October 20th 2021 Wednesday meeting Rob M
Badlesmere was bustling when I rolled in. Sarre was being unpacked from its crates for operating, after its appearance at the Beckenham Show. John B, Chris M and David Ho. joined with Roger there and said it had gone pretty well, although visitors were down on previous years. Paul H was there with his diorama and GOG display, but was in another hall.
Bill was adding detail to his GWR 43xx Mogul, while Roger had a heap of parts to sort through that looked like a GWR Syphon H, or two. Fred, who’d brought a GWR B-set and Pannier ( plus Terrier and rake of 4 wheelers ) was aiding. As usual, a selection of magazines and books were available for reading, taking or purchase. Tim organised our drinks today, as well as working on paint schemes for his latest n-g loco. By the front of the stage were the new baseboards, where Paul H, Barry K and David G were being very busy sticking the underlay sheets down. Metal craft knives, rulers and impressive rollers were in evidence; as was anything they could lay hands on for weights.
Sarre, now unpacked, and put out for running had a fair number of takers. Ross had a splendid train of aged light railway stock operating, seemingly drawn from every corner of Col. Stephens’ domain. Chris M, whose P.O. Margate Sands wagons were in use, kept an eye on the layout; he and John B curing electrical contact hitches on a point blade. “Elizabeth”, my scarlet saddle-tank, pottered around with a milk tanker and whatever else she could find. John B’s Austerity tank waited in a siding for its turn. Roger and his crew were impressed by a couple of layouts they seen which used info. screens. These could show the audience what movements were in progress as they operated. Investigations are afoot, featuring it being driven by a ‘Raspberry Pie’, ultra mini-computer.
17th October 2021 Jim F. Sadly, we heard that Jim F. had died during the night. He had been unwell, off and on, for a little while and had been taken into hospital again. John D. has passed on our condolences to his family.
Jim joined EKOGG some four years back, often attending our running sessions with a variety of 1990s stock, and helping with layouts. In September, David Ho. had helped Jim and his diesels get to us, with Barry K. and Bill R. getting them onto the Circuit for him.
6th October 2021 - Wednesday meeting Rob M
Roger beat me to the hall and was setting out Sarre for a practice of the running sequence, before it appears at Beckenham. I got it positioned just in the front of the stage, so we could test projectors ready for illustrated talks to resume. That involved Ross unpacking electronics and me wobbling atop a step ladder with the screen and string. The projector turned out to be the size of a paperback book. Barry K and Tim sorted wires and presto! there were photos in glorious technicolour. John B had stock for sale as he is moving his layout into a smaller room.
All those with GWR stock to run were released to set out our Circuit. Plenty of running ensued with John P, Fred and Bill exercising prairies, moguls and 4-6-0s. With DCC on the inner line, Paul H trialled his new Class 122 DMU. It was followed by an LT Pannier, which had everyone listening to its realistic sounds. With eleven of us at the end, we managed to spread putting away tasks. Sarre needed assembling into its transport crates. Few of us remembered the sequence, so it was some time before it departed squeezed into cars. A busy and eventful day.
For Open Day we will try our well-used plan to have as much running as possible. Paul H hopes to bring a diorama too. Do tell us if you are coming and how many friends you expect.
Model Competition & Display - 25th September - Saturday Rob M
We had 40 entries for our competition, the most we can recollect, along with displays of other models, filling six tables. They were set out near the windows, so appeared in good light. Buildings and motor vehicles filled one section, while rolling stock and locos vied for space on another. Once we’d managed to find a place for our projects, and were fortified by tea and coffee, it was down to the serious business of inspecting the models pondering the two choices we are allowed for each class of model.
The ‘David Newton Award for Scenic Items’ went to Chris M for his Margate Sands Bridge Span, with Tim awarded a ‘Distinction’ for his Gothic Water Tower. Roger’s Nuclear Flask Wagon took the ‘Peter Tangye Trophy for Goods Stock’ and a green coach from Set 972 won David G the ‘Keen Trophy for Passenger Stock’. This year the ‘George Knowles Trophy for Locomotives’ was presented to John M, whose Edwardian Ledsham & Hereford Railway No.6, 4-4-0 express loco, was voted first.
We all talked to the group about a model we’d shewn or methods used; ranging from coping with laser cut buildings, through colour techniques, via making miniature machinery to painting craftsmen’s models for museum display. Members were in favour of including a class for ‘Dioramas’ in future competitions. More photos from Ross S & Rob M can be seen in our latest Gallery Album.
September 15th 2021 Wednesday meeting Rob M
Paul W and Fred had opened up and were setting out tables when I arrived. Once a half dozen members were present, ‘Edington’ was readied for running, especially P O locos and wagons – today’s theme. Kentish wagons; many from Somerset, and several from the Welsh Marches caught my eye. One train was tailed by an intriguing Irish brake van from Geoff’s collection of stock.However, some work checking the tracks was done. Chris added stone and green paints to his palette to continue blending the scenery edges along the access paths in the goods yard.
You could say the main talking point was found on Tim’s table, where he had his dual-gauge pointwork. This particular one caused much interest in general, as well as particularly to electricians, as it often short circuited. Sometimes with six of us watching, three multi-meters were applied to it, plus a lot of thinking. I believe that the problem was solved and a couple of additional cuts through the copper cladding on the sleepers around check rails and frogs will do the trick…….
Shortening Y points was exercising Paul H’s mind as he positioned them on the full-size plan for his new mini-layout / diorama. It looked as if a slight shortening of one branch would keep the layout width in limits. Bill, who’d sent us photos of Isle of Wight Railways during his holiday, returned with tasty biscuits for us to sample. Tim, David Ho. and John P popped into the kitchen to cater for our needs and tidy away. So, a friendly day with knowledge and biscuits being shared
September 1st 2021 Wednesday meeting Rob M
The two Johns were signing me to park on the grass quietly when I drove up, as they were being entertained by a dubious nag looking askance at the motor horsebox. We left off being spectators and threw the hall open. Soon joined by some of our stalwarts, the Circuit was positioned and tables set out. We totalled a dozen members with John B.doing good business on the sales table and with the other hand collected fees. Jim P. dropped by with returning boxes of books, before joining his wife in the car and heading off on their post lockdown day out. Fettling his tiny saddle tank was Tim's main focus, while Chris tackled the lane on the public side of ‘Edington’, reprofiling, then adding fine gravel along to the store. Bill got advice on LSWR underframe details for a white metal wagon kit.
Fred and David G., knowing today’s theme, soon had green DMUs running, while Geoff showed an electric / battery luggage van; such as used to tow water tankers to Dover harbour. David Ho. had helped Jim F and his diesels get to us, with Barry K. giving a hand with checking and advising about DCC. An aged ‘Hymec’ stuttered into life as well.. Later runners included a small diesel-mechanical and John P’s smooth-running Terrier with a short consist of sheeted wagons. Once again a friendly session with plenty happening.
August 28th 2021 Saturday meeting Rob M
A pleasant afternoon meeting, with Geoff R showing one of his dioramas, featuring several tired locos. He also displayed a Class 10 BR shunter and a flat-bed lorry, renovated from a battered ‘Dinky’. However, he and Ross were soon sorting through loco parts from some kits; mainly a Terrier and a large GWR tender locomotive. These were from Joe B’s collection of models and tools, which Roger was busily sorting. They are available for members to buy. David Ha. was back in action, soon discussing scratch building with Tim, who was fettling a narrow-gauge saddle tank. Jack also caught up with modellers’ news.
The three new baseboards were by the stage, with an adjoining ‘Circuit’ The A4 papers showing the track plans were placed out by David G, with Paul W painstakingly gluing them into long strips. Nearer the door, the signal cabin section of ‘Sarre’ was being worked on by John B. Behind its narrowed platform, control rods were boxed-in, ready for vegetation to burgeon. We were viewing a book on the East Kent Light, brought in by Ross, Earlier, five members lunched outdoors at the Red Lion, until rain arrived with puddings.
August 18th Wednesday Rob M
With Fourteen of us on August 18th it was a hive of industry. A deal of modelling knowhow was shared; wiring basics, painting brickwork - felt like old times. A section of ‘Edington’ had static grass and re-greening trees trialled. Tim’s scratch built narrow-gauge loco – with angular tank - was burnished and finishing touches added. John P had a selection of magazines for members to take and a variety of modelling accessories were for sale. John J showed us a section of his garden and demonstrated some industrial strength magnetic tape which could be used to attach back-scenes or foregrounds to layouts. A couple of members came on the hourly bus, later arranging return lifts into Faversham.
‘Sarre’ was out for all to run on, and modelling tables were scattered throughout the hall. Steve S’s BR green Class 15 must have been a type first on that layout. John B’s RCT Austerity 0-6-0 ran, as did Fred’s 08 with weathered hoppers and a variety of tank locos. A point operating glitch was dealt with by David Ho. Paul H, our Area Rep., spread a plan for another mini-layout and tweaked the point-work positions. He found we had his size of EKOGG polo shirt in stock, so we’ll look out for him flying our colours at shows. We’re represented at Beckenham, in St John’s Church on October 16th, when ‘Sarre’ is there. Hopefully, some of us will drop by to see Roger and the team.
(Chris M has added photos of his 'Margate Sands' layout to the website GALLERY.)