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Wimborne Railway Society
Wimborne Railway Society meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Wimborne, Dorset. Tuesdays are our modelling evenings and on Thursdays we have a varied programme of slide, cine, and video shows interspersed with club nights where members can test their models on our test track, work on one of the layouts, read a book or magazine from our library, or have a chat with like minded individuals. The programme of meetings can be found by clicking on the “Meetings” tab.
A Brief History of Wimborne Railway Society
The society was founded by Vera Hutchings in 1975, who arranged the first meetings at the R.A.F. Association hut, in Wimborne. When the club moved to a room at the Griffin Hotel, opposite Wimborne Station, we made a start on a ‘OO’ gauge model of the station before the last real trains ran in 1977. Layouts in ‘O’ and ‘N’ gauge followed (though not based on Wimborne). In June 1979 the first WRS exhibition was held, at Colehill, at the same time as the society was preparing to leave the Griffin, which was to be demolished.
The move to our current premises in Chapel Lane was made in August 1979, and the layouts rebuilt to suit the new arrangements. They had to be made portable, to be replaced in a storeroom after each meeting. The prophets of doom said that the club would not be the same without permanent layouts, and they were right – attendance at meetings increased by over 100%!
Since then, a format has evolved of Thursday nights for social chat, model running, and occasional guest speaker or other special event, with the new Tuesday nights for active modelling, maintenance, and occasional operating nights.
The success of the society can be judged from the levels of membership — over 100 full members — and the fact that many of the founder members are still with us.
We aim to please a broad spectrum of railfans and railway modellers, and with over 100 members, we must be doing something right!
The Society holds a biennial exhibition on the third weekend of March of odd-numbered years.
The next model railway exhibition will be held on 16th and 17th March 2019 at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne, BH21 4DT