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North East Essex Group
Last updated     09 Feb 2020
 
The Group meets 10 times a year monthly from September to June (July and August being holiday times.) Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month and are held at St Mary's Church Hall., New Church Road, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3JZ. Meetings start at 14.00 hours until 17.00. It is all very informal and visitors are very welcome. There are no extra subscriptions to join the group but a contribution is asked from those attending the meetings to defray the costs of the hall hire and refreshments. The February meeting of the group was attended by 32 members which was a good turnout. There was a good mix of models to be seen on the tracks with both diesels and steam outlines represented. A welcome change to the usual items was a number of Southern models including a very nice Q1 and T9. A large number of models were to be seen on display not all of which could perform on the tracks due to pressure of space. Perhaps it is time to think about extending the tracks to allow more loops. We also saw a new track kit being marketed where all the components to make a point are in the pack including crossings and rails along witht the appropriate chairs and laser cut sleeper base. Any formation can be created bu=y the supplier if a format in Templot is provided. All in all the kit was very economical compares with he ready made points and crossings with the advantage of being customised for the location.

Our 25th Anniversary Birthday Cake

 
Avon Gauge 0 Group
Last updated     25 Dec 2019
 
Our next 2020 meetings are on February 12th, March 11th and April 8th.
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East Kent O Gauge Group, Faversham
Last updated     16 Dec 2019
 
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.

Running "Edington", our show layout, during a meeting at Badlesmere.

 
Hillingdon Railway Modellers
Last updated     15 Dec 2019
 
OPEN DAYS D for 2020 are February 1st, April 4th, June 6th, October 3rd and December 12th. Please note that there are now no parking restrictions in force in the road outside on Saturdays. Bring your own fine scale stock, including DCC, to run on our test track. Help and advise is also available from our knowledgeable membership on all aspects of modelling. The OO and N gauge test track will also be running. DCC is available on this track as well. Admission £5. Refreshments available. Entrance is via the small gate at the right hand side of the building.

February Open Day

 
Plymouth Gauge 0 Group (Plymgog)
Last updated     09 Dec 2019
 
Our new club/exhibition layout, "Thiswaye", is now mostly complete and is available for exhibition. It had its first appearance at the Carn Brea, Cornwall O Gauge Group exhibition held on 04 November 2018. There are a few snags that cropped up that need rectifying, but the layout performed well in both DC and DCC modes.Since then, we have exhibited at Exeter, Yealmpton, and Carn Brea in 2019.

Club Layout THISWAYE