Saturday 24 June 2023

Bring & Buy. Bill on the prowl

Today’s “Bring and Buy Sale” produced a very large and interesting selection of member’s locos, rolling stock, kits, and railway related books for sale. While some members picked over the items on offer Paul, Barry, David L, John P and others retrieved Saturday Edington from the store-room and set it up ready to run. Roger …

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Wednesday 21 June 2023

Queen Charlottes Dock discussion group

It was very busy day today with a lot going on. After setting up the big table the Queen Charlotte Dock baseboards now with alignment dowels fitted were assembled and the Templot track plan in a continuous roll laid out along them. This gave a much clearer understanding of where the track will actually go …

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Wednesday 7 June 2023

Roger's brake van special

Today we focussed on brake vans and had over twenty being hauled round the circuit. The vans came in all shapes and sizes with pre-grouping through to post nationalisation being represented. My favourites were Roger’s two SECR brake vans but then I would say that wouldn’t I. While this was going on some of the …

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Saturday 27 May 2023

Intro to Signalling by Tim S    Inside a box

After an entertaining ten minutes or so setting up the equipment Tim gave us his talk and slide show entitled “An introduction to Signalling”. Tim started off his working life as a signalman on the London Underground and produced a slide showing him at work in the Aldgate East signal box together with a natty …

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Lenham construction.

This became a very busy session. Edington Junction was erected, the plan being for those due to operate the layout later in the year would be able to familiarize themselves with its operation. Everything started well, but it became clear that some of the wiring had broken internally and failed, including the wiring from one …

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Wednesday 3 May 2023

'Stepney' with 4 wheeled Stroudley coaches

Today’s focus on the circuit was on royal, Pullman or other special stock. That was the theory but in practice the only royal item was a Royal Mail van. However, the circuit was constantly in operation with members bringing in a large and varied selection of stock.Fred brought in his LBSCR terrier “Stepney” and some …

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Saturday 22 April 2023

Geoff R's presentation on trainspotting.

Geoff’s talk nominally entitled “Memories of a teenage train spotter” encompassed both his early train spotting memories and his subsequent interest in all forms of transport. Geoff’s initial interest was prompted by the trains passing his primary school in Wincheap where the now long gone Elham Valley line used to run past his classroom windows. …

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Wednesday 19 April 2023

LMS 4-6-0 5640 Jubilee 'Frobisher' D Andrews kit. Fred C

After quickly setting up the circuit we all settled down to what was a very productive meeting. Paul K and Barry K spent the day wiring up the track work on Lenham which is now starting to look very impressive. David L, Tim and I continued planning the new dockside layout. I produced a life-sized …

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Wednesday 5 April 2023

SECR R 0-6-0T as SR124 Chris M

As Spring began to arrive in Badlesmere we set up the circuit in order to run 6 and 4 wheeled carriages and anything else anybody had brought along. To begin with, David G ran his S&D Sentinel, then Fred ran a very fine rail car that he had built and followed that up with an …

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Saturday 25 March 2023. 3D printing demo

3D printing screenshot

Being the progressive and tech savvy group that we are we gathered to hear David L expound on the wonders of 3D printing and the intricate detailed models that it can produce. David gave a very interesting power point presentation on the subject and had brought along his equipment and examples of items he had …

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Wednesday 15 March 2023

Edington Junction SDJR 2-8-0 David G

We had a very productive meeting today with work being carried out on three layouts and another new member joining us. Keith Meredith, having seen our web site came up from Dymchurch and must have liked what he saw because he has now joined our happy band.Today’s focus was on Edington which was quickly set …

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Wednesday 1 March 2023

Lenham under construction

Martin Barnard turned up today having been pointed in our direction by Geoff and immediately started helping to set up tables etc. We can’t have been doing too much wrong because Martin has now joined us and we welcome him in to our club. We set up the circuit today in order to run members’ …

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Saturday 25 February 2023 AGM

AGM committee

a) The Chairman (Chris) opened the meeting by running through his annual report.Received: prop. Jackie, sec. Roger, all in favour.b) The Treasurer (Geoff) presented the accounts, pointing out that the Mangapps trip, insurance and bank charges were new costs. Following a question about a 2023 business plan, he noted expenditure on a new layout and …

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Wednesday 15 February 2023

7mm road vehicles 
David G

Our focus today was on road transport and buildings with many fine examples having been brought in. Tim brought in one of his epic brewery layout buildings and David G and others brought in numerous examples of road transport and lineside buildings. There were some impressive road vehicles and I particularly like David G’s coalman’s …

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Wednesday 1 February 2023

Edington. David L refreshing scenery

Several regulars had sent their apologies so it was a pleasant surprise that no fewer than 12 members attended today. The theme was ‘red coaches’, and Paul ran a rake of fine looking Dapol red and cream Mk1s behind an impressive Class 47, while David G produced a rake of Gresley vehicles hauled by an …

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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Adams 0-4-4T No 302. Bill

Seventeen hardy souls braved the near freezing temperatures and huddled round the big table while we kept feeding the heating cards into the meter as the long hot summer seemed a lifetime away. Today we were focussing on freshening up the scenery on Sarre ahead of its appearance at the Longfield show at the weekend. …

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Wednesday 11 January 2023

'Fresh out of the works' Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T Tim S

After the usual post-Christmas enquiries, we settled down to focus running green liveried engines and coaches on the circuit. Among the locomotives on show were Fred’s recent purchase, a Lionheart GWR Mogul which he was running in, and Paul H’s GWR Class 2800 2-8-0. Paul’s DCC loco looked and sounded great until it got its …

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Eileen’s Emporium

We are sorry to learn that Eileen ’s Emporium has ceased trading and appointedliquidators. The company has done its best to send out all the stock for pre paid orders and are sorry that they were not able to complete all of them. Any claims against the business should be sent to

Loco building seminar

Gibson chassis 0-6-0 by DG

Those present may remember that I laid out the frames for a Gibson 0 6 0 chassis as a starting point for building a loco kit. Having opened the box, and talked about it, I thought I should finish the kit . So here it is awaiting some final details , couplings and weathering. The …

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Annual quiz, members gathering

With everybody dressed appropriately for an afternoon on the piste as temperatures outside hovered just above zero and probably less in the hall we settled down for this year’s quiz. Having led last year’s successful team to victory it fell to Geoff to officiate at this year’s proceedings. After we had split ourselves into groups …

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