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This site is about my personal interests in railway & tramway modelling; railway history; bus and trolley bus models and modelling; bus company history and in the various railway & tramway prototypes, covering British, European, Canadian, USA & South American prototypes.

In diesem Blog geht es um meine persönlichen Interessen in der Eisenbahn- und Straßenbahnmodellierung, der Eisenbahngeschichte, der Busmodellierung und in den verschiedenen Eisenbahn- und Straßenbahnprototypen, die britische, europäische, kanadische, amerikanische und südamerikanische Prototypen abdecken.

Ce blog traite de mes intérêts personnels dans la modélisation des chemins de fer et des tramways, l’histoire des chemins de fer, la modélisation des autobus et dans les divers prototypes de tramways et de tramways, couvrant des prototypes britanniques, européens, canadiens, américains et sud-américains.

The site has been in existence since April 2007. It also  included the activities of the Gauge O Group at the South Hants club- (GOSH) for a short time & of the L&DMRC for a long period, neither under the control of the respective club committees.

Now that I am no longer a club member, it is essential that  the  creation of a  new  website, owned & managed by the club & its officers, proceeds speedily. In readiness for this change, the club content on this site has been relocated to a defined group of pages- covering current & archive material- (see side bars) Nothing has been removed, its just in a slightly different place. Unfortunately the longer the change-over takes, the  more difficult it will be to maintain up to date club information on this site. On the other hand I do not want to remove the club content without there being  a viable club site available elsewhere.

Please bear with me during this transition; millandvalleyrailway.co.uk will continue after L&DMRC content  is transferred to a new club site. The opportunity is already being taken to freshen the look ahead of the departure of the L&DMRC content. The multi language introduction to some pages & improvement of links within the site are part of that ongoing effort ….Tony Bettger

 Events that may be of interest
Bus Rallies

See Bus preservation magazines and rally websites for full details

Friday March 10th-Sunday March 12th 2017

Victoria Coach station 85th Birthday

Monday 1st May 2017 (Bank Holiday)

Winchester Buses Running Day

Sunday 16th July 2017

Alton Bus Rally

2017- Exhibitions 

See model railway press for full details of location, opening times and entry prices .I shall be assisting  in exhibiting the specified layouts at the  events marked*


22nd Astolat Model Railway Circle Exhibition– Surrey Sports Park Guildford


4th/5th Alton Febex– Eggars School Alton

12th Midhurst Modellers Exhibition– The Grange Leisure Centre

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


18th/19thAbingdon & District MRC Exhibition*-White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre with Nick Harling’s Kanjiyama– Japanese N scale

25th/26th London Festival of Railway Modelling– Alexandra Palace


22ndRotarail 2017- Fareham College- (L&DMRC layout Titherleigh on display)

22nd/23rd Crawley MRS Exhibition


22nd/23rd Festival of Tramway Modelling– London Museum of Water & Steam (Kew)


2ndBurgess Hill Model Railway Club Exhibition– Burgess Hill Girls School


14thWinchester Annual American & Continental O Gauge Exhibition, Kings School, Romsey Road, S022 5PN 10.00 am -4.00 pm

29th- Model Trains in the Valley 8th Annual Open Day of L&DMRC- MVMH, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


2017- Other events


14th  Talk by Vic Mitchell “From dentistry to Steam”– Physic Garden Room -Petersfield -7.00 pm


13th  Liphook U3A Open Day– Liphook Millennium Hall from 2.00 pm, including launch of Building A Model Railway Group- see below

LIPHOOK U3A-TRANSPORT INTERESTS GROUP  I formed  this new  group in early 2016. 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, canals & canal craft etc .

Unfortunately I was no longer able to carry on leading this group-but the group continues under new leadership -Bill Gill -with a number of new visits being planned. Please contact Liphook U3A direct for the latest info.

See www.liphooku3a.org.uk  or contact transport1@liphooku3a.org.uk

Membership of the  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.

LIPHOOK U3A -BUILDING A MODEL RAILWAY GROUP 2017  Proposed new group starting in  April 2017.  Click on the heading to see details on a new page. Come along to the Liphook U3A Open Day -see above, to find out more & possibly sign up?

This site is owned and managed by Tony Bettger, a former long standing L&DMRC member (2003 to 2016) with responsibilities for publicity and at different periods Treasurer and Secretary.  Any views expressed  in the  L&DMRC sections content, should not be assumed to be those of the current L&DMRC committee.

Revised March 2016/ April 2016/May 2016/June 2016/July 2016/August 2016/September 2016/October 2016/ November 2016/December 2016/January 2017