A few days before Christmas we gathered at the Lambak Garden Railway for our annual festive gathering. Two roaring fires kept the cold away, and dried us off after each running session was curtailed by a sudden downpour!
For the second of our October meets we returned to the Brockhampton & Umbridge Railway. This time the rain was heavy, and the hospitality shed warm and even more welcoming – but there were gaps in the showers when the sun shone, and the beautifully modelled buildings were reflected in the puddles and the wet pavements.
For the first of our October meets we returned to the Rhos and Betws tramway. Despite the arrival of autumn, the weather was kind enough to give us a dry morning before steady precipitation set in over lunch.
Despite fears about the weather (this was August in Britain after all) the meeting was favoured with sunshine. Even then the new and well-appointed ‘hospitality shed’ proved popular, but some members did venture out to the garden railway to run some trains, as the following photographs prove…
The Brockhampton and Umbridge Railway has been featured on Ge Rik’s Youtube channel in this video he shot during a visit in August 2019. Superb videography which really shows this outstanding line to its full effect!
Our July meeting was attended by 14 members of the group, who took a trip through the spectacular garden in which the Fairwood Valley Light Railway is set. A delightful line with some spectacular feats of civil engineering!
In the current (August) Railway Modeller, the prestigious “Railway of the Month” item is dedicated to the Brockhampton and Umbridge Railway.
Our June meeting took place at Alpenferry, currently perhaps the only 45mm gauge layout in our group(?) though it won’t be the only one soon! It is a G scale layout in an alpine setting, featuring two (physically separate) loops capable of independent running.
For our May meeting we returned to the Rhos and Betws Tramway. This includes a large circuit with two stations, each with passing loops, so there’s scope for running in both directions at once! But without a block tokens, we mostly ran the same way… with up to 3 locos in steam at the same time.
The second of our April meetings took pace on the delightful 32mm gauge Hoffnant Valley Railway. The line features two separate running loops, one on the level and one which requires a certain amount of driving! There is a quayside station and out and back running to the covered storage.