Exhibiting at the Warley National Model Railway Show for the second year running the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers has been delighted with the response to its stand and the interest in the Association from modellers in all scales.

The appeal of live steam trains in your own garden has proved increasingly attractive over recent years and along with a highly professional approach to its publications, membership services and events, has seen the Association grow to be probably the largest garden railway organisation in the world as the current membership topped 4,500 at the Warley show.

The Membership Secretary and current Chairman returned from exploring the exhibition just in time to welcome the 4500th members.

The Membership Secretary and current Chairman returned from exploring the exhibition just in time to welcome the 4500th members.

“Having 4,500 current members is another milestone in the development of the 16mm Association” said Membership Secretary and current Chairman Alan Regan “It can be quite a challenge for a small group of volunteers to manage what is in effect a worldwide business with a multi-thousand pound annual turnover, but one of the advantages of our continued growth in membership is that it has allowed us to keep the actual cost of membership down”.

One of the benefits to members over the last few years has been additional publications. This year there has been not only a 90 minute DVD, but also the latest in an occasional series of modellers guides, the topic this time being the early years of the Festiniog Railway.

It is expected that the addition of these to the 2015 membership package will see a further boost in membership, since the guide alone has a retail price (where sold) of £10 making annual personal membership in the UK at £17.00 a bargain, and family membership at just £18.00 even more so!