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For COVGOG members the summer of 2023 will be remembered principally for one thing. The cancellation of its July garden party! Prior to the Covid Pandemic we had successfully held a number of hugely successful annual events at the home of John and Chris Wilkinson. On one occasion the Sun was so hot we saw some buckling of the club’s test track. Not this year though as both our original date and fall-back date saw rain and cold weather and a resulting very wet lawn. The shame of it was the amount of effort that was wasted. Chris Wilkinson had spent weeks preparing food for the big day. Much was saved but some went to waste. Thank you though Chris for your efforts.
In August we welcomed back Bill Lee to talk to us about rescue and rerailing missions he has been on over a lively and interesting career. With the aid of many interesting photos Bill explained the complexities of the recovery of trains that have, for whatever reason, decided to depart the rails. Bill also brough along his latest 7mm model crane model which served to illustrate how the traditional steam and diesel recovery crane has been replaced by more modern equipment.
So, to Stafford. Many of the club travelled to Guildex and enjoyed a grand day visiting old friends and marvelling at new products. Increases in prices occupied a few people’s thoughts but then our hobby is not unique in that area. Many thanks to all those involved in staging the weekend and other such events throughout the year.
By the time you read this we will have celebrated COVGOG’s 30th birthday. A report on that will be in the next newsletter.