APRIL 2017 MEETING

Sixteen members gathered on Monday 3rd April, the largest number of people for quite a while.  We reviewed our recent Exhibition in Beccles which we all thought was a great success, and visitors who filled-in our comments forms were generally happy with the event. The St John Ambulance Hall has been booked again for next year and, all being well we hope to put on another show.  We also opened up a discussion on next years Group Challenge.

On display at this meeting were two part-built baseboards, a new 009 layout, and several locomotives:

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Geoff's North British style 2-4-2 in 0-16.5 is progressing nicely... and running nicely too, by radio control.   Chris was displaying his new 009 scale railcar.  It was built with Parkside Dundas coach sides, bonnets and radiators from Days Gone Ford Model T's and running on a Tomytec TM-17 chassis.  
Alex brought along his new 009 layout.  Here Narrow Planet Hudswell Clarke "Kate" moves to the head shunt to take on water. Alex's layout is approximately 3ft 6ins x 2ft.  Here is a view of the rustic country station.
Graham brought along a base board under construction for his Gn15 layout "Longstone".  Here "Proteus" is posed with two four-wheelers in the station. At the other end of the board a chapel and cottage frontage just fit into the scene.  The chapel is lit, with pews modelled inside.
Stuart is building a small 009 layout with hand-built track and featuring Corris stock.  These are the first models under construction. A trio of Richards locomotives.  Left: "Beccles and Bungay Railway" No.7, a re-painted Minitrains "Bohler". Centre: A contractors company loco with the Narrow Planet Barclay conversion, and Right:  B&BR No.9, a re-painted Minitrains Bagnall Wing Tank.
This is the start of construction of two new base boards, each 4ft long, for Alan's 0n30 "La Garita Hills Railroad" extending the layout to some 25ft.  This board will feature an ice producing plant, with the platform on the right, enabling loading to "reefer" cars.   James brought a new 0-16.5 IC loco scratch built and running nicely on a 4- wheel Hornby chassis.
Bill brought along a new battery operated loco in 1:16th scale running on 00 scale track, I think replicating approximately 10 1/4" gauge. Built of card and odds and ends into a very effective loco. Another corner of Alex's 009 layout.