Blaenavon's Heritage Railway Model Railway Club is based at our Furnace Sidings station, and is open to all members of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Company or Society.
The Club meets on Tuesdays between 11am and 3 pm, and on Friday evenings between 7 pm and 9.30 pm. Membership costs less than £2.00 per week, and we have several DC and DCC layouts in O, OO, OO9 and N gauges.
Our O gauge layout 'Morgan Road' features a working wagon pusher, coal tippler, sector plate and coal loading stage, all controlled by Arduino software and operated by remote control.
Our main OO gauge extensive layout 'Stonebridge Junction' features both DCC and analogue control over two levels and was featured in the August 2020 issue of 'Railway Modeller'.
We have two exhibition quality layouts, 'Waenavon Road' is an OO gauge end to end layout approx 9ft by 2ft 6ins and is based on a small country terminus Western Region station.
Our N gauge layout is fully automatic with up to seven trains operating at any one time, all controlled electronically.
Exhibition organisers are welcome to contact us for further details if they would like either layout to be included in their model railway shows.
Our latest OO gauge project 'Hopkins Yard' is a wagon sorting hump shunt, again this is automatically operated by remote controlled Arduino software.
Our next project will be an 009 narrow gauge layout featuring models of train as used on the Lynton and Barnstable railway in addition to several of our own bespoke steam and diesel locomotives. Once complete this will be added to our range of exhibition layouts.
Don't let the thought of microprocessors and electronics scare you though as the club has projects and layouts available for both beginners and experts. In fact the club is ideal for you to hone your skills and also develop new ones in a friendly and inviting environment.
Additional benefits for club include a 5% discount off purchases from The Railway Shop and Eric’s Emporium as a member of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (both Company and Society) and a discount in fares on the Heritage Railway. (On standard running days only).
The Railway Shop
The shop and emporium are staffed by knowledgeable members of the club, and boasts an extensive range of model railway supplies for you to purchase.