Wimborne Railway Society Exhibitions
We thank all exhibitors, traders, demonstration standholders, volunteers, management and staff of the venue, club members and visitors who helped make the Wimrail 2019 exhibition in March a success.
NEXT WIMRAIL EXHIBITION – ‘WIMRAIL 2021’ CANCELLED
The Society has been compelled to CANCEL the next Wimrail exhibition at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne on the 20th / 21st March 2021because of the unavailability of the school premises due to the coronavirus pandemic. We intend to be back better than ever on 18th/19th March 2023
Offers of Layouts for ‘WIMRAIL 2023’
If owners of layouts (individuals, groups or clubs) and traders would like to offer layouts, demonstration stands or trade stands for this exhibition please contact us by using the ‘Contact’ section of this website to send your contact details. Yes, we know it’s a long time away but time flies when you’re planning a model railway exhibition!!
Queen Elizabeth’s School
Our next exhibition will be Saturday & Sunday, 20th/21st March 2021.
If owners of layouts (individuals, groups or clubs) and traders would like to offer layouts, demonstration stands or trade stands for this exhibition please contact us by using the ‘Contact’ section of this website to send your contact details.
The following information is provisional at this stage of planning and will be finalised nearer to the date.
Exhibition opening hours will be,
Saturday – 10am until 5pm.
Sunday – 10am until 4pm.
Free parking is available on site and in the adjacent Sports Centre car park. The Sports Centre car park is accessed from the traffic light junction just 100 metres further down the road towards Wimborne. Signs will be posted.
It is hoped that, again, a free heritage bus service will operate between Wimborne Town Square and the School at frequent intervals.
Refreshments will be available during the exhibition in the cafeteria on the lower ground floor. Look out for the tables with flowers!
The publicity flyer will appear below when we prepare it nearer the time.
In the meantime images of layouts that appeared at Wimrail 2019 are shown below.
BOURNEMOUTH WEST making its first appearance at Wimrail and it’s sure to attract a large audience, many of whom will remember the station in its glory days – which our exhibitors have skilfully recreated
SNAKE PASS – An N gauge American outline layout with DCC sound and mountain scenery.
GREYSTONES CENTRAL – N gauge. A fictitious layout set in the 1950s and 1960s based on a Cyril Freezer design utilising DCC. Twin track main line and terminus with a loco shed, turntable and goods yard.
OO gauge – Southern branchline set in the latter part of the 20th Century.
SHADES OF GREY – at least 50 at the last count. A highly unusual 3mm scale layout based in a cabinet with sector plate operation. Essentially, a small shunting layout with a dockside feature bringing a welcome change from the usual green landscapes of high summer.
SAN MARIA GANDIA – a layout in HOe of a Spanish narrow gauge line set in the rural hinterland of Valencia in the 1960s. Sounds abound to the movements on rail and road.
KLAPPING – H0 gauge set in Austria with an electrified main line and a diesel branch. The layout also sees occasional preserved/heritage steam traction.
LYNTON, LYNMOUTH & BARNSTAPLE
OO9 gauge layout formed by a series of boards built by a group of friends
and combined to create a single operation.
SIDMOUTH P4 (Protofour) scale layout depicting Sidmouth station when it was operated by British Railways Southern Region in 1959/1960 (opened in 1864 and closed in 1967).
O-gauge layout based on a branch line in Dorset with operating semaphore signals and a variety of locomotive and stock
WHITHORN – an EM layout using an Iain Rice design as inspiration. Featuring action around a small market town in Galloway, the Whithorn Branch was the most southerly length of railway in Scotland and Whithorn was its southern terminus.
MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT – this popular 4mm (OO) gauge layout consists of a fictitious Museum of Transport in a former dockland of a town “somewhere in England”. There are railway exhibits, trams and classic motor vehicles whilst the water is home to a retired passenger steamer, a lightship and a steam paddle tug. An opportunity to play with “Trains and Boats and Planes” that the operators have embraced enthusiastically.
GRETTON AND WENLOCK – OO layout based loosely on a line from Church Stretton to Much Wenlock in the heart of Shropshire. Although the line itself is entirely in the imagination of its builders they have a fascinating backstory to tell – who knows? If you ever travel that way and look very carefully you may even see signs of the former trackway – now almost lost back into the landscape.
BRIDPORT TOWN – a 7mm (O gauge) layout using OO track. A terminus station, loco shed, workshops and an exchange siding with the Great Western Railway. The concept was influenced by the Welshpool and Llanfair, Southwold Railway and the Culm Valley.
MILITARY VEHICLES – we are, once again, pleased to advise that there will be enhanced security at this year’s exhibition courtesy of our military models that will be in position and manouevring outside the main school building. The sound effects are very impressive!!
MERSTONE & VENTNOR WEST
A OO gauge Isle of Wight junction and branch line terminus which closed in the 1950s. An amalgamation of two friends’ layouts to create a much larger display.
A OO gauge model of a 15″ gauge estate railway built by Sir Macintosh Burger, a follower of Sir Arthur Heywood and set in 1900.
Three scenes are depicted, The Stable Yard,
The Cascades and The Temple
OO gauge finely detailed Somerset & Dorset terminus with DCC sounds