A ‘snowplow’ train, all the way from the USA, cleared our Circuit for winter running. We’d got the heaters on and the tracks out before even tea was brewed. Narrow-gauge stock appeared on the parallel line, from John Denbury’s garden railway. Brave souls removed hats and got down to modelling while other trains joined the Circuit. At 12.15, eighteen members crossed the frosty grass for the Red Lion’s Christmas lunch. Others came for a drink or took to the rails with a succession of Southern Region diesels and electrics. Replete, we returned for coffee and Lebkuchen while trains ran; ending with a ‘Doodlebug’ gas-electric railcar. In Faversham we had our Yearly Quiz, from David Grimwood and Jackie Davidson, after lunching in The Phoenix. The wide-ranging questions didn’t flummox John Johnson, Roger Harmer and John Minter – the winning team. We’ve also seen films of Eritrean steam and ‘Waterloo 1944’ with sailors leaping from a Pompey leave train. Mike Perry showed us his ‘Old Viaduct’ after its success at Guildex. We’re assessing which projects the group can further, and tweaks to meetings from May, so do check our website. We’ve now bought a DCC controller, as several members have chipped locos. Southern dominates some days: P tank, S15 4-6-0, SR O2 with bogie ballast hoppers, but Edwardian locos, diesels and a NE Sentinel self-propelled works crane have appeared. If you have good sight, you can sit next to the loco builders on the modelling table, peer at diagrams of Dukedogs and Halls, puzzle over small diesels or railcars, and recover tiny kit pieces as they ping by. It appears less fraught where the wagon makers congregate; tankers, vans, a Grampus or two and Ross Shimmon’s LSWR road-van, which needed additional pieces made by Barry Weston. John Hogg has scaled buildings onto huge sheets of card. Lately, we’ve helped repair a Flying Scotsman which had plunged from a loft layout and aided diesel modifications. After much preparation, with Fred Culter blending its photo backscene into the end boards, Sarre’s team enjoyed operating at Gravesend MRS. They were next to Geoff Roberts with the Guild Stand and his diorama. That layout fitted into cars for the journey. They are now planning to ‘re-wild’ it into light railway style. Edington is now due for fettling before exhibiting. Many of us met friends from other clubs, including those with a layout from France, at Folkestone’s MRS, where Peter Vickery ushered visitors and Steve Searson helped operate a visiting O gauge. Rob Moody.