Group Report

The 009 Society

West Midlands Area Group

Report of Area Group Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 13th May 2019

Angela Baker, Model Reporter

After a day of glorious Spring sunshine, twenty-two showed up for our May area group meeting, so presumably one or two didn’t get back from the beach in time. We were pleased to welcome new member Hugh Freeman to our monthly modelfest.

The main attraction, as usual, was Peter Hardy’s test track – busier than New Street station. First to run was one of Peter’s own creations – his 0-4-4-0 Garratt scratch-build. Still in the metal, but now there’s a lot more of it, with the full complement of four sets of motion – in mesmerising motion! If you weren’t there you missed it. Hugh Freeman ran his Meridian brass etch Crochat WW1 armoured locotracteur in grey livery on Kato chassis, a Gallic brute with a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Sharing curiosity-of-the-month billing was Dewi Phillip’s Zwillinge twin 0-6-0+0-6-0 tank loco in German South West African red livery. Dewi also ran his Bagnall 0-4-0IST ‘William’, built by our own ‘William’ King. Returning for more running-in mileage was Ben Powell’s Peckett 0-4-2ST, now named ‘Golem’, accompanied by a second version still in the metal’n’plasticard plus cast boiler fittings awaiting only the deliverance of a chassis. Also re-visiting were Will King’s Saltford Models 0-6-0T ‘Trojan’ and Langley WD Hunslet 4-6-0T on Minitrix Standard-class chassis, hauling (in turn) his three-truck-two-tree-trunk bogie bolster and a brace of Parkside brass Glyn Valley 4-wheel coaches. Will also ran his Bagnall-wing-tank-style freelance 0-4-0T on Saltford Models chassis. Jim Hart ran his RT Models De Winton, built by Will King (again) and Langley L&B Manning Wardle (built by you-know-who) with rake of three Peco L&B coaches, stretching their bogies whilst awaiting completion of Jim’s ‘Parracombe Halt’ layout. Richard Johnson gave his Fourdees 0-6-4T ‘Beddgelert’ (built by Fourdees) a much-needed running-in turn.

Mike Wall has our micro-layout-in-a-sewing-box department all sewn up. Making a repeat appearance was ‘Saturday Nite at the Duckpond’, now with added ducks plus the sexiest weeping willow tree at the meeting, from the Model Tree Shop. The scheduled diesel service was cancelled due to a failed locomotive and, prototypically, there was no bus alternative. You got your ducks all in a row though Mike.

On Tim Williams’ tablet this month were reference photos of his recent visit to Maenofferen slate mine at Blaenau Ffestiniog, complete with incline-disappearing-down-hole-in-mountain plus winding gear etc, seemingly preserved from dereliction thanks to its subterranean situation. Ffascinatingly ffabulous. This latest layout inspiration must ffight its’ way from the bottom of Tim’s lengthy to-do list. That’s enough effing for one night.

Available for browsing in the book department, courtesy of Angela Baker, were copies of ‘Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge’ by James Waite, a coffee-table photo album with extended captions, and ‘Talyllyn Revived’ by Alan Holmes (acquired free with Talyllyn membership at the recent Sutton Coldfield show). Recommended paperback reading: ‘Small Island by Little Train: A Narrow-Gauge Adventure’ by Chris Arnot. Ideal for that long-haul bank holiday flight to the Durango & Silverton.

Teas and coffees were dispensed by Peter Hardy and Paul Atkin, with Hugh Freeman and Tim Williams on washing up duty. 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 June, 8th July and 12th August 2019. If you have any queries please contact Julien Webb at julienwebb@westmidlands009.co.uk .