Hoddesdon Model & Railway Club was founded in 1996 when the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority offered ‘Willowdene’ bungalow as a clubhouse by Dobbs Weir, Hoddesdon.
In the next 12 years the bungalow, grounds and outbuildings were restored, and indoor and outdoor model railway layouts built. So members were able to enjoy their hobbies in pleasant surroundings, by the River Lea.
However in 2008 the caravan park closed. But the Park Authority offered an alternative site at Broxbourne Meadows, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, and the club was fortunate to be awarded an ‘Awards for All’ lottery grant towards the cost of a new clubhouse.
Following the building of the new clubhouse, the fun and the hard work started in earnest, building new indoor and outdoor model railway layouts.
By 2013, membership had increased to the level where the clubhouse needed extending. In 2014, a further lottery grant enabled the club to extend the clubhouse.
Interests include both ‘N’ gauge and ‘00’, and in the garden we have ‘0’ gauge and ‘G’ scale layouts and also 2.5″ and 5” gauge track. The club has a model boat section which uses a large pool in the garden, plus has access to the adjacent Mill Stream.
An area outdoors has been built for the use of radio controlled vehicles such as large model trucks and tanks
The club holds an annual show in April/May, and an annual exhibition at the end of August. We are open to visitors on Sunday mornings, and we also go out to take part in several local shows during the year.
The club arranges visits to model railway exhibitions and preserved steam railways during the year. Other favourite events include a Fish and Chip Supper, and of course the annual Christmas Dinner.
Need help with that model? The club boasts members who are experienced model makers and engineers and are sure to be able to help with that modelling problem.
Though we have over sixty members we welcome further new members so if you would like to find out more about the club and its activities, please get in touch and we will be only too pleased to show you round. Each section of the club has a team leader who will be happy to show you what the section does and introduce you to people. Your welcome to be involved in a single section or everyone, it’s your choice!
There is a small car park adjacent to our site and others in the vicinity. In addition, Broxbourne railway station is just a few minutes walk away.