D-Day . HO Scale  

Anywhere in liberated France. The locals are returning home from celebrating liberation & have stopped off to have a drink and a game with their pals. Usually an all men pursuit, especially  in the era (late 1944) when this is set. A few British soldiers on and around  a tank, are watching .

Baseboard is constructed and early work has been started. This diorama was  envisaged to be used as an advert for the Milland Boule Group who meet at the Milland Sports Ground 

Tugaske”  ++ (Scale to be decided) A small Saskatchewan settlement  in 1914  at the railway station. The small town in which my Dad was born. A recreation of a possible scene at the railway station as Godfrey and Gertrude-( his parents),  set off with him on a long journey back to the UK by rail and ship     –No work started

A further two micro tram/bus layouts are under consideration

Danger- Border Ahead++ German outline 1:87 scale (HO) Tramway operational diorama set around Friedrichstrasse station at the border of East & West Berlin in the early 1960’s 

Not being progressed currently

Unnamed micro layout of trams and buses in a Hong Kong street. H-K uses British style double decker trams  which have not changed in style since their introduction many years ago, but have modern engineering and controls..H-K also have bought and continue to do so, British manufactured double decker buses which are either adaptions of British designs or are designs specially manufactured to meet Hong Kong requirements(larger passenger accommodation/bigger bodies; air conditioning and 6-wheeled). Luckily H-K modellers of both modes of transport, model in 1:76 scale (00) -a scale usually only associated with the UK. There is a wide range of models available for this market and they are readily available from local suppliers via the internet. Coupled with the fact that they are RH drive vehicles with road signs and markings, traffic lights, street lights etc also British type, makes it a good choice for British modellers

Planning in early stages

Milland Brickworks micro OO-9 layout for an OO-9 Society layout competition to be judged by photograph on 1st  March 2020. The laser cut baseboard kit of two sections- one with a traverser, has been obtained from Norfolk Heath Works. Total footprint 760mm x 280mm

Subject and track layout to be decided

Holidays  Cake box challenge” from British Railway Modelling magazine competition  Total footprint- 200 mm x 200 mm x 150 mm high ( 8″x 8″ x 6″ high)  Scene in N scale-  Railway Viaduct Guest House ,  23 Railway  Street, East Bognor- a near reference to Tony Hancock’s address on the BBC Hancock’s Half Hour- some may be old enough to remember it!


Full details are on the group pages of the  Liphook U3A website*  and  of the Midhurst U3A website* . The local area Milland News , Liphook Community Magazine and Liphook Herald are kept regularly informed of our activities. Meeting dates are regularly provided to Vantage Point and Round & About free magazines distributed in our catchment area. Facebook local community  boards for Fernhurst, Midhurst and Haslemere etc are being used to publicise the club, sometimes in conjunction with L&DMRC.

You can follow progress on the groups projects on our Facebook page or on this website


If you wish to contact me about  the “Milland Valley Railway Modellers” -please do so via the Liphook U3A contact form or  via a similar facility on the Midhurst U3A website site or e-mail  me at

If you wish to come along to one of our meetings as a visitor you are very welcome to those held at Redford. All that I ask is to  contact me before coming giving   a weeks notice- The first session is free but if you want a couple of further sessions before deciding to join, these will be charged at £2 per session- Thanks


We hope to be present at the following event- come along and have a chat- see what we get up to

Liphook & District Model Railway Club 10th Annual Open Day- “Model Trains in the Valley” Sunday 27th October at MVMH, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA 10.00 to 16.00 hrs– Entry £2.50  Free to accompanied children (2 per Adult) Well established local event with club and visiting layouts. 



Proposed that a percentage of any expenses received from any future  exhibiting of group layouts will be donated to Railway Children, an international charity working with homeless children found near major railway stations in India, East Africa and the UK. 


We are also requesting donations (£1 per member per session) for unlimited tea/coffee & chocolate biscuits consumed at each session. The donations will be forwarded on a monthly basis  to the Railway Children charity .

We donated £51 to the Railway Children charity during the year February 2018 to January 2019 


You can follow progress on the groups projects on our Facebook page or on this website

Late March 2017/ April 2017- Details brought fully up to date- image added/May 2017- updated/July 2017 -updated September 2017/ Updated late October 2017/Updated December 2017 to include 2018 layout/diorama  choices/ updated 22nd January / February 2018 updated to latest proposals/ March 2018 General Update -new venue. April 2018 Full revision to cover move to Redford Village Hall; April 9th minor tidying; September 2018- exhibition details and proposed change to 3 hour sessions;October 2018- Improvements in directions. Update on arrangements/Fees for 2019/20.  November 2018- Removal of duplication of meeting times and fees, Addition of workshops in Milland./ January 2019 Update on layouts and diorama details-update on donations to the Railway Children charity in the 2018/19 year/ February 2019 General update and tidying presentation- removing duplication , adding events/ March 2019 Adjustments to events/ May 2019- Non attendance at Rural Fair added- Changes to MVRM First Open Afternoon/June 2019 General update- removal of past events. Initial details of layout building sessions/July 2019 Extensive rewording of group details, membership etc Re-wordings of layout building sessions etc.Addition of two additional dioramas/ micro layouts ;late September 2019- Deletion of Open afternoon at Redford in 2020 Reference to sessions at private address at Milland. PAT regulation requirement indicated.