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Posted by on in Orchard Wharf

In the last month we've had several good meetings, including a 'kick-off' to refresh everyone's acquaintance with the project, two meetings focused on aspects of the design, a site visit to Poplar, Canning Town and Silvertown, and a much-needed clearout of the space we need to start work on tracklaying and electrics.

I would like to thank everyone who has come along to join the team so far. It looks as if we have a good spread of interests that will stand us in good stead. It's also been great to have contributions that broaden our knowledge of the history of the area, giving us a wealth of prototype information from which to work.

We will soon set up a regular work afternoon/evening on Fridays. If you want to come along and are unsure whether there is a meeting please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I'd like to finish this update  with a YouTube video found by our team member James documenting a train journey from North Woolwich to Palace Gates in 1960. Rather than a 'cab ride', it's an assembly of several different viewpoints including from within the train, and gives a very good impression of the railways and much of the dockland area for those of us who couldn't be there at the time.

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Posted by on in Empire Mills
Wagon repair shop on DVD

Back in February, we had a wagon demonstration next to Empire Mills at the Doncaster exhibition. During the show Phil Parker from BRM interviewed Ben W about the wagons he was fettling, and the result is on the DVD that comes with the June edition of the magazine.

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

Posted by on in Minories
Minories goes to Derby Roundhouse

On the 12th and 13th May, Minories headed north to the historic Derby Roundhouse - for the Michleover Model Railway Group exhibition. John, Rob S and Tom headed north on Friday in a transit van (which came with a special adaption to first gear to keep the driver awake), where we met up with former chairman and now local resident Richard to set up.

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The layout is still developing into its circular format, and it took us a while to get it set up. However it worked considerably better than its previous outings. Smithfield housing estate is developing, and at the other end Steve's new pub, tube station and office block is taking shape.

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Rob N (another local) joined us on Saturday which gave a bit more flexibility in operating, and gave the other Rob a chance for a cup of tea. With the local knowledge we navigated through downtown Derby to enjoy Italian and Nepalese cuisine (the latter only marginally affected when the Charlie DC Kits / Legoman Biffo came in for their dinner). The parcels and freight stock got a chance to stretch their legs, along with some interlopers from the Club's new layout Orchard Wharf from an era before yellow warning panels. And along with the normal Mk1 suburbans and we had all 4 of the DC Kits Cravens units running on the layout on the Sunday.

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Posted by on in Orchard Wharf

First meeting Friday 18 May 2018, 18.30 in the Library

The build of Orchard Wharf is now under way. We propose to meet regularly on Friday evenings (with a possible earlier start for those available in the afternoon). The first meeting is on Friday 18 May. All members are welcome to attend.

We’ll provide another introduction to the project for those who may not know about it, and we will review the work ahead of us on storage, track, electrics, scenery and stock.

If you cannot make this meeting and would like to get involved or for any further information please get in touch. Talk to us on a Thursday evening or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.