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The big event of the summer was the LBSC Memorial Rally that was held at our headquarters on Saturday 16th September.  Over 100 members and visitors attended the event with some visitors coming from as far afield as France for the day.  No less than 46 LBSC designed locomotives were on show with some of them in steam. 
Amongst those to be seen running on the track was a ‘Juliet’ from the Maidstone society, a ‘Maid of Kent’ from the Canterbury club, a 3½"g. ‘Netta’ from the Gravesend MES, a ‘Heilan Lassie’ from the Vale of Aylesbury society, a ‘Maid of Kent’ from the Tonbridge club and a ‘Speedy’ from the Bracknell MES. 
A very successful day commemorating the life of one of the greats of the model engineering world.  A short video of the event can be seen on Youtube.

The Autumn Track Meeting and BBQ was also well attended on a bright, warm sunny afternoon.  Tuesday track meetings have now finished for the year and the first evening meeting, the Bits & Pieces/Bring & Buy Evening at the beginning of November was well attended with lots of ‘stuff’ on the tables.

The next meeting saw the return of David Jones who gave members an update on the ‘Atlantic’ project at the Bluebell Railway.  Bobby Jones showed some very interesting videos of miniature and full-size railways at the December evening meeting.

The RMMES Christmas Lunch at the Masonic Hall, Dymchurch was well attended with around 50 members and family sitting down for a festive lunch.  The meal was very good as usual and there were numerous prizes to be won in the raffle.  A nice social event to end the year.

2018 started with the New Year’s Day Track Meeting and despite early rain, three hardy souls steamed their locos and quite a few members gathered in the clubhouse for a natter and a ‘cuppa’.  The sun briefly came out late afternoon giving rise to some very atmospheric pictures around the steaming bays.

The 2018 Evening Meetings started with Andy Nash showing a selection of pictures from the late George Barlow collection and also some early video of the RH&DR.  A very interesting evening

The Wednesday Gang still meet on a regular basis.  The new loading ramp/traverser for the steaming bay is well under way and it is hoped to have it operating before too long.  Also our Chairman is working on the hydraulics for the future operation of the swing bridge which should make it far easier to operate and it is hoped to install this shortly.  Part of the upper section on the garden railway has been renovated where it had started to sag, and the new boards and track are now in place.

The current issue of the RMMES 'Newsletter', No. 187 dated December 2017 is now available and contains many articles and reports and photos of the LBSC Rally.  Running to 44 pages, 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).

 

Some recent activity at Rolfe Lane.
   

 

 



A busy time in the steaming bays.

 

5" gauge 0-4-2 'Gladstone'.

 

'G' scale
in the garden railway.

 

2½" gauge LNER 2-8-2 'P2'.

 

5" gauge 'Class 59' at the Open Day.


                                                      

 

 

 

 

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