Spring 2013

First Layout visit - March 16th

It was a dark and stormy afternoon when we returned to the layout loft , but at least the snow had thawed.  After the great clean out the first wheels turned: Geoff’s LBSCR “Terrier” on Cavedale, then Barry’s sure-footed SECR D1 test running circuits.  The layout had survived winter remarkably well.   We cleared space in the centre of the loft, clambered up to the lighting, fed ourselves with cake and hot chocolate, before positioned the curve to Nailbourne, ready for warmer days.  [Photos: Ross S]

Members Models

The first is an Arnell PO wagon as pictured running on the Selsey Tramway, built by Ross Shimmon from a Slater's Charles Roberts RCH 7 plank wagon, with transfers from 'Steam & Things'.
The second model is a Selsey Tramway Falcon brake third, built by Richard Barton from a 'Steam & Things' (Australian) kit.
They are to be displayed in a refurbished Selsey Tramway display at the Colonel Stephens Museum, Tenterden, as part of a short mixed train headed by Peckett 2-4-2T 'Selsey' in a diorama built by Laurie Cooksey.   [Photos: Ross S]

Town Meeting - March 9th

We gathered around a table displaying 0 gauge models from Kent; 3 diesel shunters, 2 mainline diesels, 3 electric locos, 4 emus.  Colin, our speaker, had driven all of these.  Colin related experiences of tired “Cromptons” on the train ferry linkspan at Dover and the vague braking characteristics of older EMUs.  He ended by describing Training at a time when the Railway still thought of steam days.

Three emus were from Westdale coaches, two being built by Colin.  The older version emu was scratch built using card, wood and plastic, as were the electric locos.  The eighteen of us came up with many of questions about his work and modelling.  [Photos - Ross S]

A.G.M. February


Our February Model Show and AGM saw 16 members joining in.  Colin Smith’s Deal signal box took the honours in the scenic section, while Richard Barton’s carriage truck was selected for an award from the SR/SECR entries.  Barry Weston scooped both the loco building and goods stock certificates, with John Minter’s Victorian coach winning that for passenger stock.

* See the website’s Gallery section for a photo record of the AGM by Ross Shimmon.

The AGM re-elected the committee, and decided to plan for a new, easily portable exhibition layout.  Money was put aside for the weatherproofing our layout loft.

We were very sad to hear that Sue had died.  She had been well known, working with Mike on their exhibition layout.


Winter 2012


Nine people lunched before our December meeting in Faversham.  Just across the road from the “Chimney Boy” Ross photographed a SR sign in the antique shop.  Possibly it had come from the Brookwood Cemetery station.  Mince pies, hot and soft drinks had been organised for, plus a sale of books and track.  We started with the Christmas Quiz, which included many of Rob’s photos.  John M won, and had begun to think out next year’s questions on the train back to Dover.  To end we had a great film following a Bullied Pacific on a wine and dine run.

2010 Review of the year          Another year of good company and problem solving!  It has been a busy and enjoyable year.  With around 21 members, we’ve totalled more than 320 attendances.  That’s 6 Faversham meetings, 16 layout sessions, 7 working parties and The Show.  With differing interests and time available, members gravitate to certain projects, but rally round when needed.  We send out newsletters, and maintain a website with news and members’ photos.  Our thanks to Alastair Malcolm for all his help to the Group.
       Roger Harmer continues to represent G0G at shows with “Upper Yard”; masses of us seeing him at Folkestone.  Mike Perry’s “Tar Works” is also on the circuit.   Sadly, we had news of the deaths of two founder members of our group: Peter Hingley and John Batty. February’s AGM’s business was swiftly dealt with before viewing the models and mini-layout on display.  Certificates were given to several members for their modelling efforts: Barry Weston’s Pacific, John Minter’s Victorian coach, Mike Perry’s detailed timber engine shed, and David Grimwood’s freight stock.
      At the March meeting, as well as evocative films of the end of steam, there was Ross Shimmon’s mini test track.  April’s interesting talk on painting figures by John Regan had a good turn out.  Joe Barron and his stalwart helpers have organised refreshments, while Jackie Davidson locks up, allowing others to dash for their trains.
      Faversham in October was beset with technical hitches, but we gathered round a small screen to discuss models and events.  Several members continue to lunch at ‘The Chimney Boy’ before meetings; everyone being welcome to join them.  A “Bring and Tell” in November got everyone asking questions around tables displaying books and models.  Film of a Bullied Pacific followed mince pies at the Christmas Quiz, which was won by John Minter.

      Despite extended picnics, Layout Sessions have seen steady progress, with trains running on all sections.  We are lucky to have the use of the workshop, and intend to use thick ply to prevent members dropping into it.  Roger began a major spring clean with Geoff Roberts filling bins.  Nigel Grant led the end of year party to check on leaks lighting and windows.  Cavedale’s electrical glitches seem sorted and refurbishment continues, with the band’s efforts turning to the approach curves.   On the main circuits, Maurice Baker is keeping the electrics up to scratch.

      In the middle of the layout loft you had hardly been able to get to Nailbourne’s for modellers; I once saw Robin Fielding displaced over onto the stairs.  Joe produced trestles as Barry and John Plumpton conjured up a fiddle yard.  You’d find Ron Steward and Stuart Harmer painting rails and beginning buildings and bridges; while in backrooms Ross built tunnels and John M. constructed signals.    The electrics tempted John Buckle into the fray.  Colin Smith, another stalwart, could be found terra forming with carpet, paving platforms and draping the display front.
 Eighteen went to the Temple Ewell Show, and still we had to pressgang a youngster to do the couplings!  Deservedly, David Grimwood received an award on behalf of all involved. Obviously, time evaporated in the final weeks before the show.  E-mails with issues and ideas buzzed around afterwards, and are printed for all to see at meetings.  We will need to set aside time for members to discuss and plan for the future.

Temple Ewell Show

"At the Show"  -  report by Ross Shimmon

Geoff Roberts invited the EKOGG to take part in an Area 10 (South East) one day exhibition at Temple Ewell near Dover in early November.  With an air of optimism we agreed to take our (trans)portable layout 'Nailbourne' for its first outing.  It is based on a permanent layout bequeathed to us by a former member.  It normally lives in the barn we call home during the warmer months, attached to a large continuous circuit and another (non-portable) terminus 'Cavedale'.

To prepare for the show one of our members constructed folding trestles.  We also built a traverser and sector plate at one end and a tunnel with mirror at the other.  The station is based loosely on Heathfield, LB&SCR. It consists of 6 sections, each 3' x 2'. The track is Peco laid on foam, slow action point motors are used.  We rely on members to bring stock.  Surprisingly for a layout built using mainly recycled materials which lives in a building with wild extremes of temperature and humidity, it worked reasonably well. 

Several of us were exhibiting 0 gauge for the first time - and it showed.  We did not realise how difficult it is to couple screw link couplings, especially on vehicles with vacuum and steam heating pipes.  In the end we recruited a nine-year old boy and promoted him to chief shunter. It was an enjoyable experience - mostly. 'Nailbourne' wasn't the only EKOGG presence, Roger Harmer showed his fiendish coal yard shunting puzzle layout and Mike Perry exhibited his exquisite Tar Works, with lights and sound - all it needs is smell to complete the experience.

Among the star attractions was a Gauge 1 branch terminus, complete with a working Colonel Stephens-style wind pump and very smoky fire.  Up on the stage was a 7mm narrow gauge layout with several locos based on the Hornby 'Smoky Jo' 0-4-0 tanks.  Also up on the stage were trams which the builder insisted were made out of date boxes.  In the middle of the delightful village hall was a display of vintage tinplate models, with non-stop running on a couple of circuits.  Another continuous double track was busy with a Q1 and an O1 hauling substantial goods trains.

But for me, the outstanding feature of the show was the catering, provided by a local church group - scrumptious food at extraordinarily low prices.  The official attendance was 210. Proceeds went to the Dover Soup Kitchen.

'Nailbourne' - encouragingly was awarded a trophy for the most 'industrious' layout.  We were not quite sure what that meant, but we're taking it as a compliment.  The Trophy?  An EMU AWS warning unit.
                                                          Photos by John P & Ross S