Group Report

The OO9 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 8th October 2018

Report by Angela Baker, Model Reporter

Twenty-three regulars dropped in to our drop-in October area group meeting. Convivial conversation convened.

Test tracks, we had a few, but then again not too few to mention – Peter Hardy’s oval-plus-siding, returned from its Australian holiday, and Julien Webb’s wannabe plank layout ‘Xavier’s Creek’, looking suspiciously just as embryonic as the last time it showed up. Testing the test tracks was a plethora of locos. And if they ran on one test track, they ran on both. In no particular order they were – Richard Johnson’s newly out-shopped Fourdees Sierra Leone no 85; Julien Webb’s Small Run Batch etch kit 0-4-0 diesel nicely finished in a sort of cobalt blue with black-n-yellow striped ends; Julien’s Paul Windle Ransomes & Rapier ‘Sphinx’ 0-6-0T in handsome satin black livery; Andy Foster’s Fourdees Leeds no 1 (also newly out-shopped) and Matary Bagnall in dark green livery, and a trio of locos from Ben Powell’s stud – a brace of Tyneside Models 3D Kerr Stuart 0-4-0Ts and a Five79 Kerr Stuart ‘Skylark’ modified to 0-4-2.

Mike Wall presented his micro-layout ‘Two Views of Wales’ again which this month was running his Minitrains Bagnall wing tank with a stylish rake of Society kit wagons – four 3-plank opens, two steel-sided opens and a single single-plank wagon all neatly finished in a gunmetal-ish shade and ready for the addition of slate loads.

Tim Williams’ brought along a copy of Michael Messenger’s ‘Slate Quarry Railways of Gwynedd’, of which there are several aficionados within the area group, and so the book was well-thumbed. Taking reference from a Dinorwig point template therein, Tim had produced a 3D-printed sleeper base complete with chairs – not as crazy as Peco crazy track. If ever there’s innovation to be found, Tim’s the man. Lapsing momentarily into opera-speak – ‘He is the very model of a modern railway modeller’.

Will King brought along a stock box of locos being sold on behalf of a friend, including Backwoods Miniatures Bagnall 0-4-0IST ‘William’, WHR Russell, NGG16 Garrett and Ffestiniog ‘Taliesin’.

Concluding with the musical theme, this month’s tea’n’coffee credits are reported in the style of the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band’s ‘Intro & Outro’ song – Mac Strong on teapot, Trevor Street on tea towel and the versatile Peter Hardy on kettle and dishcloth’ – thanks guys. Julien Webb presented Parish Notices with just as much aplomb as Steve Mann last month – he had to really, but then he usually does.

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 November and 10th December 2018 and then 14th January 2019, which will be next year already. If you have any queries, please contact Julien Webb at

Angela Baker, Model Reporter