Thornycroft Society News Bulletin 64

Just arrived- interesting read as usual with a nice range of subjects- particularly some extracts from The Sid Wilkinson Story -A lad from the Lea, which covers the period during the Second World War and immediately thereafter, when he worked for Thornycroft’s at their Basingstoke factory.

Written by the man himself at the insistence of his daughters, it is an excellent example of this genre which shows how robust our Fathers and Mothers were in the face of what life threw at them  during the 2nd World War. The piece is complimented by some excellent accompanying photographs provided by Kempshott History Group.

U3A’s with model railway groups

With the aid of a new “index of rare U3A subject groups” compiled by Arthur Maltby  of Deeside & Wirral U3A, I have ascertained there are another 7 model railway groups attached to local u3A’s.

The full list is

Bedford, Buxton, Castle Bromwich, Emsworth, Epping Forest, Kings Lynn, Liphook & March

Most are informal groups and meet at members houses; two possibly three are building layouts and one Castle Bromwich is affiliated to a club                   ( Birmingham MRC )

I have written an e-mail to Emsworth- the closest to us to see if we can exchange ideas and perhaps in the future have a joint session.

Resigned from a national model railway club

I have just resigned from a UK branch of an international model railway association. I advised the Membership secretary that I was not renewing my membership.

Quite quickly I received a reply asking for my reasons, to which I replied. I apologised for the rather negative feelings about the organisation, but these were my views . I then received a lengthy reply which could have been written into an episode of “One foot in the grave”  as from Victor Meldrew. I was taken to task for choosing not to be contacted or not permitting my details included in their membership list. What had I ever done for the organisation etc etc

I did write back commenting why ask and not to take it so personally.

I love model railways as a hobby but not necessarily all those who participate in it.