ESNG meeting – 18 August 2021

There must be something about Wednesday’s!  Rule of 6 yesterday, with the usual suspects in attendance…..

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The Treasurer is trying to extract Graham’s pocket money!

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We didn’t run that many trains, really.  We miss Paul filling the circuit up with Japanese stock.  Or maybe it was more that we settled down for a good chat!!!!


Well, it looks like some exhibitions are getting going again.  I understand that Tinkers Park was pretty covid-safe, as there was a gale force wind blowing through the exhibition sheds, the rain was of Biblical proportions, and mud was a bigger hazard than viruses – cars were being towed into and out of the car park.

Warley is cancelled – understandable for a massive show in a very expensive hall.  Any change in freedoms or attendance could be a financial disaster.  However, The International N Gauge Show (TINGS) is going ahead.  I think that I’ll give it a miss this year.  The organisers say that they will, “Practise social distancing: visitors are encouraged to keep a safe and comfortable distance apart – our gangways have been widened to permit this.”  I’m afraid that I think this official request to practice social distancing is slightly naive.  How do you socially distance in front of a small N gauge layout, let alone certain trade stands famous for the bargain hunting scrum?  Wider access and corridors don’t help much when looking, good as they are for moving around.  I hope that they have improved the toilets – these were very small and cramped for the size of event even before covid.  I suppose, though, that a certain distancing will be achieved between Everest-ready rucksacks and lockdown swollen bellies…. 

And Stuttgart is also going ahead, but at the moment with masks and social distancing.  As this is very much a social occasion, it might take a lot of fun out of the whole event.  I’ll see how this one develops!  


A nice little about Callington station.  An interesting prototype….

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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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