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by mike_t_norris
Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (March 2011)
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Fylde Area Group (March 2011)

This months meeting had a strong turn out with 11 members and 1 visitor present. One member (normally part of the East of Scotland Group) had travelled from Silloth to test the engine shown in the accompanying photographs. Bob is well known for his exquisite scratch built locomotives, usually of Sto...
by mike_t_norris
Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (February 2011)
Replies: 0
Views: 1436

Fylde Area Group (February 2011)

This months meeting was attended by 10 members, with 3 apologies, a strong turnout for this time of year. The meeting was a run and natter, the usual banter being exchanged. Amongst the members was a new and recent convert to P4, Simon, who brought along a couple of his first conversions, a Class 37...
by mike_t_norris
Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (January 2011)
Replies: 0
Views: 1367

Fylde Area Group (January 2011)

This months meeting was attended by 6 members, the low turnout due to a heavy blanket of fog which prevented some of our further flung members being able to make it. The meeting was a run and natter, the usual banter being exchanged. Arthur Kimber brought along an NER Class ‘T’/Q5 for which he had j...
by mike_t_norris
Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:36 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (December 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1372

Fylde Area Group (December 2010)

This months meeting was earlier than normal, to avoid the Christmas rush and was well attended by some 9 members and 7 visitors. The meeting took place in a local hostelry where yours truly provided the entertainment, an illustrated talk on the prototype ‘Preston Station Remodelling’, covering the 1...
by mike_t_norris
Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (November 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1324

Fylde Area Group (November 2010)

The 18th of November saw a good turn out of members with 11 present, including one new member who made the journey from Arnside. As usual much was discussed, but from a running perspective it was a night for Stanier 2-6-4 tanks, with John bringing a commission for Jim which was ably demonstrated bef...
by mike_t_norris
Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (October 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1435

Fylde Area Group (October 2010)

The 21st October saw 6 members present, for an operating session of ‘Preston’. The low turnout in part due to illness, and also to the fact which is often reported, that many P4/S4 members whilst able to produce exquisite models have very little interest or understanding in actually operating the ra...
by mike_t_norris
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (September 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1520

Fylde Area Group (September 2010)

On the 16th September 7 members and 2 visitors attended our first meeting after the holiday break. Arthur Kimber brought along the test build of his Q5 and tender (soon to go into production) along with the Q5/2. Also his box contained sundry other locomotives for example, B15, A6, NER class W and N...
by mike_t_norris
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (July 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1379

Fylde Area Group (July 2010)

On the 15th July we had our usual 'Run and Natter' meeting, with 10 members present. Amongst the topics discussed were MERG Signal servo units and Arthur Kimbers latest lost wax castings for the NER locomotives he has designed (see RM Web). The visiting locomotive was provided by Martin Walmsley, a ...
by mike_t_norris
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (June 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1470

Fylde Area Group (June 2010)

The 17th of June was a fine night for a visit to Benfieldside, now in the hands of Fylde Area Group member John James. This evening was arranged as an operating session with six members and two personal friends of John's present. The session ran until very late, with cake, tea and coffee being suppl...
by mike_t_norris
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:42 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (May 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1400

Fylde Area Group (May 2010)

May the 20th saw one of our normal Run and Natter sessions, with 12 members in attendance. As can be imagined many topics were discussed form MERG Servo actuator modules to laser cutting and the problems encountered. Martin provided a number of locomotives to run, the Webb LNWR Box tank now has body...
by mike_t_norris
Mon May 10, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (April 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1385

Fylde Area Group (April 2010)

An earlier than normal meeting on the 8th April saw 9 members in attendance. It was the usual run and natter with a few visiting locos having a run around Preston, pictures of these are shown below, they both belong to Martin Walmsley. The jackshaft shunter originally built as LMS no 7119 in 1942 la...
by mike_t_norris
Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (March 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1446

Fylde Area Group (March 2010)

The 18th March saw 8 members attend an illustrated talk by Anthony Miller entitled 'The South End of the Lancaster Canal'. Tony explained what was left since the canal had been cut back and filled in, superimposing modern plans on the original layouts, supplementing this with old and new views of th...
by mike_t_norris
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (February 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1287

Fylde Area Group (February 2010)

This months meeting was attended by 10 members, it was a run and natter night. Martins L&Y pug (a High Level conversion) being put through its paces hauling some 50 mineral wagons, provided by Graham. (Sorry no photos this month, even though I did take the camera, somehow the discussions took pr...
by mike_t_norris
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (January 2010)
Replies: 0
Views: 1319

Fylde Area Group (January 2010)

The 21st January saw our first meeting of 2010, with 10 members present and apologies from 3 others. We had a visitor from near Carlise, Bob Hetherington who brought a couple of his beautiful scratch built, early period models, more of which later. With John James bringing an unusual southern visito...
by mike_t_norris
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (December 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1346

Fylde Area Group (December 2009)

The 10th of December saw the Fylde area group meet at the Anchor Inn in Lostock Hall for a talk and hotpot supper. We were supported by several friends and other interested people giving a total of 17, quite the largest number we have had, hence the location. The talk was about 'Railway Accidents an...
by mike_t_norris
Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (November 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1426

Fylde Area Group (November 2009)

The 19th November, saw 8 members in attendance. As this was the first 'Run and Natter' for some months much was discussed and caught upon. I demonstrated my servo control unit eventually destined to control semaphore signals. A number of visiting locomotives and a few wagons made an appearance, incl...
by mike_t_norris
Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (October 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1332

Fylde Area Group (October 2009)

At this months meeting Bob Ellis provided a talk for us on 'Railway Research', which had already presented to the EM Gauge Society at EXPO EM, and I belive will also be the subject of a Scalefour Digest article. Bob a historian by profession and using those techniques, took us through may of facets ...
by mike_t_norris
Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (August 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1393

Fylde Area Group (August 2009)

The 17th September saw our first meeting after returning from holiday. This was an operating session at John James, Benfieldside. The layout originally built by John Wright and covered in MRJ's 38 and 57, is being given some TLC by John to allow it to be operated for many more years to come, includi...
by mike_t_norris
Fri Jul 24, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (July 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1381

Fylde Area Group (July 2009)

On the 16th July we held our usual monthly meeting, a run and natter with 8 members in attendance. The usual topics were discussed including the previous months operating session. Tony Miller brought along a selection of long wheelbase LYR opens which were given a run through Preston - very nice. Th...
by mike_t_norris
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Scalefour News (Fylde Area Group - Meeting dates)
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

Re: Scalefour News (Fylde Area Group - Meeting dates)

Hi John and Danny, Thanks for the update, not a problem, the group work off a printout and we don't often get outside visitors. We have stopped having an August meeting because most people are on holiday and we moved the Christmas meeting for similar reasons, too many Christmas events to avoid. But ...
by mike_t_norris
Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Scalefour News (Fylde Area Group - Meeting dates)
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

Scalefour News (Fylde Area Group - Meeting dates)

A little gremlin appears to have made its way into the Scalefour News No 163, on page 31 there are meetings outlined for the Fylde Area Group for July and August, unfortunately there is no August meeting. To Confirm the details are as follows: Thursday 16th July Run and Natter NO AUGUST MEETING Thur...
by mike_t_norris
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:06 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group (June 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1442

Fylde Area Group (June 2009)

On the 18th June we have our first evening operating session, orginally planned to be John James's Benfieldside, we had to rearrange at the last minute due to personal reason. So the operating session for 'Preston' (orginally planned for September) was moved forward. 9 members were present and under...
by mike_t_norris
Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group
Replies: 1
Views: 1601

Re: Fylde Area Group

A quick update to next weeks meeting; Due to personal reasons John is unable to prepare Benfieldside for our planned visit, this will now be moved out to setember. Instead of visting Benfieldside we will continue the operating session theme and Preston will be operated instead (orignally planned for...
by mike_t_norris
Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Fylde
Topic: Fylde Area Group
Replies: 1
Views: 1601

Fylde Area Group

On the 21st May we held our usual monthly meeting, which was well attended by some 12 members. A few locomotives visited Preston including two of Martin Walmsley's Yorkshire Engine Companies 170 hp shunters, the prototype of which could be found in Preston shed in 1961 and at Lostock Hall in later y...

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