0 Gauge Guild Reports

Most members of the 0 Gauge group are members of the 0 Gauge Guild (though, of course, it is not compulsory!) We try to submit reports each quarter of what we are doing so that wider 0 Gauge community is aware that the Farnham club is active in this scale and to notify them of future events.

We think that readers of our club site might also be interested, so we will post the most four recent ones here, too. We hope it will give you an idea our range of activities.

 

September 2017 – note: unfortunately this did not appear in the News because of an editorial problem.

The highlight of the last quarter was definitely taking Weydon Road to Guildex at Telford. Following a difficult journey up from Farnham, we arrived a little late on Friday and manoeuvred the large van around the hall to unload. We had forgotten that closing time was 7pm, but happily had everything set up and tested before being one of the last out. The Guild did us proud with comfortable accommodation in a hotel adjacent to the hall and we had an enjoyable evening sampling the night life of Telford.

For this, our second, visit to Telford, Weydon Road was in its BR guise – previously we had exhibited it at Guildex in its original GWR/SR form. Happily, this also appealed to visitors and we were delighted by the response. Many people stopped by to comment, chat and ask questions which makes the whole thing worthwhile. We seemed to have people in front of the layout (and some behind it!) all day on both days. Any thoughts of an early finish on the Sunday were quickly banished. However, we have had quite a lot of practice and were away 65 minutes after the show closed – not bad for a layout 48 feet long.

As I have mentioned before, the layout is for sale and we had quite a lot of interest at Telford, but none of the leads turned in to a sale, so it is still available. We can confidently say that the layout still runs well and is popular with viewers, so if you are interested, please see our advert in the Classifieds at the end of the News or contact me on 7mm@farnhammrc.org.uk.

Before this edition appears, Weydon Road will have had its final outing at our Club show in Aldershot and our new layout, Haydon Square, will have been to Beckenham. Our next outing with Haydon Square is at the Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition at Hamworthy on 10th and 11th February.

Finally, please do visit us on any Wednesday afternoon or evening – we were delighted to meet Alan, a visitor from Phalaborwa in South Africa recently. We also have a club Open Day on Sunday, 19th November from 10am till 4pm, which will include Aldermouth, our member Jim Edwards’ private layout. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.

 

June 2017

As our annual open day fell on the first of May this year, we just missed being in time for the Gazette and News arrival. Maybe this explains why numbers were slightly down, but it still felt like a good time was had by all. We welcomed guest layouts ‘Littlebridge’ and ‘Stodden Hundred Light Railway’ and thanks are due to both for spending the day with us. Our own ‘Haydon Square’ ran nicely and the test track was filled with visitors, amongst others a Britannia, a 9F, a 28xx and what ever the collective noun is for a fleet of GWR panniers ( a basket?). Our new Guild area representative, Geoffrey Goddin, was present and we wish him a happy time in the role.

We had an enjoyable day with ‘Haydon Square’ at the Northolt Model Railway Club with large scale live steam engines running around outside. We did quite a lot of work to the layout in the days leading up to the show and we were pleased with how things went. We tried our new remote control system for shunting which has been designed and built by member Ed Jackman. This allows us to drive all our locomotives around the layout as usual, but to hand them over for wireless control when shunting the front part without any need to add RC capability to the locos. Likewise point control and isolating section control is achieved wirelessly. All of this is for a DC system. We tested the range which turned out to be a more-than-adequate 50 yards!

While we are now very happy taking ‘Haydon Square’ to exhibitions, layouts are never finished so we have developed a plan to add further features over the next few months. New locos and rolling stock are also planned to give a better flavour of the East End of London in the 1950s.

As mentioned last time we have decided to retire ‘Weydon Road’ from the exhibition circuit. Its last two shows will be Guildex at Telford on 2nd and 3rd September and our own Club show at Aldershot on 14th and 15th October. It appeared in Railway Modeller as ‘Railway of the Month’ in October 2011 and in Hornby Magazine in April 2013. It remains great fun to operate and continues to work well, but our ability to crew it at shows is diminishing. The setting for Weydon Road is somewhere on the border of the GWR and SR around Wiltshire. It is a busy through junction featuring a double track main line, branch line, goods yard and relief lines.

If you are interested in buying the layout (48 feet by 2 feet 6 inches), please contact us at 7mm@farnhammrc.org.uk. All serious offers will be considered. Further information (and photos) about are available on the club website, www.farnhammrc.org.uk.

Finally, please do visit us on any Wednesday afternoon or evening. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.

 

March 2017

This edition of the Guild News may just arrive in time for a reminder of our next 0 Gauge Open Day. This will be held, as usual, on the May Day Bank Holiday, Monday 1st May from 10am till 4pm, admission £2. We are changing the format slightly and, in addition to the test track welcoming visitors, we will have as guest layouts ‘Littlebridge’ and ‘Stodden Hundred Light Railway’, as well as our own ‘Haydon Square’. C&L and the Gauge 0 Guild Stand have been invited. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.

Work continues on ‘Haydon Square’ and we can see it all coming together nicely. Ground cover has been completed and work is progressing well on the buildings and the bridges and arches which make up such an important part of the scheme.

‘Haydon Square’s’ next outing is at the exhibition of the Northolt Model Railway Club on Saturday 27th May.

After 12 years and approximately 30 exhibitions we have reluctantly taken the decision to retire ‘Weydon Road’ from the exhibition circuit. Its last two shows will be Guildex at Telford on 2nd and 3rd September and our own Club show at Aldershot on 14th and 15th October. It remains great fun to operate and continues to work well, however our ability to crew it at shows is diminishing. The setting for Weydon Road is somewhere on the border of the GWR and SR around Wiltshire. It is a busy through junction featuring a double track main line, branch line, goods yard and relief lines.If you are interested in considering buying the layout (48 feet by 2 feet 6 inches), please contact us at 7mm@farnhammrc.org.uk. Further information (and photos) about are available on the club website, www.farnhammrc.org.uk.

 

December 2016

Since the last News we have had the first two outings of our new layout ‘Haydon Square’, one at our own show at Aldershot and the other a very enjoyable open day organised by the Liphook club. While there is still a lot to do scenically, we were very happy with the way the concept worked, providing interest for both viewers and operators alike. Work continues on the layout with its next ‘away’ outing being at the Northolt club show on 27th May.

I was absent for a substantial part of the last 3 months (the Gazette proving an enjoyable companion in South America) so I hand over to my colleague Ian George for a report on our November Club Open Day.

‘Round the Bend’, the 0 gauge group running track, was heavily used throughout the day with a great variety of stock, sufficient to restrict the appearance of Jinties and Panniers down to 2 and 1 respectively – a considerable achievement. Engines making a first appearance, with varying degrees of success included an A3 Flying Scotsman, a Jubilee North West Frontier, and a 9F. A new test of “success” was introduced. In addition to negotiating the dreaded Peco curved points the engine is now also required to complete several laps of the circuit pulling a rake of Mark 1 coaches without visible wheel-slip. Clear winners were judged to be a Standard 4 tank and a Heljan Class 20 which would pull anything hooked behind it. The garden railway branch of our hobby was represented by a Lima 4F and a diesel shunter plus coaches and wagons which all ran well. Their owner is currently a member of the Club’s 00 section but we are working on that.

One of the joys of Open Days is the surprise engines that guest visitors bring with them, the star this time being a nicely made model of a member of the GWR class of that name which clearly hadn’t seen the light of day for many a year. From a non-runner, after a good cleaning and oiling it was great to see it brought back to life.

Elsewhere in the clubroom Robin Baker was demonstrating various aspects of kit-building including the use of a chassis-jig, while the guys on kitchen duty kept up the supply of excellent bacon rolls; obligatory for any successful Open Day event.”

While seemingly a long way off now, our next 0 Gauge Open Day will be, as usual, on the May Day Bank Holiday, Monday 1st May from 10am till 4pm, admission £2. We are changing the format slightly and, in addition to the test track welcoming visitors, hope to have as guest layouts ‘Littlebridge’ and ‘Stodden Hundred Light Railway’, as well as our own ‘Haydon Square’ and the Gauge 0 Guild Stand. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.