Railwells 2018

16 Layouts, 7 Demonstrations, 22 Traders, 12 Displays confirmed

Download Railwells 2018 Guide here

Parking for both Saturday and Sunday will be available in Palace Fields Charge £3 all day. To find this location just follow the Railwells Parking signs.

Railwells Parking

Railwells 2018 including Scalefour Southwest

Organised by the Wells Railway Fraternity
The Town Hall,
Market Place,
Somerset BA5 2RB

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

Saturday August 11th, 10.30 to 5.30
Sunday August 12th, 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 2018 Poster

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Wells Railway Fraternity, making this the 3rd anniversary event in a row. 2016 was the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway and 2017 the 40th Railwells.

Included in this year’s exhibition is a 009 layout depicting a WW1 trench railway, by Callum Willcox, commemorating the battle of Amiens which began on the 8th August 1918. Tim Venton will be showing his P4 layout Clutton for the last time; the layout is set in 1952 on the Bristol & North Somerset Railway. Also attending, for probably it’s only public show, is the Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway by John Greenwood; this 2mm system is in fact 7 layouts in one, making up the Southern Withered arm in North Cornwall. Roger Orpwood’s tiny T Scale layout’s locos are so small there is no room for motors inside them; the layout works with magic ‘ You’ll like it, not a lot, but you’ll like it’.

The Wells Railway Fraternity stand and displays will have items depicting the last 50 years of meetings, outings and visits.

When the Fraternity first set up Railwells it was advertised as a Model & Railway Exhibition. For a number of Years now the show has not included a Railwania display. This year Malcolm Barton has stepped forward to put one on. This is in the room on the right of the foyer as you enter the Town Hall. In this room also is a display of live steam locos by the 82D Model Engineers Club.

If you follow the stand numbers round the show you will not miss any of this year’s special delights. There are 16 layouts, 20 traders plus demos and displays.


Worlds End 00 gauge

Worlds End 00 gauge

Worlds End 00 gauge

Worlds End 00 gauge

Worlds End 00 gauge

Worlds End 00 gauge

T Scale layout

T Scale layout

Updated 11.05.2018

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 in a dark shade of Somerset and Dorset Railway blue.


2018 Layout list as at 26.05.2018

P4 Clutton – Tim Venton
BR WR North Somerset Railway station, Tim’s last exhibition with Clutton

P4 Pwllheli – Jonathon Buckie
Northern terminus of the Cambrian coast railway 2000-2012

P4 Lower Rose Goods – Steve Howe
Inter war GWR Cornish goods depot

P4 Mount Woodville Works – Rob Milliken
Set in the mid 1960’s a salt glazed works making mainly drainage pipes

2mm Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway – John Greenwood
A rear chance to see 7 layouts in one, a true railway system

2mm Bordesley North – Jim Alwood
Minium space layout with high level station and lower level cement terminal

2mm Callaton – Mick Simpson
Situated north of Newcastle in the 1970’s

2mm Mini-MSW (The Woodhead Line) – Alan Whitehouse
The first showing of Alan’s revamped Woodhead inspired layout

EM Navigation Road – Clive Hunt
North East London 1970’s

OO Worlds End – Peter Goss
North Yorkshire 2005-2015

3mm Ballyconnel Road – 3mm Irish Group
Great Northern Railway in Ireland 1955

009 Wantage Narrow Gauge Tramway – Richard Holder
An interpretation of what the Upper Yard, Mill Street might have looked like at 2’3’’ Gauge

009 WW1 Trench Railway – Callum Willcox
The Battle of Amiens 1918, a poignant reminder of 100 years ago.

0g Paxtol Road – Tim Tincknell
Col Stephens inspired light railway in the 1930s

Ng Ashburton – John Birkett-Smith
This delightful scene is set in the 1930s

T scale Bridge Siding 3/4 mm to the foot – Roger Orpwood
A demonstration, magic micro scene, of this very small scale


Demonstrations booked to attend 2018 as at 22.07.2018

Modelling in EM Andrew Ullyott

Learn how to solder and have a go Roger Sawyer

Track construction & working in S7 The Scale 7 group

Modelling the Broad Gauge Paul Townsend

2mm Association Roadshow Paula Martin

Buildings Wagons from kits and scratch
and modelling in P4 John Chambers

Missenden Abby Demo David Brandreth


Displays Etc. booked to attend as at 22.07.2018

Lynton & Barnstable Rly, info at www.lynton-rail.co.uk

Scalefour membership and promotion Steve Carter
Brownsmyths, Main Street, Beckley, Rye, E Sussex, TN31 6RG. Pn 01797 260192

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust; info at www.sdrt.org

Scalefour Society; info at www.scalefour.org

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

Wells Railway Fraternity; info at www.railwells.com
Display 50 years of Wells railway Fraternity

EM Gauge Society; info at www.emgs.org.

EM Gauge Society Membership Iain Hunter

Pendon Museum www.pendonmuseum.com

Missenden Abbey’s Railway Modellers’ Weekends, 3 learn how to weekends a year www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk

Railway Children Charity

South Western Circle

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust


Traders booked to attend 2018 as at 22.07.2018

L&B Sales

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust


C&L Finescale, Carrs, Exactoscale

Scalefour Society Stores

Dragon Models

Minerva Model Railways

Eileens Emporium

Roxey Mouldings

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

Mousa Models by Bill Bedford

Dart Castings with Monty’s figures and MJT

Broad Gauge Society 4mm Sales, Pre orders only

East Somerset Models

Cooper Craft

Aspire Gifts & Models

Wookey Hub Refreshments


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

Modelu, scanner will be in operation

Attwood Aggregates

Broad Gauge Society sales to order

Refreshments Queen Street Deli, Wells. Food all day

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

The Railwells programme will be available to download a week before the show.

Ashburton 04 Prairie on shed 1

Ashburton 04 Prairie on shed 1

Ashburton 07 Station NBS

Ashburton Station N Gauge

Clutton P4

Clutton P4

Mount Woodville Works P4

Mount Woodville Works P4

WW1 trench railway Battle of Amiens August 8 1918

WW1 trench railway Battle of Amiens August 8 1918

WW1 trench railway Battle of Amiens August 8 1918

WW1 trench railway Battle of Amiens August 8 1918