Nearly 40 members, family and friends went to the 2ft gauge ‘Richmond
Light Railway’ in September. A most
enjoyable day in the warm autumn sunshine and a couple of days later, the
Autumn Track Meeting and Barbecue was well attended.
The ‘Polly Owners Club’ Rally at the
end of September was sadly marred by the rain in the morning but it did
brighten up later in the day. However,
it didn’t deter the group members and over 20 turned up at Rolfe Lane and
they came from as far afield as Nottingham, Farnborough, Burton-on-Trent,
Bridgend, Huddersfield and even the South of France. They brought ten Polly locos between them
and Neil Mortimer from the Harrow club braved the weather and was first on
the track with his ‘Dolgoch’. He was
soon followed by other members and a total of five locos were steamed and
The club had a stand as usual at the
Folkestone Model Railway Exhibition at the beginning of October. A busy day on the Saturday but not so busy
Track meetings continued until the
end of October with members enjoying the warm autumn sunshine most Tuesdays.
The winter meetings started with an
interesting talk on CAD by member John Shrubsole
and there was a full house in December for Andy Hardy’s talk on his
involvement with railways over the years.
The year ended with the customary
events. Nearly 40 attended the
Christmas lunch at Dymchurch and almost 30 went to the Wednesday Gang lunch
at Greatstone. It was almost full for
the Christmas social afternoon in the clubhouse with plenty to eat and drink
and Sheila Percival baffled most of us with her usual quiz.
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
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. 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 gang have been renovating some of the seats and giving them a new
coat of paint.
The latest issue of the RMMES
'Newsletter', No. 190 dated December 2018, 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).