Group Report

The 009 Society

West Midlands Area Group

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

Angela Baker, Model Reporter

A lively crew of twenty-three made it to our April area group meeting, resulting in the usual lively area group business. It’s only what we’ve come to expect.

Mac Strong displayed his layout ‘Beacon Point’ as a test run prior to its’ forthcoming international appearance at the North Down MRS exhibition at Bangor Grammar School, County Down. But he probably guessed we wanted to see it anyway. It’s a stylish presentation of a preserved line on a gravel headland, Dungeness-style – an original concept built on two boards each 1m x 450mm. Features include a perfectly-proportioned working lighthouse, pill box, gun turret, WW1 acoustic mirror (no less) and a very neat planked island platform, plus a two-road rear fiddle yard concealed by a hand-painted sky backscene. By spooky coincidence, traffic on the night included Paul Atkin’s equally original (in 009) armoured carrier, an eastern European kit via eBay running on a Kato chassis depicting a Russian 5ft gauge prototype of 1934. Andy Foster’s Fourdees ‘Russell’ was also seen running well following recent fettling by Julien Webb.

Peter Hardy’s test track was in high demand, but it’s only what we’ve come to expect. Will King ran his Saltford Models 0-6-0T ‘Trojan’, now in weathered green livery, plus his Langley WD Hunslet 4-6-0T on Minitrix Standard-class chassis, still in the metal but looking very promising. David Churchill ran his Narrow Planet Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0T in grey primer on Minitrains chassis with cages on top of the side tanks for bagasse bales and awaiting ‘Queen Mary’ nameplates (a nod to Hunslet’s ‘King George’) plus his Barclay 0-4-0T on Fleischmann chassis converted to outside frames based on a Chivers Chevalier kit. Tim Williams ran his Shapeways Ruston 4-wheel diesel on Tomytec chassis in volunteer-painted green livery. Julien Webb ran his Saltford Models Audley class 0-4-0T with modifications based on Brian Clarke’s Churchwater drawings. Ben Powell’s Peckett 0-4-2T and ‘Weatherwax’ 0-4-2T were on their way back home from display at the Rainford AGM show. That’s busy alright.

In a variation to his ‘Boch’s Tunnel’ micro-layout, Mike Wall showed his latest creation occupying the sewing box, this being ‘Saturday Nite at the Duckpond’, also featuring a tunnel and also 15 x 11in with 4.5in radius track. Mike’s CWR railcar on Kato chassis was circulating whilst the Busch reeds fringing the afore-mentioned duckpond were waiting for the Preiser ducks to migrate from Germany.

Tim Williams showed reference photos of Peter Wilson’s ‘Chwarel Cwm Bach’ layout which he is using for accurate wagon-load modelling for his latest Dinorwig-style layout. It is widely suspected that Authenticity may be Tim’s middle name.

Representing our TT division, John Davies showed his County Donegal Railway Class 5A 2-6-4T scratch-built in brass on Triang Merchant Navy chassis, cunningly contrived by retaining the driving wheels but with scratch-built single-axle leading bogie and 4-wheel trailing set.

In our six-mil sector, John Brookes’ ‘Sixs Mill’ layout made a welcome return – a 6mm scale mill-yard shunting layout using 12mm gauge track to represent 2ft narrow gauge with scratch-built locos and wagons on TT chassis and an eclectic backdrop of warehouse structures to conceal the fiddle ‘alcoves’.

In the prototype appreciation department, Angela Baker showed preliminary sketches of her 12-inches-to-the-foot layout designs for an enlarged Pendre yard to be suggested to the Talyllyn Railway in respect of their recent land acquisition. Baseboard requirements could be a challenge for Grainge & Hodder.

Teas and coffees were dispensed by Will King and Peter Hardy, with Paul Atkin rounding up the mugs afterwards (the crockery ones, that is). Birthday nibbles were generously supplied by David Churchill, celebrating an unspecified anniversary of his 21st birthday. Our thanks to all concerned.

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 13th May, 10th June and 8th July 2019. If you have any queries please contact Julien Webb at

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