There was a reasonable number of interesting exhibits at this year’s ‘Bits and Pieces’ evening held at The Barn in November.
Granville Askam brought along his John Fowler A7 agricultural engine that was started by Peter Dennis and is now nearing completion at Gran’s workshop whilst Chairman Paul Kemp had brought along the bunker for his half-size ‘Little Samson’ traction engine and Duncan Graham one of the wheels for his 6-inch scale Burrell Gold Medal Tractor. Certainly in the next few year’s we hopefully will see some very large road locomotives trundling around our track site.
Andrew Wildish had his Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 tank locomotive on display which is undergoing overhaul. The engine is a 5-inch version of the Rob Roy design normally only seen in 3 ½-inch gauge.
Another exhibit from a member who also likes to make ‘big’ things was the smoke box and chimney assembly for Clive Mowatt’s 7 ¼-inch gauge Bagnall saddle tank locomotive but it was probably a big ask to expect him to bring the rest of the locomotive to this particular evening!
Brian Knell brought along the bogie for his 3 ½-inch gauge Schools Class locomotive and a number of laser cut parts for the valve gear and this all looked very nice.
Robin Jewiss displayed the brass running board’s and wheel splashers for his 5-inch gauge ‘Maid of Kent’ along with the cardboard mock up of the cab.