Jon’s modules – a new module – the Club House

You will recall a while back, I posted Allan’s holiday snap of an interesting building in Switzerland made out of old containers…..

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And how I had bought a bag of cheap containers at TINGS…..

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Well, I found the site of the building on Google Earth, that gave some clues as to size and the layout of the sides not shown in Allan’s photograph…..

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So, I’m please to present a slight flight of whimsy, a model of East Surrey N Gauge’s new headquarters.  If only, they all said.  It took a few evenings to build, and the number of containers was reduced to match the number I had bought.

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The building is located in it’s own grounds next to a main line for a little trainspotting.  And parked in the grounds is an ex-SCNF Cinema Coach, used for showing railway films (and perhaps the occasional French art cinema production when no-one is looking.)

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A disused signal box is located by the level crossing – perhaps a future preservation project.

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Of course, the new ESNG headquarters must have a branch of the Ruchita curry house on site to keep the members fed and watered.  It was a preserved Red Star Parcels building (courtesy of Graham Farish), but it has been taken over for more important things.

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I’m quite pleased how this has all come together, in about a month or so.  There is more detailing to complete – I need to add people and vehicles to give it a bit of life, and crash barriers are a must for the road bridge.  I bought some plastic ones from a well known supplier, but they were unbelievably fragile.  I may need to use 4mm bullhead rail soldered to pins to give a more robust structure.  Still, this is good enough for Stuttgart next week, and I can add the rest of the detail before the ESNG show next April.

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And last job was to build a ply cover to store the module and hopefully get it to Stuttgart in one piece!

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This has been a most enjoyable little project – not least in that it hasn’t been too serious!  No prototype, no concerns about operation, just good clean fun!!

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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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