January 1st 2019 was
bright and sunny for most of the day for a change and a large number of
members and friends attended the annual New Year’s Day track meeting. It must have been a record with 13 locos
run on the track and a few in the garden railway. On the main track, there were a couple of
‘Sweet Pea’s’, a GWR 2-6-0, a ‘River’ class, a 3½"g. ‘Lucky 7’, a ‘Pacific’, a ‘Jinty’ and a ‘Springbok’.
The electric locos included a ‘Warship’, a ‘Western’, a class 04, an 08 and a class 66.
The first evening meeting of the
year saw a record attendance for Andy Nash’s showing of vintage miniature
railway films. Richard Linkins hosted
the next meeting by showing some pictures and video of numerous narrow-gauge
railways that he had visited over 50 years.
The first February meeting saw a
return visit from Andy Probyn who showed pictures
of developments at Maxitrak over the past 40 years. At the end of the month, Jeff Gibson gave
details of his home-made milling/engraving machine and Dave Draycott showed members what could be done with his
kit-built 3D printing machine.
The last meeting of the winter saw
nearly 50 members enjoy an evening with John Wimble showing pictures of the
last 50 years of the Society.
The Tuesday track meetings have
started with good attendances most weeks although not many people turned up
for the Easter Track Meeting.
The 50th Anniversary
celebrations for the Society started in early May with a charter train on the
RH&DR from New Romney to Hythe and back.
Hurricane was the loco and
club member Stewart Christensen was the driver. Around 90 members and family enjoyed the
trip with a buffet laid on at Hythe station.
President Bobby Jones gave a short speech and welcomed Yvonne Carter,
widow of Cyril who started the club and Tony Crowhurst, one of the original
The aim for the Open Weekend a week
later was to have 50 locos either running or on display for the 50
years. As it happened, over 60 engines
were to be seen and over 200 people turned up over the two days of which around
90 were club members. 24 locos run on
the main track with the garden railway also busy. Visitors came from the Oxford, Worthing,
Canterbury, Maidstone, Tonbridge, Gravesend and the Oignies club in France.
The Mayor of New Romney, Councillor Paul Thomas, opened the event on
the Saturday morning. One of the
highlights to be seen was a ‘G’ scale ‘Big Boy’ with 25 freight cars in the
The Wednesday Gang still meet on a regular basis.
The new loading ramp/traverser
for the steaming bay is virtually finished and is in place in the steaming
bays. It was in operation for the Open
Weekend in May. The hydraulics for the
future operation of the swing bridge which should make it far easier to
operate, is now finished and has been working well. Peter Gallon and Tony Bartlett have been
renovating some of the seats and giving them a new coat of paint and also on
Wednesdays when it has been wet, some members have been busy with the ‘Ellie’
Steam Tram project.
A 56-page book to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Society has recently been
published. Containing lots of pictures
and details of the club since its formation in 1969, it is a most interesting
read and copies are available from the Newsletter Editor, John Wimble. Contact John on 01797-362295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a
The latest issue of the RMMES
'Newsletter', the 50th Anniversary Issue dated April
2019, is now available. Please contact
the Newsletter Editor if you would like a copy posted to you.
Our President, Bobby Jones, was interviewed some time ago about his
involvement with railways, full-size and miniature and also the RMMES, on the
local radio station Romney Marsh FM. You can hear a recording of the
interview if you click here (might take a
minute to load).