COVGOG has had a good Autumn with plenty of activity both at our normal meeting venue and elsewhere.
In October our very own Peter Brookbanks gave us a most illuminating talk on the history of the Great Western Railway Broad Gauge. The number and quality of the photographs from that era was remarkable whilst Pete’s engaging presentation served to bring them to life.
Our usual Autumn open day was held in October. The annual competitions for loco building and non-passenger carrying coaching stock (NPCCS) were held on the day. Congratulations to our winners. Loco building – Pete Clifton and NPCCS – Pete Honeybone. A number of new faces came through the door. It was pleasure to meet them and have a truly enjoyable time sharing our mutual interest.
In November our skills night repeated the popular stock box building session held earlier in the year. Again, nobody managed to slice anything they did not intend to and all of the boxes produced were fit to hold the very best rolling stock. The ever-popular show and tell evening brought forward a number of interesting purchases and projects including several locos (kits and scratch built) under construction.
In early December the club again enjoyed its Christmas supper. A fiendish quiz was delivered by Gerald whilst Chris and Pat served up the most wonderful meal. Many thanks to all involved. A troupe of members attended the Reading trade show. As usual we made the most of it by topping up on tools and material. Some members picked up new kits which we can look forward to see as they go through the works.
If you would like to come along and meet a friendly group of modellers you will be made most welcome. Paul W