Model Railway Clubs

This list shows locations, contact details, meeting times & etc. of various model railway Clubs worldwide that have layouts based on the Southern Railway (of England), its predecessors or successors.
Club Club Nights Contact
Alton Model Railway Group Meetings are held every Tuesday evening in 8th Alton Scout Group headquarters in Anstey Park, Alton, Hampshire from 8 p.m. Website can be found at
Currently the Group has sections involved in the construction and exhibiting of layouts in British 'OO' and 'O' gauges and American 'HO' gauge. More details of these can be found by accessing the individual section pages. In addition Group members are involved in 'G', 'HO' Continental and '4mm' 'finescale'. 'OO' gauge layout of 'Alton' currently under construction.
Basingstoke & North Hants Model Railway Society Club nights are Monday (2mm and 0), Wednesday (steam era 00) and Thursday (modern image 00) from about 8:00 to 10.30/11:00 Our web site can be found at
Basingstoke & North Hants MRS has exclusive use of just over 1000 square feet of space in Kempshot Park, Basingstoke, enabling permanent availability of four layouts (2mm Finescale, two finescale 00 and 0). There are a number of members' current exhibition layouts (70K-Coley Park and Brunswick in 2mm, Edward Road Sidings in 00 and "Dave's Shunting Puzzle" in 0) with 2mm (Bognor Regis) and Finescale OO (SE28) exhibition layouts under construction. Although not owned by the Club, some members have specialist tools that can be made available for members use, such as airbrush & compressor, spraybooth, lathe, pillar drill, temperature controlled soldering irons etc. An active Club with a range of skills, all layouts are Southern!
Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club We meet on Monday and Thursday Evenings 8pm - 10pm, County House, 221 Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4UF. Please email us via our website as this building has a number of tenants. Our web site can be found at
The Club has a wide range of interest including N (small simple layout), OO (Horton modern image layout), P4 (Blackfriars Bridge Station layout) and O (Farnborough Road layout post WWII Southern steam era). Our main exhibition is held in late October with a supplementary exhibition in the Spring, both in the Eden Park area of South London..
Brighton Model Railway Club We meet every Tuesday (except Bank Holidays and the Tuesday between Christmas and New Year) from 1930 to 2200 at London Road Railway Station, Shaftesbury Place (off Ditchling Rise) in Brighton Website at
Whilst we have Club layouts generally in 00 gauge the members have a wide variety of interests ranging from London Brighton and South Coast Railway in 0 gauge through to the Denver and Rio Grande in N gauge and everything in between!
Exhibition held in November each year.
Carshalton & Sutton Model Railway Club Meets Sutton Mondays 7pm 'til late Website at
Layouts in P4 (BR new), '00'(new SR/BR 3rd Rail), 3mm (SR new) and 'N'(SR/BR). A new '0' SR/BR is planned. Members needed in all Sections.
Exhibition held at Leatherhead Leisure Centre each year, last weekend in February.
East Dorset N Gauge Society Area Group. We currently meet on the 4th Friday of each month, at Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Kinson, Bournemouth, shortly to be changing to the 2nd and 4th Friday although we are currently unsure when the 2nd Friday meets will start.
Someone is usually on site by 7pm or shortly after, until 10pm. Enquiries through website please.
Website at:
We sponsor the Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition which for 2012 is being held on 14th & 15th April. Exhibition enquiries to:
Dorking and District Model Railway Club. We get together on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 pm (and other times too), Our club room is at the rear of Dorking Halls, High Street, Dorking RH4 1SG. More information is on our website. Website at:
We are a small, friendly group interested in all things to do with railways and railway modelling. 0, 00, 009, N and more. We are working together variously on our club layout and members' layouts -- and talking trains. Whether you are a railway modeller, or thinking of maybe joining in our wonderful hobby, or just curious: come along one evening for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. A warm welcome is guaranteed!.
East Grinstead Model Railway Club. The Club room is in the basement of East Court in East Grinstead and Club nights are Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30 to 10.00pm. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome with tea and biscuits served around 9.00pm. Website at:
We have layouts in different scales and gauges. Our 'Eastbridge MPD' and 'Five Ash Down' exhibition layouts are both 'Southern' prototype. We hold an exhibition in April
East Surrey 'N' Gauge Group (of the N Gauge Society) Meets fortnightly in Redhill, first Thursday and third Wednesday Secretary:- Derek Atfield, 7 Ifold Road,
REDHILL RH1 6EG. Tel:01737 760707
N Gauge only, but covers Continental and UK railways. Big Modular system based on NMod system. Has some Southern modules. One member has Bournemouth standalone model. Currently building Scale model of REIGATE in early BR period.
Epsom & Ewell MRC Meetings: Weekly: Every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) from 7.45pm to 10.45pm. Monthly: One Thursday evening each month from September - April (inclusive) an invited Guest Speaker presents an illustrated talk on a subject of prototypical or model railway interest. The meeting commences at 8pm.
Next Exhibition: 23rd/24th March 2002 at the North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT), Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey (see website for further information)
Contact: Eric Penn
Layouts: Horton Regis - LSWR (1905) / 7mm (finescale), Ruxley - GWR (1930's) / 4mm 'OO', Shirebrook - BR (1980's modern image) / 4mm 'OO' & Wadhurst - SR (1946/7) / 4mm 'P4'
Erith Model Railway Society The Club meets every Wednesday evening in the basement of Norvic House, Larner Road, Erith between 7.30pm and 9.30pm (ish). We are fortunate to have permanent Club rooms which are available 7 days a week for members to use. New members both young and old are most welcome although we suggest that you ring one of the members first so that we can arrange a proper welcome. Contact details can be found on our website. Website:
The Club has active N, OO and HO groups and a newly re-formed O gauge section. There are a number of Southern layouts including West Foxley (OO 1950s/1960s), Wormington (OO Modern Image) and Hawley Downs (N Somerset and Dorset). With a wide range of interests within the Club, most members' needs can be accommodated.
Fareham & District Model Railway Club Meet in dedicated Clubrooms in Portchester, General Club evening is Thursday from around 1930 on but also meet other nights of the week. 0 Gauge group meets during the day on Wednesday. Website:
Active in all gauges from 0 to N (including 09 and various other sidelines). Annual Exhibition on the weekend containing the first Sunday in October. Most 00 layouts heavily Southern themed and including Soberton (a fictitious Meon Valley station), Nictun Borrud, Nictun 2000 and Gosport circa September 1939. Also, Meon Valley themed N Gauge layout Corhampton in build..
Farnham & District MRC Meetings: Wednesday 7.30 - 10.30
Plus some Fridays
Website at: e-mail:
3 Exhibition layouts permanently available: Basingstoke - N gauge - Prototype model of BR (S) mainline. See Railway Modeller Oct/Nov 1998, Model Rail October 2000 and BRM 'Classic Layouts' Spring 2001
Brensham - 00 gauge under construction. Freelance, based on S&D / Southern.
Pilot Bridge - 0 gauge - Freelance GWR See Railway Modeller October 2001
Other facilities: Portable Live Steam Track, Airbrush, compressor and spray booth, Temperature controlled soldering irons, Lathe, pillar drill
Annual Exhibition: Connaught Leisure Centre, Aldershot. 20/25 Layouts, 20/25 Traders, Demonstrations and Live Steam. 2nd full weekend in October (since 1975) 9th/10th Oct 2010
Hampton Court Model Railway Society Meeting in the Hunt Hall at Tolworth Recreation Centre, Red Lion Road on Sunday nights between 8pm and 10.30pm. Web site:
We have four Club layouts in 00, EM and 009, although our members interests are more wide ranging. Nether Farligh is our steam age OO layout based on a location on the S&D, our Modern Image OO layout is Central, our EM layout is Millbridge Street and our 009 narrow gauge layout is Muckle Flugga.
Exhibition - Tolworth Showtrain in November.
High Wycombe and District MRS Wednesday evenings UK modellers, Monday evenings US modelling although in reality both nights are mixed Web site:
Currently the Group has sections involved in the construction and exhibiting of layouts in British 'N', '00' and '0' gauges and American 'N' 'H0' gauge. Although no layouts are specifically Southern the 'OO' layout Hinton Parva (see November 2003 Railway Modeller) set in the 1950s features a Southern/Western Cross Country route meeting Midland/Eastern Mainline (Great Central come Oxford type scenario) Many of the buildings, having been scratch built by Graham 'Muz', are based on Southern prototypes or flavour. Also the '0' gauge layout Blandford St Mary has regularly witnessed the odd Southern interloper! New members, especially Southern ones, are most welcome. The club moved into new permanent club rooms near the centre of High Wycombe in 2003.
Hull Miniature Railway Society We meet every Thursday in the Walton Street Leisure Centre, near West Park, Hull from about 7.30pm. Plus a small number of members meet on a Monday for the serious construction of the layouts. Web site:
Currently club layouts range from 'N' gauge through to 'O' gauge via 'OO', 'EM' and P4, including a narrow gauge interest. Amongst them are two Southern layouts - CHESSINGTON (CHALK LANE), a 20ft x 16ft 'EM ' gauge Southern Electric (third rail) surburban layout based on the Leatherhead loop line in 1968 and MIDDLESEA a 27ft x 2ft 'OO' BR Southern Region layout based on the Hampshire Coast about 1962.
Our exhibition us usually held during November.
Ilkeston Woodside Model RailwayClub Meeting at the Heanor Miners Welfare, Ilkeston Road, Heanor, Derbyshire (own Club room on premises) each Tuesday and Thursday from 8pm to 11pm. New members of all abilities always welcome Peter Abbott (Secretary)
Tel: 01773 712648 after 7pm)
email -
Our layout is called Cedar Park and is an OO scale Southern shed, with a main line junction, set in the south west of London and has featured in the BRM magazine twice (Sept 1999 and June 2000, with another article to follow) with lots of interesting motive power such as Leader, 11001 Bulleid shunter, 20001,02,03 and 10201,02,03 - plus others!
Exhibition details - our first one was held 23 Feburary 2003 at Trowell Parish Hall, near Ilkeston. A one day event which we hope will become an annual one.
Liphook & District Model Railway Club Meets every Friday evening (except Christmas & New Year) between 7-30 and 10-30pm at the Committee Room of the Milland Valley Memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland, Liphook GU30 7NA. The membership is drawn from the adjoining areas of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex and has a wide range of model and prototype interests Contact:
Club web site:
Amongst the club membership we have a Southern 00 scale layout, Hawkhurst, based closely on the long gone branch terminus. It was exhibited in 2012 at the Midhurst Modellers Show & the club open day in 2011. The club previously had a large Southern 00 layout called Weyford on Sea parts of which have been either scrapped or the baseboards re-used in other projects. A new Southern 00 layout, as yet unnamed, set in the West Country as a branch terminus, is currently under construction as a club project & should be available for exhibition in late 2016. Amongst club members there is a couple of planned Southern layouts set in London & the West Country. These will be "stay at home layouts" . Another club project is an H0 German outline layout Friedrichstrasse set in Berlin in Epoch 3, which is at an advance state of construction.
New Forest Model Railway Society Meetings are every Tuesday evening at Brockenhurst Village Hall from 7 until 10pm. Contact:
Club web site:
The NFMRS is a medium sized club with a membership of around 40. The Club owns and operates five separate layouts, covering various regions and timescales, in N, OO and O.
There is an exhibition every May and an open day during November/December.
Orpington & District Model Railway Society Opening Nights are Wednesdays and Fridays from 20:00 'til 23:00. John Arkell (Chairman)
Founded in 1951 the Club has layouts in the following scales/gauges: O, O16.5, EM, OO, HO, and N.
One member has two foot gauge in his paddock with a Simplex (working) and a Barclay steam engine (being rebuilt). The Club usually has an open day there each year.
There is a permanent Clubhouse, built ny the Club, with layout room and library / tea-room (most important).
Southern Interest. The EM layout is Admiralty Exchange Sidings most recently exhibited at the Fairfield Halls autumn 2001. Many of the members actively model Southern or its constituents/sucessors and several of the Society members are active at the Bluebell and KESR.
Usually holds an exhibition in late June or early July
Poole and District Model Railway Society The P&DMRS was established in 1956 (August 31st) as the Bournemouth Model Railway Society. The society moved into its first clubroom in 1957 at the old Bournemouth West Station waiting room. In 1962 the club left Bournemouth West, as it was due for demolition, and moved to its present clubroom in Sterte Road, Poole, an ex-railway building. A change of name saw the Poole & District Model Railway Society established.
Regular society meeting nights are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7:45pm onwards.
Contact: Chairman on 01202 690873
Club web site:
Consisting of members steeped in Southern history, there is a large Southern-flavoured layout in development which will fit onto N-Track modules at each end to enable the use of the club's large N-Track switching yard thereby allowing the running of full scale-length trains. The clubroom has a semi permanent OO layout which is being progressively developed with the current focus being on platforms and buildings, with a grand curved viaduct carrying the mainline from the station towards two seperate tunnels. All our other layouts are portable and are stored away at members homes giving us plenty of room to operate and work on a varied selection of layouts.
There are new OO and N gauge exhibition layouts in the making, with several baseboards built, lots of track laying and wiring going on with other sectional and stand alone layout projects in various stages of planning, construction and development.
Annual exhibition each November.
Uckfield Model Railway Society Uckfield Model Railway Club is fortunate to have exclusive use of premises within the town centre of Uckfield. Although groups within the Club meet on particular nights at different times of the year it is usual to find work being carried out on Monday and Thursday evenings by members of all interests. Club Secretary Steve Rowley, e-mail:
Club web site:
Catering for Railway Modellers in 2mm, 4mm & 7mm scales, and Model Engineers in 5 inch & 7¼ inch gauges the Club has 'Southern' layouts in 'P4' and 'O'gauges. Exhibition in October.
Wildwood Model Railway Group, Calgary The Wildwood Model Railway Group is centred in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and consists of 3 enthusiastic gentlemen with a mixture of interests and experience. 2 of us live in Calgary whilst young Dave lives 300 Kms. South east in Medicine Hat. Logistics of planning meetings and working sessions bring their attendant challenges.

We do not meet on any regular basis. Our work takes place in any one of our individual homes, often followed by libations of our local brewing masters. .

If anyone is intertested please contact Roger Marler at:403-452-2952 or via email at: .
Our new exhibition layout comprises 3 modules each 5'-6" long. In OO/4mm scale, we have depicted a Southern light industrial scene somewhere in the south west of England where Southern and Western rails crossed. Rolling stock includes a mixture of Southern and GWR/WR locos, waggons, and some passenger cars. Most of the buildings are either scratch built or are kit bashed and show local industries at their best: 2 breweries, a bonded warehouse, coal merchant's yard, LSWR area offices and engineers design office, engine shed, Bed & Breakfast, 2 pubs, passenger station, and some small houses. More is in the planning stages.

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