Forty years old, and maturing nicely


Last Saturday saw a momentous event in the SMRS calendar, namely its official 40th birthday. The exact date of its birth is not known, but May 11th seemed to be as good a date as any to celebrate four decades of messing about with models.


Thirty or so members crowded into our clubrooms to enjoy the occasion, fortunately the garden was able to take up the overspill. The weather was a little damp to start with, but brightened as the day progressed.


And progress it did, with a fine barbecue at lunchtime, complete with liquid accompaniments, the running of celebratory trains indoors and outdoors, a heritage bus tour of the town, a trip on the Lakeside Miniature Railway and an excellent dinner at the Auberge restaurant, complete with Paul Salveson as after-dinner speaker.


What more could we have wanted? If you said clothing with an anniversary logo and specially-commissioned 00 gauge wagons, yes we had those as well.


Some photos are
here, and Richard's video of the garden railway is here.