West Herts. Area Group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers
WHAG’s Programme for 2018
August 11 Brambleton
August 25 Brambleton
September 8 Brambleton MRC Open Day
September 15 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
September 22 Pat Cossins Iver Heath
September 29 Luke Petch The Ames Light Railway Luton
October 13 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
October 20 Brambleton
October 27 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
November 3 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
November 10 Brambleton
November 17 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
November 24 Steam in Beds Exhibition
December 15 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth with Hot Mince pies ( £10 this meeting only)
December 31st New Year’s Eve Steam up at Brambleton
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.
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.
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-
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.
The Club layout is going to appear in the Harpenden Methodist Hall on September 1st as part of the Charity event there. A good opportunity to publicise the:-
Open Day on the 8th September please put the date in the diary as all help is welcome and needed. The site will be open for major titivation during the week previously (details will be published nearer the time). As normal we need people to person the stations during the day and help with the multitude of other jobs. It sounds as though we could be short of operational staff for the O Gauge layout as some of our regulars are on holiday.
On the 22nd September the club layout will be out again at Wheathampstead station for their 2nd fund raising event to support the preservation of this little bit of local history.
Finally thanks to Harvey for undertaking the dreaded GDPR work unfortunately if you didn’t bother to respond to him I have wasted my time writing this.
See you at the Open Day 8th Sept