This blog was originally about my personal interests in model railways but has expanded  to include all the activities of the


We are a small club with a big heart.

We believe in club’s such as ours playing a full part in community life and thus encouraging a positive attitude of the club and the model railway hobby in general.

A club’s greatest asset is its members. Ours have  knowledge, interest and skill in a wide range of scales and prototypes, covering O, OO, HO, & N; British, German, American, Japanese; standard, narrow gauge and tramways. We appreciate all branches of the hobby to the exclusion of none.

We won’t say this is the greatest model railway club website, but we don’t have adverts, are continually adding to its content and keeping it up to date. So don’t just dip into it, give it a good look over-see the contents on the right. Put it on your favourites and keep on coming back.

The  separate Google+ pages for various layouts  & for the club are no longer being kept up to date, but all the unique content and pictures has been transferred to this site.

If you are local, that is in  East Hampshire, South-West corner of  Surrey and North-West corner of West Sussex, in an area bounded by Bordon, Petersfield, Midhurst, Petworth,  Haslemere and Grayshott you’re pretty well in our  catchment area. If you would like to come along and see what we are like, you would be made very welcome.

Liphook is lucky to have two clubs involved in practical railway based  hobbies – ours, Liphook & District Model Railway Club and  the other called Liphook Modellers. 

Sometimes there is confusion as to which of the two clubs to contact.

We are, as it says on the tin, a model railway club.

Liphook Modellers  are involved mainly in model engineering, who during the summer operate the miniature railway at the Hollycombe Steam Collection. Currently  (July 2016) Liphook Modellers website has been taken down. Sadly our main known contact died in March 2016. Unfortunately we do not have any further  contact information of which we are sure of its veracity.


 As a club we would like to grow a little- we currently have 14 members.

If you live locally & are interested in the hobby of model railways, we believe you could gain much by being a part of our club.

Please contact us for more info. We can arrange for you to come along to a couple of our regular meetings at no charge. Have a chat with us when we are exhibiting at local or regional model railway exhibitions.

Two members are about to start building a new club O gauge layout, our first effort in this scale for over 20 years. Are you interested in this scale?   Join us in building this small exhibition layout! Help us also to celebrate 60 years of the Gauge O Guild…

Please contact our Secretary

We look forward to hearing from you. 


This is only highlighting the coming month’s club events- there is a full programme given under Forthcoming Club Activities. Both are updated regularly so check back for the latest info. Unless otherwise indicated these activities are only open to club members.

 AUGUST 2016

Monday 1st- Gauge O Guild came into existence 1956 (60th Anniversary)

Friday 5th- Club Meeting- small display of Gauge O models to celebrate 60 years of the Gauge O Guild.             Use of main hall for work on Friedrichstrasse & new Southern layout

Sunday 7th- The Provincial Society  Bus Rally, Stokes Bay, Gosport See http://www.provincialsociety.org/rally.htm   Open  to public 10.00 to 17.00 hrs.

Friday 12th-Club Meeting

Saturday 13th  – Milland Gardening Club Flower & Produce Show GU30 7NA (Open to public)- to include diorama entries from the club in Division 4a- class 62!

Friday 19th – Club Meeting

Friday 26th – Club Meeting


Friday 2nd – Club Meeting

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th-Gauge O Guild  60th Anniversary Show-Telford

Sunday 4th– Club Workday MVMH 10.00 am. to 3.00 pm. Work on Friedrichstrasse & SR layouts

Anniversary of the final Atlantic Coast Express 1964

Friday 9th– Club Meeting

Saturday 10th-St Peters Petersfield Church Fete- Club showing some railway dioramas & club info (Open to public)

Tuesday 13th-  Talk on Liphook Station see advance notices (below) for full details

Wednesday 14th– Liphook U3A Transport Interests Group Meeting with talk by Barry Baker (group member) on Steam Lorries. Committee Room MVMH, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA 2.00 pm to 4.oo pm

Friday 16th– Club Meeting   Portable Appliance Testing  (PAT)from 8.00 pm


Make a note in your diary now
 Tuesday 13th September

Liphook U3A Local History Group meeting at Liphook Village Hall, 2 Headley Road, Liphook GU30 7NP  commencing at 10.30 am

Visitors welcome. Entry £2.50 includes tea and biscuits

Please note car parking at the hall is restricted. Please consider using other car parks nearby such as Midhurst Road if you can. No parking in Headley Road

Sunday 23rd October

Our 7th Annual Open Day will be held  in the Milland Valley Memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA   between 10.00 am & 4.00 pm

Adults: £2  Up to 2 Accompanied Children FREE with each Adult

This is not an exhibition more an expanded regular club meeting, with displays of the club and its members work. More relaxed than formal exhibitions, with plenty of opportunity to sit & watch the trains or chat to the operators. We are not too busy to answer questions about the layouts or the hobby.

In a first for this event, we are  featuring a visiting O gauge layout from the Farnham & District Model Railway Club called Haydon Square, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Gauge O Guild this year.

For details of Haydon Square, which is currently at an advanced stage of construction see www.farnhammrc.org.uk 

We shall be collecting at the open day for Railway Children  an international children’s charity working with street children in India, East Africa and the UK. There will also be a selection of their railway themed Christmas cards for sale.

Tuesday 8th November 

(Note: This is a change to the date given previously!!)

TALK ON  The Hawkshaws* –Janet Bettger

Liphook U3A Local History Group meeting  at Liphook Village Hall, 2 Headley Road, Liphook GU30 7NP  commencing at 10.30 am

*The Hawkshaws, father & son,  were a  famous firm of civil engineers responsible for many railway, harbour & canal schemes in Europe and South America. Related by marriage  to the Wedgwood family they owned Hollycombe House  & the Hollycombe Estate- covering much of the Milland Valley, for many years. They also built the local  school – Hollycombe School, which is still the village Primary School.

Visitors welcome. Entry £2.50 includes tea and biscuits

Please note car parking at the hall is restricted. Please consider using other car parks nearby such as Midhurst Road if you can. No parking in Headley Road


One of our members, who is also a Liphook U3A member, has launched  a new Liphook U3A group- Transport Interests.  The group covers  all the major forms of  land, water and air transport, including railways, buses, coaches, trams, military vehicles, civil and military aircraft, merchant  & naval ships, canal barges etc .

The first meeting was held on April 20th  to explore what members wanted out of the group. A second meeting was held on  11th May. Both meetings attracted around 10.  Meetings will resume in September.

The first visit of the summer season was on  June 15th-  an evening trip to the Mid Hants Railway & was much enjoyed . The second visit, this time concerned with bus manufacture, took place on the 18th July and was a most interesting  session at Alexander-Dennis at Guildford. This company one of the largest bus bus manufacturers in Europe & exports to the USA, Canada & the Far East.

A list of possible further visits will shortly be put to a vote of all those who have expressed an interest in the group.

Membership of the new group is restricted to paid up members of Liphook U3A  (currently £12 per annum) & certain other local U3A’s. A separate group annual fee may be payable  to fund meeting room hire & external speakers. There will be additional costs for  any entrance charges/travel costs on arranged visits to places of interest.

See www.liphooku3a.org.uk  for latest information on the new group under “groups”  or contact transport1@liphooku3a.org.uk


This site is  owned and managed by the Tony Bettger,  a long standing member and current club secretary. Any views expressed here should not be assumed to be those of the Liphook & District Model Railway Club committee, who have  no  direct control of the site’s content.

Revised March 2016/ April 2016/May 2016/June 2016/July 2016/August 2016