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Here you will find the most recent reports which have featured in the O Gauge Guild Gazette's 'Guild News' section. The report is reproduced here in full. For space reasons,  the Guild News often  finds it necessary to shorten the reports that are submitted. Photographs from those reports will not be found here. Some of them may be found in the Photogallery. The reports are submitted to the Gazette about six weeks before they appear on the website, i.e. they don't appear on this website until the Gazette has been published.

 

 

 

 

Preston 0 Gauge Group Report Third Quarter 2017

 

It has been a quarter of steady consolidation for the Preston Group as work progresses at a steady pace on the new MPD (and no, I still don’t know the name) and on integrating Brewery Lane into its new position so that it blends seamlessly with the main layout ‘Hawskbridge’.                                                                                  

Some work has been done to the club premises recently: a new toilet has been installed complete with dire warnings as to what must not go down it...Now we have a loo which doesn’t take half an hour to refill !                                                           

As usual, there have been several Open Days this quarter, the June one was particularly well attended with the clubroom becoming quite full during the afternoon with a run on the pies. The July one was partially held up by the failure of both inside circuits, fortunately, one of our visitors was able to fix it!  The Sunday Open Days have taken their usual summer break but will have returned by the time this appears in print.                                                                                                                      

  As is probably the case with most groups in the last few years, ready-to-run models are making more and more appearances, both at Open Days and on Club Nights.  The new Minerva Pannier tank has been spotted several times over, Dapol 08s are ten-a-penny and Heljan diesels can sometimes take over. Besides locos there have been several viewings of ‘B’ Sets and of Autocoaches. Our club chairman has invested in an impressive rake of MTH LMS coaches in blood and custard. Being heavier than they look they are more of a challenge for one’s loco than might first appear. And GWR Dave has acquired a beautiful rake of Hawksworth coaches in the same colour scheme.                                                                                               

With the imminent arrival of a Jinty, it seems inevitable that we will have to follow up our successful ‘Gronkfest’ with ‘Pannierfest’ and ‘Jintyfest’ before too long. Several of us much teased Great Western fans will no doubt arrange a ‘Big Prairiefest’ too. However, our group possesses many talented loco and rolling stock builders and plenty of the products of their skills are to be seen. Equally, the trials and tribulations of getting locos running can be exasperating and several club members, who no doubt wish to remain anonymous, have been seen tearing their hair out over a couple of Duchesses and a Turbomotive. And a DJH 03 is having the same effect on me....    

 With Telford having been and gone, there have been appearances by members’ acquisitions, most notably Bill’s LMS Garratt, and whilst on the subject of Bill, he did one Monday night produce and run a Union Pacific Big Boy. Now that’s what you call a loco!                                                                                                                   

There is plenty to look forward to in the next quarter. If you haven’t visited before, and each Open Day we seem to see at least one new face, you (and your stock) will be made very welcome. Dates and address can be found in Diary Dates or on our website.

 

Preston 0 Gauge Group Report Fourth Quarter 2017

The Sunday Open Days have resumed and I am indebted to Norman for his notes on the first two:

‘The first one was a little quiet due to its clashing with the Keighley O Gauge Festival. Despite the low attendance there was still plenty of enthusiasm for running and with twenty seven (!) ‘blood and custard’ coaches plus eight blue-and-greys, as well as thirteen Esso tankers, a coal train or two and a mixed goods there was plenty to haul. This Open Day was notable for a visitor from Chicago, no less! The second Sunday had an almost record crowd of twenty five from places as far flung as Appleby, Warrington, Huddersfield and Cheshire. Between them, the visitors must have clocked up at least 700 miles to visit.’

Work continues apace on the new MPD and a shed building in the ‘northlight’ style has appeared, built by Paul. Jim is working on the turntable, refurbishing an old one donated by our Treasurer,  and trackwork is very much a joint effort, as is the electrical side of things. Some of it is being ballasted with real ash hoovered (honest!) from the smokeboxes of locos on the West Lancs Light  Railway.

The quarter has seen some impressive visitors to ‘Hawksbridge’, our large layout, notably some beautifully built older Southern Railway locos in BR lined black livery, not to mention a certain member who contrived one Saturday Open Day to run an American 2-8-4 (or was it a 2-10-4? I lost count...) at the head of no less than fifteen ‘cars’ as I believe they call coaches on the other side of the pond. The November Saturday Open Day also incorporated ‘Jintyfest’ in honour of the recently released Dapol model, but with kitbuilt ones also invited. I counted around ten at the height of proceedings; once the Dapol GWR Pannier tank (or ‘Matchboxes’ as I knew them when I wore short trousers) is released. Two of us at the club reckon we can beat the Jinty total on our own!

Thanks to Norman, the club’s all important ‘bathroom’ now has new flooring to go with the new toilet which was recently installed. All in all, a vast improvement on the old installation.

 

Finally, at the beginning of December many of the club members enjoyed the annual Christmas meal, organised as ever by the ever capable Mr Stevenson. Plenty of wives/girlfriends/significant others were in attendance, silly hats were obligatory, terrible cracker jokes read out, and the food was excellent. A good time was had by all. Which just about sums up 2017 at Preston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a quarter of steady consolidation for the Preston Group as work progresses at a steady pace on the new MPD (and no, I still don’t know the name) and on integrating Brewery Lane into its new position so that it blends seamlessly with the main layout ‘Hawskbridge’.                                                                                  Some work has been done to the club premises recently: a new toilet has been installed complete with dire warnings as to what must not go down it...Now we have a loo which doesn’t take half an hour to refill !                                                            As usual, there have been several Open Days this quarter, the June one was particularly well attended with the clubroom becoming quite full during the afternoon with a run on the pies. The July one was partially held up by the failure of both inside circuits, fortunately, one of our visitors was able to fix it!  The Sunday Open Days have taken their usual summer break but will have returned by the time this appears in print.                                                                                                                        As is probably the case with most groups in the last few years, ready-to-run models are making more and more appearances, both at Open Days and on Club Nights.  The new Minerva Pannier tank has been spotted several times over, Dapol 08s are ten-a-penny and Heljan diesels can sometimes take over. Besides locos there have been several viewings of ‘B’ Sets and of Autocoaches. Our club chairman has invested in an impressive rake of MTH LMS coaches in blood and custard. Being heavier than they look they are more of a challenge for one’s loco than might first appear. And GWR Dave has acquired a beautiful rake of Hawksworth coaches in the same colour scheme.                                                                                               With the imminent arrival of a Jinty, it seems inevitable that we will have to follow up our successful ‘Gronkfest’ with ‘Pannierfest’ and ‘Jintyfest’ before too long. Several of us much teased Great Western fans will no doubt arrange a ‘Big Prairiefest’ too. However, our group possesses many talented loco and rolling stock builders and plenty of the products of their skills are to be seen. Equally, the trials and tribulations of getting locos running can be exasperating and several club members, who no doubt wish to remain anonymous, have been seen tearing their hair out over a couple of Duchesses and a Turbomotive. And a DJH 03 is having the same effect on me....                                                                                                                                    With Telford having been and gone, there have been appearances by members’ acquisitions, most notably Bill’s LMS Garratt, and whilst on the subject of Bill, he did one Monday night produce and run a Union Pacific Big Boy. Now that’s what you call a loco!                                                                                                                    There is plenty to look forward to in the next quarter. If you haven’t visited before, and each Open Day we seem to see at least one new face, you (and your stock) will be made very welcome. Dates and address can be found in Diary Dates or on our website.and a slight change in direction of rolling stock,  The eleven coach rake of blood and custard were on the down fast with locos like 10000/10001 double headed and a Duchess, Britannia and  Merchant Navy all enjoying the challenge. Again there were several diesels on the Tanks as well as a Mickey (Black Five). On Sunday November 13th, Don Chadwick brought some foreign bogie tanks which several diesels hauled on the down slow. As usual, there was the rake of maroon MK1s hauled by a variety of steam and a maroon WesterThe Xmas season was celebrated in a lower key than in previous years because of potential problems with falling decorations setting off the alarms. (How do we know?...) The annual club Xmas meal took place at a new-to-us venue of the Butlers Arms, Pleasington. A good time was had by all. Which just about sums up Preston 2015! Plenty to look forward to next year too, the Open Day dates are up on the website and will appear in the Guild News.

n diesel on the up fast. There was also plenty of activity on the other main lines some small engines like a GWR 14XX doing some hard work.’ Thanks, Norman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                             




 

 



 


 


 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

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