April ’23 meeting at the Hoffnant Valley Railway

On a dry – and sometimes even sunny – day we assembled at the Hoffnant Valley Railway. With two independent running circuits, challenging gradients, and a picturesque and well thought-out quayside with sidings and passing loops, it is a line with huge operating potential. Three or four trains ran almost constantly – mostly 16mm scale, plus a 1:32 Talyllyn loco, a mix of battery and live steamers. Constantly, that is, except when the operators took a break for a very delicious lunch of quiches, salads and cakes!

Konrad class Model Rhos No. 3 departing the shed (photo: Chris Thompson)
The Rhos & Betws Tramway’s Double Fairlie on the quayside (photo: Simon Wood)
A simplex and a battery loco visiting from the Brockhampton & Umbridge (photo: Chris Thompson)
Three trains (photo: Simon Wood)
A passenger train visiting from Yr Hen Felin passes under the bridge (photo: Chris Thompson)
Lady Anne from the Preseli Mountain Railway passing under the disused bridge (photo: Simon Wood)
Empty slates passing under the embankment (photo: Chris Thompson)
The guard stands ready on a balcony coach from Yr Hen Felin (photo: Simon Wood)
A single coach diesel-hauled passenger descending towards the quayside (photo: Chris Thompson)

There are a lot more of Simon’s photos in his web album of the meet-up.

A video of highlights from the excellent CHS Youtube channel

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