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.
For once we enjoyed beautiful sunshine for our meeting at the Lambak Garden Railway on the last Saturday of March. As well as a selection of visiting 16mm scale trains running on this 32mm gauge line, there was a display of beautiful 7/8ths models. Not to mention some wonderful finger food, cakes and biscuits and plenty of tea and coffee!
On a rather drizzly August day, the group visited the Merlins Castle Line.
On a damp June day we assembled at the Brockhampton and Umbridge Railway to run trains and eat plenty of excellent cake.
The Newly formed SW Wales group formed fairly recently and has doubled in numbers since the end of last year when it was created, it now stands at eleven.
The group formed together most recently covering South West Wales area with Carmarthenshire being the central area for the moment, we currently stand at eight persons strong and hoping to gain more over the coming years.