Firstly, my apologies for an omission in my report on the clubs AGM recently; I forgot to mention Greg Spekking was elected vice president.
Also, two new members to the committee are Kevin Ambury and Geoff Reay.
I should also mention Geoff’s sterling work as acting secretary during Glenn Buckman’s recent six week absence cavorting around Asia and Europe.
Saturday (August 4) saw members involved in the first chance to have an extended day running their locos and rolling stock in August.
The day was very well attended, with around 18 members participating in the activities.
Of course, this afforded us the usual very interesting array of many different types of locos and attending rolling stock and carriages.
There was also a huge range of liveries relevant to this wide range of stock.
Australian outline is the most popular, however there are a couple of members who favour the British outline locos and rolling stock.
One very interesting innovation on Somerton and the Branch line has been the installation of track sensors in certain areas where the track is not visible.
This was the brain child of Roy Hancock and it enabled anyone operating trains in the covered sections of track to see exactly where they are at any given time.
I should mention the dramatic increase in interest in the N Scale layout.
For some time this languished with very little interest and activity taking place.
However, the last twelve months has seen what can only be described as a dramatic increase in members working on this layout and running N Scale stock.
This has seen the complete rebuilding of the freight yard area to include a loco shed and turntable
Thanks to the work and interest of Roy Hancock,Kevin Bambury,Greg Spekking,Warwick Williams and Frank Wood there has been a complete makeover in both appearances and use.
Members also received a surprise visit from an ex-club stalwart, Graham Stallard.
Graham and his wife Margaret moved down to the Central Coast some years ago, so it revived a lot of old memories catching up with him again.
During his tenure with the club, Graham was probably the number one manufacturer of model trees for the layout, many of which are still in place.