NEVER NARROW MINDED….

This page will feature reports of our meetings, now that we no longer have a newsletter. The headline is a tribute to the late Mark Howe, who used it as a ‘tag’ when he was editing our newsletter, which ran for twelve volumes.

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21 October:  WELWYN


We met at John Shawe’s house for a short AGM and much talk about all things narrow gauge. The AGM confirmed that this year’s Open Day  had been a financial success as well as being a very enjoyable day. Much discussion followed about 2019’s event particularly about the catering arrangements and date. Brian Key will continue organising the Open Day and David Gander will continue as Treasurer. Stephen Sullivan has agreed take over as Secretary from me. We then made provisional arrangements for the meetings for the first 6 months of 2019.


Once the business aspects were over we viewed John’s loft layouts whilst munching our way through delicious cakes and drinks. Finally we were shown the latest projects in John’s Aladdin’s cave of a workshop.

 18 November:  STAPLEFORD


We met at a new venue, the spacious and modern Jubilee Pavillion at Stapleford, hosted by Stephen Clulow. This was a modelling session, where we worked on various projects, which included two layouts, our host’s new 09 industrial layout, which we named “Second” (his previous 009 layout is called “First” because it is his first) and John Szmigielski’s 009 layout, under construction and not yet named.

 David Gander had a collection of new 3D prints, including some tiny RAF Calshot wagons by Rue d’etropal from Shapeways. Tony Clarke was fixing handlebars to some Preiser bicycles. John Shawe had a Backwoods Darjeeling pacific, converted to 8mm gauge and being modified so that the motor will be in the loco and not the tender. Andy Holt was building his first 009 kit, a Dundas FR-style 4-compartment coach. Malcolm Harrison had another Langley Darjeeling tank and was scratch-building two coaches to go with it. Chris Krupa was still working on his Russian bus conversion, and  Stephen S brought a Brick Price bogie diesel, an American etched-brass body kit from about 30 years ago.

 Photo shows Tony and John S looking at John’s layout.