Shaftesbury & Gillingham Railway Society – Test Landing Page

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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. 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

Club Layouts

All of our club and Member layouts are available for exhibitions across the South West. In the first instance contact the Secretary for club and member contacts if not shown on the page


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.

Bodmin Surprise

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

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

N Gauge what might have been layout based on a fictitious Shaftesbury between Gillingham and Tisbury. Mix of loco-hauled and diesel multiple units with the majority of locomotives named Templecombe. Features working signals and very close-coupled stock

  • Size 12 feet by 3 + 3 feet at the back for the operators
  • 2-3 Operators
  • DC
  • Transport small van

Sturminster Newton

N Gauge Layout of Sturminster Newton in Dorset and set towards the end of the line in the 1960’s


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