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WRM Timeline

Winchester Railway Modellers has a rich history stretching back over 60 years.  Below is a brief outline of the clubs history.

15th July 1959

First meeting called. 14 persons attended and agreed to form the Winchester and District Model Railway Club. Meetings to be held on Wednesdays every two weeks. Subscription £1 per annum. It was also agreed to hold an annual general meeting each September/October.

A.G.M. 1960

Maurice Graves elected treasurer, a position that he held for 47 years until his unexpected and sudden death in May 2007. 


A Club room was found at the Lawn Tavern, Eastgate Street Winchester.

A.G.M. 1964

John Simcock was elected secretary.

February 1968

The club formed the Wessex model railway Association. This association was later disbanded.


The club moved to new premises - the air raid shelter in Hyde Church churchyard.


The South Hampshire Association of Railway Modellers (S.H.A.R.M.) was formed. The Winchester Model Railway Club (as it was then known) was a founder member of the Association.

October 1971

The first SHARM exhibition was held at Eastleigh Town Hall.

Summer 1974

The club once again moved premises, this time to Cricketers, Owslebury. The club occupied the first floor of the barn.

A.G.M. 1975

John Shaw was elected Chairman, a position he still holds

October 1981

SHARM moved its biennial exhibition to the Southampton Guildhall.

August 1986

The club held an extra-ordinary general meeting to discuss the future of the club following the announcement that the Club Room would cease to be available in the near future.

A.G.M. 1987

Details were given to club members of the proposed new club room intItchen Stoke. An anonymous donation had been received for £1000 towards the cost of improvements.

November 1987

Work started on renovating the new club room.


Work started on the new 0 gauge exhibition layout “Abbotstone”.


 “Abbotstone”. first exhibited


Work started on the new 00 gauge exhibition layout “Redbridge Wharf”.


 “Redbridge Wharf” first exhibited



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