Group Report

The 009 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 13th January 2020

Angela Baker, Model Reporter

Twenty-three hardy souls battled their way undeterred through the remnants of Storm Brendan to attend our January area group meeting. They were rewarded with hectic narrow-gauge proceedings.

The life of Peter Hardy’s test track continued into the New Year just as it left the old year – unrelentingly busy. To simplify the reporting of all this intensive traffic, three chapters are needed.

Chapter One – Steam Locomotives: Steve Mann gave a run-out for two of his current projects – ‘Skylark’ and ‘Edward Thomas’, both still in the metal. Will King ran his brace of Saltford Models Trojan locos, both in green livery and christened ‘Lily’ and ‘Rosemary’. Ben Powell showed his scratch-built Kerr Stuart ‘Tattoo’ based on Penrhyn’s ‘Stanhope’, which will become an 0-4-2T. Awaiting the road was Peter Hardy’s military-style Chivers Joffre 0-6-0T. In the RTR division, Dewi Phillips ran his Heljan Lynton & Barnstaple Manning Wardle 2-6-2T no. 30190 in BR lined black livery, which seemed to benefit from an extended running-in session, and Steve Mann ran his Bachmann Baldwin in Southern Railway livery.

Chapter Two – Diesel Locomotives: Paul Atkin ran his neat little A1 Models Baldwin 4-wheel diesel in a sort-of-turquoise livery and David Churchill ran his even-littler Japanese 4-wheel diesel, being a Joe Works kit of 1980s vintage (but still in the metal!) on Arnold Kof chassis. Mike Wall ran his rather-larger freelance diesel built by Paul Windle on Farish Class 33 Bo-Bo chassis fetchingly-finished in royal blue livery and enhanced by ‘Leviathan’ and ‘Hunslet’ nameplates. Searching in vain for OO track was Nicholas Wheatley’s Duncan’s Models road-style hearse in O-16.5 on N-Brass 4-wheel chassis, built by Dean Whiston and painted by Will King in funereal black livery.

Chapter Three – Rolling Stock: Complementing his brace of CF du Calvados 4-wheel coaches first seen last month, David Churchill also ran his latest Decauville open coaches – one David Provan kit-built bogie still in the brass and the other a green-liveried Jouef bogie with curtains. Ben Powell showed his L&B-style well-wagon 3D kit bogie, whilst also looking for a loco was Peter Hardy’s rake of four Dundas Ffestiniog semi-open bogie coaches, kit-bashed down from four doors to three and finished in red, blue, green and brown liveries, as seen previously in this parish.

John Davies presented a new 9mm gauge test track oval on a ply board approximately 2ft x 1ft 6in, being the basis of a potential new layout (working title ‘Tether’s End’). Running on the night was his 4mm-scale Gem Bagnall 0-6-0T on Farish chassis with high quality finish in Southern Railway light olive green livery.

Showing on Tim Williams’ lap-top this month were photos of his recent trip to the Zillertalbahn, arranged under the pretence of a theoretical skiing holiday (but we know the true priority).

Not stepping back from royal duty, Peter Hardy single-handedly served up all our teas-n-coffees – a Princely gesture much appreciated by all his loyal subjects.

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 10th February and 9th March 2020, but please note that to avoid Easter Monday the April meeting will take place on the first Monday: 6th April 2020. If you have any queries, please contact Julien Webb at julienwebb@westmidlands009.co.uk .