26 January 2020: Gt. Gransden

Although our meeting at Great Gransden in January was nominally a modelling session, it contained a large amount of business – but not enough to put off our guest, Derek Evans, who brought along a couple of baseboards with some superb scenic modelling, featuring a station reminiscent of TanyBwlch.
Striking new projects included Des’s Angolan diesels, Bob’s Gowrie with Minitrix chassis rebuilt with RT models valve gear and tramfabriek motor, and Malcolm’s trio of models including a scratchbuilt loco looking something like a Paraffin-powered unit, a Meridian O&K 0-4-2 under construction, and a Roxey Hampton 0-4-2.
Rolling stock under construction included brake vans from the Talyllyn (Nigel) and the Rheidol (John Szm) and a rare Chivers open wagon (David and Matt). Chris had the Russian bus kit. Stephen S had his hands full with the catering – thanks to those who lent a hand! – and Sylvia’s cakes went down very well. Stephen also brought the new Tomytec 4-wheel tram and trailer.
As for the business, we found a venue for our forthcoming Pop-up “Running Day” by the simple process of looking at the hall that we were in! We plan simply to show our own layouts to each other, and to those who would care to come along for a small entrance fee.
Then, ably led by Stephen C, we hammered out some of the fine detail that we needed to decide before starting our modular layout concept. David’s photo will give you some idea of how much thought went into this. It’s amazing just how many things need to be decided, and how complicated the simplest things become when one thinks about them.

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