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After organising our first exhibition, at Haddenham, in August 2000, we where asked to run the 2001 009 Society AGM. So much for only running the exhibition every two years, ho hum. The residents don't seem to have minded us renaming their village hall for the day. (See the bottom picture on the Gallery Page.)

Our July 2002 meeting was a bit of a steamy affair, mainly SM32 & 5" gauge live steam. But 009 wasn't forgotten as one of the 16mm group had brought along his steam powered 009 loco (a picture and a short video are in the gallery).
Our November 2002 meeting saw D.R.Burleigh's Llanmynach layout populated with Roco & Egger vehicles. The grand tipper shunt had 106 Egger & Roco 4wh tippers & wagons traverse the layout. But when we tried 116 the train wouldn't run around some of the curves. (See the gallery for some views.) We also said goodbye to long-time member & former group leader Nick Robey, who is off to sunnier climes in Majorca.

At ExpoNG at Swanley (25th Oct 2003) we met up with Nick Robey visiting from his retirement home. Afterwards a group of us retired to an Indian restaurant in Mill Hill to talk over the exhibition & find out what Nick has been getting up to since we last saw him.

After a February test run, it was decided to replace the Peco back scenes, which had started to bubble and peel (they had only ever been a temporary measure). Group member David Gale offered to paint some new ones. Other than that and a few extra trees, all seemed well.
After your scribe made use of a day off from work and collected the beautifully painted back scenes from a rather unwell DG. The back scenes where reunited with their baseboards.
So we did two exhibitions in two weekends, Sparsholt "Narrow Gauge South" and the following weekend saw three of us venture North to York for the "York Model Railway Show" during Easter, our first three day show, Thanks go to Paul "East Yorks Loco Works" Windle of Hull for helping operate. The final show of the year was the Letchworth Model Railway Show in November.

At our first exhibition of the year at the Southwest Herts Show, in Bushey, we showed the original three board version, last seen in 1997, this was due to the show clashing with the 009 Society AGM in Merseyside. At Leytonstone the layout was shown in its 12' straight configuration (2a on the model page) for the first time, apart from a brief fit of the sulks, all went well. (So I'm told... I was arriving at Madrid airport at the time) Webmaster.
Our August Meeting in Mill Hill was spent, some of the time anyway, working out the track layout for the Brickworks section. watch this space for future developments on the Brickworks front.
All seemed to go well at the Tring show in Berkhamsted, afterwards about half a dozen of us adjourned to a nice Indian Restaurant, in Tring.
The Croydon show passed off OK apart from the station headshunt not working, for a time Saturday Morning and one of the Baldwin's breaking its rear coupling.
The show in St. Peter's Church Hall, Tottenham was a rather quiet day, only two of us where able to make it, the station headshunt worked fine all day.

We started the year with a return trip to "Narrow Gauge Southwest" in Shepton Mallet with the complete layout but due to a storage room built on the back of the stage we exhibited Version 2a rather than the original planned verson 3.
22nd July saw a return to St. Margaret's Church Hall, Leytonstone followed, on 13th August, by a trip to Kemsley Down Station on the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway. The visit to "Banrail 2006," Banbury on 29th October did not go quite to plan as yours truly managed to leave the Control Panel at home (1½ Hours drive away) but a quick couple of phone calls later and DRB came to the rescue by collecting the missing item, and delivering it by about 12:30 THANKS DAVE.

The next confirmed outings for the layout are:

Saturday 22nd September 2007: Glos-Cots-Mal Group, OO9 Society Members Day. Ashchurch, near Tewkesbury.
Saturday 17th November 2007: Royston Model Railway Show, Meridian School, Garden Walk, Royston, SG8 7JH.
Saturday 20th January 2008: Beds & Bucks Group, OO9 Society Members Day. Barton Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton-le-Clay, MK45 4JY

We do have a number of as yet preliminary invites, upto 2008.
If you wish to book this layout, or have any other enquiry about the Layout, contact our Group Secretary
See the Diary/Meetings page for further details.

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