Railwells - The Wells Railway Fraternity welcome.
The idea of a railway enthusiasts' group in the district of Wells was mooted during a conversation at a Horrington Village Fete between Mr. Martin Langley and Mr. Jock Ferguson. At a place where both could remember the sounds of the locomotives working hard to lift trains over the Mendip Hills. The first meeting of the new group was held at "Hartland" the home of Jock Ferguson in West Horrington on 5 March 1968 followed by three further meetings in that year. These were held in the rooms of Canon Bailey in the Wells Deanery.
The first AGM was held in March 1969 when the subscription was set at 10 shillings (50p). Later a general meeting was held at the Old Deanery where members gave short talks.
The group now calling itself the Wells Railway Fraternity formed a subcommittee in January 1970 to investigate building a club model railway layout. Despite all efforts this project did not materialise so it was decided to stage a one-day model railway exhibition. Organised by Mr. Maurice Shaw (Then mayor of Wells) and Mr. Paul Towers, this took place in the Wells Town Hall on 12 August 1976. More than 1300 visitors came and it was deemed a great success.
The name Railwells was later adopted and it was decided to extend the exhibition to two days over a weekend and under the management of Mr. Chris Challis on behalf of the Wells Railway Fraternity.
Now in its 35th year, Railwells is recognised as the West Country's premier model railway exhibition. The whole of the Wells Town Hall is utilized for layouts, demonstrations and exhibits. Refreshments are available to visitors and exhibitors.
Saturday 10 August 2013 open 10:30 to 17:30
Sunday 11 August 2013 open 10:30 to 17:00
Admission Adults £5.00
Seniors and unaccompanied children £4.00
Accompanied Children under 15 Free
Please look out for the Railwells Parking
signs for free parking
The chosen charity of the Wells Railway Fraternity. Railway Children supports street children living alone and at risk on the streets. They help children all over the world, many of whom live in and around railway stations (hence the name).
City of Wells Painting was commissioned in 2008 to mark the 40th Anniversary of The Wells Railway Fraternity and painted by artist David Fisher
Name City of Wells
Class WC Gauge 4ft 8.5in
Wheel Arrangement 4-6-2
Builder Brighton Works
Built In 1949
Date Preserved 1971
Current Condition Restoration in progress
Last Overhauled In 1979
Current Location Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
"The Volcano" re awakens - 34092 City Of Wells
On 3 March 2012 Southern Region 'West Country' class No. 34092 'City Of Wells' has a fire lit in her firebox for the first time in over 20 years!
Whilst still a long way from completion of her overhaul & eventual return to full working condition, it gives a glimpse of what the KWVR will be like in the near future provoking memories of the 1980s when she last ran in service.
Nicknamed "The Volcano" because of her dramatic smoke displays (as can be seen below) she is sure to be a hit with enthusiasts, the general public and locomotive crews alike.
'City of Wells' Progress
Visible progress with locomotive No. 34092 'City of Wells' is the arrival of a new tender tank, which was manufactured by a local Keighley firm. The design reflects the higher capacity tender tank / coal space originally fitted when No. 34092 was outshopped in 1949. Meanwhile, steady progress is being made with the fitting of a new set of tubes and flues to the locomotive.