Autumn 2012

Faversham Meeting  17th November 2012



We had a dozen for our “Bring a Book and a Model” afternoon.  Ross brought a circle of track which we set out at the front of the room with locos and stock.  At the back of the room another table held more stock, a loco and news items.  My L&Y Pug pottered round with Maurice’s freight  wagons, as did Nigel’s red 4F, but the sharp curves defeated longer wheelbases.  Vintage tinplate didn’t even try.  Gathering around the tables in turn, we heard about many models we don’t usually see, and found what reading matter inspires us to research, model or journey.  Earlier eight of us had chatted over lunch at “The Chimney Boy”. 


Photos by Jackie Davidson

The members have been extra busy of late putting in mid-week sessions on the layout as well as our usual fortnightly weekends.  A sliding fiddle yards has been assembled, electrics examined and landscape started.  As we all enjoy modelling and problem solving, it has been great fun.  Despite some rain we have usually lunched in the open air, talking over many subjects in addition to railways.

We had our first town meeting featuring photos of our activities over the last two years, with plenty of construction tips and suggestions.  We will be at the Temple Ewell Show with the Nailbourne layout.

[photo -  Ross S.  His LBSCR tunnel mouth being installed on Nailbourne.]

High Summer


On September 15th Nigel scaled a ladder and hacked the invading creepers, clearing the small window, daylight streaming in on twelve modellers and their trains.  Landscaping continued on Cavedale and began on Nailbourne with profiles to the tunnel end.  David had been busy since Telford, assembling the main frames and wheels of a Nelson, plus its sprung bogie.  We had lunch and tea outside in the sun.     The following Friday seven workers finished checking electrics, added platform surfaces and landscape profiles; and saw the sliding fiddle yard readied.


On September 1st we had 14 busy workers.  John B., a tram builder,  was soon deeply into electrics alongside David and Robin.  he got away at five.  Stuart tried out the footbridge and goods shed, as platform, bridge and landscape profiles took shape.  Nigel  battled the creepers as they spread inside the eves.  At Cavedale they quietly pursuing their one electrical fault.  A Royal Scot was on the circuit with a pair of Austin 7s.  We took tea on the lawn; visitor John showing us an aged loco that looked as if it should be pushing a train up a Swiss mountain.

High summer and harvest arrived on August 18th – it was sweltering. Saddle tanks were the order of the day, including one with tramway skirts fitted. Cavedale was being painted as landscape expanded. A first time visitor was soon helping to fettle baseboard joints by Nailbourne, where Robin balanced above the stairs repairing a point! Jig saws buzzed as ballast was titivated and the essential coffee mug shelf added under the control panel.

Barry got us out into fresh air under the fig tree, for very sticky biscuits and long drinks. Garth, in Australia, reported snow. He’s been busy making a level crossing keeper's cottage.

Summer 2012

Working Sessions for Nailbourne

David and Colin organised their working day and had the residents supplying them with coffee and cakes!  The electrics continued to be tested and platforms were positioned.  Ron planned a road bridge for the layout, based on one he knows and a  control panel table was made.




Alastair conducted his family round as a dozen of us beavered away, following our picnic.  Twelve locos appeared on Nailbourne to put the electrics through their paces, while a SE&CR rally at Cavedale saw 4 more and at least 7 were out on the main.  Buffer stops, cutting sides, platform edges were installed, targets set, and a good time had by all.  [Rob]

Photos by Ross & Rob: Colin watches his electric loco over new track / Aberdare & Alco locos on the mainline



Unfortunately some very sad news – Peter Hingley died recently.


Although not all present members remembered his days at the helm of EK0GG, his energy and determination was instrumental in establishing the group and achieving some ambitious plans, such as the modules for use at the Fleur De Lis which we have recently recycled for Nailbourne.

[wagon by Ross S]


 Soon after that news we were told that another founder member, John Batty, had died at the end of June.  He had served the group as treasurer and had greatly encouraged the setting up of our layout.


July 21st                       Layout Session                     


What a lot of progress has been made at layout! 


Locomotives ran between both branches and onto the main line.  On the main line more rail joints were bonded between passing trains.  Locos, mainly of SDJR ilk, began to shuttle around Nailbourne.  Landscape is spreading around the curve to Cavedale, Garth’s platelayers’ hut positioned in the cutting and platforms painted.


Out on the circuit I saw a “Schools”, a prairie drawing a GWR signalling department train, a Black Five with a coal train and a pair of B4s.      RJM


July 7th   Layout Report by Ross S.

Saturday went well.

 Thanks to Roger's help, we brought the work bench. It is now in place and it didn't fall through the floor.

Joe, Barry, Robin and I worked on Nailbourne. Robin and I tidied up the ballast. Jo and Barry, with the assistance of a tool brought in by Alastair, struggled to fit the brass dowels to line up the final board with its neighbour.

Roger, John and Stuart laid down a new surface on the platform at Cavedale. It now looks as if there has been a heavy snowfall!

Ron and Maurice ran trains on the circuit. The most fetching, I thought, was a GWR(!) breakdown train.

I was disappointed that, because I had to leave a little earlier, I didn't see Barry's S15 in action.