2024 Exhibition Dates:

Join us for the Summer Two Day Exhibition of The South Coast Model Railway Club at Arnewood School,New Milton, Hampshire. Taking place on the 27th & 28th of July 2024. For more information please email us.



O gauge:
Connaught Road
Connaught Road is a four track, mainline station with associated goods yards and engine coaling facilities located somewhere in the Southern region of British Railways, notionally in the 1950s. The railway buildings are all scratch built and based on prototypes from different parts of the region and a variety of techniques have been used for their construction that has involved most of the group’s members.

The layout started life as a test track over 30 years ago and has been evolving ever since. The baseboards are constructed entirely from plywood that has proved to be extremely stable and durable, as well as being quite light weight. Until recently lining up the track at each board join was a tedious process but now each join has been fitted with metal dowels that ensure perfect alignment every time.

Although the timescale is notionally 1950s the members of the group have a wide variety of locomotives and rolling stock so the trains we run may be anything from Victorian to the present day. We aim to keep things moving and up to six trains can be in motion at any time due to the sectional nature of this analogue DC layout.

We hope you will enjoy seeing the trains running on the layout. It was exhibited at the Warley National show in 2015 where it won the trophy for the best O gauge layout and in November 2016 it was featured in Railway Modeller. Please feel free to ask questions and to take photographs.


Stephens Lane
The O Gauge layout has a double track main line circuit with a fiddle yard at the rear. At the front of the layout is a through station with platform loops and bays. There is a branch line which leaves the main line at the rear corner of the layout and drops slowly down hill along the front of the layout to a terminus at the other end.
There is a reversing loop across the centre which also gives access to a steam loco depot, a diesel depot and a small goods yard. The goods yard also has an access to an oil storage terminal where road tankers are loaded. The steam loco depot has a shed, coaling and watering facilities and a turntable. Although the diesel depot is part of the main layout it is also a stand alone layout which we can remove and take out to Model railway Exhibitions.

The main station has 3 through platforms, 2 bay platforms, a Mail/Parcels platform, a freight yard which deals with stone trains.
On the other side of the hall we have a terminus station which has 3 platforms with a goods yard, loco depot and carriage sidings.

We have conventional DC and DCC controls. At present the layout is split into 3 sections, that is the UP MAIN, DOWN MAIN and BRANCH, we can select DC or DCC control for each one individually.The controls and electrics are slowly being upgraded with new control panels

Club test track:
South Coast Model Railway Club’s O gauge test track featuring various stock from club members collections

OO gauge:

Redbridge Wharf
Redbridge Wharf depicts a layout based on the area of Redbridge, Hampshire.

The station was opened in 1847 by the Southampton and Dorchester Railway, and became a junction in 1865 when the “Sprat and Winkle” line opened to Romsey and Andover. The large area of drained marshland between the wharf and station was used as a holding area for materials. This then became the sleeper works including the manufacture of sleepers, bridge timbers and cast track components. In the final years of operation, the site was used for the assembly of long welded rail sections and the laying out of large point work complexes.

The focus of the layout is the wharf, with the works behind, and Redbridge station and junction to the rear. On the layout can be seen numerous piles of timber sleepers and a barge; the river itself with salt marshes, mudflats, water and the causeway – the timber pond; the foundry and associated buildings connected with track building.

The new rail causeway, the lack of the last road bridge, and the laying of third rail sets 1965 as the earliest possible operating date, offering operating flexibility from late steam through to modern image.

Templegate Wagon Works

N Gauge:

Elmbridge TMD
Built in 2016/17 it is based on a fictitious location somewhere in Southern England.

It was built demonstrate how much N-gauge would fit in a small area.

The main operation is servicing diesel locomotives from different operators in the area including stone, containers, car transporters and preservation locomotives.

Lighting is provided in the buildings as well as a welding plant in the workshop, buffer lights, signal and yard lights.

There is a small scrap operation in the lower right hand corner named S.Yard Ltd.

There several small activities going on including a worker sitting on a toilet, roadworks and the bicycles on top of some of the containers – but that is another story!

The original small station of Elmbridge services the local community and connects to the main line some miles away.

The original site of the MPD was used as a coal depot and builder’s merchants in days gone by and due to planning and ground pollution issues it had to be used as an MPD instead of a housing estate.

The MPD operators had to compromise on the available space to maximise profits and turnover – which is why the area is a bit crowded!

Elmbridge MPD is a “stand alone” layout and more of a diorama than part of a larger project.

Tony Parker
NFMRS Member

Newton Mills TMD:

Newton Mills is a small, sleepy terminus set in the southern region of BR’s operations consisting of a single platform, small goods yard and engine shed. Residents of the local row of houses are perfectly placed to observe the shunting of goods occurring throughout the day to serve the local farming trade or take advantage of regular passenger services connecting to the main line.

The layout shows what can be achieved with N Gauge in a small space and on a restricted budget by recycling, rescuing, and reusing existing construction and scenic materials. To date, just under £40 has been spent constructing this layout, albeit with the benefit of rescued buildings and plentiful supplies of waste wood.

Although based in the southern region of BR’s operations, come visiting stock has been drafted in from other areas of the country due to a lack of available local traction. Services will be predominantly provided by steam, however the odd DMU can also be seen to service the local passenger demands.

Finally, despite the idyllic rural location of this terminus, local hikers are warned to stay aware as an escaped Hippo is rumoured to be roaming the woods…

St Julians TMD:

This layout is my first layout which I was able to commence having retired. It is N gauge because of the space advantages associated with this scale. It is loosely based on LMS but in reality I run whatever locos I have in the box! It is not meant to represent any particular location or operational practice. The layout has been designed to be small and simple specifically to be a learning exercise before I start on a much larger N gauge layout this time using streamline track rather than Peco setrack type. The layout is based upon a Peco plan but somewhat modified.

The layout is wired DCC using DCC Concepts Cobalt IP point motors (although there are still one or two manual points yet to be motorised) managed via a Gaugemaster Prodigy Advance 2 controller.

The layout comprises of two main line loops, a goods yard and engine sheds. There are two stations on the layout.

The branch line is currently unconnected to the main line and will become an automated shuttle in due course.

Sarah’s Falls 009:
Wickhambreux Road
The inspiration for this layout comes from reading about the East Kent Railway and the proposed extension from Wingham to Canterbury to service a coal mine at Wickhambreux which never materialised.

The layout depicts Wickhambreux Road station, on the fictitious Canterbury Light Railway, just prior to the start of the Second World War. The station, which is over one mile from the village, lies between Canterbury and Wingham Town and sits west of the junction to Wickhambreux Colliery. The CLR transports coal and local farm produce to Canterbury and operates a local passenger service. Wickhambreux Road is the head office for the railway, there is an engine shed, carriage shed and goods facilities together with a private siding to service a wholesale fruit and vegetable merchant.

Motive power and rolling stock are mainly kit built. Buildings on the layout are a mix of kit built and scratch built models.