Wimborne Railway Society – watch this panel for latest news


URGENT REMINDER!! An EGM will take place at Chapel Lane on Thursday, 7th July starting at 7.45pm. All members have received a copy of the formal Notice which is also displayed in the Club Rooms. 


  We are now in the summer period of Club Nights only until early September. A programme for the autumn has been drafted and is just waiting for confirmation from all the participants. 


Congratulations to the winning quiz team of Colin Hall, Paul Carpenter and Clive Arnold who will now be responsible for setting the questions next year – so revise your shipping knowledge, obscure stations and pretty much anything else underthe banner of “transport”!!




Please watch for updates via email/Facebook or check the website which will be updated regularly.  



 WIMRAIL 2023  

We have now been advised that Queen Elizabeth’s School is no longer able to host exhibitions such as Wimrail. Given the need to find a new venue, the pending (temporary) loss of our premises in Chapel Lane and the reluctance of many people to travel and mingle as they have done in the past, we have decided, reluctantly, that we cannot support a Wimrail in 2023. However, we are investigating other venues and a reduced scale show may well yet take place in the Spring. We realise that this is disappointing news but we hope that whatever format is agreed, it will be to the same high standard as all our past Wimrails.


Have a look at the video of Tarrant Valley at Warley on the “Society’s Layouts” page and scroll down to TVR

The  Society is now on Facebookclick here


Interested in joining us? See the Membership application form on the “Contact” button or click on the JOIN TODAY button at the bottom of this page


Wimborne Railway Society

Wimborne Railway Society meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1PP. Tuesdays are our modelling evenings and on Thursdays we have a varied programme of slide, cine, and video shows interspersed with club nights where members can test their models on our test track, work on one of the layouts, read a book or magazine from our library, or have a chat with like minded individuals. The programme of meetings can be found by clicking on the “Meetings” tab. 

A Brief History of Wimborne Railway Society


The society was founded by Vera Hutchings in 1975, who arranged the first meetings at the R.A.F. Association hut, in Wimborne. When the club moved to a room at the Griffin Hotel, opposite Wimborne Station, we made a start on a ‘OO’ gauge model of the station before the last real trains ran in 1977. Layouts in ‘O’ and ‘N’ gauge followed (though not based on Wimborne). In June 1979 the first WRS exhibition was held, at Colehill, at the same time as the society was preparing to leave the Griffin, which was to be demolished.

The move to our current premises in Chapel Lane was made in August 1979, and the layouts rebuilt to suit the new arrangements. They had to be made portable, to be replaced in a storeroom after each meeting. The prophets of doom said that the club would not be the same without permanent layouts, and they were right – attendance at meetings increased by over 100%!

Since then, a format has evolved of Thursday nights for social chat, model running, and occasional guest speaker or other special event, with the new Tuesday nights for active modelling, maintenance, and occasional operating nights.

The success of the society can be judged from the levels of membership — almost 100 full members — and the fact that many of the founder members are still with us.

We aim to please a broad spectrum of railfans and railway modellers, and with almost 100 members, we must be doing something right!

Society Exhibitions

The Society holds a biennial exhibition on the third weekend of March of odd-numbered years.
The next model railway exhibition will be held on 18th and 19th March 2023 – note date!! –  at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne, BH21 4DT