Autumn 2016
Written by Rob Moody   
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:59

Badlesmere - Wednesday December 12th RM

The "Circuit’s" baseboards were all joined up when I stepped into the hall. Very impressive. People had been busy setting out tables to support it and now the tweaking was taking place with Paul fixing latches. He had his team sticking down underlay at the same time. The “Sarre” workers suffered a minor setback with a point, but, with many hands available, that was soon repaired. They went on to lay wire in tube for points and ready more rail for final fixing. Shock horror! Roger found that he’d tidied everything possible, having binned or sent home yet more odds and ends. David G had the magic touch with the heating meter cards and we could then bask in warmth. The great clear up swung into action as we packed away trestles and baseboards then heaved tables back onto the hall’s low stage.

Seven of us have a drink in the Red Lion, where we encouraged the log fire to burst into life despite its explosive nature.  We wondered about having an “At Home” during the summer and if we could somehow squeeze all three layouts into the hall and still have space for visitors.  Reflecting on all the changes the group’s coped with in 2016, we wished each other an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Faversham - Town meeting - Saturday December 10th 2016  RM

We had a super sticky chocolate cake, baked by Pat Shimmon, to celebrate our Group's 30th Year.  Ross showed an entertaining set of captioned photos of our history before asking people about their "30 years ago" exhibits.  The afternoon had begun with the chairman's traditional Christmas Quiz, Roger scooping the prize.  Earlier many members had lunched together.  The day ended with  films of a snowy Somerset & Dorset Rly.


Badlesmere - Wednesday December 7th 2016  RM

Great progress was made with track work on "Sarre" and the circuit's final baseboard, while Jim prepared lengths of rail.  Equipment was sorted into new boxes to support the layouts when they take to the road.  Many of those there went to a remembrance service at Throwley Church for Alastair with his family and colleagues .


Badlesmere – Wednesday November 23rd 2016 RM

Most of the day was concerned with furthering our new projects. The new circuit, half of which was set out on large tables where a tripod was the pivot for marking out the track curves. Next Paul and Barry stuck rubber underlay to three sections and joiners were adjusted. In the other corner, trestles were set up with the four sections of “Sarre” fitted together. With Ron, the Johns and David Ho. gathered around, track positions were transferred to the baseboard cork. By the end of the day rails were being lightly tacked into position and John B. sent a tank wagon rolling.

In the store Roger and David G. were making more space.  A set of plastic storage boxes is awaited for keeping exhibition equipment.  Jim was on track preparation duties for some time.  A selection of model buildings from the Barn were on the stage for members to adopt, as was some pre-used track.  We all felt that quite a bit of progress had been made over the day.


Elham Model Railway Show – Saturday November 19th 2016                          RM

When I strolled into Elham’s well appointed village hall, all the hard work had been done by those who’d set up on Friday or got up early on Saturday.“Edington”, the largest layout of twelve, was running well with our operators talking to visitors while keeping trains moving. (Possibly a back siding wasn’t working, but was ‘fronted up’ with some colourful vans and wagons; and one fiddle-yard connection was re-soldered during the day.)

The GOG stand and EKOGG’s sales table was centrally positioned, with Roger kit bashing; usually surrounded by seated visitors having a chat or delving into boxes of goodies. There was a tendency for our members to congregate there between looking at the amazing n-g rotating layout and the colourful n-g with bottle kiln. The locals ran a good buffet and provided our workers with packed lunches. We all seemed to meet a fair number of acquaintances and catch up with news. I skittered off home mid-afternoon, only to wonder how the ‘take-out’ got on in the rain.


Saturday 12th November  -  Faversham town meeting

More than a dozen members met and heard about some of the chairman's railway journeys around Europe.  As well as high speed lines in Spain and a visit to East Germany soon after the wall came down, we saw his travels on Slovak railways and visits to the Open air Museum at Martin SK.


Wednesday 9th November at Badlesmere

Another productive day, with despite rain and chill, we ended with eleven of us and the hall’s chairman who arranged heating. (He returned at three, as we were piling out of the door, to finish his repairs.) We basked in a warm red glow from the heaters over lunch and while we worked. The complete extent of Edington was tested with John B’s latest diesel shunter with “tramway bell” (Rivarrossi) and a pair of vans, which I’m afraid reminded me of a track lifter’s train. A couple of electrically dead rails where re-connected, leaving just a fiddle yard rail slide to fix.  The goods shed was stuck down and loose guttering fixed too. Ross had his B4 out on the line as well.

Meanwhile, tools were sorted to make a couple of basic/emergency sets for exhibitions and the rest boxed for sale. This made two sets of storage trays superfluous, so we gained a bit of space. That was just as well as we had to find space for the “Sarre” boards, which David Ho. had brought in. The plan had been spread on the joined boards so that we could gather around it and we put forward ideas on the track layout and how the scenery with buildings should the look. Finding space for it in the store meant for careful packing.

Alastair Malcolm

We were saddened to hear of Alastair Malcolm’s death in early November.  Chairman during a time of great advances for EKOGG, then President, he had been struggling with ill health over the last year.

When I first met him, he had just offered the use of the extensive loft in the barn adjoining his garden to the group.  We bundled into cars and threaded narrow tracks for an on-site visit, then Alastair plied us with beers as we discussed plans while sitting on his lawn.  Soon we were frequent visitors; preparing for our future layout, using his extensive workshop (where he’d built his small monoplane) and brewing gallons of tea in the kitchen.

Alastair encouraged me to start fortnightly weekend meetings and occasional mid-week sessions, and was happy for us to turn up late mornings, which began our tradition of picnics on the lawn.    I particularly remember him up ladders above the stairwell, repairing our ceiling.  He joined whenever he could, but having many interests and working in the City suggested that I become vice-chairman.

Membership grew under this regime with the group developing skills and confidence, and assisting with barn maintenance.  We were always made welcome by the Malcolm family and Alastair was enthusiastic when we began our exhibition layout.  However, becoming unwell, his move to the town and our move to Badlesmere ended a splendid era.

We’d seen his family recently and, luckily, Alastair was well and cheerful, when he visited our operating session few weeks ago.  A great friend, he will be much missed by us all.  Our thoughts are with his family. Rob Moody, Chairman EKOGG

October at the Wimbledon Show John, Chris and Roger were at the Wimbledon Show exhibiting Roger's "Coles Yard".  By the look of the photos they enjoyed themselves.

Folkestone Model Railway Show – October 2016 Luckily some of our members were able to take up Peter Vickery’s invitation to bring stock to the show and run on the large O gauge circuit. Colin S. said it had been a great visit running his own models and seeing the variety of trains brought.

October 19th - Wednesday at Badlesmere

“Fifteen. That’s a record”, said David Hopkins when he’d looked in the register, the largest number of members we’ve had at Badlesmere. There was plenty going on for them to take part in, with Graham and myself holding baseboards for Paul, a brass fettling table with bogie wheel sets, sorting sales boxes, assembling “Cole’s Yard” and finding how to operate it, finding info. from the books on the table, looking at Brian’s 4-4-0 and the other stock that had appeared, as well as the hall chores. Roger’s coal yard layout is going to the Carshalton Show with a few of our members, so finding how to put it together and operate it was needed. They said they were going to take magnifiers to read the wagon numbers for shunting.


October 15th - Saturday in Faversham  - RM

Plans for the projected East Kent layout were laid out on the tables when we gathered in the Fleur Hall, so there was plenty to chat about. David G had come up with a film from British Transport Commission, which showed British Railways’ and London Underground’s progress in the 1950s. It jogged the memories of some of us and was a really good watch. After tea and ‘notices’, we saw a signalman’s films centred on Kemp Town, plus Hayling Island and a look at the Devil’s Dyke branch. Earlier many members had a convivial meal close by.

October 5th - Badlesmere - RJM

I caught up with happenings when I returned, hearing about planning for the mini layout.   Colin Curtis, who we hadn’t seen for a while, came.  The baseboards for a future oval layout are shaping up beautifully thanks to Paul.  Meanwhile Barry and David had started a bogie production line.  Jim shewed a nifty set of wagons he is about to finish off, while John B worked on narrow gauge stock.  Several locos took turns on the minimalist track I’d brought in, including a rather swish O2 from Barry.

September 14th - Badlesmere - Ross Shimmon

We spent a lot of the meeting discussing the various options for the proposed new small portable layout. David Ho translated the ideas to drawings on paper, ending up with a full-size one. Jim concentrated on preparing one of the recycled baseboards for the new layout, drowning out the sound from the Dapol Terrier. Sound? Yes, Chris brought in his Dapol DCC 'Thames' in full Stroudley's 'improved engine green' with sound. How did he do it? Well, he also brought along an oval of set track, together with an all-singing, all-dancing ZTC controller. Once we had muffled Jim's noise, we could hear the Westinghouse pump, the doors closing, the guard's whistle, the engine's toot in response and, gradually, the loco starting its train. Very impressive. Jim brought along a Minerva Peckett 0-4-0ST, which very nice in its lined green livery and ran very smoothly. No sound, though. David Hayes handed over to Ross for possible loan to the Colonel Stephens railway museum a super model of a Ford railmotor. We were delighted to welcome Mike Perry, fresh from exhibiting his splendid 'Tar Works' at the Faversham show, to his first meeting at Badlesmere. Mike is still looking for a fool-proof way of introducing a convincing tar smell to his layout. Answers on a postcard please.

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Summer 2016
Written by Rob Moody   
Sunday, 12 June 2016 09:31

July 13th  Wednesday at Badlesmere  -  RM

When the fourteen of us were having lunch around the work table we heard about the Pett Show. Chris and Jim looked after our sales table, allowing Roger to man the GOG stand.  They did a fantastic job for us so we will now be able to send cheques to two families, as well as benefitting the East Sussex group and our own funds.  While “Edington” was in use Ross checked on buffer stops, lampposts and signage.  Somewhere beneath, Paul was testing signals as a change from assembling sections of the new circuit. John B brought his parcels train that included the Siphon, now painted red.  Colin was running his scratch built electro-diesel and earlier a diesel shunter was trundling around. We’d also had David G’s latest chassis on test. David Ha. was soldering a utility van at the work table, with Barry and Chris fettling the Pannier tank in the further along. Meanwhile, David Ho. and John P were approaching each other as they laid track on the old modules from either side of the stage. Another productive and enjoyable day.

July 6th  Wednesday at Badlesmere  -  RM [*More photos, including some from Ross' collection in our Summer Gallery]

David Hopkins and John P were on the Leas Green when I drove up and by the time we’d opened up the others were pouring in and tea was brewing.  Goodies appeared from Roger’s car: bridges, buildings, and lots of little bits.  Some were sold and the remainder are heading for Pett Show.  Much of unsaleable stuff must now go. Gathered around the work table, etches were checked and a GWR Pannier tank examined.  By the end of the day the loco was repaired enough to run, albeit with the “floating motor”.  A wheel cleaning kit was in use as was the soldering iron.  Old modules were prepared for use.

David G descended on “Edington” to fix the troublesome point.  His tiny S&DJR saddle tank nipped around the layout as people learned the ropes.  Cl. 33 “Eastleigh” grumbled initially, but settled in.  A Hudswell-Clarke was followed by a BR Terrier; first with a newly acquired Siphon and then with a Dogfish.  Over sandwiches, discussion ranged from Sicilian trains to platform visibility on today’s Southern.  We’re still wondering about the best core times for mid-week sessions.  We swiftly stacked away, located errant keys and were off soon after 3 o’clock.  Thanks to John P for organising refreshments plus Jim and all who lent a hand.

July 2nd Saturday at Badlesmere  - RM

By the time the reprobates had legged it over the green, the first comers had the hall open and the kettle on. Soon the core of the layout was up and, after a while, running. Paul was testing a chassis and Ron trying out a Bassett Lowke. Those were joined by Barry’s O2 having its first run at Badlesmere. Dick came in and shewed us a rather nice US logging loco which he’d adapted; modifying the bunker, loading cords of firewood and adding other touches. Stuart assembled a short coal train, unerringly locating it on the troublesome point. Several of us familiarized ourselves with the control panel, and after a few minutes got the correct locos moving. Jim organised our tea breaks, during which there were postcards of Southampton docks to look at and much discussion, not to mention heavy showers outside.  Roger, Chris and Ross were sorting sales boxes and hoping for assistance at the Pett Show. Paul made a little progress on the new baseboards despite frequently aiding others. The afternoon ended with the heavy diesels taking over at Edington, before we all lent a hand in the kitchen and with the clearing of the hall.

Chatham Show  -  June 11th & 12th  -  RM

Once again our and supporters were out with "Edington", this time running with mainly early BR stock and the dreaded 3 link couplings.  There were many other splendid layouts, some from abroad, and some, like the Sandy River USA 2'gauge Franklin that were happy for you to have a go operating.

June 8th 2016 - Wednesday at Badlesmere  - Ross Shimmon - writing & photos


We are well settled into our new home. It doesn't take the more able-bodied members to take the Edington Boards from their shelves and onto the trestles.  It's a treat to be able to erect the whole layout and have space to walk around it.  The main task was a 'dress rehearsal' for the Chatham Show at Gillingham on Sat/Sun 11/12 Jun. Two freight trains were run, plus two passenger trains and a railbus. There were a couple of engineering possessions interrupting proceedings and David W assiduously cleaned tracks in between services. John B took charge of one fiddle yard, while Ross and Roger alternated on the other. John P and Roger took turns on the station section. At times Chris acted as the admiring crowd. While all this was going on Paul and David Ho worked on the new 'roundy-roundy' boards and trestle. Luckily for our ears they did all this outside.

The following engines were spotted: ex-LSWR O2 & G6 and, inevitably these days, several Terriers. Two did not manage a run: SR Q1 and C. John P continues in his role as club caterer, providing tea and coffee at suitable intervals. However, we do miss the convivial lunches at the round table outside the barn.

June 4th 2016 - Saturday session at Badlesmere  - Rob M

As zero hour approached, the diners tumbled out of the Red Lion and Paul’s red car drew up across the green for him to open up for the others.  Once inside, trestles were got out, tables found for test tracks and chairs arranged.  John P, who’d found a carved throne to sit on (!), installed Edington’s chimneys, despite nobody ever having noticed that the station was chimney less.  It took a whole posse of us to check that they were vertical and at the correct height.  David 2 quietly fettled the layout’s electrics.  Some good old baseboards, to be a test track, with clips to join them were aligned by Roger’s crew; as from outside came the sound of Paul machining ply for the new curves.  Rather like picking oakum, a small group checked over old track, removing foam and wires.  So when the Hall’s Chairman dropped in we were all busy.  With mugs of tea under our belts, we turned to running on Edington, where an Ivatt 2-6-2tank proved reluctant and a 4-4-0 shed its bogie.  Meanwhile Terriers began to appear with freight stock and diesels gathered on the back roads.

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Spring 2016
Written by Rob Moody   
Sunday, 28 February 2016 20:08

June 8th 2016 - Wednesday at Badlesmere  - Ross Shimmon - writing & photos


We are well settled into our new home. It doesn't take the more able-bodied members to take the Edington Boards from their shelves and onto the trestles.  It's a treat to be able to erect the whole layout and have space to walk around it.  The main task was a 'dress rehearsal' for the Chatham Show at Gillingham on Sat/Sun 11/12 Jun. Two freight trains were run, plus two passenger trains and a railbus. There were a couple of engineering possessions interrupting proceedings and David W assiduously cleaned tracks in between services. John B took charge of one fiddle yard, while Ross and Roger alternated on the other. John P and Roger took turns on the station section. At times Chris acted as the admiring crowd. While all this was going on Paul and David Ho worked on the new 'roundy-roundy' boards and trestle. Luckily for our ears they did all this outside.

The following engines were spotted: ex-LSWR O2 & G6 and, inevitably these days, several Terriers. Two did not manage a run: SR Q1 and C. John P continues in his role as club caterer, providing tea and coffee at suitable intervals. However, we do miss the convivial lunches at the round table outside the barn.

June 4th 2016 - Saturday session at Badlesmere  - Rob M

As zero hour approached, the diners tumbled out of the Red Lion and Paul’s red car drew up across the green for him to open up for the others.  Once inside, trestles were got out, tables found for test tracks and chairs arranged.  John P, who’d found a carved throne to sit on (!), installed Edington’s chimneys, despite nobody ever having noticed that the station was chimney less.  It took a whole posse of us to check that they were vertical and at the correct height.  David 2 quietly fettled the layout’s electrics.  Some good old baseboards, to be a test track, with clips to join them were aligned by Roger’s crew; as from outside came the sound of Paul machining ply for the new curves.  Rather like picking oakum, a small group checked over old track, removing foam and wires.  So when the Hall’s Chairman dropped in we were all busy.  With mugs of tea under our belts, we turned to running on Edington, where an Ivatt 2-6-2tank proved reluctant and a 4-4-0 shed its bogie.  Meanwhile Terriers began to appear with freight stock and diesels gathered on the back roads.


May 2016 -

Work on the layout was in full swing on Wednesday 11th. Titivating ‘Edington’ were a full complement of three Davids, plus John P, Paul and Chris. They were taking a lunch break when I swanned in, but it was soon “all hands” to lift sections as uncoupling magnets were positioned, foliage improved and detail added. The sections were joined for trials with a couple of locos later in the afternoon as we took a mug of tea and Paul set out curved templates to check for size. Then it was sections stowed into the racks and a sweep of the hall before we left at four. The exhibition layout should be in fine fettle for when it appears at the Chatham (Gillingham) Show. [photo by Ross S.]

Meeting pattern: Please let us known which meeting days and times would best suit you. It looks likely that three meetings a month is our preferred option, but do you want two Saturdays and a Wednesday or vice versa. We could also vary start and finish times a little from those we’ve begun with. Do say, then we can try to adjust to suit most people and establish an easily remembered pattern.

Website: If you have photos or notes about meetings that you wouldn’t mind me mangling to go on the website do send them to me. They also help with pieces for The Guild News.

EKOGG clothing: Should you want to be smart at exhibitions, do then put in an order for a polo or sweat shirt. They cost £17.25 and £18.75 respectively. [Your name can be added to polo shirts for a small additional charge.] Chest sizes in inches: XS 34/36 - S 36/38 - M 38/40 - L 40/42 - XL 42/44 - XXL 44/46 - 3XL 46/48 - 4XL 48/50 - 5XL 50/52 - 6XL 52/54 ] Phone or email me after checking your measurements.

Moving Day: We moved into our new base on Wednesday 4th May.  Gloriously sunny and with the path freshly ballasted John P and I were ready when the van came; David G, Chris and Paul having loaded the layout earlier.  Jim soon joined us as "Edington" was slotted onto Paul's racking. John organised a brew-up, then it was off to collect more of our kit, before a well deserved lunch.  RM

Saturday April 30th - EKOGG visit to the Thanet Group's Open Day RM

 

When I found Kearns Hall by St Thomas’ Church in Birchington, I was greeted with waves from the EKOGG contingent at the stage end of the hall. John P was looking after the coal yard’s shunting, John B was managing the Guild Stand (while Roger nipped out to grab some sandwiches), Chris was at the quadruple test track, with Jim and Colin S keeping an eye on Geoff’s diorama and sales stall.  Trains circled: third and coarse rail on the high level with fine scale below. The two pairs of lines are stepped from the front, the lower level piercing the upper so that all are visible. British models and SNCF were on the lower, but the upper had various USA models: Cab-forward on a long freight, SF War Bonnets, a PRR electric, with a ‘propeller powered’ 1930’s DRG railcar making an appearance. Coffee and tea were plentifully available as we chatted.  At the end we watched with interest as four people swiftly dismantled the tracks. (Having such deep sides, what with the two levels sharing each section must make for a stiff box girder.) A pleasant ‘get together’ running session, but a little disappointing that so few had heard of it.

 

Saturday April 16th 2016 - Final full meeting at the Barn

Although it was intended to keep running sessions going until early summer, events are pushing on.  Paul has approved the shelving in our new Badlesmere venue so we intend to move in during the next fortnight, and our old tracks were dismantled.  Now members are deciding what form a new test circuit will take; most likely universal peco track.  In the midst of this we have to erect and test our exhibition layout, ready for shows in the next month.  It was all a bit sad moving out of the Barn, but we looked to the future over mugs of tea.  [New storage photo by Paul W.  More photos in the gallery.]

Saturday April 9th 2016 -  Faversham meeting

We were lucky to be privy to a new venture at the Tenterden Railway Museum when Bob Clifford visited us.  He shewed us prototypes for several information displays.  These started with slide showing “Goods Lading Bills” with him pointing out details of cargo and routes, before moving on to “Tickets” and finally “Colonel Stephens’ Rail Motors”.  Members raised points as we went along, then commented on the suitability of the presentations for a general audience.  We thanked Bob for this insight into the wealth of information held there, which we hope to see more of.  The meeting continued, after refreshments, with discussion on the move to Badlesmere and films provide by David G.

Saturday 19 March  -  At the barn.   Roger H

The group split itself into mix-and-match groups. Some helped Roger finish the final packing of the sales items into a neat pile while others finished separating the Nailbourne timbers and boards into stacks of re-usable bits and rubbish. Then all the “useful” stuff that we had stored under Cavedale was attacked. All of the scenic material, previously kept in little boxes here and there, was gathered into one large (but still liftable!) box; similarly, the electrical bits. While this was going on others attacked Cavedale itself saving what track, accessories and electrical stuff could be saved, binning the rest. With all the timber neatly stacked we became aware of just how big our barn space is! During all this activity our true purpose was not forgotten and Maurice and Roger both ran trains and Chris kept the kettles (no, not another train....) coming to keep us in tea and coffee.

 

March 12th - Faversham Town meeting

John Plumpton gave an enjoyable and informative talk on ‘Cardboard Building Construction’ before leading the resulting discussions.  Fourteen of us were at this town meeting, several having lunched at The Vaults beforehand.  John showed us various examples of building techniques as well as some finished examples.  He’d asked members about the models they’d brought along, so we heard about others’ methods too.  After tea, and chance to see what was on Roger’s ‘Bring & Buy’, we caught up on the search for a layout home.  Badlesmere should be our new base  after installing racks for the layout.  We may change the pattern of meetings to have two Wednesday and one Saturday session a month, making it easier to cope with family commitments.  Watch this space for dates and details.

March 5thLayout meeting

Running on the circuits will continue while we sort through the all the useful things we have accumulated, in fact it did with Jim’s saddle tank, a flock of little diesels from Colin and John B’s ballast train.  It had been sleeting in North Kent and was decidedly wet around our base.  When I squelched in members had removed the buildings from the termini.  Luckily Alastair appeared to reconnect the electrics so we were soon huddled around steaming mugs at lunch.  Preparing for our move, in a few months, we began to group boxes of gear.  We turned to the problem of making workspace so as to be able to make supports or a base for a future project and decided to dismantle Nailbourne, first removing the storage from beneath it.  All a bit sad seeing the enjoyment we’d had working on it, and in my case coming up with the design.  Hopefully EMUs, steam and diesel trains will emerge from its iconic tunnel in a future incarnation.

February 26th/27th - Tenterden: The Ashford Model Railway Show

Over the weekend ten of us were helping display our exhibition layout; from setting up on Friday, when Chris Nuttall joined to load the van and take it to Tenterden, to packing-up and transporting it back to its base on Sunday.  Six operators were in action on Saturday, with David Hopkins managing to get a couple of shots between managing the yard.  You can spot John B, David G, Maurice and Roger in control.  On Sunday there were four of us.  (More photos are in gallery section of the website.)

!  The Group is looking for a new venue for its test track.

If you know of anywhere within reach of Faversham do contact us.  30' by 15' or there abouts.

 

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