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Posted by on in Minories
Minories November 2017

We've had a busy few weeks, leading up to two exhibitions over consecutive weekends in November- Tolworth then Wakefield.

It would be fair to say we weren't quite ready for Tolworth Showtrain - so apologies to the Hampton Court MRS and those who came on the Saturday morning. However with perseverance we fixed the key issues throughout Saturday and by the Sunday operating rather better. It was rather like taking a layout to its first show, and I forgotten how much energy and effort it requires. We also confirmed that the layout only just fits in my car assuming we have no overnight bags, and that was with loading in the last few bits through the windows.

Posted by on in Copenhagen Fields
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

 

 

Posted by on in Empire Mills

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!

Tagged in: 4mm EM Empire Mills
Ingatestone Autumn Update: There is some good modelling happening

After a long summer with all the boards of Ingatestone up in the MRC workshop, a lot of progress has been made on both track and scenic elements.   

The scenic crew has been hard at work on the platforms, and after their recent trip through the paint shop when they are added to the layout you suddenly begin to see a station!  We'll need to remove them again at a later date to install the platform lighting.

Eric Sainte has been making progress on the 1880's up side station building:
 
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Because this building is going to sit on the viewing side of the layout, Eric has opened up the main doors so we can see in and through which means young and not so young viewers will be able to see the trains passing by through the doors as if you were really entering the station! Next up for Eric is the interior and roof parts.
 
Another major component of the layout is going to be the overhead catenary, which because of the history of the line there are a variety of different styles of masts and gantries all the way back to the original style erected during the 1950s electrification of the Great Eastern.
Tagged in: Catenary Ingatestone

Posted by on in Lacey Dale
Scenery Update

As it has been some time since the last update, I thought I would post some images of the layout. This is more a pictorial update on the progress so far than a detailed account of what has been happening. This will be covered in future posts.

To summarise, all the bare patches  on the baseboards have now been covered over, and it is time to get down to some fine detailing. I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

The header image shows a hard used WD Austerity running into the station on the low level.

We follow this with a view from the station looking North, where the low level track runs under the high level main line from Derby to Manchester.

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Following is a view over the goods yard, looking back towards the station.

 

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