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.
Our traditional May Bank Holiday Monday open day passed off successfully with a good number of people through the door to enjoy the layouts, bacon rolls and cakes. Amongst the visitors was an enormous US Virginian 2-8-8-2 Mallet and an LNWR 0-6-2T coal tank which made an interesting contrast on the running track.
We have had a couple of shows with Haydon Square, namely Rotarail at Fareham and the re-arranged Romsey club show. The layout is meeting its design criteria in terms of relative ease of transport and set up and is fun to operate; it also allows us the opportunity to interact with visitors to a show.
The final elements of the layout development are being done on the low level shuttle line running in front of the arches and underneath the wagon lift; this should be ready for the REC show at Woking on 8th and 9th September. By some careful planning and bits of temporary scenery the layout has remained fully functional throughout. Working signals have also been installed which adds to the enjoyment.
Please do visit us on any Wednesday afternoon or evening at our club rooms in Farnham – our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ. If you wish to contact us beforehand the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, the way the days fall this year, this will land in your postbox just before our usual Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May from 10am to 4pm. This year we will have a guest layout ‘Figges Yard’, test track ‘Round the Bend’, my 0-16.5 layout, ‘St. Mary’s’, and the club’s exhibition layout ‘Haydon Square E.1’. For us, the most enjoyable part is seeing what people bring along to go on the test track, so please feel free to bring anything you wish, provided it is suitable for 2 rail fine-scale track. We can accommodate both DC and DCC operation. Local parking is generally easy and admission is £2. Bacon rolls, home made cakes and tea and coffee will all be available to purchase. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.
Our most recent weekend away with Haydon Square was to Bournemouth. Happily, the layout fits in member Jim Edwards’ small van and two other vehicles, so we loaded up on Friday afternoon for an early start on Saturday morning to get to Bournemouth for 8am. All went well and everything was up and running well in time for opening. The Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition is unusual in two ways. Firstly, it is not run by a model railway club, but by two gentlemen alone and, secondly, it is held in a sports and social club. From an exhibitor’s point of view, all the important things were in place: easy access for unloading/loading, free tea and coffee, good lunches and plenty of visitors. The layout performed well and many people commented on Ed Jackman’s radio controlled shunting operation with some finding it hard to believe it can be done on a DC layout without modifying the locomotives.
Unfortunately our subsequent outing to Romsey was cancelled due to snow, but has been re-arranged for 23rd and 24th June. In between comes Rotarail in Fareham on 28th April which is always an enjoyable show.
As much as layouts are never finished, we are getting close to completion with Haydon Square. We have the final bits of signalling to install on the main (upper) level and are now finishing off the lower level scenic detailing and installing a shuttle system between the wagon lift and the low level warehouse. In the meantime we have started planning a new layout, exploring the possibilities of a ’roundy-roundy’ this time. More on this in the future, I am sure.
Finally, please do visit us on any Wednesday afternoon or evening at our club rooms in Farnham – address above.
We didn’t have an update in the last News, so this covers the last six months, thankfully in brief.
The highlight was definitely taking Weydon Road to Guildex at Telford. The Guild did us proud with comfortable accommodation in a hotel adjacent to the hall and we had enjoyable evenings out around Telford. For this, our second visit as exhibitors to the show, 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
Our final show with Weydon Road was in October at our club exhibition in Aldershot. The layout ran well and the show itself was a big success with increasing numbers through the door and much positive feedback.
As a result of the advert in the News, we have been able to achieve our aim of finding Weydon Road a new home. Agreement was swiftly reached and, tinged with sadness, we waved farewell to the layout shortly after. We wish the new owner – a Guild member – as much enjoyment with the layout as we have had.
We had a good day out with our new layout, Haydon Square E.1, at the Beckenham club show. Everything ran well and we were able to get a good idea of our next steps. We have three exhibitions in the diary for the next quarter: Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition at Hamworthy on 10th and 11th February; Romsey & District MRC exhibition on 3rd and 4th March; and, Rotarail in Fareham on 28th April. Planning is also under way for our usual Bank Holiday Monday 0 Gauge Open Day on 7th May.
Thoughts are now turning to what to do next. Obviously we must finish off Haydon Square, which is (mainly) a shunting layout, but we probably need a place to run trains….. We hope to plot a way forward in the New Year.
Finally, please do visit us on any Wednesday afternoon or evening. Our address is Wrecclesham Community Centre, Greenfield Road, Farnham GU9 8TJ.
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 email@example.com.
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.