Railwells 2017

Railwells 2017 including Scalefour Southwest 25 and Special Railwells 40 Exhibits
Organised by the Wells Railway Fraternity
The Town Hall,
Market Place,
Somerset. BA5 2RB

Saturday August 12th, 10.30 to 5.30
Sunday August 13th, 10.00 to 4.30
Admission Adults £6.00, Accompanied Child (15 and under) Free
Wheelchair user & Child £4.00
For further and up to date information – Organiser Chris Challis 01749 938362

Railwells 2017
In 2017 Railwells is 40. Have you got any photos of the Railwells exhibition especially the early ones. Please scan and send via the Railwells web site for a special display.

Railwells, Including Scalefour Southwest, is a very special show in the railway modelling calendar, especially because the Wells Railway Fraternity is not a model railway club. The Fraternity is a railway meeting organisation. The exhibition has always been put on to promote railway modelling. Railwells therefore attracts the railway modelling enthusiast, who make up the vast majority of the visiting public. Those contemplating being a railway modeller or are new to the hobby are particularly welcome. This year we are pleased to commemorate 50 years of closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway, and the 40th anniversary of the Scalefour Society.

For Scalefour 40 there are 6 exhibits, 5 layouts and a demo/display of the history of P4 by Iain Rice. For the closure of the S&D there are 8 layouts, as well as the S&D Trust’s touring exhibition.

Railwells 2016 is once again held in the historic setting of Wells Town Hall. Scalefour Southwest is an annual part of the exhibition, Also attending – EM Gauge Soc Demo, Enquiries and Membership, 2mm Roadshow, Scale7 info and demo, Broad Gauge Soc 4mm pre ordered sales and demo. The exhibition will have layouts under construction to show you how. There will be at least 60 exhibits this year including 14 layouts, 22 traders, 10 demonstrators and other displays. Whether you are considering constructing a layout or not it is always interesting to see what someone else has done. All this will make the show well worth a visit. Please note; for free show parking follow the Railwells Parking signs.

Should you not like crowds then Sunday is the better day to attend. For those travelling by public transport there is a new ½ hourly bus service No 376 from Bristol to Street that passes though Wells, picking up by Temple Meads Station, and stopping at the Market Place, outside the HSBC Bank.

A free programme will be available for you to pick up on the door; if you follow the stand numbers round the halls you will not miss any of the shows’ delights.

Please note for free show parking follow the Railwells parking signs as you enter the centre of Wells, Somerset.

Railwells 40

Railwells Location Map

User comments

Mere 3

Mere 4

Mere 5

Mere 6
Burnham Buffer

Station and Cattle Pen


Updated 12.05.2016

Getting to Scalefour Southwest/Railwells by public transport

There is now a half hourly bus service to Wells from Bristol. The bus is the Mendip Xplorer service 376, marked from Bristol to Wells, Glastonbury and Street. For those travelling by train, the bus stop at Bristol Temple Meads is at the bottom of the station approach on the right. In Wells the bus stops at the HSBC bank 150 yards from the Town Hall. For the return journey, it is best to go to the Wells bus station, or ask on the exhibition ticket office.

The one exception to the half hourly schedule is there is no bus on Sunday at 1700 hrs; it skips this time from 1630 to 1730 and then goes on half hourly. The bus is normally a comfortable double decker, appropriately for 2016, in a dark shade of Somerset and Dorset Railway blue.


Layouts to be confirmed


Demonstrators to be confirmed


Displays to be confirmed

Lynton & Barnstable Rly.

Scalefour membership and promotion:

Steve Carter
Brownsmiths, Main Street, Beckley, Rye, E Sussex, TN31 6RG.
Tel: 01797 620192

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust; info at www.sdrt.org
Touring exhibition commemorating the 50th  anniversary of closure of the S&D

Scalefour Society; info at www.scalefour.org

H.M.R.S.; info at www.hmrs.org.uk

Scale 7 Group membership Sec.
Ron Pitts
30 Wroxall Road
W. Mids., B91 1DS
Tel. 0121 705 4138
Scale7 South West Coordinator
John Day

Wells Railway Fraternity; info at www.railwells.com

Railways of Wells then and now

Re dedication of City of Wells

EM Gauge Society; info at www.emgs.org

The South Western Circle www.lswr.org

Pendon Museum

Missenden Abbey’s Railway Modellers’ Weekends, 3 learn how to weekends a year

Railway Children Charity

Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, Midsomer Norton

South Western Circle

3mm Society

Please note that all details of exhibitors and traders are tentative and should be confirmed prior to the date.

Updated 02.08.2016


Traders booked to attend:

L&B Sales

C&L Finescale, Carrs, Exactoscale

Scalefour Society Stores

Dragon/Minerva Model Railways

Eileens Emporium

Roxey Mouldings

Wizard Models (inc MSE, 51L & Comet Models)

The Titfield Thunderbolt Book Shop

Mousa Models by Bill Bedford

Dart Castings with Monty’s figures and MJT

Broad Gauge Society 4mm Sales

East Somerset Models

Cooper Craft

Aspire Gifts & Models

David Geen and Malcolm Mitchell 4mm loco kits

Dave Finny 3D products

Pat Banks refreshments


Wells Railway Fraternity Book Sales in aid of The Railway Children Charity

Wild Swan Books Ltd publicity and information,
meet the owner Simon Castins

Modelu scanner will be in operation

Jane Riley Artist
Railway paintings and prints especially local views

Jane Riley

Please note that all details of exhibitors and traders are tentative and should be confirmed prior to the date.

Updated 03.01.2017