Diary date: Steam long to enjoy spectacular layout

Model railway fans with a taste for the big picture won’t want to miss the chance to marvel at one of the largest layouts in the country.

The Brambleton Model Railway Club Open Day is timetabled for Saturday, September 24 at its base to Highfield Oval in Ambrose Lane Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

The event will be open from 2pm to 5.30pm and admission is £2 for adults and £1 forchildren and senior citizens. Refreshments will be available all afternoon.

The outdoor club has an 0 gauge layout consisting of nine stations on a eighth of a mile loop of double track, which will be in operation all afternoon.

There will also be many live steam engines running on the 16mm garden line which now extends to almost 200 yards and must be one of the largest in the country.

The attraction of live steam has meant that the Open Days have become very popular in recent years for model railway enthusiasts of all ages.

Brambleton Model Railway Club began life as an unofficial boys club in 1947 before forming as the Brambleton Model Railway Club in 1956.

The grounds are very easy to find – driving north out of Harpenden on the A1081 towards Luton you pass under the railway bridge for the disused line to Hemel Hempstead (the Nickey Line).

Immediately after the bridge turn right and follow the signs to the marshalled car park.

For further details visit www.brambleton.co.uk .