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Whilst there was a wedding and some footy on TV, our crack crew of electricians were at Keen House, continuing the rewiring of the layout.

 

The lines are now all working correctly and the new loop on the Down Main is live and running (track will need a bit of fettling). The end of the day should see the Up Main loop connected at the back, but the front Gasworks Board track will need droppers and of course the point motor installed.   Our electrical challenges are being resolved quicker than I feared, so we’ll soon be able to concentrate on the “nice” interesting stuff.

 

Our next booked session is the 8-10th June, please let us know if you are joining us. Then our next exhibition continues a recent Club theme of exhibiting surrounded by the prototype at the LT Museum in Acton on 7/8th July

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Copenhagen Fields - November 2017

Space is always tight in our lower layouts hall, but we've got a few weeks available to have the whole layout up, which gives us the chance to carry out some of the more major projects on track and wiring.

We have had an incredibly productive day today with both new fast line loops completed on the "Sopwith Camel" board as well as a substantial re-wire of the electrical feeds.  The move of the control panels is also set to commence.  

As can be seen in the photo, the loop turnouts on the big fiddle yard board are roughly in place but will need connecting mechanically & electrically.  The track across the joint has been Araldited in situ and will be cut on Sunday. 

Tim

 

 

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Point Rodding

We have been doing quite a bit of work behind the scenes in the last few weeks to make CF easier to shift and exhibit - especially as we have Ally Pally coming up in less than a fortnight.  We have a truly massive fiddle yard board at the back that has undergone a weight & width reduction programme.  It is now 10kg lighter and a bit narrower.   Our bespoke barrier is now screwed together, making it much more robust and unlikely to fall apart in transit. And silly things like a lifting hook and lifting bar are now properly located in storage pockets in the box they relate to. All of these minor changes can save valuable minutes when erecting and dismantling the layout.

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First stop - Stevenage

Over the Christmas period we've been doing some unglamorous logistics work - tidying up the electrics and rearranging the transport boxes to make travelling to and from shows easier - ready for our 2017 outings, the first of which is at the CMRA's first show at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on 14th and 15th January.   

In the meantime, Doncaster works has, I hope, finally adjusted the new chassis in 'Papyrus' so that it will run successfully on CF at Stevenage. The main problem which presented at Warley was that the 13 mm fine scale drivers are 0.8 mm smaller than the N scale originals, which threw out the front bogie clearances. With a bit of luck she will turn out to be a really useful green engine and look good on the Queen of Scots Pullman.

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With this project out of the way work has resumed on the P2, 'Lord President' and the valve gear is now erected on the LHS.

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The valve gear can be placed in forward or reverse, as can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/fUTQ5Ibe1Bk

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Highlights from Warley

 

So we're back from Warley. Setting up was restricted to four hours because of a delay getting into the hall - we need five, to include getting stock on.  Needless to say, our running on Saturday morning was a bit of a trial.  However the big success was seeing the major works at the south end giving the layout a big improvement in its overall ambience.