Open Days and Events

 ‘Wimrail 2019’

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. 




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 


 ‘WIMRAIL 2023’

We are extremely sorry to say that our regular venue for many years, Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne, has decided that it can no longer host exhibitions such as Wimrail. We are currently looking at alternative venues and formats that will allow us to showcase quality layouts with trader support. Please watch for updates on our Home page or on this page of the Wimborne Railway Society website.

Chapel Lane

Queen Elizabeth’s School

Blandford Road
BH21 4DT

Our next exhibition scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, 20th/21st March 2021 has been CANCELLED.




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.


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!!


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.



Berger Hall

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