West Herts. Area Group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers


                                     WHAG’s Programme for 2018


January  6        Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth  (New charge for all Berry Lane meetings £7.00)

January  13  

January  20      Brambleton MRC’s 50th year Exhibition. Harpenden

                        WHAG’s indoor layout will be in attendance.

January  27      Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

February   3

February   10    Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

February   17    Brambleton

February   24   Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March    3        All Day Steaming   East Surrey Group    St.Bede’s School Redhill  
March   10        Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March   17        Brambleton

March   24       Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth

March   31        Easter Weekend

April     7         National Garden Rail show at Peterborough

April    14        Peter Elvy Sandy Beds.   

April    21        Brambleton

April    28      Early Spring Bank Holiday weekend

May     5    

May    12         Brambleton MRC Open Day  

May    19         Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.

May    26

June   2           Stavros Standen  Bletchley  Bucks.

June   9           Francis Jones   Hayes

June  16           Brambleton

June  23          Mark Carpenter  45mm line  Southgate

June  30          Iain Maclean   Croxley Green

July   7            David Jones  Oxhey Watford

July  14            Special WHAG’s event  ‘Steam Up at Brambleton ‘ (10.30am to 6pm)

                    Invitation extended to all 16mm Association Members to visit and run                     all day. Both the 16mm and 7mm lines in operation, teas and coffee                     provided plus the traditional BBQ

July  21            Pat Cossins  Iver Heath

July 28            Brambleton


August   4        WHAG’s visit to the South Arbury Railway    

August  11   

August  18        Brambleton

August  25       Stavros Standen  Bletchley  Bucks.

September  1       

September  8    Brambleton MRC Open Day

September 15    Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth

September 22   Pat Cossins  Iver Heath

September 29

October   6      All Day Steaming East Surrey Group at the de Stafford School Caterham

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  1

December  8

December 15    Berry Lane MC   Rickmansworth with Hot Mince pies ( £10 this meeting only)

December 22                 

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






Extract from the most recent Brambleton Newsletter  

November 2017



Current Progress

The main event since the last update was the September Open Day which was again a great success. The day itself was fine (however on the Friday it bucketed down with rain restricting the amount of preparation). Many thanks to all those who turned up before the day to help with clearing and setting out, it makes life a lot easier.

On the day people again turned up in good numbers. The refreshments were again a great success with the addition of Cream Teas to the normal offerings. Many thanks to all those involved in this part of the day it has now become a major attraction in itself.

Prior to the open day the new steel shelter for the 16mm line was completed and the roof of the Brambleton shelter changed to include some clear panels which has improved visibility greatly avoiding the need for extra lighting.

A new set of steps was constructed for access to the 16mm shelter which proved a success.

Since the open day work has continued to finish the shelters with fascia’s and some guttering being installed.

A large amount of the old tree branches and trunks from the past have been collected and cut into logs  to sell for firewood over the coming months. This work is tidying up the site and generating some money - so a win win.

A new area of track bed under the new 16mm shelter has been built to improve the track layout for people steaming up there. Also an area of track on the 16mm spiral has been removed as the blocks underneath have degraded needing replacement.

Future Work

It is planed to take up some of the 16mm track on the spiral area as the blocks underneath  have deteriorated and need to be replaced.

We will finish the guttering etc on the new buildings and will try to get around to moving the small shed near Stockton to near the storage area.

The tool shed will be sorted out to organise it better and also sort out the tools and get rid of excess/broken ones which will make finding the right tools much easier. Discussions with a tree surgeon to get some of the large oaks around the O gauge layout trimmed as they have got extremely large and have some dead branches in them which if they fell could do a lot of damage.

A contact a few weeks ago brought us a spare block instrument that he had to donate and took away a couple to refurbish so we have some progress in potentially reinstating some of the old signalling.

We have plans to widen the access gate at the top of the barrow path to enable larger trailers to be brought directly into the site saving the amount of off loading etc we have to do at the moment. Also we want to build a long trailer to bring in sheet material etc in a safe and less labour intensive way.

We have run out of the plastic board on which track is laid so will be sourcing some more shortly (this is expensive stuff about £100 for an 8x6 sheet but is very durable)

Some work will be done to clear saplings from the sides of the barrow path to reduce the amount of trees in this area before they get too big.

So there is plenty to be getting on with over the winter months. Not the most exciting work but necessary to maintain the site and improve it.


Future Events

The WHAG’s 16mm group have traditionally held an extra running session at the end of the year. This year the date is Saturday 30 December provided it is dry. Normally well attended and a chance for anyone in the area to come up and see the site and have a chat. Gates will be open from about 10.30am.

The Exhibition is on the 20th Jan.

“There is going to be quite a mix at this show, which is the clubs 50th exhibition. This includes the largest layout we have ever had, in the form of Harpenden East (all 54 feet of it). In addition the WHAGs will be there with their 16mm SM32 layout The Bramble Town Light Railway.

Barental (a layout from the Swiss Railway Society) returns but with an extension to the layout. We also have a 7mm finescale layout called Blackshaw Yard; an N gauge Canal Wharf scene layout called Elboe; an Austrian layout called Iianbruck: a Z gauge snow scene layout called Just; an N gauge layout set in England in the 1960’s called Haversham Central and a 16mm scale layout called Flagg Fluorspar. With Thomas the Tank engine in attendance also for the children I hope there will be something for everybody.”

Open Days

The dates for the Open Days have already been agreed with YWAM.  These are:-

Spring Open Day Saturday 12 May 2018

Autumn Open Day Saturday 8 September 2018

As usual we need all the help that we can get to make the events a success so please make a note of them in your diary.

WHAG’s ‘Steam Up’ at BrambletonSaturday 14 July 2018

This is a new venture for 2018. It is an event being run by the WHAG’s which is open to all 16mm Association and Brambleton members. It takes the form of an all day steam running day on the 16mm line. At the same time the 0 gauge line will be in operation for members to run. We will also be putting on our usual BBQ.

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