The East Herts Miniature Railway Society Ltd.
was founded in 1978 by a small group of railway enthusiasts, after a spate
of vandalism at a previous society.
In July of that year, a single circuit
of track was open for public passenger carrying, which incorporated a
tunnel and a station area. Since then, the society has grown enormously
in many different ways - including the construction of Amwell bridge and
‘Great Amwell Station’. We have our own established workshop with covered
steaming bays and a colour-light signaling system. Major changes in the
landscaping of the site have taken place from a flat site.
In 1996, the whole track, which was just ‘flat-bar’, was replaced with
new ‘flat-bottom’ rail, costing many thousands of pounds - giving a more
stable ride and safer train operation.
2001 saw the 3/4 millionth passenger.
In 2005 we built a station canopy.
EHMR hosted SEQLEC in 2001. They entered TCB Miller without any special
preparation, steam leaking from all glands, etc, but we still came third!!!
2003 saw not only our 25th Birthday
but also the 50th for our landlords, Van Hages Garden Centre.
Based at the Van Hage Garden Centre near Ware,
Hertfordshire, we aim to provide, develop, maintain and operate a passenger
carrying 7 1/4” gauge miniature railway service for the general public,
By charging nominal fares for these
rides and after defraying the cost of maintenance of the track and rolling
stock, we are able to donate to charitable organizations and other good
causes. For over 20 years we have supported Amwell View Special School,
Herts, which caters for the education & welfare of the physically and
/ or mentally handicapped pupils.
We, as members, derive much pleasure from our active involvement in the
society, knowing that we are supporting children in unfortunate circumstances.
THE MOTIVE POWER
TCB Miller - 0-4-2 TinkerBell Class, Green
This engine was built in .... by Andrew
Robelou with steel boiler by Bennetts. This has been the workhorse of
the society for many years and it must have been pulling passengers for
about 15,000 miles.
Tinker - 0-4-2 Tinkerbell Class, maroon -
Chassis built by Andrew Robelou in .... and purchased by the society in
2001. Soon to be renamed.
John L Patton - 2-6-2 Petrol Hydraulic Sit
in Loco. Blue- Pictures
This loco was built in .... and was rebuilt in 2000 after many gruelling
miles of service. This loco will pull anything and has just had a new
H.G. Harrison - 0-4-0 Petrol Hydraulic, British
Racing Green- Pictures
Built as a basic loco by Roanoke in 2000 and modified by Pete Smith (
PJS ). This loco is driven from the tender and therefore it is perfect
for the larger members of the society or disabled people.
Ellan Bee - 2-4-2. Pictures
Formally owned by the late Robin Lee. Tinkerbell Chassis and body based
on the Lynton and Barnstable ( L&B ). Appeared at 7 1/4 Gauge Society
AGM in Belfast, Weston Park and Comrie.
Members Locos include:
- 0-4-0 De Winton owned by G Nixon and featured
in Model Engineer Vol: 188, Number 4164. - Pictures
- 0-4-0 Hunslet owned by A Robelou.
- 0-6-0 B/E HAPTOO & 0-6-0 B/E ELF designed
and build by Pete Smith.
- 0-6-0 Romolus St. George owned by A Cairns.
The railway is run entirely by volunteer members.
We have approximately 40 members at present, who automatically enroll
in the membership roster system. The roster only requires members to attend
approximately 10 times per year, but a large proportion of members turn
up more frequently, which we encourage and you are more than welcome to
You are more than welcome to informally visit us on any weekend and meet
some of the members involved in the society’s activities. Visiting locos
welcome with boilern certificates.
We are open on:
Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 11 am - 4.30pm
Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm
We are in need of volunteer members to come
and help along-side our existing friendly team that operate the railway.
You will be trained to:
- run the station and booking office to assist
the operations manager,
- maintain and drive petrol and steam-driven
- maintain and help
with the various jobs required to keep the railway safe and tidy.
- Also, we would ask you to help with your
own expertise and experience to achieve our aims.
If you feel you can help us and would like
to participate in our activities, please feel free to come along (informally),
on any weekend between 11am and 4pm - where you will be made most welcome.
Alternatively, please contact:-
13 Popes Row
Tel: 01920 420881
Mr. I DINNES ( COMPANY
32 Lyndhurst Gardens.
Tel : 020 8292 2997
Pictures of the railway may be found at website