Not much use for my GWR and L&Y aspirations. All the same it may be nice though, I'm looking for additional goods stock.
BTW I notice that they've finally got new club rooms if I ever escape central London and get back to working locally I may go down on my knees and beg them to take me as a new member. The Orpington club looks good as well - one of my old retired work colleagues is actually a member as I found out at last years Langley, however they all appear to be P4 or O gauge oriented IOW to precise or to expensive at least until I get to retire as well!
I take it that you're going to the exhibition? I'll be there Saturday afternoon - son's got football at Edenbridge in the morning and Sunday we're back up north to visit in-laws and out-laws.
Damn that Wilson, he's stolen my thunder. Yes we formally acquire new clubrooms on Friday although Horton is already stored in them.
We have three rooms: one will be to operate layouts - Horton (OO) will fit in and can be operated in analogue mode. A future option will be Farnborough Road (O) which must be operational (but not necessarily fully scenicked) for Ashford on 01/05/04: plus one of our N gauge layouts.
The smallest room (no funnies, please) will be for construction / maintenance work with the middle sized room for the library, tea, etc. Probably meeting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from November; but interested parties will need to contact me off line first for directions.
Private owners - I have a few local photographs from my research at Gloucester. But I wonder how many local merchants actually had their own wagons? The club's "Home territory" was built up after World War 1 when houses had coal bunkers rather than cellars. Deliveries would have been little and often - my question is would that result in a plethora of small traders rather than a few large merchants? Small traders wouldn't have their own wagons, but would be dependant on factors' wagons.
Which doesn't answer Chris' question. We probably cannot afford to commission ready to run models and anyway the quality isn't that good. Would you be interested in building POW Sides - which are pre-lettered Slaters kits? Comments please, although my modelling commitments probably means not before 2005. Farnborough Road has to be fully scenicked for Telford next September.
I should be pleased to meet Chris (again), John, Bernard or any newsgroup members. I'm often found in the car park (in the rain), but will wear my club badge.