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Miniature Railway
Broomy Hill
Herefordshire HR4 0LJ
 
 
Situated adjacent to the Waterworks Museum at Broomy Hill in Hereford , England is a miniature railway. This council-owned property is leased by the Hereford Model Engineering Society (HMES) and is their headquarters. It has a number of different gauge tracks for running their beautifully hand-crafted models.
 
The landscaped mixed gauge (5/7.25 inch) track has a station and signals based on the Great Western Railway's lower quadrant design; these are worked by compressed air put into the cylinder that can be seen on the side of each post. This system was chosen in preference to electrical operation because the area suffers occasional flooding.
 
At certain times of year the HMES operates “Public Running Days” giving the public a chance to see the engines in action and to ride behind genuine steam operated miniature engines.
 
Operating Days
Second and last Sundays of the month during, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Trains run from 12:00 – 16:30
For dates go to  Web:  Hereford Society of Model Engineering/ Broomy Hill site    External LInk
 
Admission to Site
Free
 
Tickets for Train Rides
Broomy Hill has two separate tracks that you can ride on. One is the elevated track that accommodates the smaller locomotives. The other, longer track, serves the larger engines and runs from Broomy Hill Station. Tickets for both tracks can be purchased from the Station Ticket Office.
 
The Clubhouse
Refreshments can be purchased from the clubhouse. Also in the clubhouse there is a museum, photographs and a simple model railway layout suitable for children to operate. A more complicated OO gauge layout is also operating. Beyond the clubhouse there is a Gauge “1” Garden Railway.
 
The site is beautifully situated beside the River Wye. However, this same river has a tendency to flood on occasion sometimes causing an Open Day to be cancelled so it is wise to check the Society’s website to avoid disappointment.
 
History
The society was started in Hereford in 1962 with the aim of bringing together people interested in model engineering and building a miniature railway. After a few false starts, a multi-purpose site was acquired at Broomy Hill, catering for all forms of model engineering. All popular gauges of model locomotives are catered for with both a raised and a ground level track.
 
The society now has around 100 members living throughout Herefordshire and surrounding counties, who model in all types of engineering including steam and electric locomotives, traction engines, clocks, stationary and hot air engines.
 
You can find out more about the Hereford Society of Model Engineers in their leaflet. Click to download it as a pdf   Web:   Hereford Society of Model Engineering    External LInk
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1432 270 143
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Getting There
- By Car
Hereford is a walled city on the north bank of the River Wye. If travelling to Hereford from Leominster, Kington, Hay,Bromyard, Worcester or Ledbury, approach the river on the A49 City Ring Road southbound (signed Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth, Abergavenny).
 
When you see the bridge ahead, get in the right hand lane and turn right at the traffic lights before the bridge. After 500 metres there is a hump backed bridge. Turn left immediately after passing over this. This road is called Broomy Hill. Continue along for 400 metres and signs for the railway are on your left.
 
Approaching the city from the south (from Abergavenny, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye) you will join the A49 if not already on it.
 
Pass over the modern Greyfriars Bridge in the left hand lane. At the end of the bridge turn left at the traffic lights. After 500 metres there is a hump backed bridge. Turn left immediately after passing over this. This road is called Broomy Hill. Continue along for 400 metres and signs for the railway are on your left.
 
Using Sat Nav: key in postcode HR4 0LJ.
After leaving the city centre ring road, the Sat Nav will direct you along a road called Broomy Hill. The houses on the left will end revealing a group of signs on the left including the one to the Miniature Railway. Go left down the tarmac track, and pass between the football hut and the modern building. 50 metres further along enter the gate on the right. It has 'HSME' in large letters on the top.
 
Free parking
 
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