Harpenden Model Railway Club annual exhibition

January 13th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Harpenden Model Railway Club annual exhibition

On Saturday 19th January 2019 from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm the ever-versatile Harpenden Halls will host Brambleton Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition. As always, the exhibition will cater for both families and model railway enthusiasts with the usual mix of layouts, preservation stands and traders. 

The areas of St Albans and Harpenden have an almost endless list of clubs, activities and delights to inspire and engage any member of the family. The Brambleton MRC is one such club for any aspiring train drives out there. It is a model railway club with two extensive outdoor layouts, one O gauge and one SM32. The first one to be constructed was the O gauge line which comprises of a double track circuit with spurs to a terminus. In all, there are 9 stations with approximately a quarter mile of track. More recently, the club focused on the construction of an SM32 line which allows operation of 16mm narrow gauge trains. 

In 1947 Brambleton Model Railway Club began as an unofficial boys club by January 1956 the formal club was formed with the aim of providing a youth-based club for the benefit of young people in the Harpenden area who were interested in model railways. 

The club's current main aim is to provide a venue for members, and guests, to run stock over the realistic track distances. The club owns a certain amount of both O gauge and SM32 stock, but many members also run their own stock. The emphasis is on operation rather than detailed modelling of a particular period or location.

This annual exhibition of the delights of model railways can be found at Harpenden Public Halls located at the South end of Harpenden high street. For those travelling to Harpenden by car, there are public car parks at Harpenden station and on Bower's Way.