© South West Herts Model Railway Society 2016			                                                                                      Updated September 2016

The club formed in 1980 as the Rickmansworth and District Model Railway Society. We first met in the function room of the Sportsman public house in Croxley Green - it's strange how model railway clubs seem to be associated with pubs. It was clear from the start that this arrangement was not really satisfactory and we soon moved to the Rickmansworth Sports Club. The club was now using what was in effect a cupboard as its premises, out of the frying pan and into the fire. It is surprising what can be achieved in a limited space. The club built one 'OO' layout, Lea Magna and started work on both 'N' and 'O' gauge layouts.

Our first exhibition was held in 1981 in the Scout hut in Ebury Road, Rickmansworth. The queue of people stretched back to the High Street and the Police came along to see what the 'trouble' was. The success of this show prompted us to seek a larger venue. Thus we moved our exhibition to the Watersmeet theatre in Rickmansworth. The three shows held here were very successful but owing to circumstances beyond our control another move was required. By this time we had also outgrown our club "premises". By chance we acquired the sole use of a rather dilapidated hut on the Lincolnsfield site in Watford.

Much work was needed to make it habitable but it was never really comfortable; electricity was supplied by a portable petrol generator; we could only switch on one light at a time and if we used the kettle all the lights had to be switched off. We are resilient aren't we? Despite the difficulties we managed to construct a large 'OO' tail chaser called "Baston - Old - Town". We continued work on both the 'N' and 'O' gauge layouts and a small group began construction of an 'S4' layout of Rickmansworth L.N.W.R. At about this time exhibition success led to exhibition failure! Our next building on the site had real electricity, wonderful.

The 'O' gauge layout expanded, a new 'N' gauge layout based on Bangor was started and the tail - chaser was relocated and an exhibition section added. This became 'Bedesley', our next exhibition layout. After a number of different show venues we settled on a church hall in Potter's Bar.


Guess what, we moved to another building on the same site, Hut 29A which we have on lease until 2021.

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