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2019 January & New Year

January 19th 2019            Saturday at Badlesmere                Rob M

We set the lunch table between a pair of radiant heaters and huddled.  Feeling a deal warmer, Jim M and John B set out a loco shed and a van kit to work on.

Once those from the Red Lion had joined us, we got Edington up on its trestles for further checks.  Paul W soon had one traverser opened for its sliders to be cleaned and lubricated, with John P cradling the track bed, which is wired to the base.  That done, the facia board was fitted.  David Ho. was replacing and checking point motors and connections.  Colin S and Ross S added a grove of saplings by the west goods siding and are planning for seedlings nearer the cattle dock.  Scenic boards assembled, a sunshine lettered Terrier tested the tracks.  It was joined by a gleaming Brighton Works version; the two locating places where tweaking was needed.  

Stuart H breezed in from the Canterbury Show clutching Richard B’s connections for the newer traverser.  David G and Paul W now went into overdrive to install them.  We formed the baseboards into their travelling crates and carefully stowed them ready to go to Longfield Show.  Water turned off at the mains, we departed under a clear winter’s sky.

January 16th 2019            Wednesday at Badlesmere                          RM

The hall was buzzing when I rolled up, and so it continued with our work/lunch table growing to four sections to cope with seventeen of us. Under the heater at one end brass kits congregated: Barry W with a new chassis, Paul H adding GWR backhead detail, David Ha. preparing van sections, and Tim assembling a grain hopper van. Jim M’s loco shed was much admired, with its embossed brick paper, all the way from Greece.  Roofed with crafted strips and single slates, the smoke louvres have been started and the coffee stirrer doors are prepared. John B fettled a six wheeled van underframe, while Richard produced a train’s worth of pre-grouping wagons from a large box. 

Several of us dropped into the kitchen to lend and help with tidying with David Ho., who organising the production of numerous mugs of tea. 

An 08 diesel with tank wagons ventured onto the layout, where the Brighton Works Terrier and another were in the platform.  Liveried SECR tank locos, including a crane tank, lined up on a siding with an appropriate period freight train.

Preparing “Edington Junction” for its forthcoming exhibitions was the major task for the day, with all the sections being assembled.  An upturned traverser with three people holding it down while thumping the end unit hinted that damper conditions had tightened some clearances. Chris M viewed the greenery he’d been working on, then added stronger tones where needed. The newer traverser  at t’other end was speedily fixed up, its electrics checked with a SDJR saddle tank and the operating switches explained. At one stage, we got rather carried away with the facia board clips, immobilising the sliding section – easily cured. The clips to hold the controllers are done, with neater wiring into the main sections.

Members had tidied the hall when I left, leaving David Ho., David G and Paul W replacing worn micro switches beneath points and planning to tweak some fiddle yard wiring.

Autumn 2018

December 15th 2018      Saturday in Faversham  -  Christmas Quiz                         Rob M

You could hear muttering from the teams, “I’m sure I know this one…” and “… got it” as the Quiz progressed.  Teams of twos and threes had appeared from John P’s hat, and as always results were close – elevens, thirteens and the leaders with fifteen – Jackie Davidson and David Grimwood.  Well done.  We thanked John Bullimore for setting the questions across the swathe of our interests.

Ross, co-author of ‘Colonel Stephens and his Railmotors’ showed us his copy when we'd collected our hot drinks and were tucking into mince pies.  We thanked John Plumpton for all his work, over several years, in organizing our refreshments.  David Hopkins has offered to take on the task, but will need a deputy in case he cannot get to a meeting.  Thanks also to the usual suspects who squeezed into the kitchen to help, plus Colin Smith and all who set out the hall.

The meeting continued with films, selected by David G, featuring Pathe News extracts of the North Sunderland branch; GWR’s streamlined railcar; naming the first LNER “Footballer” loco, …  With Christmas wishes we headed off into the sleet and rain.

Earlier, at The Sun Inn, the committee had grabbed the seats nearest the bar before being joined by six others for a cheerful and tasty lunch.

December 5th 2018         Wednesday at Badlesmere                          Rob M

 With gentle chuffs and crows on the whistle, Tim sent his London Transport pannier around the Circuit to run in.  As usual there was plenty of help for John P as he organised refreshments and with moving all the baseboards and furniture.Wagons and locos were in evidence on the table, Sarre being fitted out nearby and major works in progress on Edington - so, all in all, a usual EKOGG day. 

Over lunch we suggested our hall as a venue for a GOG Modellers’ Workshop session.  We’d provide light refreshments, but would point participants to the Red Lion for lunch.  Once again it would raise our club’s profile.  We wondered about being able to have DCC available for visitors; maybe a controller/power pack for one of the Circuit’s tracks. 

We found out more about DCC over lunch, but as Barry K predicted, found that our users had each selected a different system.  Both Tim and Jim P had brought DCC controllers to the hall today, settling on using Jim’s Lenz system.  Usually systems seem to cope with another’s chips.  Chris N said that a controller which could access 4 digits codes would be of most use to visiting modellers.  David Hopkins hoped that a friend of his could drop by during a future meeting and tell us about the experiences of DCC at his group.  We’ll consider whether to acquired a controller in the New Year.

The second traverser for Edington was being aligned today; lots of work from Paul W, supported by both Barrys and David G, who was musing on future projects for the group – Ideas welcome.  Further along, spring had come to the layout as Chris M sprayed adhesives and spread greenery ready for 2019’s exhibitions.  The haze of glue reached Jim M who was fixing corner curves, made of card laminated around a bottle, to the backscene of Sarre.  John P and David Ho. were smoothing platform gaps and fixing buffer stops.

At the table a cluster of people watched Roger as he slid methfix transfers into position on a van.  Wagon underframes concerned John B and Chris M.  Between distributing doughnuts, David Ha. was checking an Ironside saddle tank; rolling the loco through pointwork on the layouts.  Tim had photos of his growing range of brewery/factory buildings from his industrial layout.  All was done to the accompaniment of locos having a good run: the pannier, a SER 4-4-0 of Geoff’s, Jim P’s “Blue Star” Merchant Navy and John B’s freight train drawn by a Terrier.

November 21st 2018    Wednesday at Badlesmere                    Rob M

The flags were out for us in the hall, when sixteen of us gathered.  It turned out to be the Badlesmere hall’s committee preparing for the village’s quiz night.  We easily worked around each other as we prepared hot drinks and set out the tables.  Warmed inside and out, we readied the Circuit and had two sections of Sarre out for the scenery to be worked on.  John P and David Ho. Were joined by others as they replaced the platform’s edging boards.  

On the table, modellers were pretty busy with Chris M preparing underframes for his batch of SER vans, near where I added slates to a cottage roof.  David G, working on loco parts, and Jim M discussing a squeaking 4F.  Jim 2 was fettling an 0-4-0t chassis, while John B was collecting today’s subs. and working on his light railway stock.  David Ha. assembled more of his 2-2-2 chassis alongside Ross S who was folding the etches of Queen Victoria’s LSWR saloon.

Barry W ran a South Western G6 and his latest SECR loco.  There was also a Terrier, in SECR livery, that Ross is lightly weathering for the Tenterden Museum, plus a light railway mixed train belonging to John B.  James (Jim 3), our other new member, produced a green Class 37 to which he added three Pullman cars.  When the team got them coupled-up and table lamps lit, they did running-in circuits, paralleled on the outer line by Geoff’s Ivatt 2-6-2t.

Over lunch members suggested the idea of a summer day out to either the Bluebell Railway plus the Lavender Line; or to Pendon and a steaming day Didcot.  We spoke about the Gauge O Guild, saying that our Group finds the present organisation, its publications and the events it puts on, suits us very well.  The only caveat seemed to be that the Forum should be modelling focused.  In the next sessions it will be the turn of Edington to be refurbished.

November 17th 2018     Saturday in Faversham             Rob M

We all thanked David Hopkins for putting on this afternoon’s meeting. He arrayed himself in a Lavender Line hi-vis to recount the history of that preserved railway. His photos included several of the daunting floods that tore away their works several years back. The variety of locos that had been billeted on or hosted by the short line was amazing: War Department 2-10-0 from Greece; various saddle tanks, including the pair of ultra low bodied ones from Par Harbour; a Southampton Docks diesel, a Class 73; Thumpers; Wickham Railbus Laboratory 20; a Belgian steam tram engine… Certainly a well kept secret in Sussex. A film promoting British steam loco building from the 1940s, with hot metal being drop hammered and huge steel sheets rolled to make smokeboxes was next out of David's case.

We chatted over teas and coffees; hearing about the practicalities of managing the Folkestone Show, besides bringing all up to date with group goings on. David’s final selection was very relevant to layout builders. It focused on re-vamping a layout, reminding us of many techniques and introducing others. Many thanks to John P, Barry W and John J for tackling the kitchen chores; Jackie for locking up and to all the others who’d aided to make it a very enjoyable meeting. Earlier some members had lunched in our new venue, The Sun, in West Street.

David Hopkins photo collection: David in control of the Southampton Docks diesel; the beginning of the flood damage; Par Harbour low bodied saddle tanks.

November 7th  -  Wednesday at Badlesmere  -  RM

A rainy windy day saw twenty people to Badlesmere – we setting out extra tables and John P organising yet more refreshments.  The Circuit was soon up and running; David G’s Ivatt 2-6-2t being first out and Barry W trialling his latest loco.  An industrial tank engine, with skirts, was pulling an aged CCW wooden coach of SER design.  David Ho. gave us a  surprise by running a Basset Lowke Class 20 Diesel.  John P’s SR O2 was in great demand for hauling stock, including Chris M’s newly acquired local wagon.  Later it waited patiently while Ross and Jackie battled with the couplings between a Darstaed corridor brake and a SR utility van.  Our Longfield visitors, Jim and John, had bought an impressive Heljan Prairie on their way to us and had it purring along our tracks.  My old Canadian Pacific 4-4-0 nipped around while Geoff waited with a large bunkered Terrier.

* Our pre-meeting lunches in Faversham will be at The Sun in West Street, gathering at 12.30.

Around Chris N, a huddle of kit builders occupied themselves: Paul H slating a station roof, Jim M with an 0-4-0t, John B making a wagon and David Ha. assembling a chassis of a 2-2-2 loco.  Roger had shown us all the new photo backscene for Sarre, which was being tittivated nearby.  Paul W, Barry K and Jim 2 clustered around an Edington baseboard to replace the troublesome point motor in the yard.  We had our usual chatty lunch, sharing news and ideas, and hearing about the Gravesend Show from Roger and John B, who'd taken our display table there.  As several members use DCC, we’d like views about which version to select and the pitfalls to avoid if we install it alongside our present controllers on our Circuit.

Folkestone Show  -  October 5th to 7th . Friday  to Sunday     -     RM

On Saturday, it was good to see members visiting.  I managed to talk with Les G, David Ha., John M, Mike P, Paul H and Geoff R.  Vouchers towards lunch were provided, and we took turns to have a look at the exhibits.  Our team of four operators was joined by Martin, a friend from the Wimbledon Club on the first day of the show.  Martin coped with the new traverser, while Roger, David G, Paul W and I took other controllers.  We had a goodly number of appreciative comments from the visitors and hints of future bookings for the layout.  More O gauge layouts were on show than we've seen for some time.

On the Friday, I was waiting at the top of the Leas Cliff Hall’s unloading slope when the van arrived with David G and Paul W.  Roger and Tim soon joined us to fit our kit into the lift and descend to the Channel Suite.  (Unfortunately, John B was unwell so couldn’t join us.) Paul W checked on pointwork while the setting up proceeded swiftly.  Leaving arranging stock and final preparation until the morning, we departed in various directions.

Sunday brought a new team of operators with David Ho., Chris M, Tim and John P.  David G and Paul W focused on tending stock and the layout, both of which were getting hard use.  Our hosts were very welcoming and we met many old friends, including John P’s from France.  The sun shone on our take-out, as we wore a path across the grass to load.  David Ho. and I waved the layout’s van off, then followed with the stock.

[photos: Martin managing the traverser & Paul W locating the hidden magnetic uncoupler]

It was good to see more of our members visiting, and I managed to talk with Les G, David Ha., John M, Mike P, Paul H and Geoff R.  The previous evening we'd had Tim S helping with transporting and settling up the layout.  Our hosts were very welcoming and we met many old friends.  [Martin managing the traverser & Paul W locating the magnetic uncoupler]

October 3rd at Badlesmere                      RM  -  photo Ross S

Seventeen of us thronged the hall and hoped that the water pressure would keep up for our mugs of tea.  Southern vans, stock being fettled and tiny locos being constructed filled the modelling table.  Over the other side operators were under training, using a variety of members' locos.  We saw Steve's BR diesel and 2-6-0 alongside John P's SR M7 and a variety of Somerset & Dorset engines.  Testing of the traverser reached the stage where all was considered good, while checking the lines ready for Folkestone's exhibition continued. A team of us will be moving the layout to the show venue on Friday.

A pretty busy day.

September 8th & 9th at Faversham Model Railway Club's show        Rob M

I found our Sarre layout in the second hall of the Abbey School, and was greeted with the news that they’d been asked to attend the Beckenham and Gravesend Shows in the future.  Good going indeed.

There was quite a crowd of our people in the halls; watching layouts, meeting friends and operating.  John B was out the front chatting to those watching, and if there were children around Roger H would be keeping stock moving while waiting for trains to appear from off stage.  Chris M was in command of the storage cassettes with Stewart H when I first looked, but everyone was taking a turn.  Tim S was at the controls when John P took time off for a tea, and Ross S, released from editing Colonel Stephen’s books, soon appeared behind the layout.  Mike P was helping nearby at the Cement Works diorama, where I’d met our John M, and Richard B had previously dropped by.  (Jackie D and David H joined the operators on Sunday, while others helped with transport.)

Amongst the layouts I stopped at was the 3mm Somewhere in Southern England with small terminus and a harbour with fish net stores and the AFS testing its pumps on the slipway.  The OO steam shed at night was interesting and the BLS Swiss bridge with galleries clinging to the mountain side provided an entertaining procession of trains.

September 5th 2018                       Wednesday at Badlesmere                          Rob M

On a dull and drizzly day, the fifteen of us went into exhibition prep mode and had a productive day.

Sarre was running Roger’s improved operating sequence to check for glitches – we clapped when, at lunchtime, they’d succeeded.  John B, with timetable to hand, kept train speeds realistic, with Jackie at the control panel, as Chris M and John P filled the cassettes with stock.  The day ended with us checking the list of essentials to take to the weekend’s show and boxing the baseboards for transport; David Ho. marking the bolt holes.

The Edington crew had the traverser and a couple of baseboards out.  John J was soon soldering connections and work continued with inspecting the loco release tracks. These were puzzling Paul W, Barry K and David G, having a voltage drop and a ‘short’, but with due time and consideration were dealt with.  Meanwhile, I sploshed green paint on facias, considerately waiting to do those in use ‘til we were stowing away.

While Paul H constructed a GWR tank engine, plying a mini blow torch, at one end of the modelling table, David Ha. was making a small Ruston diesel using resistance soldering at the other.  Barry W and Jim M had very fine mesh for the grills and vents.  Those who’d travelled to Telford told us about Guildex and how they’d resisted, or not, buying from the traders.  John P and David Ho. organised refreshments and many leant a hand.

Summer 2018

18th August 2018               Saturday at Badlesmere                 Rob M

Working through Sarre’s exhibition sequence of train movements kept John P employed for the afternoon, with minions uncoupling, carrying out minor track repairs and purloining pencils to annotate the master copy.  It was great fun as some locos and stock had been substituted for the expected ones today.  R1s became Class O1s and Terriers played the part of Class Cs, as well as acting themselves….  David Hopkins, John B, Roger H and others clustered around to help.  A demand for a large print version of the running order emerged along the way.

After some fettling Edington was being tried with the new traverser in operation, Chris N in attendance on the entry roads.  Paul and David G spent a fair amount of time studying the wiring beneath the board, where a multipin plug was causing a little concern at one time.  That layout certainly doesn’t have coupling problem – all the ‘Dingham’ loops leaping to attention when near the new magnets.

On the long table Jim shewed us the crisp etchings of a tiny diesel from ‘Judith Edge Kits’, and Barry inspected David Hayes’s model of “Ironside”, while I sliced card for a garden shed model, when I could find a pencil to draw the cutting lines.  Further along David G was displaying surplus wagons for sale.  Arrangements for our two exhibition appearances were firmed up over mugs of tea and future open days mused over before we mobilized to tidy and store the layouts.

August 15th 2018           -                  Wednesday at Badlesmere                          Rob M

Both Sarre and Edington came out for running and titivation as we poured into the hall.  David G checked the mains electric and then we were in business. 

One or two gremlins cropped up on Sarre as Tim and Jackie ran through the operating sequence, but that was nothing to the bother I had with the three link couplings, despite Colin’s “helpful” suggestions.  We were rescued by David Hayes, who swiftly accomplished the task, little finger decorously crooked and wearing the correct glasses.  John B, after asking for helpers at the Faversham Exhibition, was busily adding bicycles, churns and people to the layout.  Roger brought the big shed, now complete with local signage.  The push-pull set and various vans were in use alongside Chris M’s neat rake of SECR coal wagons and brake.  We also had Jim’s brass 4F and Geoff’s USA dock tank on the line.

Barry K was amongst those excavating places for strong permanent magnets in the SDJR track bed.  Invisible, when the ballast was replaced, they flicked the Dingham couplings open as stock passed over.  Nearby, Paul W seemed to be multi-tasking as he recovered electrics from the defunct fiddle yard.

Amid our coffee mugs Chris N was surrounded by small naked figures; some of which he painted clothes on, while others were to remain chilly.  Paul H was continuing work on the small GWR tank engine that he’d made great progress on at a Missenden Abbey hobbies weekend.  He brought us up to date with proposed ideas for improving the GOG management.  We shared a letter from the East Sussex Group, thanking us for our contribution to their Open Day.

A goodly number of us helped in the kitchen, before everyone got to grips with packing baseboards into the store.

August 1st 2018      -     Wednesday at Badlesmere     Roger Harmer & David Grimwood

As well as eight of us, we had two guests from the Wimbledon MRC, Martin Churms and Mark Hedgecock; friends of John Plumpton and David Hopkins.

The circuit was in full use. David claimed he had been ‘dapolised’ and ran a pannier tank with a newly-completed non-corridor coach (begun at Badlesmere recently to demonstrate that coaches need not take an eternity to build!) and a finally-finished Southern plv.  Geoff brought a beautifully finished H Class, which went home with Roger, having run with Roger’s SECR freight. John B’s Terrier had a trip with three four-wheelers, while our visitors ran a Schools with Lima coaches before the GW took over with a Castle and then a 2-8-0 with a rake of Dapol coaches.

Meanwhile, David G continued work on the Edington fiddle yard, and fitting the first permanent magnets on the layout, and scenic work continued on Sarre. Roger took away a shed to add a company name to make it a bit more "EKR-ish".  

Geoff also had a BR(S) C2X, SR birdcage and a 6-wheel coach on view and Martin had two very long bogie bolster wagons on display.

The "excitement/entertainment" was provided by a series of power outages requiring a visit from Ian to fix them – eventually traced to a faulty water heater. John P looked after our needs for tea and coffee.

July 21st 2018  -  Saturday at Badlesmere RJM / photo: Tim S

We were sitting on the shady grass eating our lunches, as a family of buzzards rode the breeze above us, when David Ho. arrived with the milk. The next arrivals included a svelte Chris N. Inside the hall we had scenic work progressing on Sarre with brick papers (all the way from Greece) being used. Paul W took over the stage to ease the new traverser, with Jim keeping an occasional eye on proceedings. Roger and John B were assembling vans and showing Tim photos of beer vans for his brewery complex. His tall warehouse was being painted, at the far end of the modelling table, and is looking good. My garden shed model looked minute in comparison.

A train of K&ESR four wheelers appeared from Stuart’s packing case, plus little and tiny locos. We knew what the LB&SCR tank engine was, but had to reach for our glasses to view the second, as it was an 00 scale P tank in full SE&CR livery – very neat.  We kept up our liquid intake while chatting and fathoming out when the banner photos had been taken.  Everyone helped pack away after checking that all was tidy in the kitchen.

July 18th 2018  -  Wednesday at Badlesmere RJM


The new traverser occupied Paul W, David G and Barry K for much of the session, with a cast of supporting members making appearances; with John J touting huge power tools and Barry W wielding a small hammer. The twittering of their voltage tester showed that all was not plain sailing and had them re-soldering some multi-connection plugs. However, they ended the afternoon happy.

Sarre wasn’t without an audience either, while John P’s was ballasting. We gathered there to see Ross showing photos of the East Kent Lt. Rly. We put up our new banner for all to see, then tried to remember who owned the locos and stock featured in its large photos. I mentioned that our website’s contact page may be down for a while as we have suffered a huge influx of emails from Russia. Recently we’d upgraded to a more secure system, so only James, our advisor, was aware of what was happening.

Chris M was fettling axle boxes for a 6 wheeled coach. Ross remembered that we have some folding bars for loan to members. Barry W’s Wainwright J Class 0-6-4 appeared on Edington, along with a Jinty or two. Geoff had brought a neat P tank, just awaiting its crew. Jim and John B’s projects included plans and kits of goods stock.  As usual many members helped out in the kitchen with John P bringing the supplies.

8th July 2018 - East Sussex O Gauge Group's Open Day at Pett RJM

John Bullimore and David Hopkins ran our sales stand at the East Sussex's open day.  After battling with burst water mainsclosed and lanes, I arrived with our pop-up banner, which I'd collected from the printers on Thursday.  We spread the word about our group while John and David made numerous sales.  I had to demonstrate the Aberdare on the Sussex's circuit before its sale; Geoff Roberts, with his diorama telling the buyer the loco's history.  We were well looked after by ESOGG and enjoyed the varied layouts and stands.  There was a lot more room in John's car when we packed up.

July 4th 2018  -  Wednesday at Badlesmere RJM

David Ho. and John P missed the verge cutting and so beat the rest of us to the hall.  It was fence making on Sarre, to be joined later by the ballasters.  The end board of Edington was needed so David G could continue work on the new traverser. It had already gained tracks and uncoupler pads while at his home.  After a tea, the Circuit was assembled under John J’s watchful eye.  Jackie D and Barry K were soon testing the controllers, so that Class 60 diesels could take to the lines.  They kept away from the explosive mix of wagons being assembled by Ross: a petrol tanker and gunpowder van behind his 1930’s DM.  His tweezers and modified couplings worked well.  An R1 chassis, Roger H’s, appeared between trains as its innards were tweaked.

John B loaded up for the Pett Show where we have a sales stand. Meanwhile Paul H puzzled over how to display a van kit ina small glass case.  We had a very chatty lunchtime Geoff R joining us at that time.  I checked the running of a high sided wagon as four and six wheeled carriages ran by.  Wrecking tools in hand, Chris M, attacked the old fiddle yard, then installed recovered switches on the new traverser with a throng of members offering advice.  There were plenty of people lending a hand in the kitchen and masses of us when it came to stowing away.

June 20th              Wednesday at Badlesmere         -              Rob M


You could see Sarre’s platform was being fixed by the large brickbat strategically positioned. Groundworks seemed to be the order of the day, with ballast, low vegetation and dabs of paint being applied by various people.  A few wagons were being finished off and were propelled along the tracks; in my case to the conclusion that a bit more weight plus some sound deadening was needed.

Magazines, fronts of warehouses, drawings of sheds and stock shared the long tables with magazines, lunches and olives in wine (Thanks to Chris T.).  Paul W was looking at tiny pieces for LSWR flap fronted ground signals, before he headed off for a grand tour of northern preserved railways.  There were several people lending a hand in the kitchen.  In all, a very convivial day, with a sneaking thought that some members were camping out overnight to be ready for us to open up.

June 16th 2018  -  Saturday at Badlesmere RJM  [photos by Ross Shimmon & RJM]


Hither Green continental freights swept around the Circuit, as Colin tested SR electric locos that he’d driven. (Models scratch built on a wooden  base.) A small posse of Hudswell Clarkes waited beside the other track as Stuart’s four-wheel coaches were coupled to his Terrier loco; the assembled masses using Ross’ variety of shunters’ poles. Next, the saddle tanks played with mixed trains.

Clearances were eased the alongside Sarre’s warehouses and scenic checked further along. John J’s arrival had triggered setting out the Circuit.  The driving wheels of a GWR large Prairie went for a run, with Paul W keeping an eye on it; the rest of the components being on our modelling table.  There, Jim was showing another partly assembled brake van - brass this time.  Tim joined them, once he’d organised a dozen more teas.  He has the front of a four-storey brewery warehouse taking shape, with some very neat card windows and doors. As time drew on various members tidied in kitchen and stores before drifting off, just leaving the hard core of orators discussing the New York elevated track becoming a garden walkway; the K&ESR; being escorted out of Nine Elms Shed by police dogs….

June 6th 2018  -  Wednesday at Badlesmere RJM

Light engineering meets Edington in the form of a new traverser.  This had emerged from Paul W’s workshop and was soon matched to the “branch” end of the layout.  On a lightweight metal frame, it has a short fixed area leading to the traverser’s bed, where the parallel storage lines will be.  The far end for the loco release tracks has its own legs which support the traverser section.

Further along the hall Jim was securely screwing his range of warehouses to Sarre’s baseboard before the rest of that layout was joined on for running.  Stock ranged from Falcon, the trailblazing to a saddle tank with light railway coaches. Those on the modelling table held a P tank workshop with Barry W giving expert advice.  Guards’ vans were next along, followed ideas for private owner wagons suitable for Herne Bay and nearby.  Low sided BR trucks were at the other end across from scenic work.  Roger was seeking help for our stand at the Pett Show on Sunday July 8th.

May 19th 2018  -  Saturday at Badlesmere RJM

John J was busily dragging us into the 21st Century with DCC; his “Western” diesel performing with sound. That was on the outer Circuit which had earlier been running in with simple dc. Paul W had sorted the missing wiring so his pannier and auto coach had taken the outer line, while Barry’s locos had used the inner. I noticed a D1, a W and a G6 hauling a rake of BR red and cream stock – Darstaeds that David G had brought in. Roger had a stack of boxes to open revealing Classes 33, 47 and 60 to be tried on the inner line. John B followed with freight wagons and an 08. Nearby, David G added parts to a coach kit and a whiff of solder hinted that Paul H was working on a pair of GWR tank engines. Further along Jim concentrated on brake vans. We’d thrown the windows open on a balmy day, but it was still hot in the top of the storeroom where David Ho fixed shelves.

May 16th  - Wednesday at BadlesmereRJM

On a blustery day, we opened up to find remnants of the Medieval Fayre stacked around the hall.  We soon had work tables out and heard about the event from those who’d helped.  Chris M said how he’d done a fair bit of operating on Sarre under the watchful eyes of a family who talked through the movements with their children - No pressure then…  Tin plate trains had run, but with occasional mystery short circuits.

A blow torch was Paul H’s choice of tool for his project today.  David G’s carriage is taking form swiftly with extruded aluminium roof, ventilators fixed, in position.  Batch building seems Jim’s forte; not warehouses this time, but six-wheeler brake vans.  Over by the window John B had added a water tank to Sarre and, with Jackie, was working on scenic detail.  The station building debate was continuing with the feeling that the present building balances the warehouses.  Paul W, whose colourful signalling article has just appeared in GOG’s Gazette, soldered nearby, having found the wireless section of the Circuit.  John J had brought in some fittings for it.  When I slipped away, the soldering was continuing.

May 2nd  - Wednesday at BadlesmereNotes from Roger Harmer / photo by Ross Shimmon

By the time Roger arrived, with a DCC control set to be tested by Chris N, both Sarre and the roundy-round had been erected.  Tim had brought an alternative system, that he is donating to the Group,  and that had been connected to the roundy-round, where he had a Peckett running around making puffing and other noises.  (A short-circuit meant that the inner circuit could not be used for the DC locos.) Chris N ran his sound-fitted Brighton Terrier "Thames" for a little while. Then, we swopped control to our DC system and Ross ran his blue Terrier. Ross also provided some KESR-based stock for the locos to pull.

On Sarre, comparison was being made between the extant KESR-style station building and an EKR-based building. As Sarre is based on the EKR, the latter is to be used and the other one stored. This means some changes to the platforms which currently have cut-outs which are no longer needed.  John P had just ripped the existing platform off the board when David G reminded us of the Medieval Fayre on 12 May when we will have Sarre on display, so it was, “Back to work on the platform, guys”.  A tinplate layout from Colin S will be there plus and a table of demonstrators and book sales.

Meanwhile, having sorted out Roger's DCC, Chris N and Ross, using one of the magic products that Chris N finds on the Internet, repaired a damaged resin casting from the early days of resin use.  At the other end of the table David G and Ha were doing things in brass.