2015 Early Spring

May 2nd 2015 - At the layouts - John Plumpton  [photo - Ross Shimmon]

We started with continuing the station platforms, when David G arrived with an almost completed platform canopy.  David and Barry discussed the best way to drill square holes in the platform to secure the canopy.  Ross arrived with a mock-up of the other platform shelter.  More time was spent studying drawings and finding etchings and plastic strips for the main platform building.  These have been taken away to be studied by me as well as the rest of the platform surfaces for painting.

Jo and Alan took great interest in what was going on and were soon ballasting, and trimming the stuck on carpet felt.  Ross also found time to help with the ballasting.  Jo ran his 'Princess' (?) loco and as usual Maurice kept the red flag flying with his 'Flat Iron' and 'Johnson 1F' and the usual mix of red vehicles.  David H was quietly swearing behind an upturned baseboard, when he kept finding wires that didn't go anywhere, but finally at the end of the day came out smiling, with most problems resolved.  Roger and Richard with hammers and chisels and saws lifted ballast and track and shortened 'Cavedale' to make better access to the test track controllers.

A dozen members; a lot of activity; I think a good day was had by all.

Mid-week session - April 22nd - RM

John’s ex-LSWR O2 put in some miles around the circuit as we got on with jobs.  David G’s 3F was on the inner line with a beautiful S&DJR coach and a LSWR road van behind it.  Alastair opened up the regulator and sent a Czech mallet loco, with tinplate train, whizzing round.  Boxes cleared from the stair head, Roger enlisted Ron’s help to lift track at the end of Cavedale.  (Maybe a final incarnation?)  I spent time moving trestle supports, then bodged a platform to support Charing station, before polishing tracks.  We ventured out for afternoon tea when the sun came out.  Gradually, bit by bit in the case of ballast, Edington progresses.  The David H and Barry turned their baseboard right-way up, and at the press of a button automated couplings happily responded.  Much needs to be tweaked and soldered, but with David G's stock on the track, it certainly looks a “Railway”.

April 18th 2015 - Layout session   -   John Plumpton [photo - Ross Shimmon]

John and Ross started by studying plans for the platform waiting room; sorting out the component parts which Ross is taking home and will start by making a mock-up of the building. David H and Barry worked, all afternoon, sorting out the many electric wires for the panels. Ron and Colin busied themselves with carpet felt; Ron thinning it out ready to stick and Colin clearing the excess off the layout. John continued laying the supports for the platforms. Painting the actual platform surface is also well under way.

Ross ran a Terrier around the test tracks before being persuaded to attempt ballasting on Edington.  Stuart bought in some of his buildings for Nailbourne and added them to the station.  Alistair called in later in the afternoon to be updated him on progress.  A good day all round, and we even managed to have our lunch and afternoon tea out in the sunshine.

April 4th - Layout day - RM

It was still chilIy up on the heights, but the kettles were soon keeping a dozen members sustained.  I was impressed by how tidy the loft was and what progress had been made on the exhibition layout.  A beautifully liveried SE&CR express loco took to the tracks, with a LNER/BR 0-4-4t.  A pair of Hudswell Clarks appeared on wagons and light railway stock.    Nailbourne and Cavedale continue to be quietly added to.  Edington’s “works in progress” included ballasting at one end, platform constructing in the middle and vegetation planting at the other.  Sector plates had been sent down to the workshop, while threading and soldering multitudes of wires happened in silence alongside. Nearby, signal posts were burnished and a signal cabin stairway built.  John B was greeted by a standing ovation; having navigated himself to us for a first visit – quite an achievement.

March 21st Layout Day – Ross S

Dick laid a temporary length of track and fired up his incredibly good sounding Rio Grande narrow gauge loco.  It was cold. I retreated a little early. I had planted the tree and continued laying the 'grass' which Ron took on when I left. Earlier I had run the CS Museum's EHLR Terrier, which David G had painted, with an SR brake van. The latter lost a buffer (I now seem to have trouble with buffers as well as buffer stops!) But Colin S spotted it on the track. Ron ran a lovely ex-GER 4-4-0 with a rake of BR Mk 1s in blood and custard. The loco ran very hesitantly until Ron discovered that it ran better without its tender! The short circuit fixed, it ran nicely.  David G. was going great guns on the ballasting, while John P continued building the platforms. Colin S ran his EPB on the main circuit and then took some measurements for the wood yard at Nailbourne. David Ho was sorting out the wiring, calling for assistance to distinguish between the colour coded wires with stripes and those without. (Something to be done with good eyesight and in strong light!) Apart from the cold it was a good, productive session.

March 14th 2015                EK0GG Town Meeting                   Ross Shimmon

About 20 of us gathered at the Fleur for John Minter's talk: 'Folkestone's Place on the Railway Map'. It was a fascinating, carefully researched and presented session, accompanied by a series of pertinent illustrations. John’s boundary was an eight mile radius around the town. He unravelled the tangled rivalry between the South Eastern Railway which reached the town in 1843 and the London Chatham & Dover which arrived in 1865.  Most of us had no idea that Folkestone had so many stations over the years. Naturally the steeply-graded Harbour Branch featured strongly, illustrated by pictures of several R1s blasting up the incline. Other engines mentioned included 'Bulldogs' (no, not the GWR ones), Cramptons, the elegant SECR D class, and at the other end of development, Bulleid pacifics and the class 71 electrics. In the era of the Channel Tunnel and budget airlines, John said that "It is hard to comprehend the impact [in 1848] of being able to travel from London to Boulogne and back in a single day, but in the first five months after the line was opened around 20,000 people made the crossing". During a brief interval for refreshments, Roger reminded us of 0 gauge events in the pipeline. David mentioned that Barn sessions were about to begin and that extra sessions  to get Edington Junction ready for exhibition later this year would be announced shortly. Prior to the meeting, about 8 of us took lunch in The Vaults.

March 4th - Layouts  -  RM

Covers were off, kettles were boiling and vacuuming could be heard as we drove into the paddock; layouts were out of hibernation.  While boxes were being sorted below, John P and I supported David 2 above the layout - with a broom - as he fitted a new fluorescent unit.  We lunched in the loft, defeated by the cold wind outside.  Roger’s blue 47 circled with appropriate stock, while Geoff tried out Terriers and Maurice cleaned track.  Edington was surrounded, as usual, with David G showing Ron his approved ballasting method; Jim fitting back-scene boards; Barry and David 2 discussing electrics; John constructing platforms; and David 3, somewhere beneath, testing point motors.  It was after our 3 o’clock cuppa, when spray painting along the tracks commenced, that a general exodus began.  When the miasma cleared a few of us were left scraping the railheads.


February 14th - AGM and Model Competition - RM

While we awaited the totting-up of the Model Competition votes for the twenty entries, we took the opportunity of identifying ourselves for new members and hearing about everyone’s modelling interests.  The higher maths by then complete, results for the “Best in Show” entries.  A signal cabin secured John P a certificate.  Dick S’s narrow gauge D&RGW caboose won freight stock.  Barry’s 31470 took best loco, and David G led the carriage stock with a polished MR milk van. The AGM portion of the meeting recapped on the past year, showed a healthy balance and saw no change in the Committee, who thanked the membership for their active support. (Earlier a dozen members had lunched in The Vaults.) Over on the Display tables was a Rye & Camber train, a selection of carriages, a Terrier, plus the station house and buildings from Edington. Several people came to the aid of John P and Jackie in the kitchen, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the wide range of model entries.

Winter 2014

December Faversham Meeting: Geoff won the Christmas Quiz, despite his having dined with us before hand; usually a recipe for becoming comatose.  Wide ranging Questions from railway modelling to the origins of Broad Street station were set by Roger and caused lively banter amongst those 16 of us armed with paper and pens. John P broke out mince pies and bubbly drinks as we milled around discussing plans of Edington’s buildings were spread before us by John Minter, or looking at the PD&SWJR tank loco Ross had brought along. Later, calling out season’s greetings, we headed off under chilly stars and Faversham’s Christmas lights.  [photo: Ross S]

Frank Poulton  - We heard the sad news of Frank Poulton’s death on 25th November. Frank had been a stalwart supporter for many years, and was always pleased to share his considerable skills to the great benefit of those of us struggling with soldering irons and coupling rods. His own models were an inspiration, and he continued to experiment with new ideas. His ambition for his engines to travel slower than anyone else’s around the barn circuit was demonstrated by his GWR 0-4-0t dock tank hauling a massive goods train at an snail’s pace, based on his principle of maximum weight and minimum friction. He built an immaculate LSWR radial tank and SECR D Class. His mischievous sense of humour cheered many a lunchtime session and Faversham meeting. His contribution to EK0GG has been and remains highly valued. Our condolences go to his wife and family. Notes by David Grimwood

November's Faversham Meeting: We gathered round in awe as Barry, our speaker, spread a splendid selection of his model trees before us. A real “Master Class” with swift wire twisting producing trunk and branches.  He then demonstrated how to add more branches and explained how to sculpt bark and add foliage.  Barry very generously donated several of his trees to our Edington layout project.  A well attended and enjoyable meeting.  [photo: Ross S]

Autumn 2014

Autumn 2014 - Mid-week sessions

David G and John P have organised Wednesday sessions when we can assist with construction of Edington, run stock and model, or drop by for a chat.  October 22nd was cool but sunny so we lunched outside in our jackets.  Roger continued his battle with “Sale Items”, before we turned our attention manhandling tables and workbenches to what we hope are final positions. Prussian blue trains trundled by as Barry soldered on Edington, while David Hopkins cut rails between sections. Ross placed the finished lamp hut, complete with rusty "No Smoking" notice, on the layout beside various mock-ups of buildings. On the 29th out of the mizzle, following dictated directions, came Richard and Mike, finding us ready with tea.  Up in the loft baseboard bracing was checked as a red tank loco pottering round.  Soon Richard was running-in a 08 diesel.  Nine of us lunched with LMS trains on the circuit.  Sector plates were eased and buildings planned, plus sorting and tidying continuing.  We sposhed into the gloom around 4 o’clock.

On a chilly November 5th landscaping began on Edington, with polystyrene panels beginning to build up the heights of the Somerset levels…  Up at the SEG0G Show Maurice and Colin S helped Roger with the G0G display and sales.  Continental freights hurried their Interfrigo vans around the layout on the final session: SR electric locos in parallel with a D65er.  Outside thrushes raided the hedge for berries under as crystal clear skies. Kettles on, we finished jobs: Jim fitting contoured edges to Edington, Paul measuring signal locations, and Roger planning the signal box.  David G and Barry adding landform, with John P working on platform edging.  David 2 joined Colin on Nailbourne before the covers came out and we put the layouts into hibernation mode ready for spring.

October 25th - Town Meeting

Twelve of us watched, and some were brave enough to try using “Templot” on the projector screen in the Fleur De Lis Hall, as David G developed track into curves and points. Afterwards we had film of track laying on the LMS. With internet connection we showed our website gallery to those without computer access. After tea and Australian Beyer-Garretts, it was a good look at film and photos of Edington Junction.

October 4th/5th Making & Running:  EK0GG manfully picnicked in the garden until a squall sent leaves tumbling and brought splashes of rain.   We had a dozen model making and running trains.               Soon Maurice’s MR freight had half a dozen colourful salt vans was on the circuit.  Colin C got himself up to the loft, after a breather, and a little later his son, Simon, hurried in out of the rain.  Soon they were discussing Terrier building with Barry.  Colin S and Ross were sploshing filler and glue; greenery spreading by Nailbourne’s tunnel.  Stuart joined them later on, when they were wallpapering the sky…    David 2 cleared up the kitchen, then sketched out electric feeds with David G.  Paul was engrossed in pointwork when Alastair looked in.  David 3 eventually got through the road hold-ups to join them on Edington.  At the Folkestone Show on Sunday, John P found Roger and Geoff enjoying a sunny view over the Channel on the G0G stand.

20th September 2014 - At the Layouts

20th September - At the Layouts: On a misty day we were out in force, lunch brightened by home-made cake.  We caught up with news of Telford.  The fourteen of us studied photos of Edington, plus building plans as we discussed valancing. Around us a long rake of Midland parcel vans ran with a GWR steam railcar on the opposite track. Battle was done with recalcitrant point motors and blades for trap points.  In the workshop we mused over the sector table while strengthening the floor above.  Four Lima Class 33s chuntered along later amongst other trains.  Roger will be representing the Guild and us at the Folkestone Model Railway Show – 4th & 5th October.

30th August 2014  -  Running and layout construction

A crowd around Edington were using a mock-up house to gain an idea of space available, but the fitting of points and their motors occupied most time.  The control panel was being planned, while the sector plate was being pared down.  A M&StL Railroad diesel and boxcars beat Midland trains onto the circuit, to be followed by a Terrier and a saddle tank with a pair of brake vans.  Later a diminutive diesel mechanical took to the rails.  Alastair, helping sort a derailment on the lifting section, wondered if we should call it the Tay Bridge…  Paul and Roger produced a score of almost finished waggons from the boxes they were sorting through.  The Nailbourne crew were being creative, adding to the over-bridge with fingers dipped into polyfila and, installing a telephone kiosk.

Our new sweatshirt design will be available to inspect and order at future layout sessions and meetings. The Group has paid for the setting up of the embroidery, so keeping the cost reasonable for members.