Elham Layout at Tenterden Show 2019

The Elham Valley Model Railway Club layout Elham went to the Tenterden show in February.


The period displayed was the early Southern Railway period up to the late 1930s. 


New on Website

The only film known to the Club taken of the Elham Valley Railway. This shows the rail mounted gun kept on the line during the Second World War.  Another film claiming to show a goods train at night doesn't appear to be in a station on the Elham Valley Branch.

New Layout at Whitstable Show 2018

The new layout was shown for the first time at the Whitstable Show on 27th October 2018 at the Community College in Bellevue Road. Photos taken on the day.

Elham Layout at Rye

Elham Model Railway Club layout 'Elham' at Rye exhibition April 2018

Next Meeting

The date for the next monthly meeting is yet to be set. If you want to come along to meetings and you are not yet a member you will be welcome. 

Date to be announced shortly so watch the web for dates.


New Layout

A new layout has been completed.


As suggested earlier the Elham Valley MRC is developing an 009 chalk quarry layout on a 4' by 3' board. This may form one of a number of small layouts on different themes but all using a number of common features and all built in a 4' by 2' space. As we develop and commit to the ideas we will let people know.


None of the group building the new layout has worked in 009 before and one of the aims of this project is to broaden individuals' skills.


















  The layout includes an elevated standard gauge siding serving the quarry. The picture shows a trial  build for the automated control system for this piece of track and shows the full length of the track controlled . 


Photos at Faversham 2017

September saw the Elham layout visiting the Faversham Show. This photo taken there shows detail of the station in its early BR guise.


For those of you wondering the photo of the DEMU below was taken during feasibility trials on the branch.

Elham Valley Model Railway Club's 2016 Show

The 2016 show was well attended by enthusiasts and featured 12 layouts; 50% more than the club's first show.

Chris White fought a gallant battle in his attempt to build a loco kit in a day. At the end it was hard to tell where the kit ended and Chris  began as he was so covered in lead. Andy meanwhile quietly carried on building wagon after wagon kit. 

Visitors left with favourable comments on all the layouts on display. For some idea of the quality see the photos, or make a note to come yourself next time.



What you missed at the Elham Valley Model Railway Show 

Dates for your diary

The clubs next exhibition is likely to be in 2019.



Running Day


The club held a 'Running day during the morning on 22nd August at St Mary's Church Hall . There was an 'N' gauge and 'OO' gauge layout in the hall. Members of the public were invited to bring along their own stock and run it on these club layouts. Like other local attractions on the day the very hot day lead to a lower than expected attendance.

Exhibiting at Deal Show

The club  took its 'N' gauge layout 'Shepley' to the show in Deal on 2nd August 2015 at the Astor Theatre. 

Elham Valley Model Railway Club's First Event

Elham Valley Model Railway Club's first Model event attracted nearly 300 visitors who seemed to have had a good day out. The opportunity for people to bring and run their own 'OO' gauge locos and the catering were particularly popular.


Eight club, and visiting layouts, were on show together with demonstrations on loco construction and painting. Local societies including The Elham Valley Line Trust and the Kent and East Sussex Railway mounted displays as did the Elham Historical Society. 


Additional pictures can be seen in The Folkestone Herald which carried nearly a page of coverage of the show.


If you missed it you will now need to wait until 2016 as the show will be held biennially. 

Photos taken at the show

And some more photos from the exhibition

Elham Layout

Work on the first phase of the  layout has now reached its conclusion and the layout will be taken out to its first exhibition as a visitor.


The photos below shows the layout before scenic work was completed.

Elham layout as it was at the Elham Valley Model Railway Club show in November 2014.

Elham Station - as it might have appeared in early BR days!
Elham Station - as it might have appeared in early BR days!

Member's layout featured in Railway Modeller


Dulwich Vale, Nick Rushton's 4mm layout is featured in Railway Modeller April 2014.