INSIDE MOTION No 5 July 2020


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Preamble – an announcement from the Committee

In response to the Government‟s easing of lockdown measures, the Committee has decided to partially restart Club activities from Tuesday 7th July 2020.

Due to the demographic of our members, (mainly older!!) we are going to start cautiously and review after 2 weeks.

Anyone attending will be expected to maintain the 2 metre social distancing wherever possible.

There will be a book to sign in on arrival (for Track & Trace purposes if necessary).

There are currently two groups attending the track to do garden maintenance and building work on a Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, and these will continue.

The Government recommendation is a maximum group size of six, therefore we plan the following activities with two groups of six each time.

The groups must still maintain social distancing and be independent of each other.

To make this work and ensure there are not too many people or engines, we need you to book a place via the Secretary ( or 07761960788)

DayGroup 1Group 2
TuesdayGarden maintenanceBoiler tests
WednesdayBuilding maintenance16mm layout running
SundayLocomotives runningSocial group
Group Activities

All activities will be outside. We suggest you bring your own refreshments, possibly a chair and provide your own mask and gloves if you feel they are needed. We will have hand sanitiser and sanitising sprays where appropriate.

The Committee has completed the appropriate risk assessments and a full set of rules explaining how it works can be down loaded here …..

Please read them carefully before considering visiting the track. Anyone arriving without previously booking will NOT BE ADMITTED onto the site.


A very warm welcome is extended to Jim Mountjoy who joined us recently. He is also a member of the Beamish Model Engineering Group.

Club Matters

The maintenance teams have continued their good works caring for the grounds and progressing various projects.

The new Raised Track Carriage Shed is complete apart from a final coat of green paint on the doors.

The ground level track points have been greased and operation of same and the signals has been checked.

The smart stainless steel TSMEE sign has been fixed to the gable end of the hut.

Member’s Doings

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It’s been a long time since the lockdown began, but, through the good offices of the membership via the Newsletter, Bulletin and now this new-look merging of the two, some sense of community and common purpose has been maintained.

If you‟ve enjoyed the content so far, do consider submitting something for future issues – the cupboard is already rather bare. Thanks as ever to those who‟ve contributed thus far, and to the Committee members who have continued to Zoom-meet to keep everything under review.

Contact information
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