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7 September 2019: An Evening with Gordon Gravett

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Pendon Museum

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Long Wittenham

OX14 4QD

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Talk and demonstration by Gordon Gravett

Arun Quay: the Dilemma of Compromise

Arun Quay came about because of a desire to build a small ‘0’ gauge layout that could easily be transported to exhibitions in a car. Although I had to accept that operation would be very restricted within the area available, I hoped to create something that would be visually interesting and still give the impression of spatial surroundings. Lightweight construction was also very important so that it could be moved around the without too much damage being inflicted on ageing muscles and joints!

Gordon Gravett has been making models for as long as he can remember, from detailing a train set (Tri-ang, in his case) and then working in EM after joining Crawley Model Railway Society. After a break from modelling, interest in the hobby was rekindled after the opportunity to build maritime models professionally which he did for nearly thirty years. Gordon likes the social surrounding of others at an exhibition for the operation of a layout along with the general discussion of ideas and techniques over a modelling demonstration or workshop. For this reason, both Pempoul, a French metre gauge layout built to 1:50 scale by Maggie and Gordon, and his current 7mm scale layout Arun Quay, are operated from the front - where interaction with others is very rewarding.

Although the railway may be the main focus, Gordon’s interest goes way beyond the railway fence and trying to capture the atmosphere of a particular area or scenario. He thinks that observation is very important and we can learn so much whether it be architecture or the natural landscape through to the social history of a particular area. The hobby of building model railways has the ability to enrich our knowledge in so many ways.

The museum will open at 18:30 and the talk will begin at 19:00. Light refreshments will be provided. The museum will close at 21:00.

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