Railwells 2018

Download Railwells 2018 Show Guide here

Railwells 2018 including Scalefour Southwest
Organised by the Wells Railway Fraternity
The Town Hall,
Market Place,
Somerset. BA5 2RB

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
15 Layouts, 7 Demonstrations, 18 Traders, 12 Displays to be confirmed

Railwells started as a one day show in 1978, has grown into a very special show in the model railway calendar. Always on the second weekend of August and always in Wells Town Hall, this we believe to be a record . Many shows have been running longer but have changed date or venue.

To make this event special, a selection of exhibits that celebrate the past, as well as those that show of the excellent modelling of today, have been put together. Most of the exhibitors who attended the first show are no longer around. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust and the Great Western Society, who were at the first exhibition are both attending.

Maurice Shaw, a long time chairman of the Wells Railway Fraternity, was involved in the first five shows. He was a fine scale Gauge1 modeller, and in the 1930’s chairman of The Model Railway Club. It is therefore fitting that the Gauge1 layout St Petroc and The Model Railway Club’s layout Happisburgh Goods are attending.

Colin Binnie was a demonstrator of 16mm garden railways at Railwells for over 30 years. For those of you who remember him you will understand why the Emett inspired layout ‘Scratchy Bottom Halt’ has been invited. Colin modelled many eccentric model railway items solving problems as he went. Has anyone else made a 6 coupled loco that ran, with every wheel a different size?

Iain Rice has exhibited at Railwells many times over the years, with layouts and as a demonstrator, he is attending this year with his Cornish china clay layout Trerice

Doug Richards has attended Railwells numerous times in the past with his 3mm layouts, and attends this year with his latest offering. The layouts this year span nearly 100 years from an early Seaton, through the 1959/60 Sidmouth to the two modern image layouts. There are no layouts available from the first show, but the H0e Maraizellerbahn layout of Pat Challis, at 38 years old is from this period, and has attended Railwells twice before.

Look out for the display of  Railwells Past  in the corridor to the Indictment room, to see something of the past 39 years . This year’s exhibition is the second of three anniversary shows. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, and next year is the 50th anniversary of the Wells Railway Fraternity, organisers of Railwells.

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







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Updated 28.06.2017

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 12-03-18

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


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

00 Worlds End – Peter Goss
North Yorkshire 2005-20015

3mm Ballyconnel Road
Great Northern Railway Ireland 1955

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 test section – Roger Orpwood
Magic micro scene


Demonstrations booked to attend 2018 not all confirmed

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 not all confirmed

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


Traders booked to attend 2018 invited

L&B Sales

C&L Finescale, Carrs, Exactoscale

Scalefour Society Stores

Dragon Model Railways

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


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

Modelu, scanner will be in operation

Attwood Aggregates

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.


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St Petroc 3

St Petroc 2

St Petroc 1