February 22nd Model Display & AGM in Faversham Rob M [photos- Barry K .. More photos in our Gallery]
A swathe of scenic items, from modern structures through classic buildings to vintage vehicles; a whole yard of freight, including creosote trolleys; 4-wheel carriages and a milk tanker; followed by gleaming steam locos, Victorian to BR. What a lot of difficult choices amongst our competition models! With scores so close, we awarded Distinction to Jim M’s well populated Loco Shed and Winner to David G’s Charabanc with its canoodling Edwardians. Roger H’s brake van, restored from a wreck, came ahead of the goods wagons and vans. A light railway carriage gained John B a Distinction, with Stuart H’s Cambrian Rly. carriage being the Winner. Winner in the Loco section was Barry W’s BR Standard Class 4 tank engine.
Maybe, fear of finding something worse caused the Committee to be re-appointed. Usually our costs are being covered by meeting fees, so Roger H has waived our yearly subscription for the moment. Mike P offered to organise one of our Faversham meetings. Ross S is hoping to fix a date for a visit to the Bluebell Railway. Bill R suggested that ‘neighbours’ can co-operate on travel to this and GOG events. David G asked us to keep an ear open for a local venue, where we could make a real clubroom and leave projects out to work on.
John P and Jackie D took charge of the kitchen, with its new all singing and dancing water boiler, helped by John M and Bill R amongst others; while more people set out tables and chairs. Thank you all. At noon a group, to which you are all welcome, had dined at The Phoenix.
February 19th Wednesday meeting at Badlesmere Rob M
W21W, a Western Region railcar swept around our Circuit along with parallel running by Class 33 diesels and some steam locos. The railcar was made in the early years of EKOGG by Geoff R as part of Peter Hingley's "Make a loco for less than £15" challenge, with a Lima power bogie, plasticard sides and a balsa wood roof. Wagons, 4-wheeled coaches, BR parcel vans and a church were noted on our modelling table.
We heard about the Tonbridge show from our main operators and visitors. The wet and stormy weather made the end a bit difficult, but the day had gone reasonably well apart from Paul W having to deal with some electrical gremlins around a goods yard point.
February 15th Our layout 'Edington Junction' operating at Tonbridge MRS Ross S
February 5th Wednesday at Badlesmere - Preparing Edington & Modelling Rob M
In the store, John P was holding a basin above his head while balanced on a step ladder. Very trusting, as Ian was tipping water into it. The fluorescent tube was kaput and its diffuser full of water… Ian had opened up for us and initially repaired heaters while the early crew had prepared tables and the kitchen.
Centre piece on the tables was Jim M’s impressive loco shed; lights gleaming to illuminate a worker in the stores and off duty staff resting outside. John D worked on ‘garden scale’ vans alongside brass kit construction. Mike compared creosote pressure vessels and their trolleys, as I tried to concoct a silo from a tube. Paul H was programming dcc chips whenever there was a quiet period. On the wagon builder’s corner, the pursuit of small errant pieces continued alongside assembly. What with people nipping around or hiding beneath layouts, it was hard to count how many teas we needed, but we settled on twenty-two.
Near the stage, Bill, with station buildings and GWR stock, and the ‘Sarre’ workers had a place in the sun. Platform sections were being improved and electrical transformers examined. Geoff had brought along a green battery motor luggage van, such as served the quaysides at Dover. Geoff often promotes Gauge O at events, so was very pleased when Fred presented him with a rural backscene for his ‘diorama’.
‘Edington’ was set out to prepare for exhibition with backscene to the windows, which gave Fred a challenge as he repainted the sky. Once the layout was all in place, a variety of rolling stock ventured onto it as operators learned the controls and tested electrical sections. I noticed shiny SECR tank engines, speeding S&DJR tender engines, a little Sentinel, Panniers, diesel shunters and a blue electro-diesel. Several of us held down traversers as damp wood was eased. Future areas for refreshing were noted.
January 18th Saturday at Badlesmere - Modelling & Planning Circuit Extension Rob M [photo Ross S]
Corrugated round huts proliferated across the tables – Colin seems to have started series production. One of these was destined for ‘Sarre’, along with a lot of weeds. These iconic buildings, ex-military, appeared on the Colonel’s light railways as stores and even camping huts. Badlesmere was beautifully sunny, but rather chilly. We positioned the tables between two heaters, but they crept closer to the electric sockets while David Ho. was brewing us tea. David Ha. was preparing brass parts for a tiny loco and Ross produced an R1. John’s short wheelbase coach gained end steps to the roof line and brackets for two sets of running boards, as I made up running gear for a 12ton coal wagon from a selection of spare pieces.
Sheets of paper taped to tables, metre rulers and templates for pointwork announced that full size plans being drawn out for the Circuit’s extension. This is being modelled on a North Kent Line station, as these offer a practical track layout and specific station buildings to work on. We intend to construct track from C&L parts, and to get a feel of Kent into the scenics.
2020 January 15th Badlesmere - Modelling & Fettling Edington Rob M
Out of the downpour squelched twenty-one of us for the first meeting of 2020. It proved to be a busy day with our ‘Edington’ layout swiftly set out for its initial pre-exhibition fettling and plenty of modelling around the block of tables. Barry K and Chris M have taken charge of our new DCC controller, planning to test a variety of locos with it, in case we need a booster to cope with big beast diesels. After a hiccup with our Newsletter, David G is going to check the mailings list. Geoff brought us up to date with Guild matters. We were reminded about our sales table and which model shows are on in Kent.
Jim P tackled an elderly Rivarossi German 0-6-0 tank that had been refusing to run for John D, removing screws into a tray for safe keeping and achieving movement. Coloured glass windows were being fitted by John H into what is quite a large church. I was cleaning loco wheels, just along from the kit assemblers; John B on short wheelbase coaches and Roger into bogie units. As always, there were books, magazines and conversation around the table and elsewhere. The aroma of Chris N’s lunch cooking and coffee brewing crept from the kitchen. David Ho. and John P distributed drinks and were later aided by several members in cleaning up.
Despite some electrical hitches being dealt with on ‘Edington’, numerous locos and items of stock managed short runs: gleaming green ACE expresses, a variety of diesel shunters, including a Class 10, and some tank engines.
December 14th Faversham - Our Christmas Quiz
We had our Christmas Quiz in Faversham, with David G posing questions set by Jackie and himself. As usual, our teams opted for their not so good choices or went completely blank, as I did about a line I’ve travelled on. There was a good spread of scores for the wide-ranging questions. John J, Roger and John M hadn’t been flummoxed, so were our winning team. Earlier, ten members had met in The Phoenix at noon, but some still managed a biscuit, or two, and a mince pie when refreshments appeared. John P got the kitchen organised for us today. During discussions, the ‘Sarre’ people mentioned re-wilding the layout into light railway form and mention was made of re-wiring that layout. We spoke of Ross’s idea to trial moving to 4th Saturdays for Badlesmere meetings after April, and the pattern of layout operating and ‘Themed running days’. An order for EKOGG shirts is about to be sent off so contact me to reserve your size. We wished all well for Christmas and the New Year, locked up and headed into the night.
December 4th Badlesmere - Running, Modelling & Christmas Lunch Rob M [photos: John Denbury & RM]
A bright frosty morning began an enjoyable day with some modelling, a fair amount of Circuit running and our Christmas lunch, before we ended with coffee and Lebkuchen in our hall. Twenty took lunch, or joined us for a drink, across the Lees green at the Red Lion where a very nice meal was served. Running also continued. My American stock was all ready for the winter weather with a 'snow-plow' taking the line. John D's garden narrow gauge used the line as it runs on O gauge track. A reassembled Flying Scotsman test ran alongside a SECR R1 and Bill's DCC LSWR liveried Terrier. We now have a DCC controller for the group. before a variety of Class 33 diesels had long runs. David Ha. and Ross investigated brass kit assembly across from Paul H, while Jim F looked into his Class 09. The committee even tried to thrash out our coming programme. Before we cleared away, Roger let loose another US model, a 'Doodlebug' gas-electric, made by late member David Newton. A good time was had by all.
20th November at Badlesmere Rob M
We had another good gathering of members, 20, with plenty happening. It was sunny, but cool as Fred and I bumped along the track to find a huge storage container lorry and trailer unloading alongside the hall. We opened up, John B coaxing the small light switches to work. Later we used one of our lighting rigs to brighten the modelling table.
John P led The Circuit erecters, others chose a U shape for tables and parts of Sarre readied for working on. Sales items included wagons from John B and tools from John D; some of which were gifted to members. Chris M trialled his 0-4-4t again and was given practical help from others about pick-ups and wiring. Amongst the stock I saw going round was Jim F’s 09 diesel having a good run and the Fell diesel on a freight working. When a visitor from Thanet arrived with a Flying Scotsman loco, we gathered hear that it had leapt through his loft hatch, breaking its fall on some wagons that accompanied it. The damage was less than we feared, when examined; Steve and others offering help.
A steam rail motor, GWR type, is under construction by Paul H. He worked alongside David Ha., who was ready with a resistance soldering unit as he fettled fine pieces for a small loco. Barry K, opposite, was recovering small parts that pinged into the distance. Bill fitted parts of a lazar cut wooden weigh-bridge hut, the brickwork showing up well. Large scale stock was being assembled by John D, in the style of a Lynton & Barnstaple bogie van model that I believe run on O gauge track. Jackie, Richard and I concentrated on wagons and vans, while John B has started a 4 wheeled coach.
16th November in Faversham Rob M
Margate Sands, one of the many disappeared stations on the Isle of Thanet, was Chris M’s theme today. We saw photos from its Victorian heyday, including stock forced through the frontage, and aerial shots from the 1920s. As all train workings from Ashford and beyond had to reverse at Ramsgate Town then be drawn or reversed out of Margate’s platforms, we chipped in with questions and ideas of how these would have been managed. An intriguing talk that got the eighteen of us thinking.
David Hopkin's team organised tea and coffee. There was plenty for us to look at and discuss, with models from a late friend of Mike P for sale and Mike’s “Old Viaduct” model on display alongside his GOG Trophy. Mike told us about making the buddleia shrubs which need bottles of Rioja to provide thin wire stems… Maps of Thanet from the 1880s and 1920s shewed the changing pattern of lines, including the East Kent Light at its fullest extent. Earlier, eight of us met at noon and enjoyed lunching in The Phoenix. The afternoon ended with film clips, including preserved Pacific locomotives coping and not coping with steep gradients, before Jackie shut down the Fleur de Lis Hall.
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.
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.
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.