September 2020 Meeting

Saturday 12 September 2020
Falconwood Community Centre
Falconwood

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!)
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.

Challenge models

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