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

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.