Railwells 2019

12 Layouts
13 Demonstrations
22 Traders
20 Displays

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 2019 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 10th August, 10.30 to 5.30
Sunday 11th August, 10.00 to 4.30
Admission Adults £7.00, Accompanied Child (15 and under) Free
Wheelchair user & Child £4.00
For further and up to date information – Organiser Chris Challis 01749 938362


This year is the 42ndyear the Wells Railway Fraternity’s model railway exhibition has been held.

Scalefour Southwest has been an integral part of Railwells for a long time, This year it is joined by a Special Section for EM, this section has been incorporated to promote the track that Peco is producing for the Society.

Included in Railwells this year are layouts that include, Black Dog Crossing, by Geoff Kent, a fictitious example of EM modelling. Also Faringdon, by Steven Williams, a prototype layout with the new street of houses on the end. These layouts are joined by others including John Burcott-Smiths rendition of Totnes in Ng.

This year is the 75thanniversary of D Day. Phil Smith has built a layout of a small French port receiving troops and supplies. Roger Orpwood’s T Scale layouts locos are so small motors will not fit in them; after last year’s very mini display he will be bringing along his part built 8’ layout, In the room on the right of the foyer Malcolm Barton will be back with more Railwayana.

David Maidment, Chairman of the Railway Children Charity, is attending and will be pleased to sign any of his books you buy.

If you follow the stand numbers round the show you will not miss any of this year’s special delights, There are 13 layouts, 22 traders plus demonstrations and displays.


Updated 06.06.2019

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 at 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.

P4 Ilkley Engine Shed 1958 – Pete Tarver

P4 Ilkley Engine Shed 1958 – Pete Tarver

P4 Great Bardfield – Dave Hawkins

P4 Great Bardfield – Dave Hawkins


2019 Layout list as at 07.06.2019

P4 The Somersetshire Coal Canal at Wellow – Tim Venton
A 3’ 4’’ tramway carting coal from Radstock

P4 Ilkley Engine Shed 1958 – Pete Tarver
Midland and Northeastern Shed in West Yorkshire

P4 Great Bardfield – Dave Hawkins
A railway in East Anglia in the 1950s

P4 Faringdon – Rex Davidson
GWR branch terminus built by Stephen Williams

EM Great Swilling – David Burnett
Originally built by the Bristol & Gloucester Railway

EM Black Lion Crossing – Geoff Kent
A hypothetical bit of the LNER in North Wales

EM Church Warsop – Tony Gee
GCR factious branch to serve the colliery and locals.

EM Sheepcroft – Stu Davies
Limited space diesel-era layout

Ng Totnes – John Birkett-Smith
First outing Railwells 2008, quite a bit has changed since then.

Ng Brixham – Kevin Cartwrite
A view across Brixham, town, railway and harbour

2mm Llangerisech – Nigel Ashton
Set on the North West coast of Wales serving three
periods; 1930, 1960 and 1970

OO Marest, France August 1944 – Phil Smith
A small scene, showing Jinties supplying British troops.

3/4mm scale Sefton Park – Roger Orpwood
Trackbed drive layout, as there are no motors in the locos.
An 8’ x 1’ Midland terminus set in the early 1900s


Demonstrations booked to attend 2019 as at 06.06.2019

Modelling in EM Andrew Ullyott

How to solder Roger Sawyer

How to signal your layout & Build signals Harry Ryland

Track construction & working in S7 The Scale 7 group

Modelling the Broad Gauge Paul Townsend

2mm Association Roadshow Paula Martin

Kit and scratch built wagons John Chambers

Starting in P4 Gavin Clarke

Modelling the Missenden Abbey way David Brandreth

Modelling in 2mm Andy Watson

Modelling the Diesel era Terry Bendall

Modelling locos and loco doctor Tony Wright

Building a model railway Norman Solomon


Displays Etc. booked to attend as at 06.06.2019

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 Joint Railway Co Ltd; info at www.sdrt.co.uk

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust: info at www.sdjr.org

Scale 7 Group membership Sec. Ron Pitts, 30, Wroxall Road, Solihull, W. Mids., B91 1DS. Phone 0121 705 4138

Wells Railway Fraternity; info at www.railwells.com
Display & membership details

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

EM Gauge Society Membership Michael Spearing

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

Railwayana Display by Malcolm Barton


Traders booked to attend 2018 as at 20.07.2019

Lynton & Barnstable Railway Sales


C&L Finescale Track

Scalefour Society Stores

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

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

Broad Gauge Society sales to order

Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway Co Ltd (Midsomer Norton)

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust (Washford)

EM Gauge Society Sales (New Track & Points, wheels & conversion sets. Members pre-orders)

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.

EM Sheepcroft – Stu Davies

EM Sheepcroft – Stu Davies