September 2020 Meeting

Saturday 12 September 2020
12:00 noon – 5:00pm

Falconwood Community Centre
31–39 Falconwood Parade
DA16 2PG

This is one of our informal quarterly meetings where our members show off their latest Meccano creations.

Our resident Meccano trader, Meccanoman Dave Taylor, will have a wide selection of new and used parts for sale, and there will be light refreshments available too.

At around 2:00pm we will have a short committee meeting, followed by the Model Tour in which members are invited to give a short talk about their models — in particular their entries for the Secretary’s Challenge!

You are welcome to come along to view the models and chat to our members. If you want to bring along a model of your own, we’d love to see it! Only if you attend our meetings regularly will you be asked to pay our annual subscription charge.

Please contact our Secretary Chris Warrell if you would like membership information, or just turn up at this meeting if you’re curious and are thinking of joining us.

Portable Appliance Testing

All mains-powered equipment used at our meetings and events must be tested for electrical safety at least once a year. You will not be able to use equipment that does not have an in-date pass label affixed to it confirming that testing has been carried out.

Only equipment connected to mains voltage needs to be tested, such as extension leads, transformers and lamps, but not models themselves unless they incorporate a mains voltage motor. Please note that the club has its own extension leads, so you do not need to use your own!

Ralph Laughton has kindly volunteered to offer free Portable Appliance Testing at our meetings for members and visiting modellers. If you have any concerns about your equipment meeting the required standards, or would like to arrange testing, please contact Ralph directly.

The British Rail 1972 Secretary’s Challenge

This Challenge is a very personal one for me. On the day of the September 2020 meeting (whether for real or virtual) I will retire from my train driving job with South Eastern Railway.

It will also be 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!)
Chris Warrell on the footplate in 2014 (tea comes first!)

Anyway, the Challenge is to build a model that represents British Rail in 1972.

Whether you build a particular loco, building, bridge, curly sandwich (a favourite joke of every ’70s comedian) or any other railway-related thing from the 1970s, I’ll leave up to you!

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