The Haverfordwest Model Railway Club, founded in 1972 and formerly known as the Pembrokeshire Model Railway Club, is excited to embark on a new chapter with a fresh home for the club. 

The club’s origins date back to its early meetings in the 1970s around the back of the Milford Arms, where the club layout was a classic Hornby Dublo 3 Rail layout. 

With a change of ownership at the Milford Arms, the club relocated to the education centre behind the library at the original Pembrokeshire College. There the members had the opportunity to create a new club layout in an old garage building. This layout was a recreation of Haverfordwest, including the local station building and surrounding railway line. 

Unfortunately, when the building was to be repurposed, the building, the layout had to be dismantled. Undeterred, the club found a temporary home in a local church hall, where several exhibition layouts were crafted over the years. However, just before the pandemic, the hall’s floors were condemned, leaving the club without a meeting place once again!

In December 2023, the Haverfordwest Model Railway Club secured a new meeting place upstairs in the Menshed, Haverfordwest, marking a milestone in the club’s history. The new club OO Gauge Finescale layout was handmade by a local from Carew.

On Sunday, August 11, the Haverfordwest Model Railway Club will at the West Wales Model Railway Exhibition in Llwyncelyn near Aberaeron. They will be showcasing a small layout, created by the club’s Treasurer, Ron Weatherall, features an interpretation of a 1970s stretch of railway belonging to the National Coal Board.

The club meets every Wednesday, 7.15pm-9pm during the summer and 1.30pm-4pm in the winter. Meetings are held upstairs in Menshed, Haverfordwest, SA61 2AA, easily accessible from the bottom of the Lake Car Park.

Now in the process of restarting, the club is looking to grow and engage with local model railway enthusiasts. Anyone with an interest in model railways, whether experienced or new to the hobby, is invited to join and be a part of this club. Call treasurer Ron Weatherall on 07519 012654 or chairman Steve McDonald on 07786 170856, email [email protected] or find the club on Facebook.