Group Report

The 009 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 11th November 2019

Angela Baker, Model Reporter

A very respectable attendance of twenty-three respectable narrow-gauge modelling enthusiasts (is there any other kind?) formed our November area group meeting. The ensuing respectable behaviour was only to be expected. Decorum and deferential demeanour in all departments.

More than respectable by some distance was Paul Atkin’s expertly-modelled compact 009 layout entitled ‘Brende Lane End’, which features a diagonally arranged low-level three-road terminus station fed from a three-road fiddle yard via a corner-located 10in sector plate, plus a high-level circuit with a charming country halt, all within a 2ft 6in x 2ft baseboard (honestly). An inclined lane connects the stations and a nice mix of kit buildings completes an evocative rural scene. Running on the high line in this debut showing was Paul’s Corgi-bashed railbus, composed of two front ends from Corgi Greenline single-decker buses glued back-to-back and mounted on a Kato 103 chassis, as seen previously in this parish. All positively delightful and truly inspiring. This could be an indication of the nature of our next area group layout (dare it be said).

Tim Williams presented a working diorama based on the Dinorwig slate quarries, newly-built as a punter-snaring-device for the Bala Lake Railway stand at the forthcoming Warley show. Around 2ft long x 9in deep and complete with photographic backscene plus cassette extension and using 12-volt battery power, it features a loop of track on a slate embankment using one of Tim’s 3D-printed stub points with both loco-worked track and lighter hand-worked track (spot the difference) leading to a tipping siding. This is an evocative wintry scene using AK Snowpaste complete with drifting. Traffic on the night consisted of Tim’s Brian Madge Quarry Hunslets ‘Alice’ and ‘Winifred’ with an iconic yellow open carriage and some slate end-tipping wagons.

Peter Hardy’s test track enjoyed brisk business. T’was ever thus. David Churchill ran his Hungarian MK49 diesel (a personal import) still in ex-mould grey resin which failed to disguise the quirky VW-camper-van-style ends, mounted snugly onto a Roco Bo-Bo chassis (a separate fortuitous acquisition from a UK show), followed by his Bachmann Baldwin 590 in pristine satin-black livery prior to getting a ‘damn-good-bashing’ for conversion into ‘Lion’, followed further by his Futwah & Islampur Manning Wardle 0-6-2T built by Paul Windle on a Bachmann 2-6-2 chassis. When he could get a look in, Ben Powell ran his RT Models Peckett 0-6-0T followed by his scratch-built Peckett 1995/1941 0-4-2ST now christened ‘Troll’. Eventually getting another running-in turn was Peter Hardy’s Golden Arrow 0-4-0+0-4-0 Garratt on scratch-built chassis (yes, two of ‘em!) which looks more impressive every time we see it. Just before close-of-play when he thought no-one else was looking, Dewi Phillips ran his freelance scratch-built Climax-style logging loco with timber side skirts concealing a Bo-Bo diesel chassis (!). By now we’d seen everything. All this for just three quid remember.

John Davies gave a static display of his latest locomotive creation – an L&B-style Baldwin 3ft gauge 2-4-2T using a modified Aristocraft loco body in a moody dark olive green livery on a doctored Triang Jinty TT chassis. Also on static display were John Brookes’ brace of freelance diesel shunters – a 6mm/ft scale job on an ’Underground Ernie’ 12mm gauge chassis and a 7mm/ft scale model on a Bull Ant 16.5mm gauge chassis, both using bashed Triang TT 08 diesel bodies and finished in weathered industrial green livery.

Available for browsing in the book department were three definitive works – (1) ‘Built by Baldwin’ by Craig Wilson – not that Baldwin – this is the story of the Australian builder of narrow gauge diesels for Ozzie sugar mills; (2) David Churchill’s copy of ‘The Corris Railway: The Story of a Mid-Wales Slate Railway’ by Peter Johnson; and (3) Angela Baker’s copy of ‘30inch Railways Worldwide’ by David Scotney – a heavyweight volume at 416 pages and positively encyclopaedic.

Scullery operatives Tim Williams and John Brookes officially outshopped our teas-n-coffees, plus biscuits from a mystery benefactor (clue: they were unpacked by John Brookes). Thanks both.

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 9th December 2019 and then 13th January and 10th February 2020. If you have any queries, please contact Julien Webb at julienwebb@westmidlands009.co.uk .