Organising a group for the South East was the brain child of Peter Wilson, our first Secretary. Formed in 1998 the first meetings were held in a pub basement in Sevenoaks, Kent, and then migrated to the Montefiore Hall, Three Bridges, Crawley, for 2 years. The advantage of Three Bridges was the close proximity to Three Bridges station plus a large off-road car park, as well as being the approximate geographical centre for the S.E. Division. Having two rooms, the larger room/hall was ideal for modules/running, presentations and open days whilst the smaller hall was gainfully and successfully employed with the bring and buy and traders, quite often overflowing into the main hall. During this time, mainly on account of the healthy increase in membership, our Division adopted the name Seaboard Southern (a play on words/names of American railroads) and placed on a more formal basis by way of a constitution and committee.

In December 2000 we moved into permanent premises in Crawley, provided by Crawley Council.  Unfortunately, on 26th July 2010 our clubhouse was destroyed in a fire caused by arson, resulting in the loss of years of hard work and club members' locomotives & stock.

In 2011 we acquired new premises with an initial four year contract, and new HO modules were constructed to the NMRA BR standard.  Unfortunately our lease was terminated in 2015 and everything had to be put into storage.

We now have shared use of a new clubroom in Crawley and are busy planning our next venture.

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