Open Afternoon / EKOGG at Home - Saturday, November 27th Rob M
Luckily, the Badlesmere Committee made it possible for us to ready the hall on Friday afternoon, so a party of us set out our two layouts and Circuit. Saturday dawned with wind, snow, hail and rain, not to mention a crop of accidents threatening to cut us. However, 17 of us managed to attend, as did 15 friends, including local modellers and villagers.
David Ho. kept an eye on the kitchen; hot drinks being provided by him and others. On the stage Roger H supervised sales, while below, John P kept the Circuit under control with a succession of trains running; Ross S and Doug A kicking off with an AEC railcar and a track inspection mini-bus respectively. Tim had locos chuffing realistically, including an LTC Panier, while his friends were running an SR green electric set. Paul H and Chris used DCC too; with a blue and white railcar, and colourful SECR P tank. Bill and Fred were running GWR tender locos, including a Hall on ‘Toplight stock’.
Sarre, our light railway layout, was operating reasonably well, but Edington had a disappointing start, with electrical problems. Visitors came to it once a shuttle was moving. With diesels ticking over and an occasional GWR whistle from below, Paul H had a good number of people asking questions about the display he uses to advertise GOG throughout the south-east. Geoff R brought an even smaller diorama to show. There was a happy buzz of people chatting throughout the afternoon. A goodly number of us packed away as the storm began to buffet again, so we left while there was reasonable light to negotiate the lanes.
Thanks to all who made the day possible. RM
November 17th - Wednesday meeting Rob M
Numbers built up during the morning when we had running on The Circuit, although some had other commitments after lunch. As well as crimson and cream stock running, there were several shades of green. Models were being assembled and sections of our layout Sarre were having scenic details added. John P had scenic items on his sales stand, while the exchange of magazines continued. We welcomed a visitor from Whitstable who wanted to find out what O gauge is like. Over lunch, we ran through arrangements for our Open Afternoon. There were eleven members to efficiently tidy away at the end of our day. Well done all.
EKOGG at Gravesend Show - November 2021 Roger H [ Photos in our latest Gallery album ]
The Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts (GRES) club had invited us to their show in 2019 but, of course, it was cancelled as was the 2020 show. Happily, this year it was on. Roger set up the tables with cloths and the display stand on the Friday night. Although we only asked for 12 feet of space for the stand, sales, demonstrations and the Gauge O Guild, GRES provided about 24 feet plus a bit more for Geoff Roberts and his diorama. We had so much sales stuff that lots of the intended demo space was taken up with that. John J displayed one of his garden railway sections and was kept busy by enquirers. The rest of the stand was looked after by John B, Roger and David G. Paul H was to our right with Guild stand and Geoff to our left with his diorama, Wapping Wharf.
On Sunday Roger, John B, Geoff and Paul were back and Chris M and Bill R joined them. Both brought items for the display stand, the SECR and GWR being represented. Roger had BR diesel-themed items out and John B had brought buses. Bill had space to demonstrate figure painting and Chris showed wagon construction. It was an enjoyable outing, rather less tiring than working a layout. There was also more time to talk to the visitors. Three or four took our contact details and said they may to see us on Open Day.
November 3rd - Wednesday Meeting Rob M [photos RM & Bill R]
A splendid, but chilly autumn day, so we tested the heater over the modelling tables. There were plenty of helpers when John B took charge of setting out our Circuit. I grabbed the inner line to exercise a US Alco diesel with boxcars, while Fred took to the outer with a single unit railcar, replete with speed whiskers. A Sentinel loco waited alongside. Paul H readied a line for DCC operation; running his blue and white railcar, followed by an 08 shunter with a few wagons. He returned later to check-out his GWR Castle. A Class 50 ran with a goodly number of ballast wagons. They gently rattled by, then roared away. A Portsmouth Direct EMU followed, with David G keeping a close eye on its progress.
Roger re-capped on details for our stand at the Gravesend Show. We want as many members as possible to be involved in this events and the Longfield Show at the end of January. More members have booked for our Christmas Meal. Paul W ran over the details of our November 27th Open Day. Bill had a place in the sun, beside the Circuit, to paint figures of LB&SCR footplate crew. On the modelling tables, John B assembling a detailed road tanker and Paul H worked on the interior for a goods shed. Edington workers, Paul W and Barry K, had difficulties powering points on a baseboard section; David Ho. joining them with a soldering iron. Nearby, underlay was being glued to a new baseboard.
Once models were packed, we efficiently stored baseboards and tables, before waiting while the hall was closed. A good day as usual.
‘Sarre’ at Beckenham October 2021 Roger Harmer
The Beckenham club had invited Sarre to their show in 2019 but, for reasons we all know, it could not go ahead. Nor was there a show last year but this year … Chris M, David Ho, John B and Roger arrived bright and early to set-up, each having brought various bits in their cars. Thanks to practice at Badlesmere, the team put everything together quickly and without problems until it was time to add the controllers. One of us had left the Sarre box at home. Fortunately, it was one of us who lives closer to the show and so was able to rush home, collect the box and return in time for the layout to be tested before the show opened. The others had, meanwhile, laid out the stock, loaded the cassettes and located the free coffee room.
The day itself went well, locos and stock behaving with only an occasional struggle with the couplings. Paul H was also there with the Gauge O Guild stand, but in another room. We did visit from time to time… Other O gauge was Newchapel Junction; a vintage tinplate display, and St Mary’s, a 0-16.5 narrow gauge terminus. There were few traders, but a couple had some O gauge items as did the Beckenham club’s shop. All in all, an enjoyable outing if somewhat tiring, but - I’ve just realised, none of us took any photos to go with this report.