The Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre is now the proud owner of the award-winning model railway designed and built by Peter Goss.
Peter & Julie Goss delivered the model railway in January 2017, to working group members Alan Eyers, Malcolm Smith and Alan Drinkwater
The model railway depicts the centre of Rowlands Castle – The Green and the Railway Station – as is it appeared during preparations for the D-Day Landings in 1944. Rowlands Castle and Stansted were one of five key assembly areas for troops in Hampshire, prior to the Normandy invasion in June 1944. This location used the railway sidings as access for transport and the surrounding woodlands for as cover for the troops.
Photograph courtesy of Paul Ferguson, Clanfield Post
Here are the videos from Solent TV and Peter Goss about the construction and delivery of the model railway
It was the initial offer to purchase the model that started the discussion process leading to development of a Village Museum, both as a home for the model and for the area’s history. The first significant step has been the creation of this website as a ‘virtual museum’, using existing archive material and sponsoring further research.
The following photos of the model railway are provided courtesy of Steve Flint, Railway Modeller.