Group Report

The 009 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 8th July 2019

Angela Baker, Model Reporter

Our average monthly attendance of twenty-four maintained our average by jointly attending our July area group meeting, albeit not necessarily the same twenty-four. But there was the usual above-average narrow gauge modelling, it has to be said.

Speaking of which, Hugh Freeman treated us to a repeat showing of his French HOe terminus layout, on which there was considerable progress, including track ballast, fencing, grass and other scenic sundries. Concealing the sector plate and fiddle road was a small forest of trees which will surely solve the global carbon emissions crisis. Representing the prototypical prolonged French lunch in the platform road was a Minitrains Joffre with a brace of Eggerbahn coaches which Hugh had Frenchified with short-wheelbase Peco 4-wheel wagon chassis. Tres nifty mon ami.

Peter Hardy’s test track enjoyed a night of quiet quality. Will King ran his still-metal rarely-modelled 1880s era ‘Prince’ with half cab, being a Worsley Works kit on a Brian Madge chassis. Ben Powell gave a repeat run of his Tyneside Models 3D Kerr Stuart Sirdar 0-4-0T christened ‘Vines’, now with Minitrains chassis, hauling Mike Bizley’s 3D kit bogie bolster with generator load, also seen last month whilst still in the ownership of Andrew Bizley (prior to Fathers’ Day). In the ready-to-run division, Angela Baker readily ran the new Tillig MEG HOe 4-wheel railcar (that’s Mittelbadische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft to you and me) in handsome MEG blue-n-white livery.

Julien Webb brought along his test track/wannabe plank layout ‘Xavier’s Creek’, still embryonic but now with track modifications involving swapping a Y point for a LH turnout allowing a straight exit to accommodate outboard cassettes, the latter being economically formed from plastic u-shaped 12mm pipe boxing. Geoff Harper enjoyed running Julien’s ‘Victoria’, a super-size former HOn3 (10.5mm gauge) 2-8-0+tender Baldwin sugar plantation loco by Model Diecasting converted to 9mm gauge. We’ve seen it before but it still draws a crowd.

Mike Wall offered a repeat showing of ‘Saturday Nite at the Duckpond’, his micro-layout-in-a-sewing-box. This time, by relying on steam power, there was a scheduled service – Mike’s Minitrains Bagnall Wing Tank hauling a short freight of Society kit wagons: two opens and a flat. The ducks were unmoved (but then they’re only models).

Richard Johnson offered a track template demo (unofficially sponsored by Tracksetta) using 9’’, 12’’, 15’’, 21’’ and 30’’ templates on a yard length of crazy track to create a series of reverse curves evocative of the curves on Golfa bank climbing out of Welshpool. Richard also showed a consist of recently acquired 009 rolling stock including two Bredgar & Wormshill coaches by Invicta, two Bredgar & Wormshill open wagons by Peco and a Peco van in Royal Mail livery by AGR all headed by Bachmann USA’s ‘Rheneas’ and posing on an 18’’ length of scenic track. The question of whether this consist might successfully negotiate the aforementioned reverse curves was not explored.

Representing HOm, John Davies presented his 3-foot-square French metre-gauge layout ‘Aix en Pains’ featuring scratch-built structures of real buildings including a genuine wine-barrel water tower and running a fleet of scratch-built locos on Triang TT chassis hauling a mixed consist.

Andi Nethercoat seemed to spend the entire evening pondering the best disposition of stands for his forthcoming Stratford-upon-Avon Industrial & Narrow Gauge Model Railway Show on Saturday 3rd August 2019 at the Methodist Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG – 20 layouts, 7 traders (including Squires) plus The 009 Society, all in aid of Brain Tumour Support. We’re sure it’ll be alright on the nite Andi (after it’s all over, that is).

The identity of the sponsor(s) of this month’s book department went unidentified but the three volumes enjoying much browsing were vaguely identified as relating to Feldbahn locos and Eastern European narrow gauge lines.

Will King and Hugh Freeman, plus Peter Hardy on tea-towel, earn our thanks for their kitchen exploits.

We meet at Moorfield Hall, Hartshill Road, Shard End, Birmingham, B34 6QX from 7.30 to 9.30pm on the second Monday of every month. There is a nominal charge of £3.00 to cover the costs of hall hire and refreshments. Our next meetings will be held on 12th August, 9th September and 14th October 2019. If you have any queries please contact Julien Webb at julienwebb@westmidlands009.co.uk .