Spring 2011

The highlight of spring was our celebration of 25 Years of modelling.

Founder Members Les Gibson, Maurice Baker, Peter Hingley & Ross Shimmon cut our 25 Year cake. [RJM]


We celebrated our 25 Years in style. Wine flowed, cakes were cut, by the Founder Members present, and acquaintances renewed. Displays of models old and new, plus photos and memorabilia spread around  the hall for the thirty-one present to reminisce over. Ross Shimmon gave us a summary of the club's history, followed by David Woodnott's video of the "Wallingford" layout featuring many of his scratch-built locos.


Crew 1 moved into action to distribute the wine to toast our past and future, and were soon handing out delicious celebratory chocolate cake. Founders present received certificates, while 25th Year membership cards were given out. We all chatted with friends while examining the displays as Crew 2 were serving coffees and the Clearing-up Crew waiting in the wings.


Alastair called us to order and David Grimwood showed a selection of Heather Kavanagh's photos. Peter Hingley, who was instrumental in starting the group, took to the floor to tell us about those early years. Once again there was plenty of audience participation as we rounded off with Rob Moody's photos of models and layout working parties sandwiched between full size railways of 1986 and 2011. [photo of early "Loco Bodging" sessions - Nigel Grant]


The Layout session on May 7th saw eight members working and running trains.  Wires were soldered across rail joints in the main circuit for improved running.  Joe continued Nailbourne's control panel.  Robin's expertise as an exhibitor proved helpful in foreseeing potential problems, while Colin S. and the crew fitted ply to secure rail ends at baseboard joins and began fitting the track in the station throat.  [David Grimwood]





Colin Curtis was made Honorary Life Member in recognition of his contribution to 0 Gauge modelling.


AGM business was followed by the Modelling Show, with eighteen members pondering over which items to vote for awards. Richard B's delightful diorama of a horse tram from the Hythe & Sandgate Tramway that won the passenger stock section. A freelance Victorian 0-4-4t with open cab gained John M the loco award.  (I guess we'll have to print off several "Highly Commended" certificates to cope with these close run contests.)  



 Photos Ross Shimmon & Stuart Harmer: John Minter's scratch-built Long Mynd; Richard Barton's diorama of the Sandgate to Hythe horse tram


On Cavedale, each board was tested in its connected state and the private siding gate swung to command - station lighting and running next.  Meanwhile, on Nailbourne, mock-ups of station buildings and goods shed appeared. Work started on the carcass of the control panel, while switches and point motors were searched out. Over on the main circuits better positioning of the controllers is planned; and there is talk of powering the points!  [Photos & news by Roger H. ]


Joe solves a problem at Cavedale. [ Ross S ]

We'd opened up the layout in March, and after cleaning were soon running again.  In the interest of testing the circuit we got Barry's C Class and a 15 wagon train clocking a smooth 96mph!


At our Faversham meeting everybody had a chance to make suggestions for the future of the layout and say what they could help with.  We'd watched highlights from the Burt Lancaster film "The Train" to start the day.


Early years at EK0GG - " Loco Bodgers" Tiny Morle, Robin Fielding, George Keen, Mick Hodden & others. Photo: Nigel Grant

Winter 2010

The last trains for the season were run then we covered the layout with its winter protection ready for our return in spring. Curved modules now exactly fit between Nailbourne and Cavedale.  Earlier the team patched a hole through the floor into the workshop below!

October's town meeting featured fascinating footage from LMS film of 1930's operation, with sections on Fleetwood trawlers and pit ponies at the coal face.

In November railway engineer Alan Crotty showed photos of glowing evening scenes, shed interiors and trains twisting through Californian landscapes. David W. showed his model KESR loco Hesperus.

December's Quiz, set by Roger, was convincingly won by Ross.


2010  Review of the year:               We have about two dozen members; eighteen of whom we see on a regular basis.  We met on 22 occasions over the past year, with over 230 attendances and some visitors.  We made Colin Curtis a Life Member in recognition of his contribution to 0 Gauge modelling.  On a sad note; Frank Berry died in late spring; some members attending the funeral. 
 We had a very good attendance for February’s AGM, with more entries than ever in the modelling competition that followed it.  Brass and plasticard loco projects, rakes of wagons, an SR concrete footbridge from balsa, a signal cabin and a tree all featured.  Certificates were awarded for: Colin Smith’s SR electric sub-station, Ross Shimmon’s rake of early BR era wagons, Richard Barton’s SECR freight stock, and David Grimwood’s Black 5.  A bronze green loco plus five dark red carriages, making the SECR Royal Train, was displayed in remembrance of Malcolm Parker.  Meetings featured archive films and modelling tips.  Members organised refreshments and the hall, with an exchange and mart table.  We had a good turnout in autumn for Alan Crotty’s atmospheric photos of preserved steam, followed by the big skies of Tehachapi Pass and USA scenes.  Ross Shimmon won the December Quiz set by Roger Harmer; mince pies followed.

 We continue to put news with photos into the G0G Newsletter.  Barry Weston had a piece in Gazette about the pick ups for his S15 model, and Rob Moody photos of his I of W  loco shed.  Robin Fielding’s S scale layout and fiddle yard were in the MRJ.  Our website is updated every couple of months.  Ross included in the Faversham website.  Roger and others represent G0G at local events.

 Much preparation work for the Faversham Show was done by John Plumpton and Barry, helped by a strong crew.  Ron Steward and Roger transported display tracks, while Joe Barron brought the legs from his house to the waiting party.  The rewiring and new dowels meant that we were set up soon after lunch time.  We had a display of models as well as running trains.
 Despite a fall off in attendance, the group enjoyed themselves, keeping two trains running safely despite talking to visitors and children.  We sold some books, took others to the local bookseller and donated the rest to the Faversham Society.

 At the Layout the main circuit has been in constant use, running well apart from one kink in a rail when the weather warmed up and a troublesome point that Mick Hodden, on a visit from Arlanc, dealt with.  We’ve seen a wonderful variety of stock running, watching locos like David Grimwood’s SDJR 0-4-4t, and Barry’s S15 and Battle of Britain come to fruition.  Ron’s Great Eastern loco progressed, Class Cs proliferated, Colin S’s green electrics and diesels featured, as does the LMS whenever Maurice Baker is present.  Cavedale’s supporting shelves were finished and the station is developing.  Nailbourne’s location was fixed in February.  Ross, Colin S and David made a production line for baseboards before marking the tracks.  Joe was instrumental in using curved modules to link it with the main circuit.  After trying to staunch the leaks, we put the layout to bed for winter in October.  A major concern is the weakness of the floor, due to damp, and we must make this safe.

Photos: Hesperus by Ross S / Ron's GER tank Rob M


Summer 2010

The summer warmth often kept us around the picnic table, but Nailbourne's base boards took shape.  Cavedale's approaches were laid while our trains were on the circuit.

Our display tracks were in Faversham for Kent's Garden Railway Show on July 10th.  With a good turn out, setting-up and testing of the banana shaped tracks went well on the Friday.  We enjoyed ourselves on Saturday with the G Sale members.  Often directed by small children, there were always a couple of trains moving,  while we talked to visitors about our display of models.  We had eight members to take-out and for transport after what must have been the hottest day of the year. Photos: Alan Leslie, Hopfields Group & Charles Darley, G Scale Kent