ESNG meeting – 15 February 2017

Eight members, plus Andy & Lindsay visiting, made a pleasant evening.  The tracks were a little empty, with Paul missing, preparing for his Japan trip on Friday.  But we had some interesting trains running.  I tested a second-hand Farish 03 shunter, from a certain Liverpool company. It ran perfectly, and I hope to build an 07 body for it.

The usual suspects filling the fiddle yard….


Simon was testing this brute of a Pennsy road-switcher, the Baldwin DT-6-6-2000 – 3D printed body on Atlas chassis.


Andy had these two Dapol diesels in action….


Peter’s black Flying Scotsman was running far better after a little work on the front pony truck…..



Allan was missing, but sent me a report of a visit to the Bournemouth show.  With a few pictures – a little blurry, but I’ve included the best!

Had an early start to travel down to just out side Bournemouth on the Poole side.  After picking up Derek had a nice run down. The weather could have been a lot better. This is our 3rd. visit to this show. Held by the East Dorset Area Group of the N Gauge Society.

It was held at The Hamworth Club, which is a sport and social club.  The show spread over two halls and a room.  This year they added the two badminton Courts.

There was a total of 16 layouts with the normal trade support. There were four N Gauge layouts at the show.  The best layout in the show just happened to be a N gauge. This was Wickwar. The is basted on an actual location. On the secondary line between Bristol and Gloucester. The modelling was of a very high standard. The back scene was made up of four photos joined together and then printed.  The modelled area just blended into the back scene. Had a very enjoyable chat with some of the team from Farnham & District MRC.



Down stairs in the badminton courts were the other 3 N gauge layouts.  Hillview was a fictional location, with a main circuit with a larger marshalling yard added to one side. A very busy layout.



In the same court was Penworth.  A small terminal layout with some lovely thatched roof cottages. Still quite a bit of work needed to finish this layout. I was told it is a ten year project. On its first outing and well worth looking at.


In the second court was “INNs and OUTS”. Original built by the Rumors MRC in 2001. Was up for sale on our first visit here in 2015. Brought by a member of the North Dorset group. It shows what can be done in a small space and made to look interesting.


Also in this court was a friend of our club. Richard with his collection of Yellow Bus (or to you and me Bournemouth Transport). He has a excellent collection of bits and pieces. Videos, books, photos & models. Could have spend hours looking through all his books & photos.


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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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