Railwells 2023


Download Railwells 2023 Guide here

Parking for both Saturday and Sunday will be available in Palace Fields Charge £4 all day. To find this location just follow the Railwells Parking signs.

Railwells Parking

Railwells 2023 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 12th August, 10.30 to 5.00
Sunday 13th August, 10.00 to 4.30
Admission Adults £8.00
Accompanied Child (14 and under) Free
Wheelchair-bound Free
Children up to 17yrs £5.00
For further and up-to-date information – Organiser Chris Challis 01308 897539.

Railwells 2023 Including Scalefour Southwest and special sections for The EM gauge Society and The 2mm Association

In spite of the very hot weekend, last year’s show was extremely well received, to build on this Railwells this year has some very interesting exhibits.

Of the 14 layouts booked to attend some are very different and well worth visiting the show are Sandsifters in P4 a layout built on a surfboard, Port Jubilee a 2mm layout built as an oval just 2ft by 10ins, a Somerset & Dorset Layout Foxcote New Pit in 2mm, Ryton Road started out in EM by the late John Spencer and now converted to P4, lastly another S&DJR layout set in 1904 is Bridgwater in 7mm.

The exhibition caters for experienced modellers as well as those starting out and interested in learning more. There are 2 layouts unfinished that will show how someone else builds a layout, and you can ask questions and discus what you need to know.

There is a range of demonstrators who might not be working in the scale you wish to, but the experiences they pass on can be invaluable.

The trading mall will have lots of things that will keep your project on the right track. As well as items you are looking for you might find something you were not.

The Scalefour, EM Gauge and 2mm society membership secretary will be in attendance over the weekend for any questions you might have.


Updated 07.08.2023


2023 Layout list
See the show guide here Download Railwells 2023 Guide here

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

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 hourly. The bus is normally a comfortable double-decker, appropriately in a dark shade of Somerset and Dorset Railway Blue.

Traders booked to attend Railwells 2023

Bill Hudson Transport Books

C&L Finescale Track

Scalefour Society Stores

Dart Castings with Monty’s figures and MJT

Lord & Butler


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

Attwood Aggregates  attwood.aggregates@yahoo.com phone 07740381999

Roxey Mouldings

Stonybridge Structures  & Model Sounds

Broad Gauge Society stores, pre orders collect only

Railway Children’s Charity book sales

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

Amberly Componentst

 EBMA Hobby Craft

 Refreshments The Wookey Hub, Food all day

Demonstrations booked to attend Railwells 2023

Modelling in EM                                                Andrew Ullyott

How to solder                                                    Roger Sawyer

Track construction & working in S7                     The Scale 7 group

2mm Association Roadshow                                Paula Martin

Kit and scratch-built wagons in 4mm                    John Chambers

Starting in P4                                                     Gavin Clarke

Track building                                                  Terry Bendall

3D Printing                                                        David Burnett

Modelling French Meter Gauge Railways             Gorden Gravett

Displays Etc. booked to attend Railwells 2023

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.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

Railway Children Charity


Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Live steam model engineers ESSMEE, Locos stock & traction engins