There was a fair turn out on Wednesday. The treasurer had recovered from his close encounter of a hatch-back kind. But the chairman had gone down with a nasty stomach and didn’t risk the journey south to Earlswood.
We ran trains, but the main interest was a little retail therapy. Derek brought around a good amount of Martin’s trains and books for the members to look at an hopefully buy. A number of us found a little something. I couldn’t resist another Farish 4-CEP and a Blue Pullman, plus a Dapol Hymek. All as new. I rounded up the cost with a book…..
There were some lovely models on display, especially Martin’s collection of continental coaches, including some Orient Express Pullmans.
I was a little bewildered to find this book in my box of items put aside by Derek. I recalled having a copy of this in the house as I was growing up. Then Derek pointed out the inside cover – he had passed it on to me as it had the name Bartlett inside. But this WAS the copy I had grown up with, and it was my father’s signature. I can’t remember how Martin got this book. I might have given it to him as it included a picture he was interested in. Or perhaps I had donated it to a trader or charity shop, Martin had bought it, and it had winged its way home. I suppose I’ll have to keep it now……