Thursday 30 October 2008

Conversions abound...

29 of October was the last monthly meet of the Newport Naggers. In all 12 members present with another 6 detained for health or business reasons. Bernie Baker has been at it again, this time hes' P4'd one of the new G2's from Bachmann. I have asked Bernie to write this up as a 'how to' for the NAGNAG website.
This runs amazingly smoothly. Bernie also brought down a brace of converted 56xx's, really nice.
Rob Foot also brought his Hymek and ran it over Belle Vue with 6 Ironclads on the back...lovely.
Not to be out done Hubert Messing brought his converted Lima parcels car along as well.

The noble men of NAGNAG have been invited to Newbury for an evening of fun and steam type stuff, thanks to Rod Hall for arranging this for us.

Bernie's converted 56xx's on the entrance to the extended shed area of Belle Vue. More work is being carried out to Belle Vue by the Naggers, but we still need more ideas...come on lads!

So, with the extension to the head shunt now in place, this means that larger items can be run into the shed area - like a brake down crane...anyone know if theres one being designed?

Rob also had a DMU as a work in progress; Steffan, Alistair and Bernie look at a problem that Rob didn't know he had untill it was pointed out to him. Robs now trying to put a central pivot into a bogie where there isn't one at the moment.

An enjoyable evening with more progress being made, which is always a good thing.

My thanks to Newport MRS for allowing us to host this monthly meet at the club rooms.

Next meeting 26 November, when hopefully some of the Glevum group will be joining us for the evening.

Mike Garwood

Tuesday 28 October 2008


Our October meeting at the "Thatched House" raised ten members of the Group. Keith Bradbury had brought the interior to be fitted into one of his coaches, complete with lighting (its wiring neatly fitted into a false ceiling), pictures and mirrors on the compartment partitions, and upholstered seats; they looked comfortable but we didn't try them. Also on show was a trestle brought by James Moorhouse which can be adjusted to counter any possible deviation of floor level just as long as he remembers to take his spirit level.

We did some planning ahead, the most important part of this being the fixing of a date to visit Mike Norris's Preston layout on Saturday 25th April 2009. A few days before this, 17th April, our regular third Tuesday of the month meeting, Mike is coming to give us a talk on the layout. The venue for this meeting is not yet decided, but hopefully I will have sent another report to Scalefour News before this.

Our default meeting night is still the third Tuesday of the month, and our default venue is still the Thatched Cottage. Any local members or any member visiting the area is very welcome to join us, but please contact me to be sure that we have not arranged a visit to some othe local attraction (railway, of course). My phone number is (0113) 2679385.

Jim Harrison

Saturday 18 October 2008

Fylde Area Group Meeting

The 18th of September was our usual run and natter meeting, with 10 members in attendance.

We were treated to 14768 Clan McKenzie, HR Clan Class loco being built by John James as a commission, which I later saw fully lined out and painted at Scaleforum the following week.

We also saw some test etches form Ian MacCormac, in both 4 mm and 7 mm scales of an LBSCR 1865 Craven 1st, very fine.

Next we had an interesting (if somewhat unlikely) comparision between an early coach and a Clan class of 1919, the coach being bearly the size of the clans tender, this shows just much the railway had developed in 50 years.

The next meeting is Thursday 23rd October, please contact Mike Norris (details on blue sheet), should you require more information and the meeting is a talk by Arthur Kimber 'Railways and Memories of North West Durham'.