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Small and Wonderful Industrial and Narrow Gauge

The model railway exhibition of the South Downs Group of
The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association

South Downs Area Group - 7mm Narrow Gauge Association

with The ModelFest Club


SWING, an acronym for "Small and Wonderful Industrial, Narrow Gauge and light railways", is the now well established and popular Annual Exhibition held by the South Downs Area Group of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association.

We have a reputation for presenting an exhibition which showcases some of the finest layouts to be found on the circuit which have been inspired by industrial, light railway or narrow gauge prototypes. We aim to do this with a show which offers welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Come and join us - we can promise an interesting and worthwhile visit.

If you are tempted but come from further afield, why not make a weekend of it? There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs in the area and you are within an easy drive of the Amberley Industrial Museum with its 2 ft gauge railway, Hollycombe Collection, the Bluebell to the north-east and the mid-Hants railway to the north west - and much more!. Treat yourselves and your family!

Our Exibition

After our successful and enjoyable exhibition in 2019 which included the 7MM NARROW GAUGE ASSOCIATION AGM, we made the decision to take a year's break and come back in 2021. This turned out to be extremely fortuitous as illness amongst our crew and, of course, COVID-19 meant we would have been unable to hold it anyway. We have also discussed the ongoing situation arising out of COVID-19. At thsi point, although, the government is relaxing many necessary restrictions the risk remains, in reality, very high for the vulnerable and extremel so for the critically vulnerable. Almost the entirety of our organising team fall within this category as, indeed, do a great many of our visitors.

We have, therefore, reluctantly concluded that it would be unwise to organise another exhibition until the pandemic is controlled to the point of extinction - probably the time at which a vaccine is finally made available to all who need it. Given the long lead time to organise such an event, and the uncertainties already referred to we are NOT therefore planning an Exhibition in 2021 either. We MAY hold a reasonably ambitious Open Day in 2021 but this is no more than a tentative proposal at present.



Durrington High School
The Boulevard
West Sussex
BN13 1JX

Saturday  21 May 2022
10.00am to 4:30pm

Admission: £6.00 Adults, OO9, 7mmNGA and GOG members £5.00


Kids Go Free!!

(Under 16 and accompanied by an adult)

As usual we will have top quality layouts in a wide variety of scales and gauges so you will all be catered for! 

Printed Programmes will be limited this year for those who do not have the use of mobile devices. You can download the full programme by clicking here or use your mobile device to scan the QR code below.

SWING 2022 Programme

A view from Norewood Station on the Slindon Vale Railway

A view of Norewood for Slindon Station on our Slindon Vale modular layout

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