SHMRC - The Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition


The South Hants Model Railway Club will host the annual Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 18th November 2023 at:

Admiral Lord Nelson School on Dundas Lane, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

Opening time between 10:30 and 16:30.

As usual we have a carefully chosen selection of top-class model railway layouts and demonstrators, supported by a loyal band of traders and ‘gauge’ societies.

There is limited parking at the school, but the Ocean Retail Park opposite the school has free unlimited parking (except for McDonalds which has a time limit).

We are aware that money is tight for many people and we have tried to kep our admission prices as low as possible at £7 for adults with accompanied children (under16) going free. Card payment facilities will be available.

Westcliff 4mm/ft, EM Gauge

Richard Butlers multi award winning piece of GWR by the sea celebrates its 20th anniversary since it first appeared at the 2003 SHMRC show as a layout under construction. Westcliff is a ‘might have been’ whose location is based on the Dorset seaside town of West Bay, Bridport’s harbour, as it might have evolved by the 1920s.

Drsw y Nant 2mm/ft, 9.42mm gauge
Nigel Ashtons beautiful 2mm Fine Scale model of a GWR passing station. Drws y Nant is a passing station on the GWR Ruabon to Barmouth route, situated between Bala and Dolgellau in a wooded valley in Mid-Wales.

Flintcome 4mm/ft, P4 Gauge
An old favourite from the East Dorset Gang of Four, the layout represents the end of a fictional spur running to the south west from the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR) at Sturminster Newton.

Foston Mills 7mm/ft, 0 Gauge
Stubcroft Farm Studios Railway Circle presents a slice of the North Holderness Light Railway running from Beverley to North Frodingham in East Yorkshire, a “very nearly built” railway.

Hepton Wharf 4mm/ft P4 gauge
South Hants MRC are honoured to have in its care, two classic layouts associated with the late Iain Rice and the late Don Leeper. Hepton Wharf was one of the very first ‘cameo’ layouts and is well known (perhaps notorious!) for having been built in a weekend at Scaleforum in 1993. The layout was subsequently modified to include a passenger platform, signalling and a second fiddle yard. We intend to maintain this layout in working condition, more or less as built, as a tribute to Iain and Don and to show the ‘state of the art’ in 1993.

The second layout is Longwood Edge which is not quite completed and which we hope to complete and show at our exhibition next year.
Both layouts are covered extensively in Iain’s book ‘Creating Cameo Layouts’.

Modbury 2mm/ft 9.42mm gauge
Ian Smith’s Modbury 2mm Finescale layout represents a Great Western “might have been” through station in South Devon as it could have appeared in the Edwardian period, c.1906, with the track built to represent baulk road.

Lee-on-the -Solent 4mm/ft, P4 gauge
South Hants MRC. The Lee-on-the-Solent Light Railway was a bold town planning attempt of the late 1800s. The promoters hoped that here was a watering place with everything going for it: a splendid beach, a pleasant climate, superb views across to the Isle of Wight, the sheltered areas of the Solent for boating. Sadly, the line became a burden to the SR and consequently the last train ran on 29th October 1935.
The layout was originally built by, Colin Hayward, and It was one of the early examples of a layout built to P4 standards and it made its debut at the South Hampshire Railway Modellers exhibition in October 1981.

Northport Quay 7mm/ft, 36.75mm gauge
Presented by David Holman, this is a ‘cameo’ layout, representing a small harbour in County Mayo on the north west coast of Ireland, Inspired by the Westport Quay branch., The track gauge in Ireland is 5’3 [or 1.6m], so in 7mm scale that means scratchbuilt, 36.75mm gauge, with Code 100 flat bottomed rail. Stock is likewise all kit or scratchbuilt.

Tidworth 4mm/ft, OO gauge
Ian Blackall’s layout set in the NSE era. A ‘What if’ layout looking at what could have happened if the ex-Midland & South Western Junction Railway route had survived between Romsey and Swindon via Andover Junction due to its importance as a secondary route from the North to the docks at Southampton and the military line to Tidworth was upgraded to a public service

Yewston Road 4mm/ft OO gauge
David and Alison Barker. Yewston Road is a former LNWR motive power depot somewhere in the north-west of England. Originally built as a home layout by John Hilton of Romsey and never exhibited, it was purchased in 2014 and after some additional work is now being exhibited.

Yard No. 2 4mm/ft, P4 gauge
By David Barrett, The layout is based in the general London area with a LNWR warehouse and small coal yard located off of a minor route operated by another company. This was a common practice not only in London but elsewhere. As a result, the operation could be by a number of different companies with a flexible timescale.

Widley and St George 4mm/ft, OO gauge
Our layout for the younger visitors. Come and drive trains pulled by Thomas, Percy and friends. A small fee is payable to pay for the layout upkeep.

Modelstock - ABS 4mm
Book Law Publications
Coastal DCC
Squires Tools
Model Railway Developments
C&L Finescale
Dingo Servo Mounts
London Road Models
Tim Horn Lasercutting
The Model Shop
Wheels of Southsea

EM Gauge Society
2mm Finescale Society
Scalefour Society

Soldering: Roger Sawyer
Scenic Modelling: Roy Hickman
From 3D CAD to 3D Print: Duncan Redford

SHMRC Club Stand
If you are interested in learning more about our club, please come and visit the
club stand and talk to one of the members who can tell you all about us and what we have to offer.

In addition, we have a small layout under construction which is also a shunting puzzle. All visitors are welcome to visit the stand and try their skills at shunting wagons.

More details of layouts, traders, demonstrators and societies, plus details of how to get there, can be found on the Club's website - Exhibition – SHMRC

Please note this list is correct as of 04/10/23
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The 4mm scale range of ABS is being relaunched and the new owner has chosen the SHMRC show for the occasion.

The new trading name is : Modelstock – ABS 4mm

The following was supplied by the new owner for our show guide:

Modelstock is the new home of the ABS 4mm model railway kit and accessory ranges which were acquired in 2020 after the very sad passing away of Adrian Swain. Adrian was an excellent modeller and caster snd his kits and accessory packs have always been extremely popular.

We will be reintroducing as many of the ABS kits and detailing packs as is viable and also introducing some new vehicles which Adrian had been working on which never got to market owing to his declining health. It is also planned to facelift all of the original kit instruction sheets in both printed and electronic form, improving the exploded drawings and assembly information using modern CAD and publishing tools.

A website is under construction which will include a webshop where all the currently available kits and accessories can be purchased online and posted out to you. You can find us online at

So if you want know more come along to the show and meet the new owner and see what his plans are.