Dear Members

This week we have been searching through the club archives and found some items which I hope you will find of interest.

Keiths excellent memoirs of our trip to Poland brings back some memories, and I am sure we all look forward to a time when we can all go travelling again. Unfortunately, this still seems along way off.

Finally, I have at last started working on my layout loco shed. It would be great to hear from you, and what you have been up to. I had a phone call from Steve this week who is well and keeping busy, it was good to catch up. 



Phil and Nigel

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Early in 2015 Phil B asked me if I would be interested in going on a trip to Poland organised by Julian Worth in association with the Wolsztyn Experience.

Having obtained permission from the house hold authorities this was agreed. Phil had been invited to go by two other friends and so this made four of us. The trip was booked via Julian for the 28th August to the 1st September.

Phil booked the flights via Ryanair from Stansted to Poznan, as that was the nearest he could arrange flights to for the day required. At Stansted we met the other two participants and also one other who they knew but we didn't know was on the same trip.

On arrival at Poznan airport we took a taxi to the station where we narrowly missed a train to Wroclaw and therefore had about two hours to wait. Since my last visit to Poznan with Wayne the station had been completely re-built. The old booking office and other buildings were still there but out of use. The new building spanned the running lines over the platforms and included shops, restaurants etc. Much larger than the previous buildings. Having purchased tickets (in Polish) we found somewhere to eat and waited for the train at 17.43. We arrived at Wroclaw at 20.15 and found the hotel and Julian, who explained the programme for the next day.

On Friday 28th we caught a service train to Jaworzyna and from there a steam hauled shuttle service with a 2-8-2T to Dzierzoniow with photo stops and run pasts on the way. On return to Jaworzyna we visited the railway museum before returning to Wroclaw by service train.






On Saturday 29th the train was steam hauled by 2-6-2 Ol49-69 to Nowa Ruda where there was a chance to visit a coal mine. We opted to find somewhere for lunch instead. The train then carried on up the branch to Gluszyca before returning to Wroclaw.

On Sunday 30th we were behind 2-6-2 Ol49-69 again for a trip to Piechowice. The train was topped and tailed by a ‘heritage’ diesel on the single track branch line which was steeply graded. The train duly came to a stop and it transpired that it was the diesel that was struggling with the steam doing all of the work. We finally got on the move again but were further delayed by service trains and arrival at Piechowice was some two hours late. After a hurried lunch we returned to the station to find out what was happening. The train had been performing shuttles back down the branch for the locals and was now even later. We were told that our train would leave shortly but that seemed unlikely considering the delays so far. We were then told that we could take a service train back to Wroclaw and so that's what we did arriving back at about 21.30. We learnt the next day that those that had stayed with the train had arrived back at around 2.30 the next morning!






For Monday 31st we needed to be up at about 4.30 to catch our train, again with 2-6-2 Ol49-69, at 5.30 so as you can see those that stayed with the train had virtually no sleep. Today's run was through Legnica, Swidnica Miastro and Nysa to Glucholazy. Once again the train was very late. Phil and I tried to find somewhere for lunch but then found the train was going to leave more or less straight away and indeed we only just managed to climb on board as it started moving. If we had gone any further we would have been lost in Poland! At Nysa we were held awaiting a service train on the single line and were told this would probably be for a least an hour. We elected to stay with the train which in due course was shunted from one platform to another much to the concern of those who had wandered off. Return to Wroclaw was about two hours late again at 18.30

A last meal with everyone was had in the evening before heading home on Tuesday 1st September. Once again we were up early to catch a service train at  7.10 back to Poznan. Arrival there was at 9.10 and we caught a bus back to the airport. This was no cheaper than the taxi had been but one of our number was a bus enthusiast so that was the way we went.

On arrival at the airport at check-in we went through the usual security checks. I read the notices quickly and found that all cameras, leads, chargers etc. had to be removed from hand luggage and placed on the tray. Phil however wasn’t quite so quick and left leads etc. in his bag. This of course flagged up on the X ray machine and the next thing armed guards appeared and surrounded him. By now the rest of us were waiting on the far side and found his predicament quite amusing. Some how he managed to convince the guards that he wasn’t a terrorist and they finally let him go.

The flight home to Stansted was uneventful but whilst Phil and I had paid for hold baggage the others hadn’t but found their bags in the hold anyway. Therefore they still had to wait a baggage collection and didn’t save any time.

So ended another Polish adventure.







Herts Advertiser Thursday, January 25th 2007




Model Railway News May 1967  
Denis Moore 
Simple guide to making Trees






To read this humorous article from the MG Club Magazine click the above picture.



Tri-ang TT going for a song.

I have been donated a selection of Tri-ang TT stock. If anyone is interested or you know anyone who collects TT please conjtact Nigel.
For a small contribution to the club coffers it will be yours.
There's also a few lengths of track, not shown in the picture.




Dumped at the side of the road somewhere in France. The wife said NO!



The train now arriving at Hawker Siddeley…


Typical of the Great Western days, a gleaming 0-4-0 tank hauls a heavy load over a bridge.


MEN WILL be men and boys will be boys, but some men are boys for ever, at least as far as their hobby is concerned.
Take Mid-Herts College lecturer, Jim Armstrong, for instance. When his girl friend asked him what he wanted for his twenty-first birthday he said: “A train set.”
That was just after the last war. Now he has a scale model of Yorkshire’s Richmond and Catterick Bridge stations in his garage and builds all the engines, coaches and wagons to go with them.
Then there is Denys Brownlee. When he takes a tobacco tin out of his pocket, you are never sure whether he is going to fill his pipe or bring out a minute, yet perfect scale model of a locomotive.
He builds all his own stock to a 2mm scale – and that gives him a track width of 9.2mm.
Denys said: “No firm makes any equipment on a 2mm scale, so there is no temptation for me to go round to the shop and but a bit I want.”
And there is Alan Copas an N gauge fan, he has his own layout in a spare room at his home. Although they are all interested in different aspects of model railway engineering the three men, with their friends all meet regularly at the Hawker Siddeley Aviation Model Railway Club. The club has its headquarters in a shed tucked away in a corner of Hatfield airfield.
And once the doors are closed, the wonders of modern transport are gone, at least for the time being.
It might just as well be that the jet engine had never been invented or that things with wings did not exist.
Instead, everything gives way to bell codes, 4-6-2s, saddle tanks, and all that goes with operating a railway.


A couple of Denys Brownlee's 2mm scale locos, the coin is a 5p piece.


A great deal of the space in the shed is taken up with the club’s layout. At present it covers an area about 25ft by 15ft – and that is the way things have been for the last eight years.
But it’s not going to be like that for much longer, for, unlike British Railways, this operation is expanding – by about 18ft 6in in all.
And already the band of enthusiasts know just about what it’s going to look like once they have built their landscape, their buildings, bridges and all important track.
Another thing about the Hatfield layout – it’s always autumn.
Club chairman, Denis Moore said: “That’s one of the ways where we are a bit different to other clubs. Most layouts are mid-summer.”
The whole thing started about ten years ago. Denis said: “The sports and social club had a library, and I noticed that books on model railways were always out. “Well, if people are regularly reading the books, then they must be interested, so I asked the club secretary if I could have a go at forming a model railway section. “He agreed to let us have a go, so I fixed up a meeting and about thirty people turned up. They didn’t all join, but the club has had about twenty members ever since.”


Club chairman, Denis Moore inspects the roofing work on Havil Junction station - a model of Didsbury, near Manchester. All the roof tiles are placed individually.


Once started, the club had to decide just what it intended to do. It decided to go for 00 gauge, and the first project was to build a model of Nottingham Midland station.
Denis said: “We decided on Nottingham, because there, at different levels, you had London Midland, LNER and the old Great Central.”
Alan Copas said: “I thought it was a bit much for us to start with, but we got most of it completed before we decided to change things, and quite a lot of the original layout is included in our present one.
“But the great thing about model railways is that no matter how long you go on, or how many people are involved, a layout is never finished. There is always something new to try, some new building to put up, or some change to be made in the layout.”


Members of the club look on as a couple of goods trains make their way round the layout. In the bottom left hand corner are models of a group of buildings which used to stand in Camp Road, St Albans.


The Hatfield layout isn’t just restricted to trains. It also has a tram track, and down in one corner, there is a barge in a canal basin.
And the buildings are not all imaginary. Recorder chief photographer Tony Gregory spotted one place which brought back memories of his childhood.
“That’s Didsbury Station, isn’t it?” he asked pointing across the layout.
It was, and the Hatfield modellers were very pleased he had recognised it.


Back to a bygone age as a tram rattles through the cobbled streets while an express thunders overhead.


Tony lived there, near Manchester, from the age of five to 13, and it was from that station thet he often caught the train into Manchester.
In the corner down by the canal are a group of buildings which until only a couple of years ago stood just round the corner from the Herts Advertiser building in Camp Road.
As far as locomotives and rolling stock are concerned, almost anything goes. It’s not unusual to find a Great Western Castle passing a London Midland tank, or a British Railways Pacific running side by side with something vaguely resembling the Flying Scotsman at the height of LNER’s glory.
And in spite of the fact that there is no Channel Tunnel, there was even a French Railways Bo-Bo electric pulling a string of ICI tank wagons.


The result of hundreds of hours of work. Jim Armstrong shows his friends a completed loco and another which he hopes to finish soon.


Inside and outside the club the model railway bug can be very time-consuming.
Take Jim Armstrong’s 00 gauge, LNER J21 goods engine. He built it from scratch in just nine days – but to do it he had to work an average of 16 hours a day.
He also builds his own rolling stock – all LNER, of course – and at present he is building three more J21s.
“I started them at Christmas,” he said, “but now they will have to wait until I have another holiday before I get round to finishing them.
“They were good engines. They were first built around 1890, and some of them were still in use as late as 1962.”
Jim doesn’t just build trains and stations and things – he also writes about them.
His definitive book on the development of the LNER has just been published by a leading railway company.


Midweek Recorder 15th April 1975



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