Rotarail 2022 

Probably the best one-day Model Railway show in the South

Saturday 23rd April 2022

Organised by

The Rotary Club of Fareham

in conjunction with

Fareham College

The aim of Rotarail is to display excellent layouts in a variety of gauges and sizes and hopefully to attract visitors to take up the hobby, as well as raising much needed funds for our chosen charities. There will be some excellent smaller gauge layouts as well as a few of the larger gauges, some of them new to the exhibition circuit.

Fareham College has plenty of on-site parking, the College restaurant will be open for hot and cold food and drinks, and everywhere is disabled friendly.

The Principal and staff of the College have played a large part in providing the facilities, catering and programmes for the show for which we are more than grateful.

Rotarail was started in 2013 by David Barclay and Chris Thomas(pictured right), both members of Fareham Rotary Club and keen railway modellers. David sadly passed away in 2015 but Rotarail has continued and is still raising money for local charities. Rotarail 2018 raised £2,300 for  "Flat Spaces" and for 2019, we raised  nearly £2,500 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  Overall Rotarail has contributed over £13,000 to our charities. 

The Charities being supported are:

Global Sight Solutions' mission is to provide free eye care and eye surgery to the very poor in the developing world. Global Sight Solutions is an avoidable blindness charity.

It was registered with the charity commission back in the 90’s by members of Guildford Rotary Club, the aim being to work with Rotary Clubs in the developing world and together establish financially sustainable eye hospitals which can provide a full range of eye care, free to the world’s poorest.

Hounds For Heroes. Our mission is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services. We aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.


The following layouts have confirmed and will be in the Sports Hall:

City Basin Goods -    Gauge  N                                                                                                           This layout is set in the late 1960s/early 70s somewhere on the Western Region of British Rail and attempts to portray an urban freight yard.

Titling -   DB 1969-1979 N Gauge. 1-160                                                                                               Its mainly a diesel line,  set in West Germany, so V200'S, V100'S are the norm. Also on the roster are V80, VT12, 218 and the odd steamer. All with sound.

Woody Lane - 009 Narrow gauge                                                                                                       Set in a period between the early 50’s to 1970 the use of my modellers licence has been extensive to create an idyllic scene capturing an era which I remember well.

Solent Summit is a Modular N Scale American layout built by the Gosport Model Railroad Club

Golding Northgate  -  N Gauge.   The layout is of an edge of town terminus 4 platform station with goods yard and small maintenance shed and  there are onsite factories as well. It is an end to end operation within the LMS region set in the 1950's. It is operated by DCC with steam and early diesel power

Navigation Road is set in a little known industrial area of North-East London circa 1970. The canal arrived many years before the railway but sees no commercial traffic now. Rail services include raw material deliveries to the engineering works and inter-regional freights to a nearby marshalling yard, the locomotives from which visit the shed for servicing.

NICTUN BORRUD Modern Image. Nictun Borrud is a layout which was based on the US Army building a branch line during WWII. Had it been built, it would have come from the Meon Valley Line to Southwick House (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) HQ in WWII) just behind Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth. The goods yard has gone, replaced by car sales, petrol station and a Permanent Way yard also the old derelict WWII military sidings developed to house a Wagon & Loco maintenance facility. The Power Sub Station has also been upgraded along with the track diagram.


The following traders/groups will be attending:

Watch this space for a list of specialist dealers who will be attending this show. it will be updated as details are confirmed.

Ron Lines   We Buy & Sell New & Used Model Railways 

Wheels of Southsea   Die Cast Models, Railways, Memorabilia, Books, Bought, Sold & Exchanged.

Photos from previous Rotarail events

How to find us

Fareham College (Postcode PO14 1NH)  can be found on the A27 (The Avenue) about 1/2 mile west  of Fareham Railway Station at its junction with Bishopfield Road. Entrance for vehicles is in Bishopfield Road and the Sports Hall is at the rear of the site. There is pedestrian access to the Sports Hall from The Avenue as well as through the main gate and walking through the William Price Building. There will be Rotary Club stewards in yellow jackets to guide and help you.

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