West Herts. Area Group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers
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.
January 5 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
January 19 Brambleton MRC’s 51st year Exhibition.
January 26 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
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
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 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 17 Brambleton
August 24/26 Late Summer Bank Holiday weekend
September 7 Brambleton MRC Open Day
September 21 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth
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 30 Steam in Beds. Exhibition
December 14 Brambleton
December 21 Berry Lane MC Rickmansworth with Hot Mince Pies.
December 31st New Year’s Eve Steam up at Brambleton
WHAG’s Programme for 2019