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Brambleton Newsletter

July 2018

May Open Day

Once again the Open Day was a success despite the drizzly rain that fell during the afternoon it did not seem to put many people off. Many thanks to those who helped get the site ready for the afternoon and especially put things away in the rain. It took about a week to get some of the Gazebo’s dry and away.

The sound of the revitalised blocks was well received by both operators and visitor’s, so thanks again to Phil Bell for his efforts in getting everything to work.

The teas etc once again did a roaring trade and make a major contribution to the financial success of the afternoon so once gain many thanks to those serving and all of those who donated home made cakes etc.

Festiniog Weekend

Once again a small intrepid group of Brambles did a weekend’s work clearing vegetation.  I think there was a bit of eating and drinking going on as well over the weekend. The work carried out is greatly appreciated by the railway and is a good chance to meet up with old friends. The 2019 weekend date will either be the first or second weekend of June as the FR have to finalise the date for the Snowdonian weekend (this impacts the ability to run works trains).

Many thanks again to all who helped organise the weekend.

Barbecue and 16mm Open Day

We were asked by the WHAG’s to help them to raise funds for the 16mm group. It was decided to amalgamate an event for them within the scope of the normal Brambleton barbecue day. The WHAG’s undertook a limited amount of advertising within the 16mm community and made a small charge to visitors to come and run their stock on the 16mm and O Gauge layout as they wished.

A barbecue was included within the charge for entry. They succeeded in attracting about 16 outside visitors on top of a normal WHAG’s meeting some coming from Leicester and Birmingham. The weather was great so the 50+ people at the site had a great day and it looks as though we might repeat it next year.

Again these events could not happen without all the people helping on the day and before especially to Alan Day and Andy Stubbs who manned the barbecue and drinks for the day.


At the barbecue Harvey took the opportunity to present James Rayner with a plaque to recognise the many long hours and effort that he has put in over the years to maintain the site, build the 16mm layout and many other things beside. I think it is safe to say that without James’ efforts over the years the club would probably have folded.

The Site

A quick round up of what has been going on:-

We have disposed of a couple of the tractors and other bits of machinery which weren’t working with the funds from these we have been able to buy some new trolleys and a trailer for the second tractor.

The guttering on the new structures finally was completed and the run-off water routed into the large water tanks we have installed. These have come in very useful as Peter in the gardening department has planted out a number of different flower beds. During the recent dry spell Alan rigged up a mobile pumping and hose system enabling the new areas to be watered thereby keeping the plants alive.

A couple of trees in the centre of the 16mm area gradually collapsed these have been cut up and removed.

The steps outside Newton down to the gate are being remodelled to make the steps shallower as our old knees were creaking going up and down them.

James has been busy relaying and extending one of the 16mm steam up areas to improve capacity and the flow of trains. This was used in anger for the first time at the barbecue. Also James has completed the rebuilding of part of the spiral on the 16mm.

We have found it necessary to put a padlock on the top gate as members of the public have been opening it regularly.

The path outside Baropeth is being improved to prevent people slipping on wet open days etc.

Lots of general tidying has been going on. We still meet at the site most Fridays to do some work, in some ways less gets done in the summer months as people are away and more time is taken up with routine tasks such as grass cutting and watering. Still the bacon rolls and tea keep appearing as our reward.


January   5       Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth  

January   12   

January   19      Brambleton MRC’s 51st year Exhibition.                                 

January   26      Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

February   2

February   9       Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

February   16     Brambleton

February   23     Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March    2          All Day Steaming   East Surrey Group   St.Bede’s School Redhill   
March    9          Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March   16         Brambleton

March   23         Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March   30   

April     6             National Garden Rail show at Peterborough

April    13            Brambleton   

April    20            Easter Weekend

April    27           Stavros Standen. Bletchley  

May     4              May Day Holiday weekend

May    11             Brambleton MRC Open Day?  

May    18                           

May    25             Spring Bank holiday weekend


June   1               Brambleton

June   8               Mark and Sue Carpenter 45mm line  Southgate              

June   15             David Jones Oxhey

June   22             Stavros Standen. Bletchley  

June   29             Brambleton

July   6                 Iain Maclean   Croxley Green   

July   13               WHAG’s Steam Up Event at Brambleton (10.30 am to 5 pm)

                            7mm lines in operation with the traditional BBQ.

July    20              Andrew Hobden in Lymington Hampshire   

July    27              Brambleton



August   3            WHAG’s visit to the South Arbury Railway? (TBC)

August   10    

August   17          Brambleton

August   24/26     Late Summer Bank Holiday weekend

August   31

September   7     Brambleton MRC Open Day   

September  14    

September  21    Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth

September  28                 

October    5         All Day Steaming East Surrey Group at the de Stafford School Caterham (TBC)

October   12        Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth   

October   19        Brambleton  

October   26        Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth

November   2       Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth

November   9       Brambleton   

November 16       Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth

November 23       

November 30       Steam in Beds.  Exhibition        

December   7

December   14     Brambleton

December   21     Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth with Hot Mince Pies.

December   28                

December   31st    New Year’s Eve Steam up at Brambleton   

WHAG’s Programme for 2019