Shaftesbury and Gillingham Railway Society

The Society

We meet nearly every Monday from 19:30 -21:45 at West Stour Village hall just off the A30 between Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Most evenings we either have our OO and N Gauge test track up and running for members to run trains and/or we have one of the club’s layouts up for working or testing or both.

Were an exhibiting club with OO and N gauge club and members layouts available to exhibit across the south west.

Over a cup of tea, we put the world to rights and plan future activities to cater for the members who want to travel further afield. Membership is open to all and we welcome new members so come along and say hello.

Contact us via the Club Secretary

David Harrington


Tel:- 01747 838199

Find us at Wessex Association of Model Railway cubs

Club Layouts

The club currently has one OO layout available for exhibition plus a number of members layouts that can be called on and we are in the process of building a new N gauge layout that we hope to be available in 2023

Marshwood Road

Marshwood Road represents an extension of the Southampton and Dorchester railway towards Axminster and Exeter as proposed by Charles Castleman but never built as the LSWR, eventually, favoured a more central route via the Salisbury and Yeovil Railway. The line is portrayed during the BR Southern region era around 1960. A fictional branch to Charmouth runs to the Dorset coast.  The buildings on the layout are scratch built or kit-bashed. 

  • Dimensions:  18′ 6″ x 6′ 6″.
  • Layout is freestanding and operated from the centre.  
  • Power:  1 x 13amp socket required.  
  • Operators:  4
  • Insurance value:  £5000
  • Transport:  1 van and 1 car.

Brent Tor

The clubs new N Gauge layout is currently being built. Based on Brent Tor and Y it will be set during the 19XX and feature a range of

  • Dimensions
  • Freestanding
  • Power 1 13 Amp Socket
  • Operators 4
  • Transport 2 cars

Members Exhibition Layouts


Brockleigh represents a fictitious, single track, ex-GWR, branch line station serving a rural Somerset community during the early BR era, just prior to the wielding of the infamous Beeching axe following his ‘Reshaping’ report of 1963.  The station features a passing loop and small goods yard as well as working Dapol GWR lower quadrant semaphore signals.

  • Dimensions:  8′ x 2′.
  • The layout is operated from behind, so an additional 3′ is required at the rear of the layout. The layout is free-standing.
  • Power:  1 x 13amp power socket required.
  • Insurance value:  £1500
  • Operators:  2
  • Transport:  1 small, diesel, estate van.

Shaftesbury Parkway

Set in the south and west, the partly modernised junction station is painted in Network Southeast colours. Watch the trains run in time sequence from 1980 to 1995. Starting with class 33s in Blue and a 4TC unit. With locomotives in many of the liveries of the 1980s & early 1990s finishing with the new class 158 & 159s in regional railways & network southeast colours.

Sturminster Newton

N Gauge Layout of Sturminster Newton in Dorset and set towards the end of the line in the 1960’s. Earlier periods are run from time to time . The layout is DCC operated and controlled via JMRI and occasionally features sound.

  • Size 8 feet by 2 Feet + 3 feet at the back or end for the operators
  • 2 Operators
  • DCC Control/JMRI Mimic Panel
  • Stand alone (included FY at rear)
  • Transport – Estate Car
  • More information at :-


Based on the Military Railway the layout includes many features of the site and covers a wide-ranging period to provide plenty of moving interest to the viewer

Longmoor – N Gauge Layout