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3mm Society AGM

My main task for May is to organise the 3mm Society AGM which this year was held in the Town Hall in Burton upon Trent.

Over 80 members attended with a variety of Goods on sale for members to indulge in.

With a keg of Charnwood Breweries Vixen in the bar and Cob rolls on offer, what more could you ask for!

With the formal business over in record time, competition entries judged, the Awards were handed out. To find out who won you will have to join the Society 😊.

As usual the modelling standard was high, judge for yourself

There was also a tribute to Richard Hollingsworth one half of Parkside who passed in February.

A retired professional railwayman, Richard was a good friend to the Society and enabled the Society 5 year wagon plan to be produced. Society member Paul Furner brought along his collection of Parkside kits ranging over 60. Thanks to Paul and his work with Richard he was instrumental in bringing the kits to members

So next year to Swindon for the Societies 55th AGM 👍

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Hayward’s Heath MRE

Myself and Mr P paid a visit to the Hayward’s Heath Show held at the Dolphin Leisure Centre. Apart from the parking which was horrendous (found that Mr P is very good at reversing his car down a long road!) the show held in 2 halls was pretty good.

A variety of scales (alas no 3mm) some decent layouts were on show. We also met a few Society members both 3mm and O.16.5 so had a good chinwag too.

Unlike a lot of exhibitions these days a decent guide was provided too.

Here are the photos

Well Creek Basin -7mm

Hobbs Hill -4mm OO

Southbridge -N

Frimley North -4mm OO

Gouttieres -HO

Haynes Lane -7mm O

Dorchester Jct -4mm FS

Banbury (Oxfordshire) -N

Arnold Lane -7mm O

Chelwood Exchange -4mm OO

Battledown -N

Dougdale -4mm OO

Hope Hill -7mm O

Ashenden Jct -N

Staindrop -7mm O

These were the pick of the bunch for me. Very enjoyable show apart from the parking.

3mm Society, Railway

Westfest 2019

Saturday saw a run down to Winterborne Earls, nr Salisbury to visit 3mm Westfest organised by local member Vic Freemantle.

Always a popular event and judging by the full car park pretty busy too.

The Society shop and Seconhand were their plying their trade along with 3smr and members with delights to offer, not forgetting Peter White with the Society finescale wheels.

Now not only were there goods to be had but also a number of layouts on display.

Mike Corps Heybridge Wharf

Peter Bossom – Watlington (Sussex)

Nick Salzman – Lananta has been entered into the Cameo layout competition due to be judge in May so good luck Nick!

South Downs & Solent Modular

Jerry Clifford of Bath Green Park fame was also there with one of his 2mm modules

As usual the food was excellent and went down well. Thanks go to Vic Freemantle for organising the day.

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Normandy Group O Gauge Layout

On the way down to Weymouth this morning popped into the Mid Hants at Alresford with the good Mrs D for breakfast.

Being their Spring Gala weekend they had a Model railway layout in the old goods shed.

The Normandy O gauge group are locally based and came along with their SR shed layout. Lovely modelling along with some lovely locos.

As you can see plenty Dapol RTR on Show with a plethora of Terriers!

Being upstairs also gave an opportunity to see the stuff stored out the back. Amongst the berthed coaches was the BR Standard 2-6-4t being restored.

Also hanging on the wall is the nameplate for Sir Fredrick Pile.

After our visit we adjourned to the West Country buffet on the station for an egg bap each – lovely!

A short unexpected visit but always a pleasure 😊

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Erith 2

Now off to Scotland with Rumbling Bridge a Scottish secondary line in the late 60’s just before closure.

Nice DCC control not too loud.

A tiny but nevertheless entertaining layout was 009 Hawkins Tower.

Now to Ireland with Argina Town 7mm Scale, Irish Broad Gauge (5’3″).

Back to England and Somerset with Edgington Jct , good olde Somerset & Dorset Rly.

We stay in the West with a visit to North Cornwall with Harlyn Pier an essay in O gauge.

There we have it. A good exhibition- worth £9?

My thanks as always to Mr P for his company and doing the driving.

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Erith MRE 1

Sunday saw mine and Mr P annual pilgrimage to the Erith exhibition held at Longfield.

For once we were able to park outside which is unusual given our later arrival.

The admission price had gone up to £9 and a common view is that many exhibitions are underpriced .

I guess with the increase in venue hire, admission prices will have to go up and just hope footfall covers the costs.

Nough politics onto the layouts. As usual with Longfield there were the good and not so good. There were a lot of N gauge layouts alas no 3mm ☹️.

However the West Sussex Group were out in force with their modules

One excellent N Gaia get Layout was Scarborough Jct depicting a North of England mainline in the Grouping