M5-M50 Narrow Gauge Modellers – report 30 January 2017

Next meeting: Monday 27 February 2017.

We did not meet in December but our first meeting of 2017 was attended by 32 people, who ate their way through no fewer than three large cakes! The death on Boxing Day of one of our members Fred Lea, a well-known railway artist, was noted and the attendance of some new people was welcomed. Thanks go to everyone who helped set the room up and with the washing up, never a glamourous task.

The test tracks in all three gauges were in use, with a Bachmann ‘Skarloey’ in operation on the 009 track, proving that models of this fine loco can still be obtained. As usual, Martyn Davies had a wide range of 009 and HOe items for sale from Hereford Model Centre, at discounted prices.

There were visible signs of the planning for our exhibition in October, in the form of a large banner and a table cloth, both specially printed with details of the group and the exhibition. These will be on display at the last show in Shepton Mallet, probably many of you will have seen them there by the time this report is published. The show’s own website, www.narrowgaugetewkesbury.co.uk continues to be updated with information about new layouts, traders and societies, keep checking that site for the latest news. The exhibition is now also listed in the Diary page of the 009 Society website.

You are assured of a warm welcome at our meetings, in the company of like-minded narrow-gauge enthusiasts. We meet on the last Monday of the month, our next meetings being on 27 February and 27 March starting at 19.30 hours at Twyning village hall near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 6DF. Contact Nicolas by phone or email nicwheatley53@gmail.com.

Nicolas Wheatley

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