Ticket to ride

Ian Lamb visited the Bachmann Collectors’ Club Members Day 2017 on the Mid Hants Railway.

A big event needs a big engine, and they don’t come much bigger than 9F 2-10-0 No. 92212 entering Ropley Station with ‘The Bachmann Express’. Wendy Bayford

It is no mean feat to organise such an event, and for the 150 members who were fortunate enough to obtain a ticket, it is an annual venture very much looked forward to. It’s an opportunity that brings modeller and manufacturer together to collectively create models and accessories representing these special personal moments in one’s lifetime.

Through the annual Members Day venture it is possible for group visits – such as this party in the boiler shop at Ropley Shed – something that is not always available to visitors. Dennis Lovett

Very much the brainchild of Dennis Lovett, Bachmann’s public relations manager, and well arranged at the time by Katie Hines (now responsible for the William Brittain’s Collectors’ Club within Bachmann), the organising mantle has been passed on to Richard Proudman, Bachmann Collectors’ Club manager, who was supported on this occasion by six other Bachmann staff members.

A preliminary gathering for the idea of a ‘members’ day’ was held at the Ribble Valley Railway (Preston) in June 2008, organised around the presentation of a cheque to the owners of Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 locomotive No. 46441, which had been released as a club model in late 2007.


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