This was one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members showed off their latest Meccano creations.
At around 2:00pm we had our annual general meeting, followed by the Model Tour in which members were invited to give a short talk about their models — in particular their entries for the Secretary’s Challenge!
The British Rail 1972 Secretary’s Challenge
This Challenge was a very personal one for me. On the day of the September 2020 meeting I retired from my train driving job with South Eastern Railway.
It was also 48 years (and a day!) since I started as a trainee civil engineer with British Rail. (I had a change of career about half way through with a two year gap from the railways, which I’ll gloss over!)
Chris Warrell on the footplate in 2014 (tea comes first!)
Anyway, the Challenge was to build a model that represents British Rail in 1972.
Members were free to build a particular loco, building, bridge, curly sandwich (a favourite joke of every ’70s comedian) or any other railway-related thing from the 1970s.