Railway Club of the New Forest

  Railway Club of the New Forest 

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July 29th 2022                                           Meeting at Brockenhurst Village Hall

                                                                                                     

  

Ken Livermore presented “London Area Stations & Sheds 1958 – 1960”.


This was a fascinating session, Ken's recollections of trainspotting as a young lad, around the London area Loco sheds and stations.  He took his trusty camera round with him and caught a selection of steam power from the main Rail regions, viewing his original colour slides.  Access was not always easy or permitted, and we learned of the ploys of youth in circumventing the obstacles of officialdom.


With a dozen termini and eighteen operational locomotive depots, ancient and modern steam locomotives could be found mixing their duties with the newly introduced ‘Pilot Scheme’ diesels.

Each of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies were well represented with many of their most impressive steam locomotives still kept in spotless condition for the most important duties. At the other end of the scale, humble shunters went about their business in vast goods yards and sidings.

This presentation managed to capture the glamour and grime of everyday railway operation in the Capital before much of it was swept away by modernisation.


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The Exhibition arranged by the South Coast Model Railway Club at the Arnewood School was superb this year.   (30th/31st July)

The weather was ideal, and the show was well attended, with a toothsome selection of refreshments to sustain the visitors during their stay.

Not only were there a good number of layouts, busy  with full operation (including sound) and delightful original modelling of scenery, but there were plenty of trade stands purveying all manner of delights for the keen hobbyist.

Mark your diary for a return visit next year!