A genuinely quiet evening. Only seven members turned up, maybe the school-half term holidays cut numbers a bit? However, we quickly got a small circuit up and running. Derek and Allan were both running the new Dapol Maunsell coaches. A train of 2 coaches, a Southern utility van and an M7 0-4-4 all in Southern Railway livery looked very smart. I’m still holding out for the Maunsells in BR livery.
Derek Apps changed the chassis in his GWR 0-4-2, as the original one had the wheels at different levels, that didn’t aid smooth running. It was soon happily running around the circuit, but we rarely saw it, as it was mostly hidden behind Paul’s 73 wagon Japanese goods train. This ran very well, with few derailments, providing a gap was left between the brake van and the train loco chasing its own tail. You wouldn’t need a radio link between driver and guard – they could just use hand signals.
I tested my Bachmann ‘Doodlebug’, that is an Ebay purchase. It runs well, and just needs repainting in Lehigh Valley colours.
We also had a look at a small layout, some stock, and other bits and pieces kindly donated to the club by the family of Michael Partington, an old member sadly no longer with us. We’ll see what we can sell at the show, proceeds to the Stuttgart travel fund.