Winter is upon us. Cold and dank tonight in Redhill, but ten hardy members braved the elements to run trains. And there was a very good variety of trains.
We started with multiple unit night. A new bullet train from Paul raced Neil’s TGV. On the other two tracks, a modern UK 2-car DMU and Derek’s 8-car Dapol Voyager units maintained a certain decorum.
Then we swapped to loco-hauled trains. Paul, as ever, had his long Japanese container train on the go, with a single large electric loco, then two small Bo-Bo diesels providing the motive power. Allan had his new Trix Swiss push-pull train to run. A BLS class Re 465 express locomotive with 6 type Mark III express coaches. The train is finished in the ‘Kambly’ design. These one-off liveries don’t impress me much on the prototype, but they do make good models. I understand that this set was available only in Switzerland, so it was a good catch by Allan. Derek also had goods train running.
Finally, some steam! Roger ran a GWR 45xx and then a very nice LMS 2-8-0 8F on a short goods train. He was also running a freightliner container train hauler first by a Class 59, then a Class 58.
Worth braving the weather with plenty of interesting trains running!
Our next Thursday meeting is in the diary for January 1st 2015. I think that we will probably cancel this meeting – we’ll make a final decision by the next Wednesday meeting.
And a bonus link with some pictures of Indian railways.