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Hello and welcome to my twice reinstated and updated photo reports of visits to narrow gauge model railway layouts and events! Following the sudden and untimely cessation of Fotopic in March 2011 and with it the loss of my photo galleries, I started this blog in order to try to keep my "Roving Reports" available to those who enjoy viewing them. I have linked this blogsite to the old galleries which I originally rebuilt and posted in albums in Picasaweb. Once all the old reports had been rebuilt, I have continued to add completely new ones to cover my visits to events from April 2011 onwards.

In August 2016 Google blocked access to Picasaweb in order to force everyone to use their "much better" Google Images, so I had to do the whole exercise again. Thanks! .

Meanwhile......Because of the way this Blogspot works, the most recent postings appear first and the oldest ones last. Each report contains a link to the Google photo album plus captions for that report. The link will take you to the front page of the Google Album for this report. Left click on the first photo and it will open into a manually operated slideshow. A panel should open alongside the image on the right showing the number of the photo and the caption text. If it does not appear, click on the small white disk top right of the photo panel and it will open. Move forward or backwards by clicking the right or left arrows on your keyboard. When you have finished viewing, click the back arrow showing top left of the photo panel and this will take you back to the album opening page.

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Friday 11 January 2013

08 December 2012, 009 Society Members Morning, Colehill, Dorset

The 009 Society’s hard working sales officer, Brian Guilmant, was hosting the annual Wessex NGM Christmas meeting, buffet and quiz this year and decided to hire the Colehill community hall a hundred yards from his home and add a Society Member's Morning, complete with the sales stand to make a full day of it. Tucked away in Dorset the location may have been but it didn't stop some 75 members turning up, some travelling from as far as Yorkshire and a big contingent came from the West Midlands. Everyone that I spoke to agreed that it was a splendid little do overall, super food courtesy of the Wessex ladies and professionally organised as ever by Brian and team. A very much better way to spend a pre-Christmas Saturday morning than fighting for survival in the shops!

27 October 2012, Expo Narrow Gauge, Swanley

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Expong this year. Pre-publicity indicated that it was going to be another large “do” with around 70 stands, but with just a few layouts scattered amongst all the trade and society tables. Pre-show pessimism was blown to the 4 winds however with 11 pizza layouts present for the Dave Brewer Challenge and Christopher Payne’s annual “MOMING” (Modelling the Minimum Gauge) gathering of mainly Gn15, G9 and 09 layouts joining forces in the main hall with the dozen or so “normal” narrow gauge layouts in a variety of scales to make a very good all round feast of top quality model variety and once again an extremely enjoyable day amongst a large number of fellow-afflicted narrow gauge modelling enthusiasts. Well deserved accolades to Hazel Brewer and all in the Greenwich NG Society for their hard work laying on and organising another good’un!