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We had a great trip to Doncaster back in February -- thank you to those who stopped by to see the layout and chat. The layout ran flawlessly (well, a cable did come loose on Sunday morning but that was it). I am grateful to the rest of the operating team, Hugh and Tom, for their contributions.

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April we'll be attending Trainwest Model Railway Exhibition at the Springfield Community Campus, Corsham, Wiltshire. We look forward to meeting you there, as well as hopefully getting a chance to look at the other layouts attending -- once again we are in excellent company.

This is likely to be our last trip out with Empire Mills. Our new EM layout Orchard Wharf takes the team back to London's East End. Boards have been assembled and you can catch up with track building at the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace on 24 and 25 of March.

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This weekend, 10 & 11 February, we're attending the Festival of British Railway Modelling at Doncaster race course. We're in the company of some pretty impressive layouts, not least in EM gauge. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Little jobs can be very time consuming. Firstly the uncoupling magnets are now powered by a relay, which hopefully means we won't burn out the switches on the controllers any more. Secondly the uncouplers which were incorrectly identified have now been fixed, so reducing a pernicious source of operator confusion. And finally a mystery short circuit which spread across the layout was (after pulling everything out and turning the boards on their sides) ascribed to a loose blob of solder that emerged from under a switch rail as the troubleshooters were beginning to lose heart.

We will be running on Thursday 30 November (though this depends on some loaned cables being returned) so drop in and say hello!

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Growling pains? Bachmann/Kernow cl. 37 awaits the future in the exchange sidings

The Summer months were quiet for Empire Mills. But like the proverbial duck, beneath the water there was plenty of paddling. We were giving a lot of thought to the best way to develop the layout and, perhaps more importantly for the long term, to retain and increase interest in EM gauge modelling in the club. We'll share more on this blog when our plans are more concrete.

Meanwhile, Empire Mills will be operating on Thursday 21 September so drop in and say hello!

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June's been a quiet month for Empire Mills, although like the proverbial duck the legs are paddling away under the surface.

We're running on two consecutive Thursdays -- 6 July and 13 July -- and last night we did a little work towards ensuring that stock prefers to run through a couple of the turnouts rather than hop in the air and land between the two routes. Track doesn't keep still and the recent very warm weather seems to have nudged the rails a bit, reminding us that we'll always need to keep an eye on it.

After we'd tested the turnouts to our satisfaction I photographed a Sentinel (from a Nu-cast whitemetal kit) standing over one of the turnout vees with an empty, and somewhat unruly, china clay wagon in tow.

If you're interested in getting involved do come along to the running nights on 6 or 13 July. We'll be practising remote Sprat and Winkle uncoupling amongst other delights!