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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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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.

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Sticking point

There are six points on Minories, all operated with Tortoise slow action point motors with Exactoscale baseplates transferring the movement of the motor through a tie-bar under the baseboard to wires soldered to the underside of the switch rails. b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_5758.JPGThere are stretcher bars between the switch rails, and although these do provide some mechanical joints between the two switch rails, the core drive is from the under-baseboard tie bar. If you want to find out more, these instructions via the C&L website might help:

 http://www.finescale.org.uk/pdfs/Tortoise%20instructions1.pdf

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Converting Heljan Class 23 to EM

TOut of the boxhe Heljan Class 23 is one of the simpler conversions to EM gauge. I don't think there are any revolutionary ideas here, but hope this may be of use to anyone else contemplating the conversion or looking for an easy one to start with.

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Minories at 60th Anniversary Exhibition in Romford

We were delighted to be invited back to the Ilford and West Essex Model Railway Club's exhibition "West Essex Modelrail" on 23/4 April, their 60th annual show. It took place at the St Edward's School in Romford,

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We were in a small pocket of EM layouts,