Parking update: Saturday £3, Sunday Free. On Saturday follow signs for Car Boot Sale or Railwells. On Sunday, the signs will be for Railwells.
Railwells is organised by the Wells Railway Fraternity.
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Sat Aug 12th: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sun Aug 13th: 10.00am to 4.30pm
Wells Town Hall,
Admission Adults £6.00
Unaccompanied children, & wheel chair bound £4.00
Accompanied Children Age 14 and under Free
For parking look for the Railwells Parking signs to direct you to the field (not available if very wet): £3 Saturday, Free Sunday.
Full details on www.railwells.com
Railwells started as a one day show in 1978, and has grown into a very special show in the model railway calendar. Always on the second weekend of August and always in Wells Town Hall, this we believe to be a record. Many shows have been running longer but have changed date or venue. This year is also the 25th time Scalefour Southwest has been held, always as part of Railwells.
To make this event special, a selection of exhibits that celebrate the past, as well as those that show of the excellent modelling of today, have been put together. Most of the exhibitors who attended the first show are no longer around. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust and the Great Western Society, who were at the first exhibition are both attending.
Maurice Shaw, a long time chairman of the Wells Railway Fraternity, was involved in the first five shows. He was a finescale Gauge1 modeller, and in the 1930’s chairman of The Model Railway Club. It is therefore fitting that the Gauge1 layout St Petroc and The Model Railway Club’s layout Happisburgh Goods are attending.
Colin Binnie was a demonstrator of 16mm garden railways at Railwells for over 30 years. For those of you who remember him you will understand why the Emett inspired layout ‘Scratchy Bottom Halt’ has been invited. Colin modelled many eccentric model railway items solving problems as he went. Has anyone else made a 6 coupled loco that ran, with every wheel a different size?
Iain Rice has exhibited at Railwells many times over the years, with layouts and as a demonstrator, he is attending this year with his Cornish china clay layout Trerice
Doug Richards has attended Railwells numerous times in the past with his 3mm layouts, and attends this year with his latest offering. The layouts this year span nearly 100 years from an early Seaton, through the 1959/60 Sidmouth to the two modern image layouts. There are no layouts available from the first show, but the H0e Maraizellerbahn layout of Pat Challis, at 38 years old is from this period, and has attended Railwells twice before.
Angus Watkins Will be showing how to build waterline ships for use on model railways. Quite a few years ago Dave and Shirley Rowe demonstrated at Railwells ship modelling for the layout Exebridge Quay.
Look out for the display of Railwells Past in the corridor to the Indictment room, to see something of the past 39 years. This year’s exhibition is the second of three anniversary shows. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, and next year is the 50th anniversary of the Wells Railway Fraternity, organisers of Railwells.