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Meeting 6th April 2016

Posted 8/4/2016

A report on the meeting.

    After the AGM, short presentations were made by members on current projects on their workbench, and the scales of models shown progressed from Z to P4(4mm), to Gauge 1, to 16mm live steam.

     Dave Gotliffe displayed a number of scratch built structures from his latest project under construction - a contemporary Swiss layout in Z Scale. The station and surrounding buildings are based on St Gallen in North-East Switzerland and the road bridge is based on Baden in North-West Switzerland.  Dave also displayed a selection of photographs of the originals and drawings from which the models have been constructed.

      Stephen Duffell showed various MSWJR and LSWR carriages under construction. These included some built from etched zinc sides that Trevor Charlton used to produce, brass etched kits of early Beattie coaches and coaches with printed sides  that were made by PC kits.

     Peter Starkey brought along the body of a gauge 1 diesel, the prototype being the first diesel locomotive built by the LMS using the frames of a Midland Railway 0-6-0 as the chassis. Peter appealed for help in sourcing details of the radiators situated on the roof. The only photographs show just a side view.

     Ian Payne had two locos from his garden railway. The first was an 0-4-0 based on a LGB cab and a rebuilt hood at the front, radio controlled with battery power. The other was a 16mm live steam radio controlled loco, based on a Roundhouse models Lady Anne kit that had been rebuilt by Ian. It was named in honour of the lady in the house, Trish.

     Finally David Knight demonstrated his wheel cleaning cradle with inbuilt power supply – useful at shows for cleaning wheels quickly.

Stephen Duffell