Trustees Report 2020 This has been a different kind of year! It started off with a full programme of open meetings which ran smoothly although the threat of Covid virus was raising its head in early March. Nevertheless we had a successful appearance at the annual Model Rail show in Glasgow.
After the March meeting and AGM we were effectively closed down. The Archive room in Kilmarnock was closed but Stuart, our Archivist, did still continue to answer written enquiries from researchers where it was possible without access to the written records.
The Scottish History conference in Perth scheduled for October had to be postponed until 2021 and the November meeting was cancelled. At the time of writing the Spring programme has been cancelled and members have been informed that the AGM will be held by way of an online Zoom meeting. We hope to resume a normal programme in the Autumn of 2021.
Some work has continued on the photograph database and members now have access to the full collection including relevant images held by the National Railway Museum.
The quarterly member’s newsletter and annual journal continue to be our main method of disseminating information and were distributed to members at the usual frequency. During lockdown our collection of scale drawings were scanned in PDF format and made available as downloads or CD.
Our finances remain sound but membership renewals have been slower than in previous years due no doubt to the lack of physical meetings. Ian Middleditch with the approval of the Trustees.