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Here you will find the most recent report which has 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 Second Quarter 2017

It’s been a quarter of records tumbling at Preston: firstly we had a record turnout of guests for the May Sunday Open Day, and, secondly, we had a record number of Men in Shorts at the May Saturday Open Day! Well, it was very hot...                                                                    

Norman writes about the May record breaker, ‘Members of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Society paid us a visit which meant of course some very nice L & Y locos and Peter Fitton’s lovely brown L& Y coaches. The budding new shed complex is useful for parking static locos awaiting their turn in service. Sunday Open days resume on October 8th with an American and Continental Day on October 15th.’ Thanks, Norman.                                                        

 This quarter has seen our annual AGM: we have a new Chairman in the shape of Tony Stevenson who has stepped up to replace Tommy Day, to whom go our grateful thanks for steering us through the last few successful years. The club remains in a very healthy financial state, even though our Treasurer reported that the profit ratio on refreshments is slightly down. With tongue firmly in cheek this was blamed on Brexit... Several new members have recently joined the club and have already begun to reap the benefits of membership, testing their locos at the head of stock on ‘Hawksbridge’ and enjoying the Club night banter which is a feature of, I think, most clubs.                                                                              

 For a dozen or so members of the club one of the highlights of the quarter was a visit to and guided tour of the Ffestiniog Railway’s Boston Lodge works. The very high standards of workmanship were much commented on and some of the group have been seen eyeing up the clubroom and muttering something about Narrow Gauge. Grateful thanks go to Bill and his brother who organised the whole day out, as well as the club members who drove a long way in a day!                                                                                                                             

 More and more trackwork, including several handbuilt points, has appeared on the as-yet-still-to-be-named Motive Power Depot and it is noticeable that both members and visitors have been displaying their pride and joy on the temporary set-up. A facing point into the complex has been installed on the main outer circuit but is not yet in use (it doesn’t lead anywhere yet anyway!)                                                                                                          

We hope that if you have visited our Group this quarter you have appreciated your visit and have enjoyed reading about our activities. If you are a visitor to the Guild Forum you may be aware of a heated debate about the future of the printed Guild News. For as long as that publication exists we will continue to produce these reports.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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