NMRA BR Winter Meet, Sunday January 30, 2022

The NMRA BR Winter Meet – “NOT Benson”, takes place at Stokenchurch Community Centre,
Bartholomew Tipping Lane, Stokenchurch HP14 3RX, on Sunday, January 30, 2022. The venue is
within half a mile of M40 J5, is easy to find and is signed within the village. The turnoff the A40 is on
the left when coming from the M40 just after the B482 turn and by a Tesco Express.
The venue will be open to NMRA members and the public from 10:00 to 16:00. Please do not arrive
before 10:00 unless you’ve volunteered to help with setup. Note that access is through a housing
estate and we ask that noise and disturbance is avoided when arriving and leaving. There should be
around 50 spare parking spaces, mostly to the right as you approach, and we ask that you use these
with care and consideration, and if you can’t park in the carpark to be sensitive about where you do
leave your car. The hall door is the left-most on the front.
We have a full house of traders: Anoraks Anonymous, SCC, Mech Models, N-Scale Laser,
AngloAmerican, and American O Scale. There are also three layouts: Kamiak Falls and West Street
Yard, both in HO and Minocqua Falls in O-Scale. The NMRA BR library will also be in attendance, as
will the Publicity stand, and the usual Raffle will close the show.
The AP department is hosting a Popular Vote contest for motive power items only, steam or diesel.
Entrants will be offered a label to fill out to describe the model and all attendants will be given a voting
slip. Limited AP Assessment will also be available; please ensure that you pre-announce your intention
to bring items for assessment before you come to the AP Chair or to one of Mick Moignard, Ray Persing
or David Nicholson; contact details available via the Directory.
There is limited space for members Bring and Buy, at £10 per table or for 2 meters of bench space. If
you’ve not pre-booked space via Keith Webb, please do not be disappointed if there isn’t any space
Admission will be £5 for NMRA members and £10 for non-members. This highlights the value to be
gained from being an NMRA member. Please bring your NMRA Membership Card, as we may not
have time to check your membership and you’ll risk the non-NMRA admission charge.
We recommend that you bring a face-mask; at the time of writing this reminder note we do not know
if the hall owners – Bucks County Council – will require them. Better to bring one just in case.
There will be no catering inside the venue but we do expect to have a food service van outside which
will offer hot and cold drinks plus hot and cold snack meals. There is also the Tesco Express a short
distance away, three pubs which serve a variety of food and a café in the village. Bring an insulated
mug if you have one.
There are attractions close by which might interest non-railers in your family sharing the day out.
Stokenchurch is where the M40 crosses the northern edge of the Chilterns. with red kites often visible.
Aston Rowant nature reserve and several woodland walks are close by. Stonor Park and Greys Court
– both National Trust – are not far away, as are Waterperry Gardens – do check with them for opening
times. Oxford is just up the M40, J8/8a, with a Park & Ride available at Thornhill on the A40 from
J8/8a. Bicester Outlet Village is close to M40 Junction 9, about 20 miles north.

Mick Moignard
Keith Webb.

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 Due to the situation with the Covid 19 Pandemic, with several of our regular attendees dropping out due either exposure to the virus or sheltering I felt it in the best interest of all concerned that I cancel the January meet scheduled for 8th. Hopefully we shall be able to meet as planned on 12 February.

Roger, Chairman Bearwood HO Group

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at last – Bearwood September 2021 meeting

the pioneers leading the way back..

The HO layout was setup for a shakedown after so many months in store and John’s little On30 switching unit was also having a spring clean before being exhibiting at Winchester next month.

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We are reopening the group at 08.30 on Saturday 11th September.

The following will now apply. 

1) There is a numbers restriction of 60 on the main hall, which is not likely to affect our group.

2) Masks are no longer required by law, but are actively encouraged both by the Centre, and in view of our age profile by ourselves.

3) Catering. The permitted number in the lounge is 22. This will be strictly adhered to, and with a good turnout we will need two shifts for lunch. Catering service is to be restricted to one person only, so please be tolerant as there are likely to be delays. 

4) Fish and chips may not be available.

5) It seems appropriate that all attendees sign in on arrival and provide contact details.

From our second opening on 9th October, we have the services of a trader again,
Mr. Keith Orchard, Anglo-American Model Railways has kindly agreed to attend.

American Model Railroads

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In case you’re wondering……

we will return, though when and with what constraints as yet we can’t know. In the meantime keep modelling…………..

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FREEMO January 2020

Final layout JAN 20

This pdf file shows the floor plan.

freemo january

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December 2019 meeting

An unusual regular monthly meet in that no US Trains ran. Due to lack of an HO Freemo set up this month, running might have been expected to concentrate on the club continuous run layout. However a combination of multiple work projects; rewiring the yard throats, building the new scenic modules and planning scenic inserts for the corners meant that no running took place on the continuous run layout either. The upside though was the amount of progress made, and time to chat, drink tea and coffee, eat cake and enjoy the traditional fish and chip lunch.

The Freemo modular yard also had a service. Three corners had “sprung” due to pressure from the leg locking system. these corners have been epoxied and pinned. The track bus has been relocated at the module ends to give more room for clamping. One of the turnouts has a new switch lever and a few inches of track on the yard approach has been ballasted to match with a new scenic break to hide the wooden wonder yard from the operating area. Unashamed plug for Deluxe Materials “Ballast Bond” that glued and dried the ballast in about 45 minutes – first time we’ve used it but probably not the last.

Our little British western and southern region layout ran all day and now because its Christmas, there was also a Hornby OO scale live steam Gresley A4 Pacific demo.

BW dec 2019 (5)

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Working mornings Oct/Nov 2019

still a long way to go but the track plan is appearing. In the light of experience one or two spurs have been eliminated due to space constraints and cross overs from outer to inner circuit have not been implemented.

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November HO Freemo set up V2

nov freemo 3

This layout gives the option to run passenger trains from Far Out to North Brook and return, calling at Nomad in both directions. These could be RDC, push-pull or locomotive-hauled. In the case of locomotive-hauled trains these would run around their trains at North Brook.

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American Layouts at the Poole MRS Show, November 2019

Firstly at the Poole and District Model Railway Society show, an On30 layout built to the OTT modular standard by two members of the Gosport American Model Railroad Group.


and then a very nice autumnal switching layout serving a grain silo installation based on Burlington Northern practice.

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