The Broad Gauge Society
Broad Gauge Society - Events for Members
The Broad Gauge Society has a fairly active membership, supported by a Journal, newsletters and an email group. But additionally, there are organised events where members can meet up. Our members come from many different locations, so clearly these arrangements cannot suit all, and meeting venues are rotated where possible.
Firstly, there is an Annual General Meeting to which all members have the opportunity to attend, and this is normally supported by the Society's sales stand, and a broad gauge model railway.
The Society also makes an annual trip to visit the locations of a former broad railway line. We are fortunate to have a number of good researchers who can act as guides to bring out the relevance, architecture and history of buildings or lineside features. When it is possible to compare these with period photographs, the locations can often be viewed in context with their former condition, and can be a revealing excercise in how the Country has changed in the last 100 years.
For members who are busy modelling the broad gauge, or who would like to; the Society puts on its own exhibition of member's layouts every two years (and photographs of some can be viewed in the modelling section). These events are supported by the BGS trade stand which has developed a range of products to make broad gauge modelling more achievable.
Members of the Society also attend other major model railway exhibitions with their layouts, supported by the BGS trade stand.
Other members are particularly involved with the Broad Gauge display hosted by the Great Western Society at Didcot, and the replica locomotive 'Firefly', owned by the Firefly Trust. They have regular steaming weekends, where the public can ride on a re-created piece of broad gauge railway, and dates of the steaming weekends are included where known.