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History

A mutual interest prompted two friends to look into the possibilities of starting a model railway club in Horsham. An invitiation to an inaugural meeting, via the model press, resulted in the attendance of 18 / 20 interested railway modellers and holding the first club meeting on 22nd October 2008.

Who We Are and Our Objective

The members are a mix of ages, teenage to retired, male and female, all with an interest in trains and/or modelling. Some build locomotives from brass whilst others run ready made from the major manufacturers. A similar approach is taken with scenery, straight from the box or built from scratch. We are all learning from each other and beginners are welcomed and encouraged. Members interests include N - HO - OO - On30 - G, in British, European and American guises incorporating trains, trams and buses.

Our objective is to have a warm and friendly environment where ideas, help and advice can be exchanged freely in a club that is run by all its members and not just a select few.

Current Activities

The Club continues to run a large modular layout on most club nights that includes both the most popular UK scales; OO (1:76) and N (1:148).This is especially popular with our junior members.

The new OO layout (shown left) which will be called 'Twofills' features a fictitious heritage branch line, where it meets the main line in the current era . It will include terminus platforms for both lines to use, sidings and a mail / goods depot.

Twofills has reached the ballasting and scenery stage with the placing of town area buildings well underway. Control panels have been designed and built allowing the testing of the complete layout to proceed. In parallel, scenic contouring of a number of boards is being undertaken to give the basis of the viiewing area of the layout.

'Battledown', the Club's new N gauge layout which is based on Worting Junction in Hampshire has been completed. Following completion, it had its first public appearance at the N Gauge Society AGM Exhibition in Horsham in July 2018. Control panels allow the efficient operation of Battledown's extensive fiddle yard system and the addition of a separate DCC power unit and wifi interface allows control of trains via mobile phones using JMRI software.

The scenery of the layout which features the Battledown Flyover has been well received and the layout has been earmarked for a number of exhibitions in the coming months.

The picture opposite shows the whole layout with its three control panels attached.


Work is nearing completion on the Club's new OO9 layout, 'Quarry Lane'. This layout represents a new scale for Club members which uses OO scale scenery and rolling stock with N gauge track to represent narrow gauge railways of approximately 2 foot gauge.

The layout design is very intensive and attempts to represent slate mining, coal mining, a quarry, passenger services and main line exchange sidings across two levels, all in a layout just 2700mm by 750mm!

Scenic work is progressing following the completion of track laying and wiring including extensive pointwork and a control panel has been built and tested.


We are a welcoming group and membership is open to anyone interested in building and running model railways or just talking trains. The Club is also an Area Group within the national network of the N Gauge Society.

We meet from 7pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday, and from 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month until 10pm at St Leonard's Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5ED and guests are always welcome.

The recently refurbished Hall, pictured on this page, provides us with excellent facilities including a large, dedicated storage area. Why not come along on a Wednesday evening to have a look and run trains!