Sarre at Gravesend - November 2nd & 3rd Roger H [ photo Geoff R ]
When Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society held their annual exhibition we were invited to take Sarre.
David Ho, John B, Chris M and Roger H set up on the Saturday morning. Each had taken various bits of Sarre home after the club meeting on 19 October. This helped to maintain the “no van required” ethos and avoided having to collect the layout on the Friday before the show.
Sarre sat nicely on the two tables provided and, as a bonus, Geoff R had been put alongside us with one of his dioramas. He also showed the Guild banner. There was a small contact problem with one of the points but David fixed it before he had to leave. Apart from that Sarre ran well all day using our tried and trusted sequential timetable, the only occasional issue being provided by driver error………
On Sunday, Chris had to be at home so David came back and John J joined us, his first exhibition with EKOGG. He eventually got the hang of the 3-link couplings (wish we could say the same about your scribe (also see driver error above)….) and spent some time front-of-house talking to the visitors. Sunday also threw up a few problems with the same point and some track alignment over baseboard joints so there is remedial work to be done. Sunday provided two people who expressed an interest in joining the Group and took our website details for the meeting dates.
The show closed at 4pm and we were packed up and on the road 45 minutes later tired but content. (The food had been superb!) Again, we took bits home to be returned to Badlesmere at the following meeting three days later.
6th November at Badlesmere Rob M
Twenty-two today! Members that is - so there was quite a buzz, including that from the fourteen EMUs and locos on the Circuit.
Operators told about our layout at the Gravesend Show, where they had a couple of enjoyable days operating and meeting other modellers. The Sarre team also featured in the last issue of the Gazette, with a colourful article. We heard that Raymond Walley, who we often met at the East Sussex OGG had died. Colin was going to the EKR Shepherdswell site to check on progress after their disastrous fire. Geoff mentioned that there was a small layout competition in the offing at GOG. Both Jack and Richard had brought items to our sales table; books plus many little pieces and some wagons that were part of a lot at the Ashford auction. We planned a Christmas lunch in the Red Lion on December 4th, during or running session. Members were reminded that we’re using The Phoenix Inn, Faversham before town meetings, should they want lunch.
A far-away look betrayed the fact that David Ha. was monotonously shaping intricate pieces of metal, while others worked on a variety of freight stock. Jim P. bravely sat near the diorama that John H. was working on – glue being sprayed on the slopes below the church tower. Nearby Chris was firmly fixing passengers, and their seats, into a maroon Birdcage carriage. Across the way, once trestles and baseboards were stowed, the Sarre team were tittivating layout sections after the exhibition. Fred was experimenting with a photo end scene to match the one along the back.
Some stock was turning its first wheel in years, others were being tweaked or having a good stretch of running. SR electrics took a prominent part; a 2BIL, a “Nelson” 4 car Pompey set and SR 20001; in various greens – Very evocative. Steam included pre-grouping classes from an 0-6-0, 4-4-0t, Prairie, a posse of late Victorian SECR and little and large saddle tanks: a MR Pug and an Austerity. Paul had been replacing some worn connecting leads between boards during this.
2019 October 19th Saturday in Faversham Rob M
At our meeting in the Fleur Hall, Tim said that he and Chris M hoped to get the first track down on the shunting layout this coming Friday, after which he will be looking for helpers to get buildings made. He has some drawings and says that most will be low relief types, apart from those which will receive shunted wagons, hopefully from a working wagon turntable. Peter and Colin were quick with practical advice about construction, so do get involved too. Tim and Chris M haven’t been able to source their first choice DCC controller, due to the factory being trashed by extreme weather, but are considering the close seconds which are available. We also heard more about the Folkestone Exhibition and the layouts it displayed.
Our discussion was bracketed by films selected by David G. The first followed the re-birth of the railway line from the Red Sea to the mountain capital of Eritrea. Workshops, closed for 25 years, reopened with basic foundry and machine shops being worked by the original craftsmen. Several restored steam locos took the first freight and tourist trains up steep grades and above deep cloud filled chasms. The afternoon ended with a 1944 film of Waterloo which shewed the working of the station and ended with a ‘leave train’ arriving from Portsmouth – scores of sailors leaping from the moving carriages to the platform.
Thanks to all who helped with setting out the hall, serving tea and clearing away. Earlier a few of us had lunched in The Phoenix, which served reasonable meals and has a light airy bar/dining area.
2019 October 16th Wednesday at Badlesmere Rob M
Sarre’s trestles went in Roger’s car, John B and David Ho. saw what they could fit in, and Chris M took the last base board. All those bits should meet up again at the Gravesend show, where John J hopes to join them. They and others had got the layout’s photo backscene sized and fixed during the meeting. Fred awaited his chance to blend painting with the photo to carry the effect of East Kent landscape around onto the end boards, using his brushes, several bottles of paint and a large mixing tray to keep the tones the same – an impressive job.
The Circuit had plenty of traffic with David G’s ex-LMS 4-6-0 and 2-8-0 working a set of carmine and cream locos, while John P’s SR 0-6-0 had a green rake on the other line. Chris trialled a 0-4-4t that needs some tweaking. Lighter locos and stock appeared, including some DCC tank locos gently chuffing and tooting. A large Southern diesel undertook test runs later.
Narrow gauge stock to run on O gauge track was being fettled by John D at the table, where we had quite a variety of projects being worked on. John H had a Dinky Toy Foden 8 wheeled flat-bed lorry to go with the factory and loading bay that he is working on. Brake vans, goods stock and ex-LU special wagons surrounded me. Jim M had found a weed killing wagon with low square tank and a guard cum tool wagon with a cabin at one end, reminiscent of the Folkestone Harbour branch.
Despite oddities with the water supply, tea and coffee appeared. Every ivory table was pressed into service for dining and railways. Several of us helped in the kitchen, with Barry W finding Allen and myself more and more errant mugs.
October first Weekend at Folkestone MRS
EKOGG members seemed to have turned out in force at the Folkestone Club's Show. Peter V was ushering visitors through the entrance and down to the Hall where we found Steve S helping out as a steward. When first seen he was aiding the maker of an O gauge light railway layout and operating. Stock was early 1900s with plenty of interest, and a fox crept along the path it had worn in the tall grasses. Nearby, John P was taking to his friends from France, who had a portion of the ring route of lines around Paris as their layout. Joe S chatted to us by another O gauge that depicted a brickworks.
Further on we met up with our friends from Wimbledon and watched the Alsager group's LNWR station with its coal line interchange, as they let youngsters loose on the controls. Geoff R was in the main hall where the local group had a GWR branch in O. Also in 7mm was a splendid iron stone quarry light railway featuring tipping wagons and petrol railbuses above a branch line terminal.
2019 October 2nd Wednesday at Badlesmere Rob M
The rain ceased, the sun shone and EKOGG rushed to Badlesmere. Soon fortified by tea and coffee, we moved to put the Circuit in place and set Sarre out. Space was at a premium on the L shaped table, so the overspill of members perched nearby for lunch.
The procession of locos and stock was pretty varied today: GWR mogul with Fred’s goods train, SECR P tank, LSWR Terrier, MR Pug, SR E1, SR S15, D6300 (precursor of the Warship DH locos), BR/SR O2 with bogie ballast hoppers, SR electric locos, and several that I missed. Two scratch builds that intrigued us were Richard’s Brighton railcar and Geoff’s NE Sentinel self-propelled works crane.
The long search for a DCC controller started when we realised that several locos waiting for the Circuit needed DCC. Usually a couple of suitable controllers have crept in, but today… However, the call gradually percolated the whole length of the table and one was taken to the rails, where despite a gathering of the great and good, little progress resulted. We’d better acquire an all singing and dancing one for the group soon, then show everyone how to get it operating.
Amongst the projects under construction were Ross’ LSWR road- van, David Ha.’s Dukedog, Paul H’s Hall chassis, Jim M’s saddle tank, Chris M’s SECR tank engine and a Grampus or two from Roger. John H was scaling up model buildings onto sizable sheets of card. Sarre’s team were industriously fitting printed backscenes. We plan to have the layouts out for training/familiarisation running during the next meetings.