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Postby Will L » Thu May 07, 2009 7:39 pm

While Crewe is clearly the right place to have such a thing, the Crewe Area Group (CAG) covers a fairly large area centred on south east Cheshire but spreading well beyond it. This certainly contains Crewe, but few of our members actually live there. In practice we currently have members from as far south as Whitchurch and the south side of Stoke on Trent, and as far north as Stockport and Aberdeen. Our current membership of fourteen are all active P4 modellers: they include a few representatives of the trade, a few S4 Society luminaries and even the odd body who is both at once.

Most of our Area Group meetings held at a member's house, but we're not beyond going visiting other places of interest instead. Normally meetings start at 14:00 on the afternoon of the second Sunday of each month, and are usually themed. That is, we ask one of our members to pass on the fruits of their hard earned wisdom. In the past we have had such delights as:

* 51(L) Wizard ways of casting white metal,
* Or the Prescott way of casting it in resin
* My own inimitable way of turning etched brass into coaches
* A good flick through our Stores Officer's amassing photo collection,
* Visits to bits of real railway
* A brain expanding day trying to operate Mike Norris' inspirational bit of Preston,
* Or Just running trains on one of the P4 layouts owned by members of the group,
* An opportunity near Christmas to eat mince pies and play trains,
* Our annual dinner in the Crewe Arms Hotel where it is possible to eat dinner and watch trains navigate Crewe North Junction.

The Group produced an 18.83 Layout Challenge entry, Knutsford East Junction and following our appearances at the 2005 and 2008 Scaleforum, we now have a regular supply of exhibition invites and we continue to develop the layout. When work on the layout is under way, we also hold layout meetings which tend to occur monthly on Sunday mornings, usually (but not always) two weeks after the Area Group meeting.

We enjoy exhibiting Knutsford East's but we do try to keep show appearances down to about two a year; In 2010 the layout is expected to appear at Scalefour North and the Stafford show. For those who haven't come across the layout try the 'layout of the month' in October 07 Railway Modeller.

So there you have it, this is an active area group which in some ways operates like a normal club. It is unapologetically P4 and is a friendly place to get fired up about modelling properly in 4mm scale. If any Scalefour member would like to join us, we would make you very welcome. If you want to come along either contact our Area Group Organizer, David Burton, details on the Blue Sheet or contact me by using the mail facilities within S4Webforum .

Some of the group pictured here behind the layout at the Manchester Show.
From left to right: Phil Bourne, Dick Petter, Tony Montgomery, Will Litchfield and Tony Walker
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