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October 2016 Meeting

We met on October 3rd, and there was a record attendance for one of our monthly meetings of 15 people.  It was a great little meeting with lots to see and we never got round to our formal chat.



Alex brought this superb Hudswell Clark locomotive from Narrow Planet running on a Minitrains F&C chassis.  It is seen running on a new 4ft baseboard which he is going to create a new layout upon.








Two Fourdees Glyn Valley Tramway locomotives see on a second hand layout that Richard obtained.  Locos displayed by Phillip and Stuart 2.








The layout, originally built by Lee Bryant and named "Thurtey" to celebrate the Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers 30th anniversary is 30" x 30" and the track plan is in the shape of a "30" and he built the layout for £30!

This is the "3" shaped scenic frontage with track running onto piers on a seafront scene.




Richard also bought a long another loco, a Dapol Drewry kit bash seen pullig a bogie hopper wagon of unknown origin, and two Shapeways open cattle wagons of which one of them can be seen behind Deutz diesel number 21.












Graham brought along his trial Gn15 scale layout "Longstone Maintenance Shed", and seen are two Smallbrook Studios locomotives, a Harlequin and a Columbine. These are running on standard Hornby class 0F "00" gauge chassis.







Stewart brought along a new layout uder construction in 1:450 scale T gauge. Trains and track are Japanese KK-eishindo models.  The layout will feature a promontory, hills and rocky cliffs.








Bill is spending many hours constructing on of his usual very detailed deisel locos in card.  This is running on a Lima chassis.









Barry displayed at least ten Gn15 locos, many to the exact G scale (1:22.5).  Here are three of them:

No.10 a scratch built deisel on a Bachmann Gasmech chassis, Steam loco No.5 scratch built on a Fleischmann Magic Train chassis, and a Sidelines "Gnat" running on a Black Beetle chassis.





















Along with the Glyn Valley loco Stuart 2 was displaying his train of GVT Peco four-wheelers.










Roger displayed his first 009 loco kit, a Peco "Jeanette" running on a Minitrix chassis, and below, one of his later models, a Dolgoch running on a 0-4-0 Arnold chassis.













Stuart built this Gn15 scale open 12-seat Heywood style coach in card as a prototype for more coaches in different configurations to follow.









August 2016 Meeting

There were ten members and one visitor from Herfordshire at our August meeting.

Unfortunately we were unable to take any photographs this time, and as people have been doing "summer" things, not many models were on show.

Chris brought along an N gauge Tomytec BM-17 chassis which is going to be used for a new 009 scale double-ended railbus. He also took some photos and an on-board video of "Shipmeadow" 009 layout which Richard was running.  Hopefully he can edit it into something watchable.

Alex was giving a selection of his 009 locos and stock a run on "Shipmeadow", and Alan had received the latest issue of "Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette" for people to browse.

That's about it for August, hopefully we will have more photos of our next meeting, our Running Day Exhibition on Saturday 3rd September.


July 2016 Meeting

Eight of us gathered for the July meeting at Barsham Village Hall.  Richard brought along his 009 layout "Shipmeadow" where extra details have been added including a Southwold Railway style buffer stop, and there were some recently completed models having a run.  Also, Jim was displaying his 009 layout "Hubbards Halt" which now has a lighting rig.



Jim's 009 scale GVT tram loco on a Bachmann Plymouth chassis running on "Shipmeadow".









Peter brought two loco's to display, which are also seen running on "Shipmeadow".  This is "Moelwyn", a Meridian Models Baldwin Gas Mechanical loco that has been modified with a front pony truck.








The second, is a Saltford Models DeWinton vertical boilered loco.










James has converted a 7mm O-16.5 KAZ firetruck into a rail-mounted vehicle using a Bachmann HO MOW vehicles motorised chassis.








Two superb models from Bill.  These are 1/16th scale, representing 10 1/4" gauge items. 

A nurseryman's flat wagon with wheelbarrow load.  The wagon body is scratch built on a OO scale Triang long wheelbase chassis. 

And below, a grinding wheel, again scratch built





Stuart brought along two 7 1/4" gauge wagons and some sectional track.

The eurocrate flat wagon now has a crate load.  Stuart has bult a new flat wagon out of timber, it has three-point suspension, wooden axle blocks turned steel wheels and dog spike couplings.

The track has cast aluminium sleepers with steel bar rail. the rail lengths have welded pins on the ends that locate in the sleepers.


Meanwhile, 27 miles away, Chris and Graham had to return home as their car developed a fault.  While we were waiting for the motor engineer to turn up Chris showed me his new Tomytec Bo-Bo N gauge chassis which will be used as the motive power for a 009 scale railmotor body and presented me with a short video on CD of his 009 layout "Ashfield Green" which will appear on the website soon.  I was able to show him some of my Gn15 scale models, some of which are in the photo below:


Loco number 2 "Jiro", a Smallbrook Columbine kit, the finished bogie coach and various wagons under construction photgraphed on what will become a small trial layout depicting the railway workshops.  A decision now has to be taken about which couplings to permanently use.



June 2016 Meeting

Eight of us gathered for the June meeting in Barsham.  A few models were displayed (photos below), and we discussed future events including a proposal to hold a Running Day Mini Exhibition in September on behalf of the village hall.  Chris presented his first video of "Ashfield Green" (009) taking a trip by train on an on board mini USB camera, quite good quality too.  Graham brought along a new feedback controller to test, made by Trax Controls of Norwich.

(Click on photo for large image)


 A strange permanent way 009 scale loco and coach from Phil Porter.  It was built many years ago and runs on what appears to be a home made brass chassis.








Meanwhile Graham has had "a bit of a turn",  He is now changing interests to a Gn15 project, this is his first loco and wagon, both by Smallbrook Studio in the Heywood style. No.1 loco, to be named "Proteus" has yet to receive it's name plates.







Richard recently bought this ready made 009 model from the 009 Society sales stand, a Meridian Models kit.  It has now been repainted in the Beccles & Bungay Railway livery.
Phil also brought along this Tebee Models De Winton style vertical boilered loco in 009 scale.  We are trying to identify the wagons which the loco is hauling.

May 2016 Meeting

Ten of us gathered in Barsham on 4th May.  Several new locos and rolling stock items were displayed and during our discussion we counted the votes for next years "Challenge".  It was initially a three-way tie, but as one member had not yet selected we gave the deciding vote to him.  The result was to build a model of a narrow gauge railway-served building with the interior detail visible.  Exact rules will be published soon.

Here are a few photos taken at the meeting:


An 009 scale Glyn Valley Tramway Beyer Peacock tram loco modelled by Jim on a Bachmann Dock Shunter chassis.










A 1/16th scale scratch built Donkey Wagon fully detailed with internal engine running on 16.5mm track by Bill.










Very original brake wagons and twin tank wagon in 009 by Chris.  Inspired by S&DJR 10 ton special brake van 197 and built form Colin Ashby coach parts.








Graham brought along his 009 scale "Hawkins Tower" layout, seen with a Sharp Stewart tram loco and modified Egger Bahn coach about to pass the tea stall.









Stuart displayed an effective laser cut/engraved brick wall, which had been partly tinted with good brick colours, and a natural wood Heywood style wagon for Gn15 scale.










James was displaying a Krauss kit-built 0-6-0 loco in O-16.5 (Oe) on a Roco chassis, the body is a KS Modelleisenbahnen - Krauss C - Kuppler Waldbahn Dampflok, a laser cut styrene kit.











An 009 scale Chivers 579 kit of FR Harlech Castle on a Farish chassis being test run by Richard for a future Scottish layout.


April 2016 Meeting

We held our April meeting in Barsham as usual and there was a good attendance.  Quite a few new locos and rolling stock were displayed along with the beginnings of a pizza style layout and a chassis for a 71/4" gauge wagon.  We discussed our recent Open Day Exhibition, the strong possiblity of another show next year, and meeting venues.  Four suggestions were put forward for next years "challenge" and we hope to decide on which one to take-up by mid summer.


Re-painted in the smart Beccles & Bungay Railway livery are these Peco Glyn Valley four-wheeled coached and brake van, displayed by Richard.





Stuart was displaying the 71/4" gauge crate wagon chassis constructed only that very day.  The wheels had been recently cast in Sheffield.
Chris has been busy building three new tram locos for his layouts.  This is a much modified Chevalier kit .  Recent additions are the spring hangers and coal bars added to the rear bunker. 
A modified Kerr Stuart Skylark.
.... and a Gem Vari-Kit, all running on the Kato 4 wheel tram chassis.
This is Chris's neat railcar combo built with a Colin Ashby wagon, Parkside Dundas coach sides and running on a Kato "Shorty" bo-bo chassis.
Geoff was displaying his O-16.5 scale radio controlled 2-6-2 North British style loco which ran very smoothly.
Jim's newly completed kit is this York Model Making "Flower of the Forest" Ravenglass & Eskdale vertical boilered tram loco running on a Kato 4 wheeled chassis.
A pizza style layout baseboard displayed by Phillip built onto an occasional table leg frame. 

January 2016 Meeting

We last met on Saturday January 16th at the St Johns Ambulance Hall in Beccles where over a dozen members attended.  This meeting was mainly to plan for our Open Day on March 5th but several models were displayed.  Two or three new visitor members met up with us and one of them brought along a G scale live steam Lynton & Barnstaple loco, at the other end of the scale an Nn3 Southwold Railway railcar was displayed by Stewart.  James has acquired two new baseboards and is intending to construct a O-16.5 layout on them, while Graham has done a lot of work to his river side layout.

Grahams new river side layout christened "Ellerbank" was static displayed.  Final "details" can be applied soon to finish the layout. 


One of Stewarts rail cars under construction.  Part of a Worsley Works brass Southwold coach etch and diecast bonnet has been used running on a Kato 11-103 tram chassis.










Stewarts very much smaller scale "Nn3" railcar is this 2mm scale brass etch on a Marklin rail cleaner chassis. Great micro modelling.




A super Accucraft Lynton & Barnstaple G scale live steam model of "Lew" shown by John.
Bill brought along this 1/16th model based on a Drewry Rail Tractor which has been used on his small "Knights Yard" layout.  The body has been built with cardboard, and the driver is animated.
Richard recently acquired these virtually mint Eggerbahn items in original boxes.
Jim brought along his hew kit, a 009 scale Rusby's Models resin railbus, some of the components are shown here.
Graham also displayed this scratch built station building inspired by the Glynn Valley Tramway structures.

December 2015 Meeting

Several of us gathered for our December meeting at Barsham Village Hall, and there were several new models displayed. 

Geoff brought along a 0-16.5 brass chassis complete with valve gear and motor that is being constructed for radio controlled North British (British style) 2-6-2 locomotive design body, - superb miniature engineering.  Alex was displaying his small industrial 009 shelf layout and a new kit-built Grainge & Hodder baseboard section 900mm x 400mm.  On the test track were several On30 and 009 locomotives some of which are pictured below.  Alan showed a collection of On30 locos that he had recently purchased or had been working on, Phil was showing a 009 scale De Winton 3D loco and Richard brought along a Narrow Planet Hunslet, a 3D printed railcar and a new Minitrains release Baldwin 2-6-2.  Graham brought along the beginnings of a new river side shelf layout and a series of scratch built buildings in 009 scale.  Jim was showing us the additions made to his table top layout "Hubbards Halt" including point controls made using fibreglass rod.


Narrow Planet Penrhyn "Pamela" Quarry Hunslet kit displayed by Richard, now the Beccles & Bungay Railway No.11.








Beccles & Bungay Railway No.25, a 3D printed railbus by Shapeways running on a Kato 4w tram chassis.  Displayed by Richard.






A 009 De Winton loco by Tebee running on a Kato chassis purchased from the internet, made and displayed by Phil.








A On30 Bachmann 28799 (Spectrum) 2-6-6-2 DCC fitted Articulated Loco converted to an 0-6-6-0 by Alan.







A range of scratch built buildings specifically built for 009 scale displayed by Graham.

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An A1 Models (43d) Freelance Diesel kit displayed by Alex.








An old Chivers Bagnall still running on an Ibertren Cuckoo 0-4-0 chassis on Graham's new river side layout (as yet un-named).  The baseboard is made from an old board built by the late Ray Fothergill and is extended out at the front for the river scene.



The Norfolk 009 Group - a history (chapter 2)

Norfolk Group History – 1994-2010

During the period 1994 to 1996 we continued exhibiting the modules in various configurations.  We had notched up 65 meetings, and also visited various exhibitions like ExpoNG, and railway running days as a Group.  Now and again a new member would join, but there was always a “core” of members in the group.

The tenth anniversary was marked by a new newsletter and a party complete with special cakes and proper, absolutely superb champagne.  The newsletter had another piece from P D Hancock and Ray Fothergill, an article on the Ernest Twining loco “Sian” and photo’s from the 25th Anniversary Gala at the Leighton Buzzard Railway.

My wife and I helped one of the members George Gleadhill, with the scenery and buildings on an ingenious automatic revolving layout called “Ty-Morau” which featured three scenes in different seasons.  I also helped with exhibiting this on many occasions around East Anglia.  Meanwhile, I re-built my static layout at home in the spare bedroom.

In 1995 Ray had a fall, and had be assisted with walking sticks to get around, sadly it was the start of a long decline in his health.  He still came to meetings and helped whenever he could.   

In the summer of 1997 we discussed what we could do to celebrate the forthcoming 25th Anniversary of the 009 Society, one of the suggestions was to hold a members day somewhere in the Newmarket area.  We contacted the Essex Group to see if they could help us with layouts and members to help on the day.  Ray and I went to meet the Essex Group in North Weald near Harlow, and with the thumbs-up from them, we booked the St Felix School in Newmarket on 16th May 1998.  With their help we managed to exhibit fourteen narrow gauge layouts that day, including Brain Love’s “Fallgate”, Jack Carter’s continental layouts and John Thorne’s “Long Ditton”, also with the Society second-hand stand.  About 90 members and visitors attended, including a member of the society all the way from Gateshead.  90 visitors were less than I had hoped for, but still a successful day.

During this time I was building an exhibition layout with my wife called “Carne” and later that year we had our first exhibition at Bressingham.  Dave and Midge Grassing also decided to exhibit their module and end boards called “Sandcliffe Junction”, so suddenly with “Ty-Morau”, the Group now had four exhibition layouts.

With all of this going on, but the Modules being exhibited less, the meetings became rather quiet with not much going on.  So in 1999, the fifteenth year of the Group, I proposed another set of modules for which a plan appeared in a celebratory Newsletter.  The idea for this set of modules was very different, and I extolled the benefits of the system at our next meeting.  They were smaller, only 3ft x 1ft, easier to build, transport and join together, and they could be run prototypically as an end-to-end line.  Again the Group approved and decided to build them, all the wood was cut by machine again and each member built a module of their own design self-contained with end and back scene boards. By September 2000 we had built a two or three of them and they had their first test session, that went quite well, but when we displayed them for the first time at a school fete the layouts rested on tables and we had problems.  The board joints and track joins were bad, and it involved getting underneath to correct things, but that could not be done easily as the tables were underneath.  So from that time onwards we rested the modules on the trestles from the first project.






















We were then invited to several exhibitions, also three new members joined, a couple from Dereham, and Chris from Thorpe, Norwich.  They also built modules, which added greatly to the system.  As one member left the group at the time and Ray became absent due to failing health their contribution was very welcome.

Ray died in February 2004 after a period in a nursing home, the last time I saw him in the home, I was very upset. 






















After a period of nerve trouble later that year I took more of a back seat in the group and Dave from Dereham took over as Secretary at the 166th meeting.

The names of the five initial modules were: “Castleby” a terminus station with low relief castle standing above, and village square modelled behind, “Fotherbrook” (in honour of Ray) a halt by a small hamlet with village buildings, “Castleby Mills” a terminus or passing station featuring a mill house, working windmill, steam mill and siding, “Kirk Tor” a rural scene with chapel and “Castleby Crags”, a scene inspired by the Aberglaslyn Pass with rock faces, waterfall and farm scene.





















(Above photo: A McMahon)










































More new members joined, from Oulton Broad, Hethersett, Beccles, Shipdham and East Bilney and one or two left the group, including me.  My nerve trouble had got quite bad and I just wanted a quieter life.  I was still modelling in 009, and at this time I was building the “Whitsend Tramway” with my wife.   

Stewart from Oulton Broad took over as Secretary in 2006. 

Sadly, a bit later, Dave lost his wife Pat, she was also a brilliant scenic modeller in 009, and later Gn15.

The modules continued to be exhibited occasionally and I donated the ones I had built to the Group.  The group built another module, as a combined group effort, called the “Works module”.  It was slightly larger with working turntable, engine sheds and maintenance works and went to more exhibitions.





















(Above photo A McMahon)

The group planned a new exhibition layout, based on a North Norfolk village and after many schemes, all with their own merits, nothing came to fruition.  The number of members in the Group also went down and in the end, in May 2010 after 26 years, the Group was wound-up.

The Norfolk 009 Group - a history

The Norfolk Group of the 009 Society (Chapter 1: 1984 to 1994)


When considering our Norfolk & Suffolk Group and our interest in narrow gauge railway modelling, there was once an earlier Group called the “Norfolk 009 Group” principally involved in modelling in 009 scale and all members of the 009 Society.  Only very rarely were we involved with other scales, even then it would mainly be “00” – standard gauge.

It all started in October 1984, when I placed a paragraph in the society newsletter requesting anyone interested in forming a local Group to contact me.  The first person to respond was a lovely Lancashire chap, recently retired, named Ray Fothergill.  He visited me on 29th November and brought some of his rolling stock and locomotives for me to view.  He had made many models, but had so far not built a layout.  I, on the other hand had built a layout but only had a couple of continental loco’s and some “Dundas Models” and Liliput stock.  His enthusiasm for 009 was very infectious.  He had built some of his models from card, and on his coaches he replicated beadings and mouldings from cotton sewn into the coach sides, this of course was in the days prior to kits, micro-strip and suchlike.  He loved the Glyn Valley Tramway and many of his models were based on GVT prototypes.  He also showed me some Egger-Bahn models, including the steam railcar, the first time I had ever seen these.  At home he had a collection of 00 scale trams and ran a tramway layout at the Norwich Model Railway Club.




Models by Ray Fothergill.  A Peco Glyn Valley Tramway kit plus three four-wheeled GVT coaches scratch built from card.






More four-wheelers, an early Parkside-Dudas kit and two scratch built from plastic card.









The only other remnants of Rays collection are "Ian" a modified Egger-Jouef Decauville loco, a sheep wagon and an Egger Prussian coach.




Apart from Ray, three other people replied to my paragraph in the newsletter, a married couple from Fakenham, and another chap from Norwich, who I still meet occasionally.  We met monthly at each other’s houses taking it in turn and generally we viewed each other’s layouts and new models and had a short running session, we also lent out books, watched videos and sometimes slide shows.  The couple from Fakenham were prolific model makers, it seemed each time we visited their house there was a new layout to look at.  One layout was in an old radiogram cabinet, and another of their layouts was sold to the late, great P D Hancock.  Gerald from Norwich was interested in Bemo HOe continental, and had a growing collection of fine items.

During the next three years we had new members, two people coming from Cambridge on occasions.  One long standing member and lay preacher, had a section of 71/4” railway down his garden which we enjoyed riding on from time to time.  Another creative couple in Norwich had a large loft layout, while I developed my 8ft x 2ft “Tregony & Newbridge Railway” in my spare bedroom.



Graham and Ray pictured in 1994 at a "Hobbies and Crafts Day" in Norwich with two of the modules.








For our fifth Anniversary, I issued a special newsletter, a contributor was P D Hancock who I had been writing to for a year or two.  He had by then moved on to a 0-16.5 7mm scale layout in his loft due to failing eyesight and was also creating his SM32 garden railway “The Torlum Hill Light Railway”.  I also had permission to quote a page in full from James Boyd’s Wild Swan publication “The Talyllyn Railway”, when he visited in war time - a lovely piece of writing.  Also listed in this little issue is a list of thirteen layouts that we have all built, or part-built, during the first five years of the Group.  It was at this meeting that we discussed the possibility of one day building a “module” each, that would link together to form a large layout, Ray presented a mock-up of the idea based on a system he had seen which was built by the Greenwich & District Group (it would be nearly two years though before anything developed though).

Just after this we met for a nice evening at the Yaxham Light Railway, taking rides on the narrow gauge railway hauled by small wartime diesels.   A later meeting saw us all viewing Ray’s nearly complete “Fother Valley Railway”, this line ran on two levels with an upper and lower station.

At the end of 1990, following a long discussion, we planned how we might construct scenic modules each.  It was decided that the scenic section for each module would be 36” by 18”, and between each module there would be an 18” joiner section with hidden front and rear tracks where trains could be held before passing to the next module.  Each module would have a separate scene totally enclosed by back and end scene boards.  Feverish activity over the next two years resulted in at least 11 completed modules including “end” units and one “corner” unit.


The first module to be completed.

The yellow Bagnall loco and stone train is running through "The Heronry" a module inspired by a picture of the Southwold Railway's "Tinkers Covert".

Trees were hand made using florists wire and brown florists tape, then adding Woodland Scenics foliage.





Gerald from Norwich worked at a shop fitting company and was able to obtain all the ply wood and sundeala board, and get it drilled and cut by machine to exact measurements ensuring all the modules were exactly the same and therefore would all bolt together without misalignment.  I know that at least two modules didn’t get completed, but of the completed ones we had units called “Bryn Corach”, “Newlyn”, “The Heronry” (inspired by the Southwold Railway), “Peacehaven”, ”Markate Quarry Works”, “Sandcliffe Junction” and “Whitemoor”.  End run-round units were called “Bryn Melyn Halt”, “Castle Hydeaway”, “Church End” and “Scronkey” and also a corner unit named “Goldoch” (based on Dolgoch on the Tallylyn Railway).  Many of the modules gathered together for the first time in the Autumn of 1991, and when we joined them all up at a dress rehearsal for our first exhibition we ran a scale mile of track.

The first exhibition was at St Andrews Hall in March 1992 and they were exhibited a total of fifteen times, plus another five test sessions.  Sometimes just two or three modules were exhibited at a time, it depended on the space available at various venues.




My first module called "Newlyn" featured a long cliff face, a viaduct over a canal and an upper passenger station.  Entering the station from the joiner board, is a Liliput 0-6-2 loco and goods train.








Ray's module called "Bryn Corach" was based on the Glyn Valley Tramway terminus at Glyn Ceiriog in Wales.  A George England saddle tank enters from the left.









This is a picture of "Peacehaven".  It featured passenger station, siding to a works, some of the very first "Townstreet" buildings and canal and river boat frontage.









Practice session at Buxton School 1992.  "The Heronry" and "Peacehaven" can be seen in this shot, and it shows the joiner boards with hoods.  Each scenic board was a separate self- contained scene.












This is a picture of "Bryn Melyn Halt", an "end loop" board.  It featured a beautifully made Mill.  Seen entering the halt is a Kerr Stuart 0-4-2 Corris loco.










A second module that I built was "Whitemoor".  A Liliput 0-6-0 loco named "Luke" and goods train leaves the station over the gorge.










Another module was "Scronkey", this was an end unit.

The scene was a simple run-through station halt with a raised village along the rear.  A quarry Hunslet passes by with goods train.









Another picture of "Whitemoor" showing the village scene.












This module is "Sandcliffe Junction", and a Darjeeling loco runs in with passenger train.  The scene featured a lower station and an upper tramway which ran automatically using a electronic "shuttle" module.










A picture from the balcony at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange in 1994 when we ran the modules at an exhibition there.

That day we ran "Castle Hydeaway" (extreme bottom left) "Bryn Corach" (with Ray operating) a corner module named "Goldoch", "The Heronry" and  "Whitemoor".  This gave us a sort of end-to-end configuration for the day.






Inevitably there were problems using this system. The sundeala board warped, and as there were many (too many) baseboard joins, this caused running problems sometimes, and also, as each scene had different track plans, there could be long delays at some modules passing the trains through, where as others just had a single run-through track and the train would pass by in a few seconds. This was not good for onlookers, as they could stand looking at a module with no trains running or just glimpsing it as it ran by.

(History 1995 onwards - to follow)