Heritage Collection

The catalogue of items held in the Heritage Collection are shown below for you to browse. There are also pictures and details of many items held in the Collection on the Heritage Page 

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If you have any questions about the items held in the Collection, or what defines an item as being worthy of inclusion in the Heritage Collection, please contact the Heritage Officer through Contact Us

Statfold Celebration Pictures

To round off our 50th Anniversary year, we have produced a 40 page full-colour magazine covering our celebration at Statfold on 16th and 17th September. We had far too many photographs to squeeze in to the regular News, so we hope that this special magazine will bring back many happy memories for those who were there and give a flavour of what happened to those who sadly couldn’t make it. Particular thanks are due to the photographers who submitted the photographs and to Stuart Taylor, our News Editor, for bringing it all together. All photos in this Statfold Celebration magazine are Copyright of the named photographer and may be saved for personal use only. They may not be republished elsewhere without the written permission of the Copyright holder.

There are two ways of obtaining a copy. The first is simply to click this link Statfold 50th Anniversary Image Collection which will enable you to download a PDF copy of the magazine, with a preview displayed below. If you would like a hardcopy then in the New Year, there will be a limited number available to members from the online shop for £4.50 including UK post and packing (see below for ordering information).

Statfold 50th Celebration

If you would like to order a printed copy of the publication please follow the link below to the shop where you will be able to back-order a copy for only £4.50 inc P&P to be delivered in January. You will need to be logged in using your website username and password to purchase.

Statfold Celebration Pictures (hard copy)

Thanks to everyone who has been part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. It has been a year to remember!

Garry Whiting, RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Garry Whiting died on Tuesday, 5th December. While not unexpected, it still comes as a shock that the end for him has come. Just last month he was still answering queries on the early years of 009 modelling, this time for a piece in Railway Modeller. His knowledge of 009 modelling was, I believe, unsurpassed and that was backed up with much understanding of the real thing. He shared this knowledge freely and lightly, always encouraging others and looking forward to their future work.

In recent years he has been the Society Archivist, but before that he also filled other posts, not least being Chairman from 1977 to 1984 and 2000 to 2002. I am very happy that, despite his illness, he was able to attend and take a full part in our 50th Anniversary celebrations at Statfold in September. As one of the then three surviving founder members, he was a great link to our early days.

He leaves a big hole in the 009 world and his knowledge and character are truly irreplaceable.

Rest In Peace, Garry, so many will miss you. A fuller obituary will appear in the News in due course.

Julian Evison

009 Society Village at Warley National Exhibition

As the final event to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, the Warley Model Railway Club very kindly agreed to dedicate a part of the hall space at the Warley National show at the NEC for us to give a flavour of the wide range of subjects and scales that we cover. Ten layouts represented us, to which we added demonstrations, items from the Heritage Collection and the Publicity Stand, forming a ‘009 Village’.

The whole event could not have gone any better from the Society’s point of view. We were able to show the range of what we do and create a positive community inside the village which hopefully resulted in visitors to the exhibition feeling engaged and welcome. Certainly, we signed up nearly 20 new members and got lots of positive comments, for example, “I felt the 009 stuff was a good representation of the scale – usually I just have a quick look at the 009 but today I found myself amongst them for about 2 hours and was chatting to many exhibitors in that scale.”

For the record the layouts (009 unless otherwise mentioned) taking part in the ‘village’ were:
Garreg Wen (Matt Kean)
Kaninchenbau (H0e) (Iain Morrison)
Bont (John Wooden)
Green End (David Gander)
Mannin Middle (OOn3) (Peter Cullen)
Clyre Valley (Tim Couling)
Annascaul (OOn3) (Paul Titmuss)
Castle Caerienion (Martyn Harrison)
Fort Whiting (Charlie Insley)
Angst Lesspork (Hugh Norwood.)

There is a nicely shot video of the Warley show which features the layouts: Warley Video Unfortunately the gauges for Annascaul and Mannin Middle were wrongly listed and the large, well presented, modular layout from the Dartmoor Modular Group was somehow ascribed to the Society. It (and Bron Hebog) were close by, but separate.

In addition the demonstrators from the West Midland group were:
Julien Webb did some etched loco construction
David Churchill was adapting a Fourdees ‘Furbero’ kit.
Charlie Forbes was building some railcar trailers from bus kits
Paul Atkin was working on an etched kit to fit onto a Kato chassis.

Thanks to everybody who took part, layout owners/operators, demonstrators, those manning the Publicity stand, but most of all thanks to the visitors who came along and made it all worthwhile. Particular thanks are due to Julien Webb, our Heritage Officer, who did all the organisation for our presence – a substantial effort, over many months.

‘Small England’ Chassis Modelling Competition

To mark the end of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, Hiroshi Kato has sponsored a modelling competition, with the winner to be be announced at our AGM in April 2024. The competition is open to 009 Society Members only.

To enable as many people as possible to take part, the judgement of the entries will take place based on the submission of photographs, a maximum of three per entry, sent to me at chairman@009society.com or to my home address on the inside cover of the News. Closing date is 10th April 2024.

The competition is to build a model using as its basis the Kato/Peco ‘Small England’ 0-4-0 chassis, available from retailers. The objective is to scratchbuild or kitbash a model to make something of your own, whether based on a prototype or freelance. There are two categories 1) 3D printed models to your own design and 2) models made by any other method (which can incorporate 3D printed detailing parts if desired). Please note, only one entry per category per member is permitted.

The judging panel will be Hiroshi Kato, Andrew Burnham and me. Prizes will be one of the Hayai-Go ‘rocket’ vehicles made by Kato for special occasions for the winner and runner up in each category, plus a £50 voucher to be spent at the Society Shop for the winner in each category. Our thanks to Aki at Kato for the charming poster which advertises the competition.

Julian Evison

50th Anniversary Video

On the Sunday of our show we had Lawrie from Lawrie’s Mechanical Marvels shoot a video of the exhibition as a permanent memory showing the absolute best in 3.5-4mm scale narrow gauge model railways.

When you watch the video please give it a thumbs up, and maybe also subscribe Lawrie. He publishes some excellent videos, though this has to be his best one, however some may say that the Society is slightly biased with this view 😊

The best 009 Model Railway Show ever - 50 years of the 009 Society!

50th Anniversary Raffle

Were you lucky enough to win one of the superb prizes in the raffle on Saturday? Here is the list of the winners with your name against what you have won.

If you haven’t yet claimed your prize, please email our Treasurer and claim it from him.

50th Anniversary Exhibition Guide

The Exhibition Guide is now available through the following links.

Either click on this link to download straight to your device:  009 Society 50th Anniversary Exhibition Guide

Or scan this QR code with your portable device camera to download and open the guide:

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If the placeholder image of the flyer still appears then refreshing the screen on your device browser will update the file to the lastest available version.

The guide is formatted for A4 printing at home (printed copies will not be available at the event) and is 26 pages long. The floor plan is on the final page.

Changes to Layouts at Statfold Exhibition

Unfortunately the layouts North Rokeby and Wheal Kist are no longer able to attend. Prescot Aggregates is also unable to attend.

However, I am very pleased to say that Creag Dhubh Summit by Ted Polet and Yurze Ore Mine by Lucien Eijdems will both now be joining us.

Regrettably we also have to report a couple of late withdrawals, Abberley and Malvern Light Railway due to illness. We wish the members concerned a swift recovery.