Autumn 2013

October 30th - Working Party: Notes from Nigel Grant

My repeated requests to the Meteorology Preference Service turned up trumps and we were blessed with an amazing autumn day. Ten brave souls turned out, including Alastair’s son Douglas, who clambered around the balcony.  Everyone quickly found their niche and got on with a daunting number of jobs transformed barn, nearly a thing of beauty.  Jim and Jackie deserve a special medal for burying themselves in the murky shed.  They worked out a good way of supporting the fire escape walkway.  David H rigged up temporary light and power in the shed so they could see, and has plans for a more permanent metallic facility pathway (this absurd phrase comes from BT; it means cable).  David was also modifying controllers.  Roger, Rob and John B attacked the woodpile by the stairs, to sift the good bits from the scrap.  The scrap pieces joined the bonfire pile.  An old trolley wheel ready for a tip trip was reclaimed by Alastair - an essential part of his scaffold tower.  Colin S clearing and carrying, told anecdotes about 100 mph train runs.  Geoff Roberts was able to look in for a while.  There’s plenty more to do, but we’re well on the way.  A brilliant effort.

October 19th: Notes by John Plumpton

I arrived just after Barry, was closely followed upstairs by Alistair.  Ross arrived as we were eating our lunch, then Maurice with his bag full of stock.  Roger appeared with his wife and took boxes of surplus items for sale at the SEG0G show; passing his brother Stuart as he went.

We spent the afternoon doing some constructive talking, drinking tea and running trains.  Ross ran his 'P' class tank at slow speed, whilst Barry ran his 'King Arthur' and Maurice a collection of LMS stock.  A power cut ended our afternoon jaunt, so we tidied up and covered the essential tracks for winter, locked up and said good bye to the layout for a few months.

October 12th: We kicked off our Fleur Hall session with Ross Shimmon showing scenes of Southern lines from Peter Hingley’s collection. EKLR and K&ESR locos featured, along with Reading General.  Hampshire and Dorset were prominent in slides that I’d found; the bias slightly leavened with pictures from Wales and further afield.

Several models were on display.  Ross put out photos he’d taken at the Indian Railway Museum – plenty of scratch and freelance building opportunities!    After a quick events update, John Buckle showed 8mm film of steam days on the Isle of Wight.  Earlier a few had light meals at The Chimney Boy.

October 5th: With members on trips or at exhibitions, it was a quieter day at the layout. Jim May, joining us for the first time, found his way to our picnic unassisted, which few have managed.  Ross was first to sign the “Running Paths” blackboard; his Hudswell-Clark moving slowly and smoothly. Barry had a G6 out, before trying his SER 4-4-0.  Jim had brought a Southern Q1 for testing.  John P planned for a small loco yard at Nailbourne. Ross planted Hindi signs at the tunnel abutments and played us recordings he made of O2s at Ventnor. David G took command of the electrics on Nailbourne. Soon operating improved, and his goal of people shuttling trains between terminals, while others use the circuits, came much nearer. [Photos by Rob: Q1 in our rural retreat / Jim, Ross & John P on electrical duties]

September 21st: We had 13 people turn out, lunching after we’d lugged power tools upstairs.  The circuits saw a lot of use with Alan’s GWR steam rail-motor attracting much attention.  On Cavedale locos shuttled to and fro. John M’s latest Victorian loco joined them and Barry’s C class worked two smart Maunsell carriages.  The couplings, deep beneath the corridor connections, caused consternation. Meanwhile Paul and Nigel opened voids on either side of the loft, then fixed replacement flooring.  Those around Nailbourne moved shelving to give better access.  John P had us all out in the fresh air for tea, Joe S providing fruit cake and Barry bemoaning lack of wheels slowing down his loco production line.  The tidy continued with yet more bin bags being taken away.

[Photos by Rob: John M's Victorian loco / Alan's rail-motor]

Summer 2013

August 31st: London & South Western locos walk away on longest freights.

We busily coupled three link wagons into rakes until we went cross-eyed, then shunted them to the outer circuit where Geoff’s little B4 pottered along.  It had 37 on before taking a rest.  With 7 more behind, Ross coupled up his B4 and away it trundled.  Maurice, who’d instigated this, made it up to 50 wagons for his LMS Black 5.  It was later joined by an 8F and, finally an 0-8-0 for triple heading.  The LSWR took over with a S15 which took them away at the speed of a “Perishables” out of Southampton Docks!  When I left electro-diesels and GWR locos were lining up for their turns.

The fourteen of us also admired new floor panels, culled junk, replaced layout supports, examined track plans, and had a convivial picnic.

August 17th: In hard hat I ventured up to find David H and Nigel working on the new door.  They’d made a new frame, fitted the glazed door and proofed outside.  The new lifting section was nearly complete.  Our home looks smart as Roger’s people totally cleared the landing floor and filled numerous black sacks with clutter.  Floor repairs continued with the occasional clatter of a piece dropping into the depths.  We chatted over mugs of tea looking down on the combine in the oil seed field.  More trains should run next time.     [Photo Nigel: Joe B & David H working by the new door]

August 3rd : Layout Session from notes by Roger H.  Another good meeting preceded by the taking of sandwiches in the garden.  We also enjoyed a visit from Peter and Stan from SEGOG.  Stan had KESR No 4 and A S Harris with him which pleased Ross.  Alan ran a BR rebuilt Bulleid pacific and Barry his unpainted version.  They were soon in deep conversation on the merits of kits and construction methods, with David all ears.

Colin and Ross spent time on Nailbourne's scenery, while David moved powerful controllers to the main circuits.  Nigel spent time on the roof discovering in a practical way that it will bear his weight, and looked at the end wall.  (STOP PRESS:  Nigel found a new door and he and Roger delivered it to the barn on 5th.) Joe B will be meeting up to create a lift-out section in the track there.

After tea Peter Clark had a 2-HAP, built from one of his own kits, a 73 electro-diesel and a class 37 diesel running on DCC.   We had lights, engine sounds, horns and smoke.

All in all a typical barn meet (ahem).  RH       Photos: Ross S - "Colin & David G work on Nailbourne" + "Stan's ex-P&SWJ loco"

August 1st: Eight of us joined the Fielding family at Robin’s funeral in Lynsted, where Police outriders led escorted the hearse.  We returned to Mary’s home to remember Robin’s life with S gauge modellers and friends.                                        RM

July 20th: It was a subdued day for the eight of us at the layout, this Saturday. We had the news that Robin Fielding had died at St Thomas’ on Thursday.  Well known as an exhibitor in S gauge circles and an active member of Colonel Stephens Society, Robin was a founder member of EK0GG and one time chairman.  We will greatly miss his positive and practical help.

While chatting over our picnics, Roger told us about his visit to the Pett Show with the sales stand. We compared colours for PD&SWJ models. Up in the loft, a fluorescent light was installed above Nailbourne’s platforms, so we could actually see to work on scenics! Difficulties on the main line highlighted a need for beefier controllers. Tidying continued.

Before an early mug of tea, we checked out the structural repairs we hope to tackle.  The session ended with John and David H sawing timber into shorter and shorter lengths to support the projected loco shed, to the accompaniment of the Macbeth witches’ speech…

July 6th [From notes by Roger H]: Although many of the usual suspects were absent, we still had a good turnout: fifteen, including two new members and Val. 
After spending too long enjoying the sun, we finally dragged ourselves into the cool of the barn.  David set to with the lighting; Nigel attacked the floor with assorted helpers (it seemed to be someone else each time your scribe looked....) Maurice, Joe, Alan and Richard ran some stock and I've a feeling that Barry may have run his M7. 
Roger sorted out some of Peter's stock to take to the Pett show on Sunday 14 July at Pett Village Hall.  John the tram purchased a possibly complete Dukedog to finish so that he has something to run at the layout and others made off with machine tools.  On Nailborne with the grass over the tunnel was completed. Ron brought some brickpaper that he had made earlier.


June 15th: Ross and Colin brought the tunnel mouth to life with chalk slopes and shrubbery. The electro-static grass fascinated us. Ron is producing more brickwork for the bridge approaches. Electrics completed John P and David H had a G6 running on the curve, where loco stabling is planned. Meanwhile Joe B made a large hole in the flooring. in his inimitable way. He seemed none the worse and continued with laying the first new boards. (We have received a grant from G0G towards materials.) SEG0G members Joe S and Alan K came with cake and several locos. Maurice and Robin soon directed them to the circuits. Area Rep. Geoff also turned up a little Sentinel shunter. Roger was preparing for our sales stall to the Pett Show. John P had a selection of plans for our exhibition layout, some of which David G took to be drawn up, before we make decisions. Various people joined Alastair to examine the tractor, as mowing was needed; while the lighting bods were scaling the heights above.



June 7th: Before having breakfast in Kidderminster we delivered Peter Hingley's book collection to the Severn Valley Railway's three bookstall managers.

Perhaps some older members of the SVR will remember our late chairman helping at Bridgenorth.  His sister Jane Rigby arranged for the donation.  Some of Peter's models have gone to the Light Railway Display at Tenterden.

June 1st: Eleven of us lunched amongst rampaging grass and hedgerow plants before going up to the layout and being very busy. Fitting bulbs and tubes continued, while down below the new floor sections were waterproofed with a strange red mixture brewed by Joe. "Hardwick" modelled by our first chairman, the late Peter Hingley, was on the main line beside an LMS freight with salt vans. Cavedale was being shunted by a LSWR well tank. Nailbourne was readied for shuttle trains, and track recovered from old baseboards.  Models and equipment for sale were sorted and gathered; some being destined for our stall at the Pett Show on Sunday July 14.

John P and David G updated us on plans for a quality exhibition layout from scratch.  Hand built track on profiled boards with plug in buildings will be the order of the day.  The setting/era should allow virtually any stock.  They hope members offer their favoured layout soon, so detailed planning can start.

Late Spring 2013

May 18th: Nailbourne has movement.  It was back in its original site, everyone passing piles of boxes to clear the area.  John P. and Ross soon fitted a retaining strip along the nearby test circuit to protect trains from members working round its boards.  Stuart positioned footbridge and buildings so that we could see how the station will develop.  Alastair’s wife viewed the tunnel mirror…  Electrics connected, a Lima shunter was heard to enter the tunnel – and arrive at the end of the line!  New member Ken Logan arrived with Roger in time to picnic, before we had him moving chairs and boxes.   RJM


May 4th: Back at the layout, first out on the circuit was an SE&CR class J 0-6-4t.  It was soon joined by a Black 5 on a rake of corridors, “Duchess of Sutherland” with more mundane coaches, plus an M7, in brass, on test.

Roger’s team had completed a good tidy of all the boxes and files that they’ve been sorting.  There are still plenty of puzzling pieces, including several part made coach bodies of an early era.

Soon Nailbourne’s first three station baseboards were connected.  Cables are now ready to be plugged into controllers.  We are shortening the over-all length of the station by re-locating the crossover and drastically shortening the last section before the tunnel mouth. RJM

April 20th: We seemed to “be in the wars” with Richard confined to quarters,Mike Scott hospitalised and Robin getting a broken arm.  Eight almost hale members lunched before our town meeting, to be joined by another eight for planning and old films.

We agreed asking for a G0G grant towards flooring once the roof repairs are under way.  After Peter Hingley’s death his sister asked the group to deal with the disposal of his models, while the books will go to a preserved railway.  David organised transport, with Roger’s helpers sorting and listing.
A forest of hands approved the purchase of Mike Perry’s layout for exhibiting.  Twelve feet long on three stacking sections, this depicts a line threading its way between a goods yard and loco facilities.  The hand built track will require wiring, and buildings made to slot into their positions.  John Plumpton stressed the importance of careful planning and good materials in continuing this project.  We will certainly be able to provide for various interests and skills, keeping everyone occupied with that and our test circuit plus termini.                                          RJM

April 6th: A quiet day at the barn today; Joe, Barry, John P, Morris and Roger plus a new member, David Hopkins. At various times Barry ran his part built M7, Morris a LMS liveried Whale Precursor tank and Roger a Heljan class 47 diesel.

John and David got the three curves linking Cavedale and Nailbourne into place although they still need a slight adjustment. Probably just a need to swap the legs around. Joe has provided a set of IKEA shelving for storage and we cleared the three desks/workbenches on to the shelves so as to leave the worktops clear to stack and sort Peter Hingley's stock.

Roger called on Richard Barton on his way to the barn. He is now well enough to be up and about in the house and his whiling away his recovery hours scratchbuilding rolling stock.                                                                          RH