Group Report

The OO9 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 13th August 2018

A record-equalling twenty-seven of us showed up for narrow-gauge modelling musings at our August area group meeting, ensuring dynamic debate and animated activity in all parts.

For once Peter Hardy’s test track was running one of Peter Hardy’s locos and, for once, this was a loco he had purchased rather than built – one of those irresistible Bachmann ‘Hummy’ Baldwins. Well, you can’t blame him. It was soon back in the box to make way for Ben Powell’s Five79 Kerr Stuart ‘Skylark’ modified to 0-4-2 by the addition of a trailing bogie to an N-Drive chassis, with RT Models cylinders and motion and Farish 08 cranks. This was hauling a short freight comprising two of Ben’s scratch-built wagons – a pitched-roof low-rise gunpowder wagon on Meridian Models Bagnall stone wagon chassis (aka ‘Bag-wag’) and a bolster wagon with two lattice beams spanning onto a pair of flat-bed ‘bogies’. The latter vehicle was on a repeat visit from our last meeting but worth seeing again in this consist. Also running was Mike Wall’s Paul Windle chunky Hunslet-style diesel in Caledonian blue livery on Farish Class 33 chassis and Julien Webb’s brace of ultra-diminutive Saltford Models Peckett saddle tanks allegedly built more than 30 years ago and still going strong.

Of similar vintage but not running at present was Jim Hart’s very nice white metal VOR ‘Owain Glyndwr’ in original and rarely-seen Caledonian yellow on Marklin 2-6-2 chassis whose motor had seemingly ingested a grain of liquid lead. The consensus of opinion was to devise a way to re-motor.

Ben Powell also brought along his layout ‘Gravelly Lane’. This has a passing loop, terminus station and goods yard with two sidings on a continuous run but with centre ‘backscene’ concealing a six-road fiddle yard all built on a single baseboard approx 6ft x 2ft and fully scenic with some nicely-modelled buildings.

Tim Williams presented a motorised two-road incline lift formerly part of a slate quarry layout by Peter Wilson of Greenwich modellers but now on secondment to become part of a new quarry layout to be built by Tim for permanent display in the recently-extended carriage shed at Llanuwchllyn on the Bala Lake Railway.

Dick Johnson showed the latest addition to his library – a copy of ‘The Pentewan Railway’ by MJT Lewis, a comprehensive and handsome publication.

Teas and coffees were served up by Peter Hardy and David Churchill – thank you gentlemen.

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 September, 8th October and 12th November 2018. If you have any queries, please contact Julien Webb at