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April (1) Meeting Report

A View from Shed 2 Editor Tim’s introduction:  The meeting on Sunday 8th April was rather damp and chilly, however it was notable for having a large turnout of operators.  It was a shame we had a number of clock stops during the day!

Next Meeting: Sunday 29th April 2018 including AGM – please attend if you can!  

Two points to note at the AGM:

1. Please ensure that before nominating someone for a position, you have asked them if they are happy to stand

2. Several members have said they have items for Any Other Business at the end of the AGM. This is an opportunity for all members to have a say, however please keep AOB items short and to the point, as we are in the middle of an operating session and at the very least we need time to pack up before it gets dark!

Superintendent of the Line Roger’s comments on the last session:  Not a bad session today albeit a bit frustrating at times. It was good to have enough operators for all six sheds and despite Ian never having operated at Russ Hill, Jeff being a bit rusty at Orltons and Peter having his first crack at Bell codes and signal lamps at Newdigate we did pretty well. I was pleased to accept two donations from Peter and Brian which boosted our passenger rolling stock by ten vehicles. We will replace the Bullied stock on CM2 with Mk1 Southern stock and we now have an LMS 12 wheel dining car, 2 Collett coaches and another Mk1 suburban brake.

Overall, despite several clock stops and miserable weather I hope you all enjoyed the day.


Meeting Report from (stand-in) Tim:  I’ve got into the habit of checking the weather forecast from the BBC weather app on an almost daily basis during the week leading to a Rusper meeting.  One thing I’ve learnt is that not only the British weather changes day to day but the forecast changes just as frequently.  On Monday I was confident of 18c and wearing shorts there – by Thursday this had changed to taking shorts with me and on the day I didn’t bother taking them out of my bag .. in fact the fires were lit at both Smallfield and Charlwood booking offices!

The covers were required for pretty much all of the day with steady drizzle. Unfortunately track cleaning rubbers tend to smear dirt over wet rails, and that’s not good for electrical contact with the loco wheels.  I suspect there will be a lot of wheel cleaning before the next session.

Perhaps the weather added to the electrical and operator problems that resulted in several clock stops during the day. It did seem that red lights were up for ‘line blocked’ rather more than they could be.  Clearing back and turning off the red light should be a habit with us all, just as returning points to normal (and we all know what happens if we don’t do that!).



Passengers await their train at Rusper – looks like rain judging by the grey sky!


A quiet moment at Baker’s Gaslight & Coke Works

Ex-LMS ‘Black Five’ no. 45178 backs down to its train having taken water at Charlwood. Tony’s impressive signal gantry is in the background

SECR P Class no. 31323 at Smallfield with a Bulleid coach pressed into service as a PP set.  This small loco, designed by Harry Wainwright, was inspired by and loosely based on the more successful LB&SCR A1 Class "Terriers". Eight were built in 1909 and 1910, originally intended for lightweight passenger trains to replace underpowered steam railmotors

A busy moment at Prestwood


A grimy Austerity Q1 at the coal depot. O.V.S. Bulleid is best remembered for his Pacific express locomotives, but the Q1 goods locomotive, designed and built at the height of the Second World War, was perhaps his greatest technical achievement. Built for heavy wartime traffic, the Q1 was the most powerful 0-6-0 locomotive ever built in Europe, and its simple "Austerity" design with exposed wheels made it very maintenance friendly. It also had a surprising turn of speed, and was used for heavy passenger trains as well as freight