This blog is about my personal interests in model railways but was expanded   for five years or more to include the activities of the


Shortly,  the process of transferring the Liphook & District MRC content  to a new club only website, owned & managed by the club & its officers, will commence. In the meantime the L&DMRC content will  be reduced commencing at the end of 2016  

Following the removal of Liphook & District MRC content this site will continue but will be revamped to revert to my personal modelling content. ….Tony Bettger

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.

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.


 As a club we would like to grow a little- we currently have 13 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.

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.


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 (Activity cancelled due to lack of members available)

Anniversary of the final Atlantic Coast Express 1964

Friday 9th– Club Meeting

Saturday 10th-St Peters Petersfield Church Fete- Club showing a railway diorama under construction & club info (Open to public)- UPDATE- we were not able to attend due to sickness

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

Friday 23rd– Club Meeting

Saturday 24th– Worthing MRC Exhibition- Exhibiting Kanjiyama (open to public)

Sunday 25th –   Worthing MRC Exhibition- Exhibiting Kanjiyama (open to public)

Friday 30th– Club Meeting


Sunday 2nd- Club Workday MVMH 9.00 am to 2.00 pm Work on club layouts

Friday 7th – Club Meeting

Friday 14th – Club Meeting- Planning Session for Open Day

Friday 21st– Club Meeting

Sunday 23rd

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.


Make a note in your diary now
Tuesday 13th December

(Note: This is a  2nd correction 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

 2017 Club & Members layouts at Exhibitions


25th/26th Eurotrack- Lords Hill Southampton- Graham Ashley’s HO scale  Italian modern image layout


18th Abingdon MRC- Nick Harling’s N Scale Japanese branch line terminus-Kanjiyama


22nd Rotarail – Fareham College- Club layout-   Friedrichstrasse HO Epoch 3 Berlin (withdrawn- possible substitute)

22nd/23rd Crawley MRS show- Nick Harling’s N scale Japanese branch line terminus- Kanjiyama


LIPHOOK U3A-TRANSPORT INTERESTS GROUP One of our former members, who is also a Liphook U3A member, formed  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 .

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  group under “groups”  or contact transport1@liphooku3a.org.uk

This site is owned and managed by Tony Bettger, a former long standing L&DMRC member with responsibilities for publicity and at different periods Treasurer and Secretary. 

Any views expressed here should not be assumed to be those of the current 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/September 2016